Boston Marathon - RunMarathon

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
45F / 7C
Total Time = 3h 07m 3s
Overall Rank = 2228/23000
Age Group = 18-39
Age Group Rank = 1288/
Pre-race routine:

Got into Boston on Sunday about noon. Took the wrong bus to the convention center by following a bunch of other lost runners. It all worked out in the end. Got to convention center - too crowded for much exploring, so Jessi and I just grabbed my packet and bought a track jacket. Sadly, BAA was out of men's M race shirts. Kinda a bummer since this is actually a race to be proud of. The best part of expo was timing how long we took to go pick up samples

Breakfast: SmoothiePBJ
Lunch: Chicken kabob sammich
Snack: Newcastle, Pie, coffee
Dinner: Turkey sammich, sweet potato fries

Breakfast: traditional oatmeal at 6a, clif bar at 8a, gel at 9:45

Event warmup:

Once we got to Hopkington (about 8:30), the line for portos was so long, the warm-up consisted of throwing clothes on luggage buses then jogging to race start. Race started before we got there!
  • 3h 07m 3s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 08s  min/mile

The first 10 miles seem so congested, it would have been really hard to try to run fast out of the gate. this is really the first race where I haven't started so close to the front that I didn't have clear air for a long time. This was actually a great thing since my plan was to not run fast.

This was a race that was more about the journey than the destination. Other than three long runs spaced out over the last 5 weeks, I did no specific race training. I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to run hard, so I just resigned to running steady.

Started running with Aaron in Craig about two corrals behind mine. They were both running very strong, but looked somewhat inefficient since they're so big and tall. I figured they would fall off after the first few miles, but they were looking great. Eventually, somewhere around the half-way point, I put some distance on them but not much. Craig finished in 3:12 and Aaron in 3:27.

For hydration/nutrition: did nothing for first six miles. Began to sip water at every aid station. I probably took in about 2-3 oz at each. I took gels at 8, 16, 21-22. I sipped gels for about .5 miles, rather than slamming it down. I avoided the gatorade like the plague. It's too dang sweet for me. After drinking half a cup in finishers shoot, I could tell stomach would have had a hard time with it.

One of the best moments was taking a money shot to the face after having a hard time getting a vanilla power gel open!

IT band felt stiff with about 5 miles to go. i was a bit worried about it blowing, but decided that it would be OK so I kept going.

Coming into the hill sections was not a problem. I felt like I was running easy so I had plenty of capacity to absorb hills without slowing too much. Passed loads of people here. Hills were not as tough as running locally.
What would you do differently?:

Next time, I'm gonna bring enough gels so I don't worry about what's on the course.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked through finishers shoot, picked food and medal and warm clothes. Jessi found me right after finish and we posed for a kiss photo after the run. We went to ABP for soup. It was yummy.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. I think I ran about as well as I could this day.

Next time out I will try to run sub 3 on a flat course.

Event comments:

This is a pretty special race. It doesn't make you feel pretty slow when surrounded by so many good runners!

Last updated: 2008-11-18 12:00 AM
03:07:03 | 26.2 miles | 07m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 1288/
Overall: 2228/23000
Performance: Good
5k splits: 0:22:34 0:44:28 1:06:29 1:28:38 1:33:28 1:50:34 2:12:45 2:35:10 2:57:23 total time: 3:07:03 OA Place:2228 Gender place: 2106 Div place: 1488
Course: First 6 miles are largely down hill. Miles 17-21 seem to be mostly uphill. After 21, mostly flat to downhill. Spectators line the entire course. It was cool rolling through the different neighborhoods to see how the buildings and fans changed. It was fun to high-five the little kids and the wellesley girls.
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