Anyone who's run Boston knows the race morning logistics are at best interesting. A long bus ride to the start area hours before race start followed by hours of sitting outside in any weather unless you have access to a team bus :) Instead of a school bus I enjoyed my race morning ride on a coach bus complete with bathrooms and best yet it stayed around until everyone decided to head to the start.
The biggest issue for me with race day is eating right when you wake up at 5am and the race doesn't start until 10:20, how do you manage to eat enough, but not too much in those 5+ hours?! This year I decided to do the opposite of last year and grabbed a quick Lara Bar and coffee when I woke up then a few hours later it was a bagel and banana. I mixed in plenty of water and Nuun drink (which I have only used once before). Then headed off to meet a friend before running.
Much more crowded then last year and even with extra time we snuck into our start corral with only seconds to spare. My strategy was one that goes against everything I know about racing, but I decided since it was already 73F at the start and only getting hotter I would bank some time early on and go out faster then I knew I would be finishing. This also works since the first 10 miles are the easiest of the course. Having only run about 10 miles in the past month I knew this could be interesting. I started out with hopes of running with a friend but with every intention of taking it easy and soon lost her after the 5K point - 25:22 Not bad! The biggest question here was why am I passing walkers already? The start is set by qualifying time and everyone ahead f me should have run a 3:30 or faster marathon and not to stereotype but some looked like they had never run before! 10K - 52:11 just telling myself to keep running since the leg feels good. I can walk later if I need to.
|The leaders at Mile 26|
Next up Newton hills and yes, despite knowing the exact location of the John Kelley statue I still missed it! Those hills are much tougher in 90F heat, but I still say Heartbreak isn't too bad. I was so happy to see Boston College! Thank you drunk college boys for cheering me on and your enthusiasm! Only 5 more miles to go and it is filled with plenty of walking to recover, then a burst of energy and some running. I was so impressed with the amount of support from the spectators, extra water, fruit, pretzels, hoses, etc. I started the day covered in sunscreen but with all the sweat and water I managed a lovely sunburn that I could feel by this point but no where to go and hide so I kept moving. Mile 23 and time to hit the port-a-potties, this is the sign I truly don't care about time. I never stop during a race! By this point I am happy to say I am still doing more running then walking but it isn't fast at all and I am actually running more then many around me.
The best sight...Boylston! I am running with a guy who just asked "where is that turn" Here we are the finish line in sight and now at Mile 26, I am doing it, finishing the toughest marathon ever! 87F at the finish, yikes! And done...4:26:49 (I say 4:24 if you don't the potty stop!)