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Discussion: Brief Boston Marathon RR

Subject: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: daniel d.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: My goal was to run sub 3:30 and to qualify again for next year. The temperature rose to 87 degrees, and I knew my goal was in jeopardy. But, being the competitive (stupid) person I am, I had to start the marathon at race pace. That lasted three miles, and then it became a survival run. The only thought that was in my head for the first ten miles was "What A Stupid Idea This Is".

After ten miles, I found a pace that I could sustain, and be somewhat comfortable. I started to enjoy the crowds, and can't say enough good things about the people in Massachusetts. Water hoses being sprayed on the runners, sprinklers being set up on the side of the roads, folks running up and down the roads with ice chips, 20 oz bottles of water being handed out by strangers. Truly a remarkable atmosphere the entire 26.2 miles in-spite of runners collapsing in the middle of the road.

I haven't even looked at my garmin yet.

Oh yeah, 4:15:11, forty three minutes slower than last year, ugh.

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Roland G.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: nicely done... it was very hot out there w/o any shade. I was volunteering @ 2.2 mile Gatorade hydration station and we were suffering... so kudos. I would be hard pressed to believe anyone PR'd on Monday's Boston Marathon. I'm hopeful for cooler temps next year!

Thanks for sharing and congrats!

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Sasha C.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Bad luck, Daniel. It was a tough day. My sister ran 20 slower than last year- 3:36, and she doesn't seem unhappy about that. The Kenyans were all eating fruit, apparently. I don't think I could manage that, but I guess it helped them.

Cheers, Sasha

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: SC - Eating fruit? You mean at the aid stations or something. I love eating oranges while racing. It's a recent thing I've picked up but I love it.

DD - I'm sorry to hear that you are bummed about your day. Heat sucks - I can empathize. The crowd support sounds awesome though and that always gets me pumped. Hopefully you will have another shot at it - and if not, you still got to experience it!

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: barbara g.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: You did what you could under negative conditions. the fact that you found a do-able pace well into the race, finished and actually enjoyed the experience as much as you did is a testament to your physical and mental prep. work. There was no way to acclimate to that level of heat this year. Now what are you doing next with all that marathon fitness you've got???

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Scott M.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: The fact that you made it through and finished is impressive. It was not a day for a PR or to fool around trying. Living in Maine I've been to watch the Red Sox and then enjoy the marathon a few times and the crowds are a ball, so good for you to enjoy the experience.

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Amanda D.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: I give you credit for just starting. It was easy for a lot of people to accept the deferral til next year (don't get me started on that rant). I know a lot of guys that "should've been" sub 3 and ended up well over 4 hours, one of them even almost 5 hours. It was a tough day - nice work. Maybe I'll see you at Baystate in October? :)

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Teri d.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: You did it and finished and that's better than quite a few. Nothing kicks an athlete's butt like heat. Congrats on finishing.

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Heather N.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Way to finish under extreme conditions...that's badass by any measure!

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Sean M.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Good job man. I ran Boston in 2011 and it was at least 35 degrees cooler than this year. I hope you make it back next year----- I will be there and I pray it is cold

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Running in heat, ugh. Don't be hard on yourself. Gotta live to run another day. You gave it a good faith effort for those first few miles then went with what you learned. Nothing wrong with that.

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Webb B.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: I went out for lunch on Monday and nearly passed out. It was definitely a rough day. I followed about 9 people and none of them came anywhere close to their goal times. I also saw that Desiree Ficker was running (because I follow her on Twitter and she was posting photos). If you don't know her, she is a very strong runner. I think she finished in over 4 hours. So count yourself amongst the pro triathletes.

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Jackie the Lurker

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message:
Hey Daniel

You won bragging rights to having participated in a very unusual marathon. Epic.

My dream goal was 3:30, but realistically felt 3:35-3:45... or whatever the day brought be good given the heat. I decided just to run my race--and go for placement. It was my first race of the year, and did not want to 'put it all out' and hurt myself and end-up in the med tent.
Kept positive, thanked the crowds, focused, hydrated, prayed and trudged in to a 3:57, same time as my 2008 Boston.
However...
I checked my category placement. My 2008 Boston I was 1469. This year 208-- and at the very top of my AG, 45-49 at that. I turn 50 in June.
Seems everyone ran anywhere from 20-40 minutes slower than they should have.
So.. check your placement from this year/last year. You may be pleasantly surprised!!

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Clyde W.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message:
Well done on slugging it out. Jackie's right that the placings were very skewed because of the heat. A friend (who is a freak) did 2:32 for 119th overall last year, and this year ran 2:35 for a top 50 place . Am assuming he's so fast he'd finished before it got too hot!

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: charlotte d.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: Great job!! It was brutal on Monday, you should be very happy you "survived!!"

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Leo F.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: Great job in those really tough conditions!

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: daniel d.

Written on: Friday April 20, 2012

Message: Thank you for the kind, and encouraging words everyone. I did not mean for the post to come off as being so negative. It was a fantastic day!!

Barbara, I haven't signed up for anything other than a 10k at Patriot Place where you finish on the fifty yard line. It's the evening of July 3rd (Fireworks and BBQ afterwards). I'm thinking of Pumpkin Man and now BayState. What are you doing Barbara?

Amanda, Bay State sounds like a good idea (qualify for Boston 2014). What else are you doing Amanda?

Jackie/Clyde, 2011 in my division 669. 2012 1020

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Aliicia F.

Written on: Wednesday April 25, 2012

Message: Daniel - excellent job ! I volunteered at the 12 mile Gatoraide station and it was 88 degrees at our table. Two hours in people started walking, 3.5 hours in everyone was walking, 6 hours later people were still walking by ..it was carnage.

But you are absolutly right - the spectators along the way really went over the top for the runners this year..we even had folks showing up at our stop eating popsicles !

So congratulations to you and all the ontriers that ran it this year - you certainly earned that medal !

Here are my pics : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.32855986 96897.134152.1175537958&type=1&l=4360dd626 5

Subject: RE: Brief Boston Marathon RR

By: Steven R.

Written on: Thursday April 26, 2012

Message: Daniel great job in tuff conditions !

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