Sunday, November 15, 2009

Going into the marathon yesterday, I had much more anxiety than I had the week before. Monumental was suppose to be my ticket back to Boston, and I went into that race with some pretty good confidence. That all went away around mile 21 and by mile 24 I was toast.

Back to yesterday...

This was a first year marathon and I know the race director pretty well, he spared no expense to make this a top notch race. The start line of the marathon is almost exactly 15 miles from my front door. This was a chip timed, certified course and was a Boston qualifying marathon. Race entries topped 400 and was twice as much as what he thought he would get.

The course is one that I wasn't familiar with as I've never run in this area. The course profile showed some rolling hills, but those profiles can sometimes be deceiving (as this one was). The race started off without a hitch, miles for the first 13 were between 7:45 and 7:55 with a :45 pee stop in there around mile 9. I went through the half in 1:43. That doesn't give me much time to slack this second half, I thought. All was good up until mile 21 when those rollers turned into some rather large hills, but at least I wasn't dying this time. The legs held up through the hills and by mile 25 I knew I was going to make it as long as I didn't stop (which I kept reminding myself). I dry heaved a couple of times around mile 25.5 but nothing came up. Making that last turn toward the finish I looked at the watch and knew I had it. My second half split was 1:46 so all in all it was a pretty even paced race. Official finish time of 3:29:40 with 80 seconds to spare. After I got home, I immediately got on the Boston website to register only to find out that the race filled up and closed the day before! At least this qualifies me for the 2011 Boston and gives me that much more time to prepare. I am thinking about running something in the spring to get a time that I know I'm more capable of running. Right now I'm just going to start working on base again... a little R & R will do me good...

7 comments:

Paul said...

Way to go Ward. I had no idea that Boston had a cap for # of entries.

Ward said...

Thanks, Yah.. I believe it's 25,000.. I don't think it filled up until December last year. Oh well, at least I'm in for 2011.

GZ said...

Ward - is there a waitlist?

Anonymous said...

Ward,

Amazing job running back to back marathons and qualifying with the second one! Very inspiring.

Eric

Ward said...
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Ward said...

GZ - no wait list

Eric - Kind words man.. thanks!

FatDad said...

Good job man. Impressive show of determination and guts.