Boston Marathon - RunMarathon

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 13m 16s
Overall Rank = 3576/23879
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 604/2303
Pre-race routine:

Race Weight Goal – 160 lbs.
Actual Race Weight – 161.5 lbs.
Carbo loading protocol:
Planned Carb Grams: 1344, actual:1353
Day-2: 432 grams planned, actual 629 grams (76% Carb, 17% Protien, 4% Fiber, 3% Fat) – 3,270 Calories
Day-1: 720 grams Planned, actual 523 grams (75% Carb, 20% Protien, 5% Fat, less than 1% Fiber) – 2,680 Calories
Day-0: 192 grams Planned, actual 201 grams (78% Carb, 14% Protien, 4% Fiber, 4% Fat) – 1004 Calories
Water, Salt and Potassium focus during above three days.

Event warmup:

Easy Static Stretch
  • 3h 13m 16s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 23s  min/mile

Overall I’m satisfied with the performance even though I did not reach my goal. The 3:13 time is a PR by 6 minutes plus within a 6 month window.
Below is my attempt at realizing the data above to see why I did not reach the calculated race time:
I actually ran 26.48 miles vice 26.2 miles because of running in and out of the mass of people…I had to pass almost 5000 folks enroute.
If I take the above into account my time for 26.2 would have been 3:10:49.
I also came in 1.5lbs overweight which is another 1:30 off the 3:10:49 to 3:09:19 relative speed.
That now leaves a delta of about 6:16 (3:03:05 vs. 3:09:19 adjusted) between actual and calculated results.
Right from the start of the race..I realized that I had trouble maintaining 142 BPM for 6:59 pace and had to run at almost my ceiling 146 Average BPM for first 13 miles and that only got me to a 7:05 pace for my first ½ split.
I maintained this pace and heart rate pretty much till 18 miles at which point I realized that I needed to work harder to maintain pace and went to 151BPM….I kept it at 151 BPM as I started to have cramps at about mile 22 after Newton hills and took whatever pace I could sustain fearing blow-up. Eventually, I was able to get past cramping and finish with no stop and actually finished the last mile at 7:20 Pace.
I don’t know why my heartrate averaged about 5-6 beats higher than track testing… other than running around people (almost passed 5000) and not being able to get into a consistent stride. I also believe that my weekly average volume in training was on the low side (less than 30 miles per week) eventhough I did peak weeks of 45, 50, ,48, 55 respectively…Another factor could be that my longest run was only 18 miles.

What would you do differently?:

Not much really
Post race
Warm down:

Easy static stretch

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Boston Marathon...what can you race experience I've had thus far...the people and the atmosphere make the race

Last updated: 2010-11-21 12:00 AM
03:13:16 | 26.2 miles | 07m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 604/2303
Overall: 2303/23879
Performance: Good
5k 0:22:14 10k 0:44:27 15k 1:06:22 20K 1:28:21 1/2 1:33:03 25K 1:50:28 30K 2:13:19 35K 2:37:19 40K 3:02:47 Finish: 3:13:16 Pace: 0:07:23
Course: Overall descending with hills bewtween 16-21 Miles
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %2lbs
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5