> Jennifer - yes, of course they were Sam Adams beer
Thanks for the race report, I enjoyed reading it!
Teresa in AZ
Congratulations, great report and very well done on the time.
Take care, Chuck
> It was exactly one year ago that I watched the Boston Marathon on ESPN and
> said to my co-workers "I want to be in that race". After a ton of training,
> racing, and strict attention to nutrition, I made the trip to Boston this
> year. I qualified at the Oct 2000 Columbus Marathon running a 3:12 chip
> time (Mens 40-44 Division).
> Andy and I were scheduled to leave Columbus at Noon last Friday, however our
> flight got cancelled and we ended up departing at 4:30 PM. Luckily I got a
> free $ 185.00 ticket good for one year anywhere on American Airlines. We
> arrived in Boston at 6:30 PM under sunny, but windy skies. Took the "T"
> subway to our hotel in Cambridge, checked into our hotel, and had dinner at
> a Mexican restaurant. Turned in early.
> Met up with another friend who traveled from Baltimore (Mok). Early
> Saturday morning Andy, Mok and I went on a nice 3.5 mile run along a running
> path next to the Charles River. Watched a bunch of crew boats. The weather
> was sunny, but brisk. Around 11:15 AM another friend (Greg) arrived from
> Columbus and three of us headed to the Race Expo at the World Trade Center
> in downtown Boston.
> The Expo was really hopping when we arrived. Picked up our race packet and
> I purchased a jacket, a hat, some socks, and a pair of running pants. It
> was nice blowing some cash and helping the Boston economy. Lucked out and
> got to see Bill Rogers.....winner of 4 Boston Marathons. By pure chance, I
> ran into one of my long distance running partners who was traveling solo.
> Andy, Greg, and Mok didn't want to spend much time at the Expo, so they
> headed off while my friend and I continued to tool around the Expo
> purchasing more and more stuff. Left the Expo and headed up town and
> grabbed some lunch. The weather continued to be gorgeous....but still
> Attended a Columbus based dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant later on
> Saturday night. Took the subway home and hit the hay around midnight.
> Awoke Sunday morning with a terrible sore throat. Friend Mok also picked up
> a sore throat as did several other runners we talked to in the hotel lobby.
> Something wasn't right with the filtration system. Left my window open on
> Sunday night and Monday night, and things got better. Whew!
> Did very little on Sunday other than rest and sit around the pool talking
> about the upcoming race. On Sunday night, we got on the subway and attended
> the Boston Marathon Pasta party. That was a lot of fun. Excellent food.
> Had dinner with two woman traveling from Chicago.....one of them recently
> moving from Finland. Another guy at our table had flown in from Germany.
> Got back to our hotel and called it a night around 9:30 PM.
> At 2:00 AM, the hotel fire alarm went off. I had to walk down 15 flights of
> stairs. It was a false alarm, and I never could fall back asleep. What a
> way to spend the night before the biggest marathon in the world. Oh well,
> what could I do.
> It's now race morning. Took the subway to Boston Commons (a large downtown
> city park) and got on a school bus which took us to the start of the race in
> rural Hopkintown 26 miles to the west. The trip took exactly one hour and
> we arrived at 'Athletes Village' a tad after 9:00 AM. Thousands of runners
> were already there. Unbelievably we ran into our 44 year old Finish woman
> friend Kielo (the one we met at the pasta party) and she joined our group
> waiting around for the start of the race. It was pretty warm (45-52) and
> very sunny. A bit breezy.
> Around 11:20 AM, I made a quick change from a long sleeve shirt to a Coolmax
> short sleeve shirt. Glad I did. The runners had to walk about 3/4 of a
> mile to the start of the race. There were 15,000 runners making the walk!!!
> We left our drop bags at marked school buses parked along the way. We would
> later get to pick up our stuff at the finish line.
> I arrived in my corral at 11:50 AM. E***ment was everywhere. Talked to
> other runners around me who all looked mighty fit indeed. The national
> anthem was played while two F15's fighter jets flew over. I expected to
> hear the starting gun, but no such luck. All of a sudden, the runners
> started to creep forward. The race was on! It took me 2:38 to walk on and
> off to the actually starting line. Once I passed the starting rug, I
> clicked my Timex Ironman watch and by some miracle I could actually start
> running normally at my regular stride. Apparently this year, they only used
> 1/2 the road width for the starting corrals and this helped reduce the
> bottlenecks. Luckily I started well towards the front of the pack, so I was
> running with pretty fast racers.
> My race strategy was to run even to negative splits and shoot for around a
> 3:15 time....the whole time staying out of trouble during the run. In the
> three weeks prior to the race, I had slept very poorly so I felt mentally
> and often times physically fatigued. My training had averaged 62.5 miles
> per week with numerous long runs between 20-26 miles.
> The first mile was very much downhill....much more than I would have ever
> imaged. Many runners said to go out conservatively to avoid 'trashing your
> quads'. Despite being able to run normally, I was now in SUPER HEAVY
> traffic the likes that I have never experienced before. I stayed on the far
> outside doing the best I could to avoid wrecking into other runners. My
> first two miles were perfect at 7:30 and 7:12. We were now running through
> the rural countryside and I was feeling light and very much in excellent
> physical condition. It had the makings of a fine day.
