On Monday, April 18th I finished the 115th Annual Boston Marathon. I am happy to say that I didn’t fall, twist my ankle or experience any crazy incidents along the way (whew) and thoroughly enjoyed the near-perfect weather.
My goal going into the race was to run 3:35. I was on pace until about Cleveland Circle (Mile 23) when my quads tightened up. I can’t really remember what happened on Beacon Street, but I know I woke up around Washington Square to find my friend Alecia and then woke up again by my apartment to see my cousin. I couldn’t bend my knee at a few points along Beacon Street. I saw friends around Mass Ave, but really had no strength to give them a proper wave or shout out. Sorry guys!
Jan, my run club buddy, ran the last 9 miles with me and was awesome for putting up with me when I was not at my best. When you’re not an elite runner, it’s great to have a friend pace you the last few miles and get you water so you don’t have to push other runners out of the way at each station, which can feel like a zoo!
Overall, I’m happy with my time even though it was a few minutes shy of my goal. Jack Fultz, 1976 Boston Marathon winner, told me that I have to add speed work to my training if I wanted to run faster. Jack is always right, but I just don’t have time!! Next time, I will remember to ask Jack to be my assistant and plan out my weekly schedule to fit in track workouts. =)
It was an awesome weekend with tons of time spent at the expo, watching the BAA 5K, meeting Ryan Hall, and having my family back on the course cheering me on. A big shout out to all of my friends and everyone else who ran the race this year!
See you at run club!