First few miles were crazy. I never seen so many people running. There were people all over the place cheering. I thought it would thin out but it did not. I had to stop to water the trees during the first couple miles but once that was over I was good. I had a nice pace going and it was not about until mile 7 that it began to thin out. I was running with 2 guys and using them as pacers but as we entered the half way point around wesley the one guy took off and the other faded. The one thing I must say about wesley is that I have heard stories about how loud it is and it is so true. You hear this noise from about a mile away and then all of the sudden boom there are thousands of screaming girls and it is non stop. I was gald to get through there without being deaf. The course continued along and it was getting hott and the water and gator was not that cold. I was taking 2 cliff shots every six miles and this was helping. I had no real problems until I began my attack on the city of boston. I made it to heartbreak hill and I took this hill without any problems. It was after this that I began to realize why the Boston Marathon is the queen of all marathons. After making it over heartbreak hill I starting the decent into Boston and this where I realized I maybe in some trouble. I began to cramp somewhat and i was in some pain. i tried to drink as much as i could but I knew my sodium levels were low. I was able to keep moving forward but I was in some pain. Also by this time my mind was so gone beacuse I was dealing with so much pain I cannot recall alot about the course in boston. With about 3 miles to go I knew I was not on pace to break 3 hours but I knew I wanted to come back and do this again so I pushed myself and I was able to requalify in 3:07:31.
As I crossed that finish line I was like WOW. I got my chip off and got my medal and proceeded to get my gear. This is wera things went bad. I was trying to meet my fiancee when I got sick. As soon as I got sick they took me into the medical tent and they looked at me. I was laying on a cot and then wrapped me in blankets and made me eat chips and drink a salt water solution. I was deydrated but not enough to need an IV. After about 25 minuets I felt better and they let me go. I met my fiancee and we headed back to the hotel. I said I will be back next year. This in one race that is hard to put into words. I had a great time and although I am still sore I will be fine.
I must admit this was probably one of the coolest races I have ever done. The ironman was awsome but this is right up there. As for the pain I feel that if I had not done an ironman I would not have been able to keep going. At that point it is mind over matter and your body and brain want to do opposite things. I am very happy with my accomplishment and I now respect the Boston Marathon and the Queen of all races. I am going back next year and I am going to attempt to break 3 hours.