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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
45F / 7C
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 04m 42s
Overall Rank = 1864/26000
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 265/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and drove downtown with Jim. We went to 7-ll and got some cheap coffee. Loaded the buses and then hung out with Bridgett, Allison, Greg and Jim in the staging area... It was chilly.
Event warmup:

Ran from the staging area to the start (about a half of a mile).
Run
  • 3h 04m 42s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 03s  min/mile
Comments:

I ran well for the first 15. I knew that when it was easier to run uphill than to run in the flats of the hills I was in trouble. The wheels completely fell off at 21. My quads were killing me.

Mile 1: 6:32 AVG HR 195*
Mile 2: 6:21 AVG HR 178*
Mile 3: 6:24 AVG HR 160
Mile 4: 6:21 AVG HR 155
Mile 5: 6:36 AVG HR 153
Mile 6: 6:25 AVG HR 153
Mile 7: 6:26 AVG HR 153
Mile 8: 6:30 AVG HR 154
Mile 9: 6:25 AVG HR 154
Mile 10: 6:33 AVG HR 153
Mile 11: 6:40 AVG HR 154
Mile 12: 6:29 AVG HR 151
Mile 13: 6:33 AVG HR 155
Mile 14: 6:43 AVG HR 155
Mile 15: 6:54 AVG HR 156
Mile 16: 6:42 AVG HR 153
Mile 17: 7:15 AVG HR 156
Mile 18: 7:24 AVG HR 155
Mile 19: 7:06 AVG HR 155
Mile 20: 7:35 AVG HR 155
Mile 21: 8:06 AVG HR 156
Mile 22: 7:30 AVG HR 153
Mile 23: 7:54 AVG HR 151
Mile 24: 8:04 AVG HR 150
Mile 25: 8:04 AVG HR 150
Mile 26: 8:14 AVG HR 152
The last .2: 2:56 AVG HR 155

* HR is not correct yet.

I think my splits tell the story.

What would you do differently?:

Well 1st: Don't get Bronchitis and if you do, heal up before the race. I missed 11 straight days of training in early March and was never healthy.

2nd: Speed work matters. All of my sick and slow miles did not prepare my legs for the pounding that my pace and the course would dish out.

3rd: I probably should have started out easier given my lack of preparation for this race. Not sure this would have made a difference though.
Post race
Warm down:

Changed into dry clothes. Hit the first cheesy bar that I could find... Fire and Ice! HAHA.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

As I said, being sick, lack of speed work, poor race plan.

Event comments:

The Boston Marathon is awesome... the people of Boston are more awesome!

One complaint. The tech shirt they gave me is once again 2 sizes too big. I PAY FOR THIS SHIRT IT SHOULD FIT. This always seems to happen. I should get a refund for the cost of this bike rag.

Me and Deriba Merga were on the same flight:

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Last updated: 2009-04-06 12:00 AM
Running
03:04:42 | 26.2 miles | 07m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 265/
Overall: 1864/26000
Performance: Below average
AVG HR 155
Course: Hopkinton to Boston
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-04-22 5:40 PM

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2009-04-22 6:20 PM
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Way to gut it out.  The first 20 were smoking and there's nothing to hang your head about with a 3:04.  Did you see Kara Goucher?  God she's hot!
2009-04-22 7:48 PM
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Mr. Dime, it was a pleasure hooking up and sharing a room. It was a blast hanging with you and the other fine folks. I was hoping to grab a Dunkin Donut or two at some point though (the one on the corner)... next year, perhaps.

Oh, and nice race. You gave what you had... kudos, mi amigo.
2009-04-22 8:39 PM
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From where I stand, that's unreal, unbelievable, terrific, fast, very cool, and spectacular!

Can I touch your avatar and hope some of that wears off?

2009-04-22 8:52 PM
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WOW, I wish I was that fast when the "wheels come off".  Nice job, really nice.
2009-04-23 9:27 AM
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Dude!  You did awesome.  I wish I had caught you!  Your wheels coming off were faster than my wheels coming off.  Sub 3 for you next year as well my friend!  Glad you made it there.



2009-04-23 9:29 AM
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I am really impressed with your time out there. The incredible base and amazing mental stamina you have is just mind-boggling. 3:04 post-bronchitis is just killer fast. I really have to up my game face if I'm going to beat you in Kansas!!
2009-04-23 9:56 AM
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Sweet race.  Seems the wheels came off at the same point for us as post Heartbreak was suffer fest and I felt like the whole race was passing me.  If its any consolation, my tee had a bunch of threads that are unraveling from the cheese cloth material they used and mine will likely be relegated to bike rag duty as well.  Freakin joke.  Heal up well and congrats on a great race!

2009-04-23 10:12 AM
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Great race.  My wheels came off there as well

As far as the shirt, they actually had a place at the expo where you could exchange to get the right size.  Remember that for next year, when you go sub 2:55
2009-04-23 10:19 AM
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Great race. Looks like everybody's wheels came off about the same place
2009-04-23 1:54 PM
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Dime I'd trade a digit or two to hold that pace for a 1/2 Mary, much less a full.

Nice work. You'll kill it when you're healthy!


2009-04-23 6:20 PM
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Bill - 2009-04-23 12:54 PM

Dime I'd trade a digit or two to hold that pace for a 1/2 Mary, much less a full.

Nice work. You'll kill it when you're healthy!


HaHa... are you talking about years or fingers?

Edited by DickDime 2009-04-23 6:22 PM
2009-04-24 11:09 AM
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You always amaze me with your capacity to push through the most incredible pain. I need some of that! Nice job, Richard. Now, get healthy!!

2009-04-24 1:27 PM
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FAST DIME!
2009-04-26 9:59 PM
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Great job Richard! 3:04!!!

I know it's not a PR, but damn man... it's Boston and 3:04 does not make you a slouch by any means bro!

You fought off bronchitis, and all sorts of hell! You gutted out a bad race buddy! Plus, the race gods obviously recognized your efforts and hooked you up with the best flight! Congrats on taking on the "Beast of Boston" and rockin' it! I'm alway impressed and admire the out of you Dime! You're the Ironman that didn't even need to cover 140.6 miles to get the title! Congrats dude and GREAT job! Laughing
2009-05-03 8:35 PM
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great run and sorry to hear dime got dicked on the t-shirt. i think i remember reading the same thing after IMAZ - lol. best of luck in kansas and make sure to email the RD in advanced about your t-shirt concerns. peace.


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