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109th BOSTON MARATHON - Run


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Boston, MA
United States
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 38m 13s
Overall Rank = 8789/18319
Age Group = 18-39
Age Group Rank = 2754/4165
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast: 2 eggs, toast with peanut butter and coffee
Took the bus from Boston into Hopkinton. The team that I was running with had a house with portable bathrooms, chairs, bagels, water, gatorade, etc.
Sat there and wait from 9:30am until 11:30am. I felt like an elite runner!
Oh no my throath is still bothering me a little. At this point I rather prefer to take my chances. no sore throath medice for me at this point... I hope it doesn't affect my run!
Event warmup:

11:30am jogging for 10 minutes and light stretching
Run
  • 3h 38m 13s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile
Comments:

1st mile: There is a lot of people! Ok go ahead and pass some runners but don’t go crazy. Pace 8:18min and HR 151 avg. (perfect!)
2nd mile: pace 7:51. I feeling ok, I am passing people and I am getting into a rhythm, though my HR is a bit high:159 avg. (Probably is due to the heat and excitement. Nothing to worry)
3rd mile: I am passing more people and settling into my pace, though I am running slower than usual… is probably due to the amount of people. Let’s not worry and play with the people giving high fives. Pace 7:53 and HR 169 avg. (wait what?) Again is probably the heat.
4th mile: ok let’s get the pace closer to my goal. Men it is getting hot! Something is not right though my pace is better 7:37, my HR is booming! 165 avg. Ok time for some cytomax.
5th mile: pace 7:51, something is not right my HR keeps climbing 169 avg. and I am not even running faster than usual! My long run pace was always between 7:50 and 8:00. What’s going on?
6th mile: pace 7:46 but HR is up yet again to 171 avg!!! My speed is around 7.5mph. I am definitely not pushing myself hard. Ok let’s focus on counting steps… 31 steps with left leg on 20 sec. Perfect that’s 93 in a minute and 186 for both less… Same as my long runs. Could it be my sore throat? It is not bothering me now though…
7th mile: pace 7:55. I can’t speed up because my HR is SUPER high… Ok Jorge, let’s calm down and continue enjoying the crowd. Let’s give some more high fives. It is time for a GU and drink cytomax. HR 169 avg.
8th mile: pace 8:04. What? My HR is now 173 avg??? OMG, what’s going on? I just hit a max HR of 181. I usually do that when I am doing speed work at the track and running 6 min miles. Let’s grab some ice to cool and calm down.
9th mile: pace 7:50, ok I feel a bit better but some how uncomfortable. Maybe I am focusing too much on my dam HR but why now my avg is 174? I think I am going to switch the strategy and drink fluids every 15 min. Maybe because of my throat I am getting dehydrated faster. cytomax
10th mile: Pace 7:54, I am definitely running at the same pace as my long runs and I just cover the 1st 10 miles but hell I am not feeling as always. This HR thing is messing too much with mi mind…WHAT! 176 avg. That’s it the chest strap is coming off. I will base my run on speed and pace. Maybe that will calm me down.
11th mile: Pace 7:55, ok I think I am doing a bit better. I’ll keep my speed between 7.5 and 7.8 mph. some more cytomax
12th mile: pace 7:35, wow it is the first time I can actually bring my pace somehow close to my Goal. But there is something terrible wrong! It can’t be, it really can’t, right? There is a water station and… what? I want to stop and walk? This had never happened to me before. Ok calm down. Keep a steady pace until the next mile and water station.
13th mile: pace 7:47, I am still worry. Ok suck it up. Let’s do this. There is the ½ marathon mark and cameras… let’s chill and smile. Water and another GU
14th and 15th miles: pace 8:00, I am suffering way too much. There is no way I can go faster than 8 min miles. You know what let’s just focus and enjoy as much as possible. Don’t worry about times.
16th and 17th miles: pace 16:20, Hell alley here we go. just jog the hill. Whatever happens don’t walk now just don’t. The big hills are coming and if I walk now it will become easier to walk later. Oh no, my calves are cramping, Dam it!
Wow there is a guy on a wheelchair pushing himself with only one leg! That’s courage. Ok Jorge you have both of your legs so keep running! Water & Gatorade
18th mile: pace 8:44, ok I just passed the steepest hill. I want to walk so badly. Now I am beginning to feel cramps on my hamstrings. Use the cheering of the crowd. Come one!
19th mile: pace 8:29, ok another couple of hills and you are money baby! Whatever you do don’t walk; just don’t walk the hills…cytomax
20th mile: pace 9:13. OMG I can’t do this anymore. Why I am in such a pain and agony. I had done this several times. I trained my ass off. I ran this hills at least 10 times all during my long runs. Why? Wait till next water station to walk. Wait a little more!
21st mile: pace 8:55. Ok I passed the hills, I survived that, but am I going to be able to finish? Now even my squads are cramping. I have to keep my strides short and slow. Just keep one leg in front of the other. There is no point on stopping now. Cytomax and GU
22nd mile: whatever you do don’t look up for the Citgo sign… Dam it! There is it! Hell that means I have to run another 3 miles on this street. Come on Jorge just jog/run. You are close
23rd mile: pace 8:39. Ok don’t worry about pace. Just focus on finishing…. This is weird; I just remember someone at the BT site had a quote about finding Nemo or something… I think I am loosing it, hahaha. Oh yeah I remember it is something like, Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Well Jorge, just keep moving!
24th mile: pace 11:35. My legs are cramping so BAD. Oh no, I can’t move my left leg. Let’s walk for a bit. Agggghhhh I can’t move my right leg! I can’t walk, I am falling down! There are 3 people next to me on the sidewalk: Guy “are you ok?” Jorge laying on the ground. NO! I can’t move my legs or stand up! Please stretch my legs! Girl “let me pour some water over you legs” Jorge “I can’t do this, I am done, I am done” Girl “what? Yes you can…I am sure you had run 2 miles several times before! That’s how much you have left!” Jorge (smile) “help me to stand up” Girl (pads me on the back) “Ok, come one Jorge 2 more miles. You better start running before I get upset” Jorge “Thank you guys, you are the best!” Just push me towards the finish line.
25th mile: pace 10:00, I am so close, I am running as straight as possible. Let’s high five the crowd and pretend I am ok.
26.2 mile: pace 9:34, OMG, I am going to finish! I can’t believe it. I don’t feel my legs and I am exhausted, but hey the crowd amazing! Wait a minute… there are some friends on the crowd, “Come Jorge you did it!” I want to cry! Just keep moving, just keep moving, so close, so close…YES! I did it

