115th Boston Marathon
April 18, 2011
10th Marathon Completed
Official Time: 3:20:25 PR & BQ
Avg Pace: 7:39
Avg HR: 166
Finish: 5,197 out 23,879 (top 21%)
Weather: 55 degrees, 70% humidity, 15mph tailwind
Comments: 10th marathon completed, no walking or pee-stops, and best race ever!
Garmin Connect Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/80664219
I've ran few races where I managed my prerace pace plan so well. I was within a few seconds of my planned pace all day and only really slowed on the Newton Hills, which were a little tougher than I thought they would be. I drew so much energy and emotion from the incredible crowds that lined the course. I had never experienced anything like it - they were amazing. Looking back, they are the thing that I will remember the most about the 115th Boston Marathon.
|The crowds were almost exactly like this whole way!|
Going into the race, I wanted to get down to 175 lbs - I hadn't weighed that since high school. But I thought if I could lose about 5 pounds, while maintaining strength, it would make for a stronger, faster race. For the past few months, I floated around 180-183, and I thought losing 5 more would be tough. But for the last two weeks before the race I really watched what I ate and maintained my core fitness workouts. On race day I was about 177 - which felt great. I felt light and fast, and most importantly, still felt strong. I had a feeling I could run pretty well that day.
Since we were out of town without a car, and unable to find much that was fast and convenient for food, my pre-race nutrition for the week wasn't the best. We didn't want to travel on the plane with a bunch of food, and there weren't any grocery stores close to our hotel. So I probably didn't get as many calories as I would have preferred in the days leading up to the race. As a result, I felt a little weaker than normal at the end of the race, but nothing disastrous. I just could have used a little more fuel. I ate Italian for a couple of meals with pasta and chicken - but I really could have used a lot more produce.
Waiting for two hours at Athlete's Village in Hopkinton wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It seemed REALLY cold. The actual temp was about 45 degrees, but there was a swirling 15-20mph wind that you could just never seem to get out of. Fortunately this breeze would be at our backs for almost the entire race. I didn't really want to sit or lie on the flat ground for two hours fearing I would get really grawgy. Also, I'm not very flexible and I was afraid it would put a strain on my legs in that position for two hours. I would have preferred a chair, but I found the next best thing. I cobbled together a couple of giant Gatorade bottles that acted as a make-shift chair. This kept me up off of the ground and let my legs take a more natural position. I also met a runner from Chicago who was really cool and talking with him made the time go by much more quickly.
The one mile walk from Athlete's Village to the staring line at Hopkinton was chilly as well. I used two plastic garbage bags to break the wind. Everyone was excited that the start was almost here, so it didn't seem quite as chilly. Right before the gun, I shed the bags and off we went. The start was AMAZING!!! There were people everywhere and it really made you feel like a superstar running in such a prestigious event. I'll never forget it!
|Boston Marathon elevation from my Garmin|
|Focusing on Commonwealth Avenue|