Boston Marathon - Run

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
Total Time = 3h 17m 37s
Overall Rank = 5945/26632
Age Group = F-40-44
Age Group Rank = 97/1840
Pre-race routine:

Took a private bus to the start, NEVER using the school buses again, it was magical. Downpour rain while we sat in the bus, which cleared up pretty fast, but I did not want to sit in the mudpit that is the athlete's village.

Ate my pb sandwich (the whole thing!) and drank water.
Event warmup:

None, people. It's a marathon.
  • 3h 17m 37s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Finally owned the Boston marathon course and broke 3:20 on it. Held back like crazy for the first 17 miles. Let packs of runners blow past (that was hard), but it was warm and I could feel from the first step it was gonna be uncomfortable. At mile 13 did a check in, feeling pretty strong. Looked ahead to 17, ready to test out what I had left. On the first set of hills (ugggh) I felt surprisingly good. Was able to drive a little. So, I had something left. Ran up every hill strong, passing tons of walkers (and ack -- carnage on the course, so many people lying on the ground getting help from medical). I think people underestimated the impact of the 60+ degree temps and the fact that the sun came out.

Was able to drop the pace during the last parts on Commonwealth. It was hard, but I knew I had that extra gear in me. SO happy with the result.
What would you do differently?:

Honestly, nothing. I feel I nailed this one and totally hit my goal. Very happy with the result.
Post race
Warm down:

Hobbled back to the hotel, legs on fire. Showered and tried to stretch/relax. Hamstrings were supremely uncomfortable for two hours, then finally stopped hurting in that terrible way. Oof.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat. Can we get ONE good cool day in this town where it's not also storming like hell?

Event comments:

Boston. Forever my favorite race.

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Last updated: 2019-02-11 12:00 AM
03:17:37 | 26.2 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 97/1840
Overall: 5945/26632
Performance: Good
5k 0:23:29 10k 0:46:47 15k 1:09:42 20k 1:33:03 Half 1:38:10 25k 1:56:23 30k 2:20:15 35k 2:44:27 40k 3:07:32
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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