Boston Marathon - Run

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
48F / 9C
Total Time = 2h 59m 47s
Overall Rank = 4075/26608
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 661/2240
Pre-race routine:

- I got a ride from the hotel to Boston commons at 6am.
-At Boston commons I dropped off my post race bag then made my way to the buses.
- at 6:45 we loaded bussed for Wave 1 runners to the Athlete village at the starting line.
- I got to athlete's Village around 8am and made my first trip to the port-a-potties (no line yet)
- I went to the tents and found a place with minimal draft.
- Had brought a bottle of gator aid, one of ESF, and a half bottle of water along with a honey stinger waffle and a cliff bar. worked slowly through the food starting at 6am and finished everything over the 4 hours to the 10 am start.
- I got a 30 minute lie down/nap.
- at 9:10 I went to the port-a-potty again. This time with a line.
- Coral 4 got to make the .75 mile walk to the start at 9:15 but it was about 9;25 before I got through the potty line.
-I got to the starting coral #4 about 9:50am.
Event warmup:

Well laying down in the tent I got a shiver so after my nap I sat up with my knees pulled to the chest and my arms wrapped around my legs. That stopped the shiver until I had to go out to stand in the line to the potty. I though the walk to the start would warm me up, but it didn't so I went tot eh back of coral #4 to jog in place even though the volunteers get trying to move everyone as far forward in the coral as possible. I warmed up and stretched until 9:59. Then I tore off my disposable poncho. Drank my half bottle of water and lined up for the start.
  • 2h 59m 47s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 06m 52s  min/mile

I was supposed to take my first Gu between mile 7 and 11, but my stomach felt heavy. I though I got enough before the run started to hold off. I started to take water at the stops (only did gator aid at the beginning) to see if that would help ease my upset stomach. Stomach was in really bad shape by mile 16. I was worried by that point. I didn't take any the 5 gues or honey stinger walffle that I carried with my on the course. I took the three Maurten gus that were offered at miles 12, 18, 23. A spectator had orange quarters. That was a life saver. It got my stomach settled enough to get the 18 & 23 mile Gels down.
What would you do differently?:

I ran aggressive to mile 15, then eased off to recover for the hills. I slowed down on the hills to save something in the tank for miles 22-26. I crashed at mile 21 even though I slowed a lot on the hills to keep the effort even. So...I guess I would have run conservative earlier in the race, I would have taken more water early in the race, and I would have eaten less in the 4hours I was waiting for the race to start. I am not sure it would have made a difference through. Pacing and fulling looked good by the books. I may have just been undertrained for the 26.2 distance or for hill running.
Post race
Warm down:

No warm down required. I needed to warm up at the finish line. I was hypothermic and about everyone else was too. I saw lots of blue lips and lot of people shivering uncontrollably. I got my dry close as soon as i could and got to the warming busses to hear up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I crashed at mile 21. It didn't feel like a refueling issue, but it may have been since I took in half the calories that I did at The Woodlands. O may have needed to push through the wall for 10 minutes to get my second wind. As it was I let my HR drop and never got the second wind. It didn't feel like a nutrition thing though and when I went to walking in the last 3 miles My legs crippled up walking so it felt mor like an endurance limit on the muscles than an energy system limit. I think I needed more than the 1hr 35min long runs that the TriDot training subscribed.

Event comments:

This is the first race I have crash at since 2018. I thought I had everything figured out with nutrition and pacing. So...the 9-minute positive split is time I think I could all make up if things had gone slightly different. I did go sub-3 so I shouldn't be beating myself up. Sub-3 and a BQ were my goals when I started marathons in 2008. I hit both of those. I just wish I could have finish strong and felt well at the finish line rather than crashing and feeling like death at the finish line.

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Last updated: 2023-04-23 12:00 AM
02:59:47 | 26.2 miles | 06m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 661/2240
Overall: 4075/26608
Performance: Below average
145 Avg HR 151 Max HR 6:19 best mile split 1:25ish half marathon split 2:02ish 30K split (evey 5K was right around 20:00 until I crashed at mile 21)
Course: -No room to pass for the first 12 miles. - Hills from mile 16-21 -Down hill starts and finishes
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5