Boston Marathon - RunMarathon

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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
42F / 6C
Total Time = 3h 35m 26s
Overall Rank = 8885/23167
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 1350/4036
Pre-race routine:

Prayed with family at hotel, caught subway to bus pick-up, caught bus, relaxed in athletes village, put bag on bus, walked to start, ran!

Remember the walk from athletes village to the start -- it's surreal!
  • 3h 35m 26s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 13s  min/mile

This was a dream come true! After topping heartbreak hill at mile 21, I experienced the best 5 mile run of my life!
The crowd and people of New England are grate -- they made me feel like royalty! The "pulled" me through and inspired me to live a dream.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

None -- walked through finish line stations in amazement. I was coming to realization that "this just happened!"

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running with 26000 runners and respect for "the Newton Hills" slowed me in the beginning -- I "saved it" for the hills. Despite finishing 5 minutes under my goal (lost in the first 20K), I would not do anything different. Running negative splits at Boston from 21 to 26 was awesome.

Event comments:


Last updated: 2009-03-26 12:00 AM
03:35:26 | 26.2 miles | 08m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 1350/4036
Overall: 8885/23167
Performance: Good
Course: The first 16 is a downhill, but don't treat is as one. It's up and down and is like running a "hilly 16." Then, at mile 16, begins "Newton." Make it to 21 feeling good and experience the awesome run to Boylston St. Make it to the convention center (on Boylston) and experience the finish of a lifetime. Advise for first timers. . . Train on hills late in your long runs and respect Newton early in the race. The course is "as advertised."
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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