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Boston Athletic Association
48F / 9C
= 2h 59m 47s
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- I got a ride from the hotel to Boston commons at 6am.
-At Boston commons I dropped off my post race bag then made my way to the buses.
- at 6:45 we loaded bussed for Wave 1 runners to the Athlete village at the starting line.
- I got to athlete's Village around 8am and made my first trip to the port-a-potties
(no line yet
- I went to the tents and found a place with minimal draft.
- Had brought a bottle of gator aid, one of ESF, and a half bottle of water along with a honey stinger waffle and a cliff bar. worked slowly through the food starting at 6am and finished everything over the 4 hours to the 10 am start.
- I got a 30 minute lie down/nap.
- at 9:10 I went to the port-a-potty again. This time with a line.
- Coral 4 got to make the .75 mile walk to the start at 9:15 but it was about 9;25 before I got through the potty line.
-I got to the starting coral #4 about 9:50am.
Well laying down in the tent I got a shiver so after my nap I sat up with my knees pulled to the chest and my arms wrapped around my legs. That stopped the shiver until I had to go out to stand in the line to the potty. I though the walk to the start would warm me up, but it didn't so I went tot eh back of coral #4 to jog in place even though the volunteers get trying to move everyone as far forward in the coral as possible. I warmed up and stretched until 9:59. Then I tore off my disposable poncho. Drank my half bottle of water and lined up for the start.
2h 59m 47s
06m 52s min/mile
I was supposed to take my first Gu between mile 7 and 11, but my stomach felt heavy. I though I got enough before the run started to hold off. I started to take water at the stops
(only did gator aid at the beginning
) to see if that would help ease my upset stomach. Stomach was in really bad shape by mile 16. I was worried by that point. I didn't take any the 5 gues or honey stinger walffle that I carried with my on the course. I took the three Maurten gus that were offered at miles 12, 18, 23. A spectator had orange quarters. That was a life saver. It got my stomach settled enough to get the 18 & 23 mile Gels down.
What would you do differently?:
I ran aggressive to mile 15, then eased off to recover for the hills. I slowed down on the hills to save something in the tank for miles 22-26. I crashed at mile 21 even though I slowed a lot on the hills to keep the effort even. So...I guess I would have run conservative earlier in the race, I would have taken more water early in the race, and I would have eaten less in the 4hours I was waiting for the race to start. I am not sure it would have made a difference through. Pacing and fulling looked good by the books. I may have just been undertrained for the 26.2 distance or for hill running.
No warm down required. I needed to warm up at the finish line. I was hypothermic and about everyone else was too. I saw lots of blue lips and lot of people shivering uncontrollably. I got my dry close as soon as i could and got to the warming busses to hear up.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
I crashed at mile 21. It didn't feel like a refueling issue, but it may have been since I took in half the calories that I did at The Woodlands. O may have needed to push through the wall for 10 minutes to get my second wind. As it was I let my HR drop and never got the second wind. It didn't feel like a nutrition thing though and when I went to walking in the last 3 miles My legs crippled up walking so it felt mor like an endurance limit on the muscles than an energy system limit. I think I needed more than the 1hr 35min long runs that the TriDot training subscribed.
This is the first race I have crash at since 2018. I thought I had everything figured out with nutrition and pacing. So...the 9-minute positive split is time I think I could all make up if things had gone slightly different. I did go sub-3 so I shouldn't be beating myself up. Sub-3 and a BQ were my goals when I started marathons in 2008. I hit both of those. I just wish I could have finish strong and felt well at the finish line rather than crashing and feeling like death at the finish line.
Last updated: 2023-04-23 12:00 AM
02:59:47 | 26.2 miles | 06m 52s min/mile
145 Avg HR 151 Max HR 6:19 best mile split 1:25ish half marathon split 2:02ish 30K split (evey 5K was right around 20:00 until I crashed at mile 21)
-No room to pass for the first 12 miles. - Hills from mile 16-21 -Down hill starts and finishes
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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