Boston Marathon - RunMarathon

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 47m 30s
Overall Rank = 11352/
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 842/
Pre-race routine:

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.
Event warmup:

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
  • 26.2 miles
  • 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.
Post race
Warm down:

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? :) JK.

Event comments:

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
Age Group: 842/
Overall: 11352/
Performance: Average
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.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4