What would you do differently?:

Train more on the heat, and regulate better my fluid intake
Post race
Warm down:

I was about to faint a couple of times so a sat down and drank a coke. Our running team offered complementary food, drinks and massages after the race. IT WAS HEAVEN!
My stomach was so updet after the race I couldn't eat anything until later that night.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I don't know if the heat affected me that much. I don't know if it was my sore throat. I don’t know if I focused on passing too much people at the beggining, I don’t know if I drank to much fluid or what. But none of them are excuses. It was a humbling and awesome experience and I can’t wait to do it again. Though the next time I get to run the Boston marathon it will be when I get to qualify. So I will be working vey hard on that in the mean time.

Event comments:

Boston Marathon. I promise you will see me again!




Last updated: 2004-11-18 12:00 AM
Running
03:38:13 | 26.2 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/4165
Overall: 0/18319
Performance: Average
Since the numbers that were assigned to our Team were the last ones, we had to walk around 1/2 mile (at least) to get into our corral and then wait until we could walk back to the start. The race started at 12:00 pm, but it took us around 30 minutes to get to the starting line, so we started running at around 12:30pm
Course: The game plan: run 1st 2 miles 30 sec above my Goal pace (7:30) and cover it on 16:00min. After that I was going to slowly bring my pace to 7:40 or 7:35. My goal for the 1st 10 miles was to enjoy the experience and keep my HR below 156 or keep a speed no greater than 8.00 mph. My plan was also to follow my long runs routine and drink cytomax until 30 min into the race and then drink every 20 min after. From mile 11 to 16 was to pick up the pace to 7:35 or 7:30 but by all means keep HR below 160. From mile 16 to 21 (the famous hell alley, Newton hills and Heart break hill) keep speed steady at 7.5mp and maintain HR no higher than 165. After mile 21 is time to crack up the pace. Pick it up to 7:20 or better and maintain HR at 170 or below. If I still have energy last 3 miles go for it! Run fast, and don’t hold anything back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2005-04-23 10:30 AM

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2005-04-23 12:36 PM
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Great race report, man. I felt your pain through those last few miles. Unbelievable job getting back up and powering through! Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming!

Congratulations.

2005-04-23 12:50 PM
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Hey Jorge.....congratulations!

Way to go.

I was working the marathon at mile 22 where the wheelchairs turn the corner at chestnut circle. Everyone was so inspiring. Maybe someday for me.....

2005-04-25 8:52 AM
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Thank you both 

It was a painful yet an awesome experience!

2005-04-25 6:48 PM
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amiine - 2005-04-25 7:52 AM

Thank you both 

It was a painful yet an awesome experience!

Wow, what a great job!  Way to go and congratulations on running/qualifying.  What an accomplishment.

2005-04-25 6:56 PM
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WAY TO GO JORGE!!!!!  You have lived a dream!!!  


2005-04-25 11:40 PM
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Mr. Elite Marathoner!  Congrats on even qualifying, much less posting such a great time in the race of all races.  Awesome.
2005-04-26 11:55 AM
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Wow! Terrific mile-by-mile recap of the race!

Glad to see that you will be going back to beat it again.
2005-04-26 3:16 PM
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great race!  you should be proud of yourself
2005-04-26 8:24 PM
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Wow great in depth race report!  I felt like I was there with you my legs started to hurt.  All soon to be Ironmen and Marathoners should read your report to see just how hard it really is!  Thanks Jorge.  Oh by the way I posted the just keep swimming line on a friends Ironman blog.  Don't know if you read it there but I'm glad it helped!
2005-04-27 3:19 PM
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Thank you to everyone for the kind words!  


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