> Did the next 10 miles feeling like I was expending zero effort. Traveled
> through a few cool towns with tons and tons of spectators cheering us on.
> Took on Gatorade every mile and took at GU pack at 35 minutes and later at
> 1:40 into the race.
> Around 12.5 miles I could begin hearing the screams and yells of the woman
> at Wellsley College. When I arrived at the school, there was a 1/2 mile of
> gorgeous coeds awaiting us male runners. They all wanted high 5's and many
> of them flashed signs saying 'Kiss Me'. Next year, I plan to carry some
> breath mints and make out with at least a dozen of them. My 1/2 Marathon
> split was a very decent 1:31:07 (Chip time).
> The crowds now were growing larger and larger. I was still feeling
> great....not tired in the least. Hit the Newton Hills at around 16 miles
> and literally flew up them. I was passing runners right and left. By now,
> most runners around me had numbers in the 3,000's. I started with the
> 5,000's and had made up much, much time over the field. My hard
> Winter/Spring training was really beginning to pay off.
> Hit the famous Heartbreak Hill (20.5 miles) and continued to run smoothly up
> the fairly long 1/2 mile hill. I never got passed and instead must have
> passed 20-50 runners during this stretch. My confidence was growing with
> each slide.
> Around 22-23 miles, it dawned on me that I had a very real chance of racing
> a sub 3:00 hour marathon.....and on the tough hilly Boston course!! I
> thought to myself "should I let it all hang out, or just continue to run at
> a decent pace insuring a quality and better than zombie-like finish?" My
> answer was "go for it".
> Cranked along being very careful to not fall or slip on the numerous gel
> packs and water cups littering the course. Was in a very, very focused
> state now.
> At around 24 miles, I noticed that the pack had thinned out noticeably.
> Everyone around me (and the fans for that matter) were talking about the
> possibility of doing a sub 3:00 hour marathon.....and obviously fine time at
> any age. I pick up the famous Citgo sign around this time. I know when I
> pass it, there is about 1 mile to go.
> Continued putting one foot in front of the other hoping the end would hurry
> up. Stopped watching my watch and am now just running as hard as I can move
> my 44.5 year old body. I'm now within about 3/4 of a mile and eventually
> come to the final left turn onto the finishing stretch. The buildings are
> tall and the crowd simply enormous. Shit, the finish line is just too far
> down the road. .....unless I turn into sprinter Michael Johnson, I will not
> break 3:00 hours in this race. I continue to pass some runners and make
> the decision to pass under the left side of the finishing line. I raise my
> arms, look up at the camera, and my first Boston Marathon is history. My
> chip time ends up being 3:01:05.
> I proceed to get my chip cut off and receive my finishing medal. The sun is
> shinning brightly. I have reached the end of my goal. While disappointed I
> did not break 3:00 hours, I still felt proud of my time.....and better yet
> how good I felt during the race. I was never spent and ran faster in the
> second part of the race (the second half is much tougher because of the
> Spent some time in the recovery area munching out and talking to other
> Met up with my friends and took a subway back to our hotel.....arriving to
> the Raddison around 4:45 PM. Took an ultra hot shower and ended up ordering
> pizza with my friends. Watched a two hour marathon recap on TV while
> pigging out of the best pizza I've ever eaten. Went back to my room around
> 9:15 PM, watched some more TV and then went into REM sleep around midnight.
> Got up Tuesday morning, had a nice breakfast in the hotel and then went on a
> nice 4.5
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Thanks for the congrats Dave. The following helped me for Boston:
62.5 miles per week average mileage
Attention to proper nutrition, hydration, and carbo loading
2 Ultra Marathons since December 30
Weekly long runs (19-26 miles)
Negative split at Boston
Desire and determination to run well at Boston
Woman at Mile 13
: Around 12.5 miles I could begin hearing the screams and yells of the woman
: at Wellsley College. When I arrived at the school, there was a 1/2 mile of
: gorgeous coeds awaiting us male runners. They all wanted high 5's and many
: of them flashed signs saying 'Kiss Me'. Next year, I plan to carry some
: breath mints and make out with at least a dozen of them. My 1/2 Marathon
: split was a very decent 1:31:07 (Chip time).
There should have been some kind of "no liquids while reading" warning
before this paragraph...you make me laugh!
: Final Chip Time: 3:01:05
: Average Per Mile: 6:54
: Finish in the Mens 40-44 (264 out of 1,725 --- top 15%).
Great job Chuck!!! And thanks for the report.
> << What aspects of your training do you feel (guess?) helped you to do so
> well? >>
> Thanks for the congrats Dave. The following helped me for Boston:
> 62.5 miles per week average mileage
> Proper taper
> Attention to proper nutrition, hydration, and carbo loading
> 2 Ultra Marathons since December 30
> Weekly long runs (19-26 miles)
> Negative split at Boston
> Desire and determination to run well at Boston
> Woman at Mile 13
Again awesome race, well done
whose goals and aspirations lead her to stupidly train for too much stuff
> Chuck: Excelent report! What does "run even with negative splits" mean?
Choices.....pick your own.
> Doug, Boston was the first race I ever ran faster in the 2nd half of the
> race. More than likely, it's the reason I did so well.
Good luck with Horton's race. It will help you define
hills. I was thinking about it but I was concerned
about too much racing.