I had planned my race outfit well in advance for this year's Boston Marathon. I loved the crop top from Mama Bear Runs Marathons for the Chicago Marathon so when she released a Boston design I was all in! I also wore the Oiselle Flyte Shorts and totally understand why Allie Kieffer loves them! Tiux gave me awesome crew socks that matched perfectly and my Koala Clip was better than I imagined to store my phone! I didn't even know it was there! I had no clue if it would be hot, cold, sunny, rainy, snowy, etc. but my white Road Hammers Ciele hat is my favourite! And of course my Mizuno Wave Riders 22s were a must. ... I did not end up using gloves or arm bands with the heat.
After the 2018 Boston Marathon everyone came this year prepared! Our suitcases were bursting with gear for cold, wet, windy, snowy, hot, you name it running!
|This was the forecast I saw as I was getting ready...don't freak out, don't freak out LOL. I do not run well in the heat!|
|This was an awesome reminder for me during the Chicago Marathon so why change it!|
Look at us all fresh before the race. :)
The rain poured and the thunder crashed as we headed from Newton out to Hopkinton. It was very warm out so I didn't mind the rain honestly.
The rain stopped and it was so muggy out. I couldn't believe how warm and humid the air was after a winter of frigid running. I was hoping this would bode well for my lungs that very strongly dislike the cold air, yet I was fearful of how my body would respond if the sun came out.
At 9:50 I left and headed up for the start of Wave 2! I was excited and nervous yet sort of calm. It was weird. I think because my expectations were low after a rocky training cycle that my mind actually just wanted to go get this done and see what the day would hold.
During the walk down I changed into my racing shoes and ditched my throwaways. I ran into Pat from Halifax and we headed down together to the start. It was great to chat on the way.
I searched for Charlotte and Doran in our corral but no luck. :( Then I heard Kenzie yell out my name and it was nice to see a friendly face at the start. Remember Kenzie from the Cabot Trail Relay? He gave me his clothes when my team got locked out of my car after my leg and I was frozen!
Unlike other years I felt more at ease at the start. I smiled and waved at the cameras and thanked God for the gift of being able to run the Boston Marathon! I was already warm but I knew it was going to be a great day.
I could hear Coach Lee's words as we ran down the first hill at the start, "You need to control yourself." This wasn't an easy task on fresh legs with adrenaline flowing, but I tried to listen. First km 4:36...ugh...that's NOT marathon pace lol.
Running was feeling effortless and smooth. I knew that's how it should feel but there was also a lot of down hill. I kept trying to run at an easy effort and each time I glanced down I was seeing 4:44, 4:40...slow down, slow DOWN, SLOW DOWN! I tried to cruise myself into a comfortable rhythm knowing full well that the real race begins in Newton.
At 2.5 miles (4k) I actually got to see Spencer! I yelled out "Look at the dog!" to everyone around me. I was so happy to see him. He made me smile big.
|Thanks Rhea for the photo!|
At 5 miles I saw a huge "GRONK" sign and the crowds were singing Sweet Caroline to me. The runners chanted, "Bop bop bop," and I joined in. I was having fun and still feeling good.
I recognized fellow Road Hammer Rami zip by me around this time and I yelled out to him. He yelled back and it gave me a bit of pep in my step. A familiar face is always good to see!
I kept cruising along and the miles were ticking off. I thought of everyone home who told me they'd track me. I thought of my friends and Matt who were also out there running. How far was he now?
The wind felt refreshing in Natick. I thought about my very first Boston Marathon where I got medical help in Natick for bleeding toes. My toes were feeling great today thankfully. ;)
We left Natick and headed into Wellesley. I was pumped for some high fives and screaming girls! I took another gel (Lee suggested every 7k so that's what I did) and it stuck to my chin. Marathon running can be so glamorous. ;)
Wellesley did not disappoint! I smiled at the cameras, high fived probably 50 girls and smiled big as I saw many people jump to the right to kiss them! Their screams pushed me ahead to Newton. I hit the half in 1:41...too fast. The goal was 1:45 so I tried to be conservative for the next few kms.
I was anticipating the big downhill at 25k that Lee warned me about. I knew from past experience that blazing down it was NOT a good idea since the hill at Newton Lower Falls was just waiting there to chew you up, not to mention the series of Hills heading up to Heartbreak.
I stayed in control and then made it my goal to look for Tom at the fire station. Suddenly I get bumped on the left arm...I was like "this race is not that crowded and I'm sure bumping me wasn't necessary," but then I realized it was Charlotte! I was so happy to see her and Doran! I did immediately worry that I cruised through the first half way to fast if she was coming from behind. I tried to stay with them and look for Tom but no such luck.
|This is the first ever marathon photo I've seen of myself taking Gu...I think it's pretty funny.|
I tried to keep moving forward and stay with Charlotte but I lost her in the crowds. I did see Doran and we tried to run together but it was difficult with the heat and so many people abruptly stopping.
At a water station I saw Kristen! She's the woman who designed the crop top I was wearing! We were pumped to see each other.
Lee said not to look at my watch in the hill section so I didn't. My goal was just to get to the top without walking so that's what I did.
At 30k there was a photo station...My thoughts: "whose bright idea was it to put cameras HERE?" LOL, everyone was toast.
|Fake it til you make it right? LOL|
I was determined to enjoy the run no matter what so I moved over to the right again and get as many high fives from the partying college students. The smell of beer was so good and so tempting since thirst was taking over. I took water and Gatorade at EVERY station and I was soaked. Hot hot hot hot hot. Oh and sore quads sore quads sore quads. The pain was legit here now. This was the real race.
As I shuffled along I suddenly saw a blue and yellow bow bouncing ahead of me and realized it was Charlotte again! We tried to just get to the finish and keep each other nearby. I loved running the final steps of the race with her!
Guys, when I saw the sign for "ONE MILE TO GO!" I was shocked. Yes, I was exhausted and hot but I couldn't believe I was about to finish. The spectators were amazing here!!!!!!!!
Water cup #98766782340590238 for the day...lol.
I saw the clock and could not believe that I had finally broken the 3:30 barrier at Boston - it only took 7 tries! LOL. 3:27:26. I was so thankful!!!!
And apparently I was on TV! LOL.
Look, my fellow Road Hammer teammates were at the finish too! :)
And then Kristen (crop top designer woman) came through the finish!
What an awesome run!
Matt, Marg and I all got Boston Course PBs so we had a great night of celebrating! (3:13 for Matt and 3:40 for Marg!).
I would never have reached my Boston Goal without the help of my super awesome Coach (Lee) and training friends! Thanks you guys!!!!!!
Congratulations to everyone who endured the heat, humidity and hills on Monday!!!!!! You are awesome!
Thanks for reading my recap guys...I love when you stop by!