Posted: 21/04/2015 at 14:21
Hi Guys, just got back from Boston. Totally fried, body feels broken. I went for it BIG TIME, conditions were horrible but the unbelievable atmosphere kept the adrenaline pumping for a whole 2 hours 58 minutes and 39 seconds. It was deafening in places and you really need to do it! it's such a laugh - the holy grail of Marathons, and the Bostonians make it feel like that the minute you step off the plane. The standard is really high, In wave 1 corral 5 I was surrounded by 3.02 runners the at start all chasing the elusive sub3 dream, and despite warnings of the quad trashing, I had come to the decision that I would give it a go but not be too greedy.
First 5 k was the slowest as I reined my pace in to just sub 7 min miling, as that first 5k is in danger of being the quickest. After 4 miles I looked at my watch and suddenly I was effortlessly plodding along at 6:25s! I quickly pushed the reset button and intentionally slowed to rein it back in to a 6:40. From then on my miles ranged from 6:44 to 6:49 until I reached Newton hills and then onto Heartbreak etc. Others around me were struggling through those difficult miles and I had the momentum so was able to "coast" the undulations without dropping too much pace. It was cold wet and windy - blowing right into me. I tucked in behind some big guys at time for shelter. I was soaked to the bone.
Bedders ran along side me around 10 miles - he was on a different plane so I didn't try to keep at his pace. He'll be very happy at putting it together yesterday also.
I ran along high fiving the Wellsley girls (didn't stop for a snog) - some guy ahead did!
The 5k from 35-40 was my quickest, mile 26 being a 6.41.
To be clear my quads are trashed and they were hurting from about 8 miles in. I was able to hold it together for the whole distance, maybe my shuffly dodgy running style helped to preserve them as I passed plenty of walkers late on. My legs feel more battered than any other race I've done.
Thanks everyone for supporting and encouraging me. I've learnt a lot on here that has helped me to adapt my training and I've produced two fantastic results recently.