Well, I finally got one right.
But when people ask if I qualified for Boston (sub-3:25), I can truthfully say...
I'm not sure.
- The clock at the finish was reading 3:24 and change.
- My watch read 3:24:53: I started the watch 10 sec before the start to ensure proper operation (if the watch malfunctions, I don't cross the starting mat until I have it working). Therefore, my watch's clock time should have been conservative
- The unofficial race timing had me at 3:25:23, 24 seconds slower than my Boston standard.
I've asked the timing company to revisit.
The other strange thing: the 5k timing mat had me at 7:27 pace. My Garmin splits below have me at 7:45. No way should there be that big a discrepancy! Almost 200 yards??? Regardless, my biggest issue is the elapsed time.
However, even a 3:24 doesn't get me to Boston because this year's cutoff was about 90 seconds faster due to the number of entries. No big deal; I'm very happy with my race.
Mile 17 was the bastard uphill to the St. John's Bridge; I pulled back on pace and kept effort level. That's the first time I've been able to climb that hill without walking.
Finally, a solid finish!!! Check out my last 1.2 miles. I was running scared, trying to catch the pace group. My hamstrings were sending warnings for the last 8 miles, so I stopped a bunch of times to stretch them. At about 39k, I went all in and decided it was time to gamble. Up until then, several times I was only steps away from complete hamstring seizure. Lots of pace jockeying to keep legs in check; aerobically I had plenty of capacity.
- The Tuesday night speed workouts are huge. Keep doing them, and develop a better high end
- Core and posterior chain work helped a ton. Hamstrings were threatening but never seized. And my last 10k was solid.
- I had a larger breakfast earlier in the morning, and stomach was really full. Back off a bit.
- Continue with Tuesday night group speed work (invaluable)
- 20 miles a week or so thru winter
- More intensive Plyo/Core work
- Get back in the pool
- next year, run a fall marathon (PDX or Marine Corps) and get 3:19:59. That will get me into 2016 Boston; that year, I'll be 50, so my qual time will be 3:30. The 3:19 will get me into the Sub-10 minute group that can sign up before the masses who sneak just under the radar.
couple other things:
- I ate a little more breakfast than usual, 3.5 hrs prior. Stomach was uncomfortably full the entire race. Only took 2 of my planned 6 gels, and 4 of six salt caps. Didn't want to upset stomach further
- Crimson urine afterward. Kidneys? Nah, just beet juice powder at breakfast
- drove home 3 hrs solo afterward, then ran a mile to flush the legs. Today, I'm feeling the least damage I've ever experienced after a marathon.
discovered that Emergency has a lot more electrolyte than salt caps. Been drinking that every morning.
Glad that one's in the books! Come a long way from my debut 4:35 of 3 years ago.
And my resting pulse is 48!