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Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Boston Athletic Association
40F / 4C
Precipitation
Total Time = 3h 21m 28s
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Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Ah, the story about the Nor'Easter that tried to ruin Boston '07.

My pre-race consisted of a lot of worrying about the weather. Forecast called for rain accumulations of up to an inch for the day, with a steady headwind of 25mph with gusts up to 50. Since I didn't have rain gear, I spent a large portion of Sunday looking for a rain jacket and using Scotch-guard like material to spray my coat and shoes to make sure I would stay dry. I was happy with my coat and hoped that my shoes would stay dry!
On race morning, I had my usual bagel and coffee, then made my way to the T to get the bus to athelete's village. My bag was packed with everything- towel, garbage bags, pop tarts, water, gatorade and even a chair to sit on. When we got to athlete's village, the grounds were soaked with some places up to 6" of standing water. Ick. I found a spot in one of the tents and set up shop. I sat and chatted with some of the other athletes till they called us to head to the corrals. It was pretty disgusting in the tents, but I managed to stay dry. The wind and rain only reared it's ugly head for 5min out there, so we were all hoping we might get a lucky break from the storm.
No matter what the weather did, it would be a race to remember!
Event warmup:

Shedding my pants and jacket count as warm-up, right? How about the .7mile walk from athlete's village to the corrals, does that count?
Run
  • 3h 21m 28s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile
Comments:

Before the Nor'easter blew in, I was hoping to get under 3:30. With the dire predictions for race day, I adjusted my goals and was just hoping to get a qualifying time again (under 3:40). Since my goals had changed for the race, I walked around a lot more than I probably should have on Saturday and Sunday, trying to enjoy Boston despite the weather. Once we started racing, though, and I realized the wind and rain were going to hold off, I figured I could probably do better than a 3:40, so I started pushing it. Unfortunately, my corral was 14, which was with the 3:40 runners, and I wanted to be running 7:20min/miles for the first 3 miles. I did my best to run in and out of the other runners, and I know I ran a few extra tenths of a mile because of it. As you can see from my splits, my first 2 miles were a bit slower (when you consider how much of a downhill they were). Oh well! I didn't realize I would want those seconds back until the end.
The whole race was just incredible. My legs felt amazing, I had my breathing under control, and I really felt like I was living in the moment. The crowds came out in droves, despite the wind and the rain, and they were the most excited, supportive crowd I've ever seen. They really lived up to my expectations!!
I didn't start as fast as I wanted to, but maybe it saved my quads for the end. The first 11 miles just flew by, and it was a ton of fun to be running with so many awesome people. I started eating my shot blocks pretty early and had my first gu at mile 11. Everything sat well, and I didn't start drinking until mile 5. I was wearing my jacket, but it was way warmer than I anticipated. There were a lot of people out there in shorts with no shirt! Crazy! I kept my jacket on the whole race though, because I had spent such a long time finding it, I wasn't about to not use it!
At mile 12, you could hear the Welleseley girls screaming their brains out. As you got closer, it just got increasingly louder. I ran through the whole wall of women slapping everyone's hand and thanking them for being out there. It was awesome!
There were a few more steep downhill sections that really made you feel that ache in your quads. I felt the pain, but it was just a dull ache, and nothing crampy. Then I guess the hills started. Now, I was a little bit worried that I didn't do enough hill running in my training. Turns out, I did plenty, because these hills are nothing compared to what San Diego can offer. I honestly didn't notice most of the hills, and had to ask other participants if they were the ones we were supposed to be worried about. Hills are definitely my strong point because I passed almost everyone around me going up them. Also, as you can see from my splits, I didn't really slow down a whole lot. I felt so strong, it was really encouraging and I just kept smilin'. I honestly couldn't tell you which of those hills was 'Heartbreak' because, if anything, they all just gave you a break from running downhill!
As the course started getting closer to Boston, I was thinkin' that a walk break would feel kind of nice. But, there were so many people around, that I would have felt so weird walking, and everyone kept yelling at me that I was looking good! So, I didn't. Instead, I ran faster and kept smiling and pumping my fists at the crowd. Every chance I got, I'd run along the side of the road and slap some spectator's hands. They got such a thrill out of the littlest reaction from the runners and it made running soooo much easier. Each passing mile felt like the finish line, with all the cheering we were getting.
My legs were still aching at mile 22, but when I looked at my watch, I saw that I had a chance to break 3:20. That was totally unexpected, and since I still felt great and hadn't hit a wall, I wanted to go for it. My legs were killing me, but everytime I checked my average pace it was faster than it was before. At this point, I stopped hamming it up for the crowd and started focusing on my stride and the finish line. Miles 23-26 hurt like hell, but my pace just kept getting faster, so I figured I'd go for it, and if I blew up, oh well!
As we got in to the city, the giant CitGo sign was looming above us, and there were 2 other women by me who were trying to get under 3:20. We were egging each other on, and I know they were hanging on to my heals to try to get to that finish. I ran by so many people, it was crazy. I don't think anyone passed me from 23 on (or at least, that's how it plays out in my fantasy world :) ). I haven't been racing for too long, but this was the first time I could really push it fast at the end, and I owe that all to the crowds. It felt amazing to have so many people yelling for you, and to actually 'sprint' across the finish was exhilirating. I didn't hit the 3:20 mark, but when I looked at my garmin, it said I ran 26.47 miles. I also finished with a huge smile on my face, and ran a nearly perfect race for myself under those conditions on such a hard course.
Boston is an incredible race, and any one who gets the chance should do it. If this many people come out and support when a Nor'Easter is in town, then it has to be just absolutely nuts on a normal day!
I am extremely happy with my time. My first marathon was in '05, and I ran a 4:25. My second marathon was my BQ, which was the San Diego Rock 'n Roll last June, with a time of 3:38:33. Taking almost 50 minutes off my time was really difficult for that race, so I thought there was no way I'd break 3:30, let alone get anywhere near 3:20. Since then, I started doing triathlons, and I truly believe that the addition of cycling was the key to my success at Boston. I have twigs for legs, and with all of my biking, I've been able to build up some muscles in my quads, which totally saved me on this downhill course. Beating my previous PR by 17 minutes is a friggin rush!
What would you do differently?:

