Striking a Pose with Elite Runner Tim Ritchie Before the Boston Marathon

Which pose will Tim Ritchie strike at the Boston Marathon finish line?

Which pose will Tim Ritchie strike at the Boston Marathon finish line?

It’s OK; you can admit it.  Sometimes, you envision your acceptance speech at the Oscars, imagine the roar of the crowd at Fenway after hitting a walk-off home run, or seriously consider how you’d conduct yourself on the medal podium at the Olympics.  Would you wave to your Mom? Would you cry… and how much?  You watch yourself someday finish, post a PR, or break the tape at the storied Boston Marathon.

You catch yourself in a daydream or life dream, and you visualize how it would feel, which is actually a powerful tool for goals of all sizes.

And, it’s a lot of fun.

Laughing it up with Tim Ritchie at Heartbreak Hill Running Company.  He "slings shoes" here when he's not training.

Laughing it up with Tim Ritchie at Heartbreak Hill Running Company, where he “slings shoes” when he’s not training.

I had the privilege of doing a little bit of this with elite runner Tim Ritchie earlier this week.  Like thousands of other runners, Tim is keeping loose and getting ready for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.  It’s a major goal of his and first bid at this distance, on the heels of an impressive track & field career as a Boston College eagle and, now, the fastest local runner to toe the line in Hopkinton with the best distance runners in the world–each with eyes locked on the goal of a dazzling arrival in Copley Square.  Kara Goucher, a top contender in the women’s pack, touched down in town today, after gushing via Facebook that she feels like a kid on Christmas before the Boston Marathon.

Among other topics of conversation (stay tuned for a full interview tomorrow), Tim and I did plenty of kidding around at Heartbreak Hill Running Company while discussing what he’ll do when he crosses that iconic finish line. Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt has “bolting;” quarterback Tim Tebow has “tebowing.” Could there be a “ritching” in the making? Perhaps he’ll bust out crow pose, at which you’ll see he’s quite skilled–an intimidating reality for his competitors, no doubt.  I speculate this is why some of the U.S.’s favorite faces from the lead pack dwindled in recent weeks and days, with Ryan Hall and Meb Kheflezighi dropping out of the race.  An Om Athlete is a force to be reckoned with….

His pose is still up for debate, but, surely, the crowd–myself included–is ready to roar.

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