2017 Boston Marathon Thread (Read 469 times)

    Good luck everyone

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    Action without vision is a nightmare. 

      Wind at your backs ya'll, go get it!!!!

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        Are there always so many people that are getting carried to the finish line and then even more that are being carted off in wheelchairs the second they cross the line?

         

        Never seen so many people needing assistance at the end of a race before.

         

        Or is the weather really taking a toll on everyone this year?

        Age: 49 Weight: 202 Height: 6'3" (Goal weight 195)

        Current PR's:  Mara 3:14:36* (2017); HM 1:36:13 (2017); 10K 43:59 (2014); 5K 21:12 (2016)

          It's hot.

          Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject. - S.J.

          Julia1971


            Are there always so many people that are getting carried to the finish line and then even more that are being carted off in wheelchairs the second they cross the line?

             

            Never seen so many people needing assistance at the end of a race before.

             

            Or is the weather really taking a toll on everyone this year?

             

            It was weird.  I feel like I saw more people in serious distress in the finish line area rather than on the course.  Hope all the RAers are okay.

             

            I thought it was a bizarre weather day.  Probably unlike any other I've experienced.  It went from hot to somewhat cool, to hot and windy, to hot and cool and windy, over and over again.  "Don't like the weather?  Wait 10 minutes."

             

             

            On another topics, what were some of your favorite signs?  I tend to forget so want you all to help me remember.  I thought "Alternative fact: small hill ahead" before Heartbreak Hill was pretty good.

            “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the fight in the dog. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

             

            My blog is JT Running DC.  It's awesome.

            Dreamn


              I didn't feel that elusive wind. The crowds were rocking this year or maybe I was trying to race last year and neglected them, but man, they were SO great. There were some great signs, all of which escape me at the moment.

              Wind at your backs ya'll, go get it!!!!

              KMB


                Some days I'm the windshield, often I'm the bug.  I got smeared yesterday.  On the bright side, I knew very early that I would not be putting up a good number, so I packed it in early and just ran, and walked, a lot.  I don't think I had it under any circumstances yesterday... I overdid it at Eastern States 3 weeks earlier and never recovered.  What I found really odd was that I felt those twinges you get when you are going to cramp starting at mile 5, and I wasn't moving anywhere close enough to be cramping.  And I was very diligent in the weeks leading up, loads of fluids, very little alcohol.  I had gatorade at every single water stop and water in addition, starting at halfway.

                It may be my most challenging marathon ever, so in light of that, I'm proud to have gotten through it.  I have lots of work to do to try to get back next year.  Congrats to the runners, and thank you to the fans on the course, the volunteers, and to Boston.

                 

                Went to the post race and thought it was decent.  A sign that made me laugh that I had not seen before was at Wellesley: "I don't do marathons, but i do marathoners."

                Julia1971


                  Some days I'm the windshield, often I'm the bug.  I got smeared yesterday.  On the bright side, I knew very early that I would not be putting up a good number, so I packed it in early and just ran, and walked, a lot.  I don't think I had it under any circumstances yesterday... I overdid it at Eastern States 3 weeks earlier and never recovered.  What I found really odd was that I felt those twinges you get when you are going to cramp starting at mile 5, and I wasn't moving anywhere close enough to be cramping.  And I was very diligent in the weeks leading up, loads of fluids, very little alcohol.  I had gatorade at every single water stop and water in addition, starting at halfway.

                  It may be my most challenging marathon ever, so in light of that, I'm proud to have gotten through it.  I have lots of work to do to try to get back next year.  Congrats to the runners, and thank you to the fans on the course, the volunteers, and to Boston.

                   

                  Went to the post race and thought it was decent.  A sign that made me laugh that I had not seen before was at Wellesley: "I don't do marathons, but i do marathoners."

                   

                  I missed that sign in Wellesley.  That's a good one.  I remember, "Kiss me.  I left the library for this."  I've seen pictures of the guy with the 3rd quarter score of the Super Bowl on social media.  At the time, I thought it was rubbing it in (because: Patriots), but now I realize that was supposed to be a "never give up" sign.

                   

                  It was challenging!  The course itself is already hard.  Add kooky weather and it was a tough day.  I also felt a slump at Mile 4 to 5.  I think that was when the heat really got to me.  I went to town at the water stop after Mile 5...

                   

                  I was navigating the water stops like a clinic!  In a couple of instances, I got a Gatorade and TWO waters from the same stop. 

                   

                  My goal race is in 3 weeks so your post is a cautionary one for me.  I don't think I went out too hard, but I guess I'll see.  My goal was to do my long run pace, which has been around 8:45, but I ran 8:30 instead.  Including a slight negative split and 7:05 pace sprint at the end. 

                  “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the fight in the dog. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

                   

                  My blog is JT Running DC.  It's awesome.



                    A "never give up" sign for Bostonians.  Smile

                    E.J.
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                      My goal race is in 3 weeks so your post is a cautionary one for me.  I don't think I went out too hard, but I guess I'll see.  My goal was to do my long run pace, which has been around 8:45, but I ran 8:30 instead.  Including a slight negative split and 7:05 pace sprint at the end. 

                       

                      That's a heck of a training run!

                      Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject. - S.J.

                      Julia1971


                        In case anyone is interested, I just posted my race report on my blog.

                         

                         

                        That's a heck of a training run!

                         

                        Indeed.  Smile  I had my first workout since today - 4x1 mile @ 5-10K pace and it went well so I'm taking that as a sign that I didn't go out too hard.

                        “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the fight in the dog. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

                         

                        My blog is JT Running DC.  It's awesome.

                        Julia1971



                          A "never give up" sign for Bostonians.  Smile

                           

                          Did you read how he got in a Twitter fight with ESPN?   This guy.

                          “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the fight in the dog. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

                           

                          My blog is JT Running DC.  It's awesome.

                            Did you read how he got in a Twitter fight with ESPN?   This guy.

                             

                            Huh, he was neither the sign holder nor the photographer, but he gets all the media attention. Then he tops it off with "a vigorous, curse-fueled reply to ESPN’s request."

                            Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject. - S.J.

                            Julia1971


                              Right.  I characterized that wrong.  It was the photographer who was the jerk.

                               

                               

                              Huh, he was neither the sign holder nor the photographer, but he gets all the media attention. Then he tops it off with "a vigorous, curse-fueled reply to ESPN’s request."

                              “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the fight in the dog. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

                               

                              My blog is JT Running DC.  It's awesome.

                                Right.  I characterized that wrong.  It was the photographer who was the jerk.

                                 

                                 

                                No, actually it was the tweeter that was the twit.  "The photo was taken by Boston Marathon finisher Garrett Quinn, but it was Dremali’s viral tweet that had the internet laughing." I don't know why the media were asking him for permission rather than the photographer. Maybe they were confused as well. Whatever. I'm just nitpicking.

                                Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject. - S.J.