The only thing that might have helped me break 3:20 was if I had started in a faster corral and had made up that 1:30 on the first 3 miles. C'est la vie!
Post race
Warm down:

More like a warm-up! I was instantly freezing, and even after I put on two layers of clothes, I still had the chills. I found my mom, and we hobbled around Boston to get back to the hotel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Other people were in my way, and I was mentally prepared to run a slower race. Those excuses aren't a regret- I had the most fun running this race, and also PR'ed by 17 minutes- no complaints!

Event comments:

Boston is simply the best. The volunteers are amazing, especially given the terrible conditions. Everyone was still out there helping us out with everything they could and still had the energy to cheer us on. The crowds were amazing, and I am so happy they still came out to support, even though the weather wasn't great. The entire city gets pumped about the race, and the atmosphere is infectious. Since I wore my official Boston jacket, a whole bunch of complete strangers wished me luck- on the T, at the store, at the hotel- it was awesome!
The course is really tough, but I bet there are tougher courses out there. Train on hills, and beef up your quads. If you train smart, you can go wicked fast :)




Last updated: 2006-10-18 12:00 AM
Running
03:21:28 | 26.2 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Lap 1: 8:18 (in minutes/mile) Lap 2: 7:39 Lap 3: 7:33 Lap 4: 7:32 Lap 5: 7:39 Lap 6: 7:28 Lap 7: 7:30 Lap 8: 7:28 Lap 9: 7:28 Lap 10: 7:30 Lap 11: 7:40 Lap 12: 7:35 Lap 13: 7:33 Lap 14: 7:37 Lap 15: 7:43 Lap 16: 7:30 Lap 17: 7:52 Lap 18: 7:46 Lap 19: 7:37 Lap 20: 7:42 Lap 21: 7:58 Lap 22: 7:30 Lap 23: 7:48 Lap 24: 7:22 Lap 25: 7:24 Lap 26: 7:05
Course: It's Boston! Net downhill= kills your quads, then the few uphills you get seem a lot bigger than they are. It's as hard a course as everyone says it is! Also, like everyone says, it's not the uphills that get ya.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2007-04-17 8:26 AM
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Congrats on an awesome race! You totally deserve it, with all the hard work you've been doing leading up to this race. What a great report to read. WELL DONE!!

