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Boston, MA
United States
Boston Athletic Association
70F / 21C
Total Time = 3h 45m 46s
Overall Rank = 7434/17549
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 2406/4052
Pre-race routine:

I slept like a baby the night before the race, after a lousy prior night of sleep. Had to adjust to the 3 hour timezone difference.
Event warmup:

Laid around in the park like everyone else for a couple of hours
  • 3h 45m 46s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 37s  min/mile

My aerobic engine was well prepared with all of the swimming and biking I have been doing. My legs were fatigued early as I did not have a lot of running mileage leading up to this event. The weather was warm, but it felt pretty good to me. If you ever get a chance to do "Boston", the starting corals are amazing. You are surrounded by so many great runners (not me of course), and it is so inspiring. My friend Pat, my cousin Cory, and I all started off together and we took it out pretty conservatively. Cory (in his wisdom) felt the temperature was hotter than we expected, and as we cruised downhill in mile 1, I am gald he held us back. I had never seen this course before, so it was quite an experience to see the beautiful countryside, but what really stood out was the sheer number of spectators along the course. After 1 mile, both Cory and I were looking for water/gatorade, but the first station was about 2 miles into the course. It was jammed with people and was quite the free for all to get replenished, but this was one stop I wasn't going to miss. I was armed with 5 GU's, Endurolyte (sodium & electrolytes mostly), and knew I'd be packing a ton of fluids at EVERY stop. The miles clipped by very quickly, in spite of the fact we were going at a pretty comfortable pace. I kept tabs on my heart rate, and I kept away from being anerobic until the very end of the race. My HR averaged 158 BPM for this marathon, but I did crank it up to 183 in the last mile. Along the course, I ran with the "Barefoot Guy", named Ken-Bob Saxton. We ran up Hearbreak Hill together, and cousin Cory took a photo of us. Too bad he didn't get his feet in the picture! It is amazing, you must put in running miles to run this kind of distance, but I assure you, it is such a mental game as well. The crowds really pump a guy up. I have never smiled so much during a race in my life. When my legs felt tired, the loud crowd picked me up. The series of hills at M17, inclding Heartbreak actually felt better to work them, than it was to keep doing the downhills, which were very hard on the quads. Both Cory & I handled the hills without any difficulty at all. We started to look foward to them. Cory never put his famous "tunes" on during the race, we were having too much fun talking the whole way. From M20 on, the course rolls, but has a lot of downhill. We pass hundreds and hundreds of runners all day. I told Cory at the half way point of the run that we would be passing people like crazy today. It was prophetic, as we picked off runners by the droves every mile from M20 to the finish. The crowds got bigger as the finish line approached, and I had renewed energy. I ran a hard M26 in honor of my Aunt Millie (Cory's mom) who dies recently. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known, and just thinking of her motivated me to push hard and do M26 in 7:25. The finish line was beautiful, and my cousin and I celebrated.
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing. My cousin Cory & I stopped and took pictures along the way, and got some great photos when our families met up with us at Boston College on the course. I kissed a girl at Wellesley College, and sang the YMCA song when it was blasting along the course.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots and lots of walking afterward. Never sat down, and took an ice bath a couple of hours after the race. My son Erik brought in a truckload of ice from the hotel to see if I could take it, duh, of course I could and did!

The only thing that went wrong today was we waited for our friend Pat, and unfortunetely, he got pulled off the course at Mile 18 due to dehydration. I am hoping and praying that Pat will get back up on the HORSE again, and not give up on marathons. Even though I know he was VERY disappointed, his attitude for the rest of the trip was incredible, and he truly didn't let the incident ruin an otherwise terrific trip for everyone. He is an inspiration to all of us.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I came into the race trying to really enjoy the event. Even if I had tried my hardest, this was not a PR day. The weather was too warm, the course VERY challenging and unfamiliar, just not the day to PR. Was the most memorable races ever, way more than my marathon PR race at OC last year.

Event comments:

Boston is marathon Mecca. It is loaded with great runners from all over the world. It is one of the greatest American sporting events, and I am proud, and honored, to have been able to participate in this wonderful race, in such a historic and fantastic city. I can't help but wonder if I will ever return to this event. With all the lore and mystic of Boston, it definetely lived up to it's reputation. I guess I'll just go and have a "Sam Adams" to ponder this for a while longer.

Last updated: 2004-11-22 12:00 AM
03:45:46 | 26.2 miles | 08m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/4052
Overall: 0/17549
Performance: Good
158 AVG HR/183 MAX HR My splits were: M1 8:31 M2 8:19 M3 8:27 M4 8:18 M5 8:37 M6 8:12 M7 8:16 M8 8:26 M9 8:16 M10 8:25 M11 8:52 M12 8:32 M13 8:30 M14 8:34 M15 8:50 M16 8:59 M17 8:58 M18 8:49 M19 8:44 M20 9:05 M21 9:10 M22 9:24 M23 8:41 M24 8:55 M25 8:46 M26 7:25 (Yup, that was run in honor of my aunt Millie who recently died) M.2 1:37
Course: Boston was the most amazing beautiful course ever, and the crowd was electric from the start ALL the way to the finish. I was smiling for many of the miles, and ran the first 25 together with my cousin Cory Davidson from Minnesota. Race Splits: 5K 26:08 10K 52:17 15K 1:18:05 20K 1:44:54 1/2 1:50:38 25K 2:11:59 30K 2:39:36 35K 3:08:12 40K 3:35:28
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2005-04-20 3:49 PM

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2005-04-20 7:47 PM
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Tucson, AZ
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Sounds like a terrific race! I can only imagine the atmosphere and energy around that place. Must've been awesome!
2005-04-20 8:59 PM
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Nice run dude. Nice run
2005-04-21 11:04 AM
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Hey, great race! You remained strong and consistent the entire race, and posted a great time! Boston is quite an accomplishment...congratulations!
2005-04-21 1:15 PM
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Littleton, CO
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Very Cool!!!  I'm still laughing about you stopping for photos and kisses!  Too funny!  Great time too - hope you can have that speed at IMFL
2005-04-22 11:40 AM
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, Alabama
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Great race.  I can't believe you pulled that 7:20 right at the end!  (I'd have been crawling that last .2!)


2005-04-22 2:10 PM
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Great job!

You must have ran past me, I worked the Boston Marathon. I was at mile 22 at the bottom of the hill (Chestnut Circle). There were several of us volunteers together forming a line. Our task was to insure the wheelchair racers navigated the terrain over the tracks (and potholes) without incident.

All very inspiring!
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