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|Artzam||100 Marathon Club, Telford Harriers||3:24:10||3:24:10||3:31:00||59.75|
|Sweaty Frank||Southeast Runners Club, Cleveland, Ohio, USA||2:56:55||3:07:58||3:19:00||3:16:55||71.50|
|TZ||100 Marathon Club, Winchester & District AC||2:39:36||2:43:23||3:30:00||2:57:03||70.59|
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Thinking of doing sub 3, really don't know if i can do it or not. My race number is 3586.
Check my blog for the race report.
I've not experienced anything comparable to Boston. Here is a noteworthy observation...THE ROUTE IS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT THAN IT LOOKS ON PAPER. (Yes, I was shouting that.) The early downhills work your quads over, but at that point in the race, you are not conscious of it. That'll come later. I had planned to run the first half faster, taking advantage of the downhills, and putting some time in the bank in case my knee and/or Achilles went bad through the hills. After the first few miles, I was two minutes off my planned pace, due entirely to the tightly packed field of runners. Eventually, I had a little elbow room and I made up that lost time fast, too fast it turns out. By the half, I was four minutes ahead of my planned time for the half, at a pace that would have had me 8 minutes ahead of my projected finish. Sirens and flashing light should have been going off in my head, but instead, I though, "Hmmm...I am feeling pretty goo, maybe I'll back off just a bit." When I fainlly did back off, it was too late. I ran a 7:46 minute mile pace through the Newton Hills and Heartbreak. I thought I would be ready to run the remaining 5 miles, but I quickly found out what my early aggressiveness had done to me.
At 21 miles, my quads felt like someone had been beating them with a mallet for the last 2 and half hours, which is close to the truth. Based on the burning pain in my right Achilles, I was sure it was on fire, but I didn't have the energy take a look. I did grab a water and throw it over my shoulder, trying to dowse the flames. My left left knee was throbbing, with the bonus of a stabbing pain with each footfall. My coping strategy was to concentrated on trying to maintain my form, keep my head up and my back straight, and not fall into the 'marathon shuffle of shame'. Over the last three miles, I did a precarious balancing act, running as hard as I could, but trying not to crash and burn. I felt the twinges indicative of the onset of cramps, but managed to avoid them. There were many runners down, with medical crews helping them. There were even more walking with hands on hips or thighs, and heads hanging. Whenever I encountered one, I narrowed my focus so they were out vision. As I approached Mass Ave., I saw a runner collapsed into a fetal position at the curb, and the medics cutting across the street with a stretcher. Try to imaging how seeing that scene my play with you head when your desperately trying to keep your legs under you. Then, with a half-mile to go, I spotted Sue among the throng on Commonwealth just before the turn at Hereford. I knew then that I had the race in my hands, I gave her a kiss, kept on running, turned onto Boyleston, saw the finish about 500 yards away, and would not let my legs stop until I reached it.
Thrilled to qualify for this race. It would be nice to run well but in truth I'd sooner be slightly under trained and run a competent race than really push the miles, pick up an injury and miss it completely. It is my main focus for the Spring tho. ** Update** Still targetting 4 hours as my race time. I'll give that a good go, but I'd be stunned if I ran a pb.
**Update** Marvellous event. Warmer than forecast by the time I started at around 10:35 and stayed warm. I started with 4 hour pacing and stuck to it till about 18 miles when I faded away. Best support in a race ever. Well worth doing if you ever get the chance.