Boston Marathon - RunMarathon

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 03m 53s
Overall Rank = 1692/23000
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 213/
Pre-race routine:

We flew in to town on Sat. at 4 PM and we got on the "T" (public subway) and headed to the hotel in Back Bay. Checked in and hustled over to the expo across the street and bought our finishers gear and got our bib #'s etc... Then went back to the hotel and headed out to dinner with some friends we met at Ride the Rockies last year. Ate at the summer shack. I had fish and chips and clam chowder!
Race day. got up early and ate a free breakfast at the hilton. Walksd almost 2 miles to the busses at Boston Commons and boarded the bus. THey had 25 lines for 25 busses which held 77 people each. Very organzied. Got to the start line in about an hour and went to the porto pots a few times and went to the bus to hand off my dry clothes bag. Wished my wife a good luck and she headed to her bus to drop of her stuff. I was in wave 1 and she in 2. So I knew I would have about and hour and 15 minutes before she crossed the finish line after me. Headed to the start about .7 miles away and did few strides. THe weather was nice and sunny today but some breezy conditions. The wind would mostly be a cross wind and not a head wind. Got to corral 3 and and started to take off my donatable sweats. Head the national anthem and watch the military fly over head and we were off.
  • 3h 03m 53s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 01s  min/mile

ok, so I started real conservative through the first 13 miles. Miles 1-13 were easy and did lots of high fives with the crowd and just enjoying the crowds. Found a buddy of mine running so we ran together for about 5 miles. That was nice. Split with him at 13 right before Wellesley. Got to the half way point at 1:30:02. I really wanted to save it for the second half. Got to wellsley and loved the screaming girls. Not as many as last year. Got through the early miles and just sipped on my infinite. Flung the empty bottle at mile 14 and drank water and gatorade the rest of the run. Had a gel at mile 15 and that was it for the gels. Got through the hill of Newton and Heart break with a decent pace. Still feeling good. Got to the downhill on 22 and picked up the pace thinking I would be able to negative split for sure. Next 2 miles were great as well. Staying within myself and waiting to push the last 2 miles. Then at mile 24.5 the wheels came off. I was bonking and was done. At this point the other people walking and the crowds yelling were the only things keeping me going. I looked at the watch and knew my sub 3 was out of reach. Just tried to hold everything togeher. I really don't remember much the last 2 miles as I was just out of it. Crossed the line on boyston and was relived to know that I at least was faster than last year by 1 and a half minutes. As I walked after the finish I immediately felt nauseous. Drank some water and kept moving. Felt better and untied the shoes and stretched the quads and hammies. THey were very sore and tight. Kept walking thru the next gatorde and blanket station and grabbed a lunch bag and went to my bus and grabbed my clothes. Finally got out of the athlete finish and found a place to drink my muscle milk and recovery drink and sit and stretch. My legs really hurt. Then I walked to the nearest bar and ate my chips and had a beer. Waited for a call from my father in law so he could tell me when My wife finished. Finally got the call and walked back in the athlete finish area and found her as she was walking to get her clothes. We then celebrated at a local pub where our drinks were paid for by some great people from Boston that we just met! Just a great experience. We finally went back to the hotel and took a shower. Went to bed and slept well
What would you do differently?:

Put in more hours. I had a peak week of 46 hours which included a 20 mile run. TO break 3 hours I need closer to 55-60 miles per week.
Post race
Warm down:

read above

What limited your ability to perform faster:

More miles

Event comments:

Like I said last year. THis is a must do race. My wife loved it, I loved it. Better than last year. Volunteers are unreal and everywhere. SOme 18000 volunteers. Woowhoo!

Last updated: 2010-01-22 12:00 AM
03:03:53 | 26.2 miles | 07m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 213/
Overall: 1590/23000
Performance: Good
Mile splits M1-6:48 m2-6:38 m3-6:46 m4-6:45 m5-6:57 m6-7:11 pee stop m7-6:42 m8-6:45 m9-6:41 m10-6:52 m11-6:59 m12-6:42 m13-7:00 pee stop last one m14-6:43 m15-6:58 m16-6:37 m17-7:08 m18-7:08 m19-6:51 m207:11 m21- 7:20 heart break hill m22-6:41 m23-7:03 m24-7:01 m25-7:15 starting to crash m26-7:52 full crash mod m.2 3:03
Course: Start in Hopkinton and travelleing through many towns to boston commos.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5