Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Boston Marathon - 3:02:58 / 6:59

Net Time: 3:02:58
Pace: 6:59
Rank: 1860
AG: 68.3%

Funny how time flies and just a few days ago I ran my third Boston Marathon and 26th overall. I had plans to try out for another sub 3 but came up 3 minutes short from last year's time (2:59:26). However, I'm ecstatic with the result because I was ready to hang the towel on mile 10. My legs just didn't have it on Marathon Monday. It was just...heavy?

Most importantly, I hung on till the end of the race and came up with my 5th fastest marathon time. As much as I wanted to give up, I didn't travel to Boston and not finish. In addition, my parents, friends, teammates and co-workers were all tracking me, hence I need to finish the race with dignity. Instead of thinking that I had 16 miles to suffer right from mile 10, I told myself to break the 16 miles into pieces and tackle one mile at a time. Pretty soon enough, it worked.

It's tough comparing to last year because I did the same DC/Boston marathon combo for two years. However, the only difference is that in 2010, DC happened on the weekend of 3/20 whereas this year I had the NYC half and DC around 3/26; giving me one less week to recover. What this really means is that I have to be more cognizant on not bunching too many races and give myself more time to recover. It sounds like a broken record, but it is so hard to deal when I love racing so much!

For now, it'll be stress free running and focusing on a few shorter races and possible halves before Berlin and NYC!


Mile 01: 6:48:01
Mile 02: 6:30:68
Mile 03: 6:39:92
Mile 04: 6:40:34
Mile 05: 6:31:03
Mile 06: 6:39:23
Mile 07: 6:40:25
Mile 08: 6:43:80
Mile 09: 6:43:52
Mile 10: 6:48:55
Mile 11: 6:51:55
Mile 12: 6:45:89
Mile 13: 6:51:66
Mile 14: 6:52:68
Mile 15: 7:02:00
Mile 16: 6:43:49
Mile 17: 7:14:88
Mile 18: 7:21:25
Mile 19: 7:15:23
Mile 20: 7:28:25
Mile 21: 7:43:00
Mile 22: 7:11:38
Mile 23: 7:24:14
Mile 24: 7:09:81
Mile 25: 7:23:01
Mile 26: 7:18:54
Mile .2: 1:26:24


Blogger Robert James Reese said...

I was ready to throw in the towel at mile 10 too. Nice work fighting through and finishing. I know it wasn't easy. Hopefully, we'll both get a chance to head back to Boston soon for redemption.

I think you're smart to look at finding fewer races to focus on. It is tough because races are so fun, but your body needs the recovery time.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Hey - I ran Boston too! And man, your time was speedy! I paced a friend so I wasn't running for myself but I sure will next time! By the looks of your photos you had the full experience. Since I was with a group and only two of us were running we didn't go to the HOB party and much of the Expo (skipped all the seminars). Next time I'll take your approach. Nice Job!
Kristen J

8:53 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Great job! Wow! Amazing time. I was there to support my wife who was there to pace a friend of hers and they wound up posting a 3:32 time. I loved the photos. Keep it up!

8:22 PM  

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