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Boston Athletic Association
60F / 16C
= 3h 47m 30s
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Up at 3am after waking up every hour-drank Carb Pro frequently. Had coffee and ate PBJ before heading to the buses. Ate another 1/2 PBJ on the hour plus bus ride.
Stretched at the athletes village, stood in line three times for the bathroom, chatted it up with other Wave 2'ers and made my way to the corral.
3h 47m 30s
08m 41s min/mile
No nerves at the start of the race at all. First 14m went exactly as planned around 8:13 pace, cramped up hard around 15m mark and it was at that point, I had to reevaluate my goals. I was tiring and it was early in the effort. I Knew a PR was out the window the farther I went so focused on requalifying. Stopped to stretch calf and quad cramps several times and had to walk most of heart break hill
(which was heart breaking - I was looking forward to conquering it!
). Last 10K I knew I would be close the the qualifying goal and gave it all I had, praying the last 4m I could run with cramps. Shortened my stride and hunkered down.
What would you do differently?:
Even though I followed my typical fueling plan it was not enough. At one point, I wiped the sweat of my face and realized how salty/crusty I was. It suprised me. Normally I ingest about 64oz of Infinit/560 calories whic is perfect, but more liquid would have been appropriate given the sun and slightly warmer temps. I started drinking plain water at about 23m and it tasted great.
I also believe the late start was a problem. I probably should have drank more prior to the start of the race while at the Ahtletes village.
It took 64 oz of water and 6 hours post race before I went to the bathroom. Never went on the course.
Lastly, I let the voice of doubt creep in my normally tough exterior. I think I should have tried harder earlier to push through the pain.
Slowly walked to get my chip cut and my medal. Cramped up so bad before getting my checked bag, I couldn't move. The medics wanted to put me in a wheel chair, but I had no interest in sitting with little chance of getting up on my own. One of them worked my calves enough so I could walk to the famiy meeting area to catch up with Paul, Greg and Michelle.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Fluid intake. My husband also promised to shout HTFU at 16m if I started failing, but he saw how miserable I was
(or was it panic?
) and didn't. Maybe I will blame him? :
Even though this was a tough race for me, the experience of getting to Boston was a dream come true. The Olympic trials the day before, the bus ride, the athletes village and walking to the corrals was pretty amazing. I thought it might be a hassle, but it was great. Talked to so many cool people with goals of their own. Cannot wait to give it another try next year! Time to strategize.
Last updated: 2008-02-29 12:00 AM
03:47:30 | 26.2 miles | 08m 41s min/mile
8:30/8:12/8:01/7:59/8:15/8:06/8:02/8:10/8:05/8:13/8:15/8:08/8:09/8:13/9:02/9:14/8:58/9:01/8:46/9:08/10:30 (HBhill)/8:41/8:50/9:05/8:42/8:29 HR high early -- low 170s, settled into upper 160s as the race progressed.
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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