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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
48F / 9C
Total Time = 3h 37m 9s
Overall Rank = 9363/22849
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 817/
Pre-race routine:

The Boston Marathon was everything I had hoped and more! Great organization, volunteers, spectators out of this world. If you ever get the chance to run Boston, do it, you will not regret it. The whole weekend was great for me. We got in on Sat nite, arrived at the hotel about 7pm. We were at the concierge trying to get seafood dinner reservations when we got the opportunity to go watch the Red Sox play. It was only a 5 min walk from our hotel. Great seats, great fans. Sun we went to Expo, I got the jacket and a hat, Scott got a "My Dad ran the 2009 Boston Marathon" T-shirt, kids XL fit him well. We did most of the Freedom Trail, ate at a Italian place in North Boston went back to room for some rest. Duck tour at 5:30. On the way home we stumbled upon the finish line & got some pics.

The hardest part of the race was pre-race on Mon. Up early 4:50 am to eat, shower get dressed and take t to Boston Commons to ride bus to start in Hopkinton. We got to Hopkinton about 7:00am so looking at a 3 hour wait. I had plenty of warm clothes and was glad. 2 big garbage bags stuffed with crumpled Sunday New York Times was my "bed". An old blanket would be good to bring. 1st port-a-potty stop took maybe 5 min but the next took about 45 min, right up to past 9:30 and time to head to start. By the time I dropped off my bag and got to the start my corral was almost full. It went pretty fast getting to actual start line.

Event warmup:

On the way from the Athletes Village to the bag drop busses and start I stopped and did my normal IT band stretches.
  • 3h 37m 9s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 17s  min/mile

My target goal was to BQ at Boston, so under 3:36. I had read somewhere 37% of Boston starters actually run a BQ time at Boston. I came up 70 seconds short but still very happy with my time. I had a pee break (side of road) during mile 5 and a right hamstring cramp right in front of our hotel, the Commonwealth, at mile 25. The last 1.2 mile were not very smooth but I was pushing it cause I thought I still had a chance to break 3:36. I felt close to cramping again in both legs and was running in a stiff legged shuffle but moving pretty good.

I took a throw away water bottle and drank lots of gatorade, basically no water. At the water stops I would usually fill the bottle with 2 cups and drink as needed. I used 2 gels at mile 6 and 10, then ate jelly beans I got from a spectator for the rest of the race. Had electolyte tablets but did not use them.

I thought I did a good job of pacing early trying not to go too fast early. I did not focus on the miles/distance but used the Garmin to track lap and avg pace. Different than most races for me I did not track my miles and percentages left to run. I just ran, knowing I had a long way to go. Citgo sign was a welcome sight.

Highlights were people all along the course. Wellseley was neat, lot's of high 5s and I even stopped to kiss one of the girls. Crowd support was unbelievable. We got back to the hotel around 3:30 and there were still runners on the course and still people cheering them on.

Here are my official splits with some add'l calcs
Chk. Time.....Pace.....5ktime....5kPace
05k 00:25:16 08:08 00:25:16 08:08
10k 00:50:53 08:11 00:25:37 08:15
15k 01:16:11 08:10 00:25:18 08:08
20k 01:42:01 08:12 00:25:50 08:19
13.1 01:47:35 08:12 xx:xx:xx 08:12
25k 02:07:30 08:12 00:25:29 08:12
30k 02:33:30 08:14 00:26:00 08:22
35k 02:59:47 08:16 00:26:17 08:27
40k 03:25:33 08:16 00:25:46 08:17
26.2 03:37:09 08:17 xx:xx:xx 08:17

