Boston Marathon - RunMarathon

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
Total Time = 4h 22m 36s
Overall Rank = /30000
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got to bus at 5:45 to realize I had left my watch at home. Kate had to bring it to me in a hurry...clearly added a little adrenaline to the morning. Ate cold oats, ate a banana, had an apple, had a little crackers and that was it. Drank a tomato juice and some water with electrolytes.
  • 4h 22m 36s
  • 2.2 miles
  • 1h 59m 22s  min/mile

Did ok for first 13-15 miles and was below the 10 min/mile pace...then slowly started to go up. At the hills, the pace spiked to the 11’s and I couldn’t seem to get back down to a decent pace. I really thought I could finish under the 10 min mark. I did run through an on/off hamstring cramp at mile 22-25 and was happy about that. Towards the end though, I started thinking that I train too much for it to hurt this much and for going so slow, then realized, I’m probably doing the bare minimum...if I want to go faster, I need to turn up the training a few notches and/or just watch the race.

I broke the race down into segments:

1-5: Took a gu and a salt tablet

5-10: Saw the Landry’s at mile 10. Stopped and took pictures and exchanged my water bottle. It was a big pick me up. Took a gu and a salt tablet

10-14: Took a gu and a salt tablet.

14-18: Took a gu and a salt tablet.

18-22: Took a gu and a salt tablet. Saw Leanne and Jason

22-24: I can't remember if I took a gu and a salt tablet as this is a daze.

24-26: Saw the Corliss family, but was cramping in my right hamstring, high up so had to keep running. Saw the Callaghans at 25.5 and went to say high...ran down the embankment and not more than 30 seconds later did I hear the first boom. A woman asked if that was supposed to happen. About 30 seconds later we heard the second boom and could see the smoke immediately and I could see from the police officer’s face that he thought it was bad. As I kept running, a police officer stopped us and told us the race is on hold. I was worried runners might stack up behind us, I was concerned it might be a biological or chemical bomb of some sort and hustled back to where the Callaghans were.

Overall, I wanted to be at a 10 min pace or better, but was at 10:22.

What hurts most?
Bottom of my right shin
Space behind my knees...from my achilles to my hams

Most Fun:
Seein Adam and his family at 10
Wellesley college girls: must have kissed 5 of them. Loved it
BC Campus, just yelled “let’s go Eagles”, and the crowd went crazy...never liked BC until yesterday

Post on the great crowds

Brutal Pictures / Videos
What would you do differently?:

#1 Speed work
#2 I think I need more miles...I feel like I was doing the bare minimum. I need to focus.
Post race
Warm down:

My race was halted at 25.83 when the bombs exploded. I heard the first one, but it didn't register. A woman asked aloud, "is that supposed to happen". Then I heard and saw the second one as I was about to hit Boylston. A police officer stopped me and told us the race was on hold, finished. We could see that the police were nervous, and that started to make us nervous.
Once I made it to the Callaghans, I just sat down and then walked back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to train harder / smarter.

Event comments:

I will definitley run the race next not going to let the terrorists (or criminals or whomever) make us afraid.

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Last updated: 2013-04-09 12:00 AM
04:22:36 | 02.2 miles | 1h 59m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/30000
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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