And wow, I had no idea that your first marathon was 4:25... you mean you haven't always been this crazy-fast? That gives me hope!

2007-04-17 8:27 AM
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way to go!  You rocked that course, nasty weather and all
2007-04-17 8:29 AM
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Awesome job She-Donk aka jazzwithnumbers aka Alaina!!  Sounds like a fun time and you worked your arse off and nailed your plan.  Very exciting!!
2007-04-17 8:45 AM
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great RR! great race! congrats on the PR.
2007-04-17 9:04 AM
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Awesome run Donkey!

It was great fun following you on the tracker.

Sounds like you had fun too.

The Donkey Planet Salutes you.


2007-04-17 9:10 AM
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What an accomplishment!  A new PR by 17 minutes, wow!  Your dedication to your training really showed in your results.  Great job.  If I ever have the inclination to try a marathon I'll have to do it at a race that is a Boston qualifier.  Your race report sounded amazing.  

2007-04-17 9:15 AM
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Great race! I really enjoyed reading your race report and especially hearing about your improvement. Hope you are still enjoying your success on a race well run!
2007-04-17 9:18 AM
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Nice race! Amazing that since your first marathon a couple years ago you are over an hr faster! way to go on setting a pr in such harsh conditions
2007-04-17 9:21 AM
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Way to go jazz! You are just getting faster and faster! Sounds like an amazing race. Congratulations!
2007-04-17 9:22 AM
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Inspiring! Thanks for a great report and congrats on a excellent race!


2007-04-17 9:37 AM
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Way to go!!! Great job on conquering those "hills," and it's so awesome how you enjoyed every moment of it - the crowd, the other runners, the city, the weather, etc. You totally rock! You're gonna have an excellent running/tri career ahead of you!

Have a safe trip home to warm, sunny San Diego!

2007-04-17 9:40 AM
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Congrats on such a huge PR. Hard to believe you could actually get faster as the race went on.
2007-04-17 9:43 AM
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Great race! Nice to read such a positive report. Congratulations.
2007-04-17 9:54 AM
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Wow!
Congrats! THanks for the excellent RR. I was there(spectating), and it was a tough day - you are a rockstar to not only get through the day - but PR in huge way!
2007-04-17 10:02 AM
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FANTASTIC RACE!!!!!  Great report, sounds like it was a blast.  Congratulations on a PR and some memories that will last a lifetime.


2007-04-17 10:13 AM
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Congratulations on an awesome race!!

and..yes there are usually way more spectators there. On tv they were talking about lack of crowd support for the runners.

2007-04-17 10:20 AM
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3h 21m 28s

WOW!!!! You are SO fast!! What an amazing accoplmishment! Enjoy the recovery! You have an excellent base for the One-O-One!

2007-04-17 10:24 AM
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Really great job and congrats, especially given the tough weather
2007-04-17 10:30 AM
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Awesome race.  I was wondering how that was going to go with such awful weather.  Judging by your time, you might want to run all your races in crappy weather.  Congrats!
2007-04-17 10:30 AM
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Congratulations on rippin it up out there! You're knocking some pretty good chunks off your marathon times with each one you do. Glad you enjoyed it despite the conditions too.

 



2007-04-17 10:33 AM
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Awesome race report and great job! I am hoping to qualify for boston next year so hopefully I can experience it myself. Thanks
2007-04-17 10:39 AM
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Thanks for the awesome race report! I am even more inspired to get to Boston next year - thanks for the motivation and again congrats on one great race - You Rock!
2007-04-17 10:49 AM
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great job!!! great report. 
2007-04-17 11:51 AM
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Woohoo!!!

Way to go. I know you were concerned about the weather.

Love hearing that you enjoyed the moment too. That is what it is all about.
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