Garmin data
Lap Time Distance Pace AHR MHR Notes Pace Factor
01 8.12.46 1 mile 08:12 135 150 Hopkinton / E. Main St 1.039
02 8:00.69 1 mile 08:00 144 155 E. Main St 1.02
03 8:04:71 1 mile 08:04 146 153 W. Union St 0.976
04 7:57.46 1 mile 07:57 147 151 Ashland / Union St 0.986
05 8:10:76 1 mile 08:10 149 157 Waverly St 1.004
06 7:56.38 1 mile 07:56 151 161 Waverly St 0.981
07 7:58:61 1 mile 07:58 154 161 Framingham / Waverly St 0.99
08 8:13.28 1 mile 08:13 152 161 Waverly St / W. Central St 0.995
09 8:07:76 1 mile 08:07 151 156 W. Central St / Fiske Pond 0.984
10 8:20.21 1 mile 08:20 149 156 Fiske Pond / W. Central St 1.003
11 8:26.59 1 mile 08:26 150 155 Natick / E. Central St 1.003
12 8:03.55 1 mile 08:03 151 158 E. Central St 0.98
13 8:12.81 1 mile 08:12 155 160 Central St. / Wellesley College 0.989
14 8:16.57 1 mile 08:16 153 158 Wellesley / Washington St 0.989
15 8:11.67 1 mile 08:11 156 159 Washington St 1.001
16 7:51.80 1 mile 07:51 157 160 Wash. St / Newton lower falls 0.966
17 8:19.69 1 mile 08:19 161 165 Hill #1 / Newton-Wellesley Hosp 1.017
18 8:15.00 1 mile 08:15 162 170 Newton Fire Station / Hill #2 1.016
19 8:23.45 1 mile 08:23 159 165 Commonwealth Av 0.986
20 8:30.74 1 mile 08:30 160 168 John Kelly Statue / Hill #3 1.014
21 8:43.64 1 mile 08:43 162 170 Heartbreak Hill (Hill #4) 1.039
22 8:01.83 1 mile 08:01 164 169 Commonwealth (Boston College) 0.991
23 8:12.63 1 mile 08:12 162 168 Beacon St (Cleveland circle) 1.011
24 8:18.02 1 mile 08:18 164 169 Beacon St (Coolidge Corner) 0.989
25 8:14.34 1 mile 08:14 165 168 Beacon St (Citgo Hill) 1.008
26 8:19.82 1 mile 08:19 165 172 Kenmore Sqr / Commonwealth 1.017
27 3:02.19 .38 mile 07:56 170 173 Boylston St / Boston Public Libr 1.011
Total 3:36:26.34 26.38 08:12 155 173

What would you do differently?:

For races I need to set my Garmin to include stop times. I was going by avg pace but that did not include stop times for my pee break and cramp. I also wore my watch but never really thought to use it at the start so I could track elapsed time. I mainly wanted it pre-race so I knew how long I had before the race.

Make sure you are on same page as your personal spectator and run on correct side of route for a shout out. Scott and I messed up. He thought right side, I ran on left side. The density of runners is so high he missed me.
Post race
Warm down:

Medical tent. After finishing and going thru line to get refreshments/drop bag my right calf cramped, then on way to medical tent my left. Art in the medical tent took great care of me. I was in medical for maybe 20 minutes. I should have stopped and got some post race food but went direct to buses to get warm clothes. Packed with runners at this point. I met up with Scott at family spot and we took orange line to green to hotel. I was moving pretty slow in my post marathon shuffle. Very helpful to have Scott there at end of race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Right hamstring cramp just after mile 25

Pee break - I didn't have to go real bad but I knew chances to go would be limited the farther we went so I decided to take the opportunity. Maybe I should have waited and not needed to go, who knows. When you miss your goal time by only 70 seconds, you have to consider some of your race time decisions.

Event comments:

Great 1st time Boston experience! If you ever get the chance, definitely run Boston.

Last updated: 2009-02-12 12:00 AM
03:37:09 | 26.2 miles | 08m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 817/
Overall: 9363/22849
Performance: Good
Garmin data finally uploaded
Course: It's the fricking Boston Marathon! The biker bar, Wellesley, Newton hills, Heartbreak Hill, Citgo sign, etc. The course is never very wide but there was seldom congestion despite the high density of runners
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-04-23 5:04 PM

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Rochester, MN
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2009-04-24 11:56 AM
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Only comment is: who showers before running a marathon?
2009-04-24 3:09 PM
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Rochester, MN
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I knew it was going to be cold with all the waiting in the busses and in Hopkinton so I decided to start the day off with a hot shower. 

2009-04-25 6:25 PM
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Wilmington, NC
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Great job! 

Oh...and I showered before the race that day too!  It wakes me up!
2009-04-25 8:03 PM
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Great job!  I am glad to hear it was all you hoped for and more.  (And I often shower pre-race too, don't listen to him )

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