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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
89F / 32C
Total Time = 4h 11m 13s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up early to eat a light breakfast, headed off to catch the buses at 5:45. I caught one of the early buses without standing in line. We got to the athlete village around 7:30. As usual,the time went fast and around 9:30 they called for us to head to the start.
Event warmup:

1 mile walk to the start of the 116th Boston Marathon... my 1st Boston
  • 4h 11m 13s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 35s  min/mile

It took me about 10 minutes after the gun to reach the starting line. The spectators were out in full and would be that way for the entire 26.2 mile course. They were a great help in getting me to the finish line. I started with expectations of trying to give it my all and readjust if needed. At mile 7 I felt a twitch in my calf and shortly after I dropped my Endurolytes. I knew then that it was going to be a hard day. I made it to the half way mark without too much drama. The heat really started to take effect on me after that. I made it to mile 17 and met my family. They gave me a cooling towel I bought at the expo. I used it on my neck and ice on my head to keep somewhat cool. The heat jumped on me in Newton and I had to run/walk my way into Boston. It was fun to interact with the crowd and to take in the sites and sounds of the race. I passed Rick and Dick Hoyt along the way... what an inspiration! I lumbered my way to Boylston Street and made it to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not much to say here. I played it safe on a hot day.
Post race
Warm down:

Drink.Drink and more Drink. I picked up my medal,bag and headed off to the hotel. We went back and watched some of the race and had dinner.


What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat!

Last updated: 2012-04-25 12:00 AM
04:11:13 | 26.2 miles | 09m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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2012-04-25 9:31 AM

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Subject: Boston Marathon

2012-04-25 4:14 PM
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NW Suburbs, Illinois
Subject: RE: Boston Marathon
Congratulations on your first Boston finish!!!!
2012-04-26 9:21 AM
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Almaden Valley, San Jose, California
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Congrats! You picked a heck of a day for your first!!
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