Boston Marathon - RunMarathon

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
45F / 7C
Total Time = 3h 04m 42s
Overall Rank = 1864/26000
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 265/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and drove downtown with Jim. We went to 7-ll and got some cheap coffee. Loaded the buses and then hung out with Bridgett, Allison, Greg and Jim in the staging area... It was chilly.
Event warmup:

Ran from the staging area to the start (about a half of a mile).
  • 3h 04m 42s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 03s  min/mile

I ran well for the first 15. I knew that when it was easier to run uphill than to run in the flats of the hills I was in trouble. The wheels completely fell off at 21. My quads were killing me.

Mile 1: 6:32 AVG HR 195*
Mile 2: 6:21 AVG HR 178*
Mile 3: 6:24 AVG HR 160
Mile 4: 6:21 AVG HR 155
Mile 5: 6:36 AVG HR 153
Mile 6: 6:25 AVG HR 153
Mile 7: 6:26 AVG HR 153
Mile 8: 6:30 AVG HR 154
Mile 9: 6:25 AVG HR 154
Mile 10: 6:33 AVG HR 153
Mile 11: 6:40 AVG HR 154
Mile 12: 6:29 AVG HR 151
Mile 13: 6:33 AVG HR 155
Mile 14: 6:43 AVG HR 155
Mile 15: 6:54 AVG HR 156
Mile 16: 6:42 AVG HR 153
Mile 17: 7:15 AVG HR 156
Mile 18: 7:24 AVG HR 155
Mile 19: 7:06 AVG HR 155
Mile 20: 7:35 AVG HR 155
Mile 21: 8:06 AVG HR 156
Mile 22: 7:30 AVG HR 153
Mile 23: 7:54 AVG HR 151
Mile 24: 8:04 AVG HR 150
Mile 25: 8:04 AVG HR 150
Mile 26: 8:14 AVG HR 152
The last .2: 2:56 AVG HR 155

* HR is not correct yet.

I think my splits tell the story.

What would you do differently?:

Well 1st: Don't get Bronchitis and if you do, heal up before the race. I missed 11 straight days of training in early March and was never healthy.

2nd: Speed work matters. All of my sick and slow miles did not prepare my legs for the pounding that my pace and the course would dish out.

3rd: I probably should have started out easier given my lack of preparation for this race. Not sure this would have made a difference though.
Post race
Warm down:

Changed into dry clothes. Hit the first cheesy bar that I could find... Fire and Ice! HAHA.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

As I said, being sick, lack of speed work, poor race plan.

Event comments:

The Boston Marathon is awesome... the people of Boston are more awesome!

One complaint. The tech shirt they gave me is once again 2 sizes too big. I PAY FOR THIS SHIRT IT SHOULD FIT. This always seems to happen. I should get a refund for the cost of this bike rag.

Me and Deriba Merga were on the same flight:


Last updated: 2009-04-06 12:00 AM
03:04:42 | 26.2 miles | 07m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 265/
Overall: 1864/26000
Performance: Below average
AVG HR 155
Course: Hopkinton to Boston
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5