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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 44m 41s
Overall Rank = 787/3702
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 225/626
Pre-race routine:

Slept at my brother's in the South End so I could sleep a bit later and walk to the race. I was also able to watch the sox lose (why is Timlin on the playoff roster?) and go to bed way too late (at 12:30 or so). Oh, and have a couple beers which wasn't in the plan. Hammered a bunch of water throughout the game though.
Event warmup:

Woke up at 6 and out the door around 6:30. About a half hour walk to the race which was a nice way to warm up. Piece of toast on the walk. Gel about 15 minutes before the gun with a few cups of water.
  • 1h 44m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 59s  min/mile

Everything went to plan and a bit better. I was hoping to do the first 6-7 miles at an 8:30 pace, the next 3 at 8:15, and the last three as fast as possible. I wanted to average better than 8:15 for the whole race. I jumped down into the 7's earlier than I planned but I felt good and the last two miles were an awesome kick that hurt (but hurt so good). Even though the first mile was so slow because it was full of people I was still (barely) in the 7's! Ate my GU at about mile 7-8 and had a small gulp of water at each stop. If I train correctly I should be able to go sub 4:00 at Boston in April.
What would you do differently?:

Just be better trained and go out slightly faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with Greg and his wife. They really helped me push those middle miles. Said goodbye and went to stretch and wait for Jill to finish. She beat 2:00 for the first time and was psyched. Met her friend Renee who may do Boston with us. I didn't end up seeing Caitlin but I'm sure she did great.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough training. But, I'm happy with this time being my first half.

Event comments:

Great race. Maybe some better pre and post race activities. But, overall very nice race.

Last updated: 2008-10-10 12:00 AM
01:44:41 | 13.1 miles | 07m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/626
Overall: 0/3702
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling hills out and back from Fenway to Franklin Park Zoo (and golf course). Very nice route through the Emerald Necklace.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-10-12 12:42 PM

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Weymouth, MA
Subject: Boston Half Marathon

2008-10-13 6:16 AM
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Hillsborough, NH
Subject: RE: Boston Half Marathon
Great Job! Looks like sub 2:00 wasn't much of a problem.  Doing any more races this winter or going in to winter maintenance mode?
2008-10-13 7:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Boston Half Marathon

Wow that is some great pace there Rob!!

Speaking of Timlin, his wife is a triathlete - in my AG. 

2008-10-13 9:31 AM
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Weymouth, MA
Subject: RE: Boston Half Marathon

Thanks guys.  I just checked the official time and I was 8 seconds faster than I thought.  So.....I was in the 7's!  7.59 and change but it still starts with a 7!

For the next month and a half I am going into muscle building mode.  I'll lift (with functional movements) each morning and then tri sports after work and on the weekends.  I am going to run the Boston Marathon and I want to have some good leg strength to start with.

2008-10-13 1:04 PM
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Cambridge, MA
Subject: RE: Boston Half Marathon

Congrats on the fast paced (yay, 7's!) for your first 13.1 -- awesome!

I think you can do a sub-4 min April at the full 26.2 if 

A. you get the leg strength and joint stability for all of the downhill/uphill pounding


B. you get a little more rest and hydration by letting the red sox do whatever they'll do.

(Like you, I'd stayed up waaaay too late with beer and snacks and the game.  Darn them!)


I'm psyched to hear that you're making lifting an emphasis for the next few months.  I'm doing that as well while my sweetie is building a home gym for us in the basement.  Woo!


Cheers, -Sunny

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