Boston Marathon - Run

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 00m 24s
Overall Rank = 695/20,000
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 486/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, took the shuttle from the hotel to the bus loading area in downtown Boston. Rode the bus to Hopkinton... drank a lot of Gatorade on the way... Really had to go by the time we arrived at the school in Hopkinton. Hung out for a few hours, ate and relaxed. Enjoyed the weather, music, people, etc. Mentally prepared for my quest to break 3 hours.
Event warmup:

No real warm up. 15 minutes prior to the race I went to the bathroom one last time... Popped a banana Goo... wished Lilia success as we parted in different directions to our starting waves. I jogged the half mile or two the wave start...
  • 3h 00m 24s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 06m 53s  min/mile

Ran really well. Improved my time from last year's Boston Marathon by 4 minutes. I had no trouble with the hills, but the last 5 miles where tough as my quads paid the price on the early downhill portion of the race. I thought that I would break 3 hours for sure, but I slowed and miscalculated my pace...
What would you do differently?:

Start a little slower (I always say that - but never do!). Also, maybe I will wear my split times on my wrist.

Post race
Warm down:

None... waited for my dear Lilia.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I don't know. Any suggestions? I still have not broken the 3 hour mark in the marathon, even though pace predictors (based on my times in the 10K and half marathon) put me solidly in the low to mid 2:50's...

Maybe a faster course would help...

Event comments:

I love this race... the people are amazing! I want to run it again next year but Lilia and I want to do the St. Croix Half Ironman in May... the timing of both are too close so it will be one or the other.

Run this race!

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Last updated: 2005-07-28 12:00 AM
03:00:24 | 26.2 miles | 06m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 486/
Overall: 695/20,000
Performance: Good
Course: Downhill start for the first few miles... gently begins an uphill progression before the real hills begin through mile 19 (Heartbreak Hill). At this point the course flattens and travels slightly downhill in to Boston.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4