Terrible that this great race was marred with such tragedy, first I want to pay tribute to the victims and their families. Also commend the wonderful people of Boston, the expertise of medical, the authorities (law & medical) how they responded was magnificent I am truly impressed.
The horror to think something could happen to your love one in a flash. I really tried not to think about it while I was gone because of the emotions I not wanting to face. I can’t imagine the trauma that guy is going through Losing his son, his daughter’s leg and wife ritually injured. I try to be strong but in a flash it was terrifying, worried about my daughter who was near the finish line and could not communicate with her because of loss phone lines, finally relieved once I heard from her. It was a crazy frantic scene; it could if turned out worse. My accounts of those events are here. Once I came back the images tormented me at night the week, but on to the race.
Coming into Boston was exciting.
I met up with some friends after I walked through the expo
Daughter came in and we ate at the Atlantic grill, fantastic place and planned to come back after the race.
I was up early left about 6:30 to catch the bus. The walk to the buses was longer than I anticipated then the Line. Whoa it snaked all over the place and finally about 7:20 I got on the bus.
On the ride to the start my sunglasses broke, my daughter said she would try to bring me another pair but I told her it will be too crazy there and I will be okay. It was a Long ride and I could not wait to get off to use bathroom.
I was thrilled to get in the perfect line that went fast. Went to find some tape for my glasses (made the whole marathon without falling apart!) and for my drop bag that was falling apart. Later walk to another area, hmm there is more went to take some pictures.
The line was moving very slow, not like the ones on the other side. They announce no waiting in line off to the left so many of us took a bee line in that direction, and yes no waiting. So my last bathroom stop made me late getting to wave 3, the reason is because I had to go around corral 9,-8,-7, -6 and so on to get to 3. It was very crowded going to corral 3; I barely made it in time.
Mile Splits: as always I try not to rely on my Garmin for distance per mile split. I hit lap at each mile marker and go by time.
Splits shown: Mile#– time
1-8:31.7 2-8:23.7, 3-8:28.7, 4-8:30.7, 5-8:32.1, 6-8:32.6
I know fast but it did not feel fast, I was just loving the crowds, they were absolutely amazing.
I just loved the start it remind me of Poconos trees and downhill I took it easy but was going fast. Decided to go by feel (not anaerobic just fast and easy) and enjoy the crowds. The support was great! There were kids having there with hands out to cheer; I’d go by high five all that I could. Families were having a big day, picnic tables and all, I cannot think of a better community that supports their marathons, well it traditional for 117 years. Throughout the whole marathon there was not hardly ever a bare spot, I turned off my ear phones to enjoy at least till it got tough. I once said I only want to do Boston once but this has been the best race I’ve ever done, I just Love Boston.
7-8:31.8, 8:38.6, 9-8:35.0,
Okay I was enjoying myself but reminded myself to dial it back a bit. At mile 8 I think is where the train was at. It was stopped and then started up. I had a blast running with it for quite some time, like racing a train.
10-8:54.7, 11-8:52.3, 12-8:41.6,
13-9:08.2 I am not sure why I slowed down, I probably knew I had time and got too caught up in the Wellesley College. Wesley college one more fun part they were all a screaming with signs from all over United states. I wanted to go and kiss one, it was that much fun.
14-8:27.9 I sped up probably because I knew I was about at the half way point. I was getting hot (I could not imagine running 2012 with record high temps), before I got to the hills I seem to heat up quick.
15-9:05.5 Starts to climb that tops out quickly, this is where the hills start really start.
16-8:39.8 Nice downhill entering town of Newton. I would love to come back and see the falls, and go to the lower falls wine company.
17-9:22.4 Ouch first hill, but I decided I was not going to beat myself up on the hills. Although I was already starting to heat up
20-9:41.7, I think this is where my Garmin indicated it was low on battery and I thought to myself that I will not let it bother me. I told myself , just run your best and or enjoy.
21-10:10.0 I was suffering by now as the hills were getting to me plus the heat. My pace begun to suffer badly. I was so happy to crest that last hill
23- 9:15.6 As hard as I was feeling there was a sweet girl or two that would come along and cheer me on. Telling me how strong I looked, amazed because I was feeling hot and wiped at that point. I will remember those cheering words.
24-9:16.3 My ankles were burning of a strange pain I never felt before, also my calves were trying to cramp up. I tried to not think about it all and push through.
26- 26.2 9.29 Saw the finish line and I kicked it up a notch. My daughter was at mile 26 and took this picture. I didn’t see her.
She also text me this picture so I would look for her, but I didn’t get it until after I started running.
Part of mile 26 my Garmin died time was 6:18.5 stopped at 3:50:06 I had 5 more minutes till I finishes so average I think for the 1.2 miles would of been around 8:27
PICTURES – Waiting for CD I ordered to add pictures
Once I past the finish line I was wiped. I need to sit down, I found a curb to sit and catch my breath. The gentleman ask me if I needed anything. I said no just stretch, which I did for a minute or two then got up after texting my daughter to proceed down to collect my medal, other stuff on the way to my drop off bag by the buses.
I really loved this Marathon, it is by far the best I have done in crowd support and organization. My third Boston Qualifier in a row. Who knows I may be back!
After math of the Bomb account go here….http://www.runrunrace.com/blog/boston-the-bomb-and-life-is-precious/