2019 Boston Marathon: 2:35:10, 205th place - 7:04 personal best - 8:17 faster than last year
Pre race: the usual - bused out to Hopkinton early and was able to grab a couple cups of coffee and use the Porto potties as needed. The rain began to go away around 9am so the entire race and jog to the start was dry. Ran into Scott from Chicago so we chatted about race plans and how we wanted to tackle the course. Was feeling ready and confident at this point.
1-10: 6:04, 5:50, 5:51, 5:45, 5:53, 5:50, 5:55, 5:49, 5:50, 5:50
Got out very relaxed the first mile watching people sprint past me left and right. I took manual splits this race so I could get a real idea of what pace I was running throughout. Pace the first 10 was probably rich but I was comfortable and my breathing was under control. Passed Danny around 7 and could tell that he wasn’t feeling the best already. I was though so I kept on moving up
11-16: 5:49, 5:44, 5:49, 5:41, 5:54, 5:37
Wellesley college was far better than last year and those barbied-up ladies got me excited. Rolled through the scream tunnel and down the hill fast. My breathing was still under control so I wasn’t worried about the pace. Through half in 1:16:43. Got to mile 15 and could tell that I had been gaining on Evan and got excited come mile 16. I knew this was arguably the fastest mile so I let er rip and caught up to him. He was dealing with cramps so our time running together didn’t last long
17-21: 5:52, 6:08, 5:52, 6:07, 6:16
The first round of newton hills was not a problem and I surged up, passing people on both sides. Was able to gain some momentum during mile 18 before the hill at 17.6 but wow did that hill do me dirty. It was a lot harder than I had remembered and my stride had shortened down significantly to a chop. I could start to feel my legs weakening come mile 20 but the crowds were out in full force and the people I had been running with were also hurting so I just focused on pumping my arms and getting to the top of heartbreak.
22-Finish: 5:55, 6:02, 6:00, 6:09, 6:14, and whatever kick I had left (5:19 pace)
Legs. Are. Toast. Yep my legs were beat up by this point so I just tried to maintain 6 minute pace and take in as much water and (now) Gatorade as possible. I knew if I held steady at 6 I’d be right around mid 2:34s and that would be a huge PR and a relatively even-ish half split. Drank some more water at 25 and boom! SIDE CRAMP! I was nervous because this happened late at Chicago and I didn’t want to lose more time to stop because of it. Muscled it out and got to Boylston and just gave it all I had.
Finished feeling like I did everything I could today so I’m ending this training block on a high note. I think I could’ve snuck under 2:35 if it wasn’t for that side cramp but I’m not going to complain at all. I PRd by over 7 minutes today so I’m all good. I know exactly what I need to do to improve and run faster so I will be focusing on that once I get back into a routine. Tentatively planning CIM for #5 so I’ll have plenty of time to adjust to full-time before getting deep into training. Tired and very sore and not thinking about running at all but I can’t wait to get back to work to build on top of this successful stretch I’ve had with coach Ives.