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Apologies Gul, I saw the pic on Strava from someone who finished with a similar time to you and I thought it looked like a picture of you I had seen before! Great photo of the actual you!
Nicko - I preordered mine and paid £20 for the lot which I didn't think was too bad. I think my finish line photo sums up how I was feeling!
Excellent report and pictures Gul. To get under 3:10 after such a long wait and to do it finishing strongly is just brilliant. A podium place truly well deserved.
I wouldn't listen to the doctor either Badbark - it's often too easy for them to just say to stop running.
Sad to hear the LM streak may come to an end Poacher - that's an impressive run but gives you time to make next year a special one (the 100th?).
Good to see you're back out running Stevie. Which 10Ks are you targeting?
Good to hear from VT - which Autumn marathon are you targeting?
Best of luck with the North Tyneside 10K OO - anything under 40 minutes is still a good time!
Go easy on the initial runs nicko - I would stick with just recovery runs for the initial week.
Nice finish line pictures from Manchester.
Sorry to hear you had a bad day's running Lorenzo.
Thanks for all the best wishes.
SBD - How are the legs feeling? I've got the Two Castles Run 9th June, a track 10k at Leamington 20th June and Northbrook 10k 14th July. I'm also planning Stratford park run on 18th May to hopefully get under 18 mins!
Went for a light walk and did some stretches last night. 6m to do tonight, will probably go to club and tag along with the 8min mile tempo group and just take it easy.
Marathon number six, a year after Brighton in which I ran 2:59:35. Training had generally gone well and I felt I was in slightly better shape than 12 months ago. I'd also tailored the training to the course, so all the long runs and the mid-week MLRs had been on undulating terrain and in the last few weeks I ran plenty of tempo paced miles on the downhills. I've been nursing a few niggles over the last few months but these were in the background.
My dream target was to run under 3 hours but this depended on having good weather conditions and the travel and time difference (5hrs) not being a factor. For the time difference, I tried to stay close to UK time, so getting to bed 7/8pm and waking up at c. 5am. This seem to work well and I slept really well on the Friday, Saturday and even the Sunday. The weather was a bit harder to control. It was always going to be windy but the early forecasts were for torrential rain and thunderstorms with head winds of 20mph. By Saturday the forecast had changed to a tail wind and warmer temperatures, reaching 20degC by lunchtime, but still with heavy rain throughout the day and possible thunderstorms.
Caught the yellow school bus from Boston Common at 6:30am for the 45 minute journey to Hopkinton. Got talking to a few Americans who filled me in with details on the start arrangements and helped settle the nerves. Although we'd had torrential rain during the journey to the start, this ceased by 9am to leave grey skies and pleasant temperatures. So just as well I'd applied some sun cream before leaving the hotel!
The starting arrangements were very civilized and I got myself to the front of Coral 6, with 5,000 runners ahead of me, with 10 minutes to go. Quick homage to the American flag and watch the jets flying overhead and then we're off. No sign of any rain and if anything it's beginning to feel a bit warm.
I'd broken the course in to four segments: the first five miles, miles 5-15, miles 15-21 and miles 21 to 26.2. The plan was to cover the first section, which is downhill, at no faster than 6:40 m/m, establish a good cruising speed of c. 6:48 for the second essentially flat section, run strongly through the Newton Hills at c. 7:00 pace, leaving enough energy to pick up the pace for the last section at 6:48 or better. So half-way in 1:28.
It was a bit crowded off the start and the pace slower than I expected but there was no space to get around other runners without expending vital energy. So despite the steep downhill, the first 5K was covered at 6:47 pace and the next 5K at 6:50. Not quite the plan, but at least there was now enough room to pass other runners and I'd avoided going off too fast!
Picked up the pace from the 10K point, covering the next three 5K sections at 6:40, 6:42 and 6:43 pace. Whilst flat, there were plenty of undulations which meant the pace was fluctuating a lot on the Garmin so I switched to running to effort and tried to inore the pace information too much. Went through half way in 1:28:15 and settled for a few high fives in the Wellesley scream tunnel to avoid losing any time!
The Garmin lost signal just after 15 miles. This threw me a little but I'd got used to running to effort and HR and the Newton Hills were fast approaching. I'd had many a sleepless night worrying about this section of the course but I found it easier than feared and really enjoyed cresting Heartbreak Hill feeling strong and with only 5 miles of downhill running left.
I'd hit 20 miles in 2:15:33, so still just ahead of 2:58 pace, and had lost only 31 seconds on Heartbreak Hill. Thoughts of a strong finish and a negative split started to enter my mind. The short stretch to the 35K marker was covered at 6:45 pace but at this point I became aware of both calfs feeling like they were about to cramp. This had always been a worry. I got bad cramps at the 20 mile point at Brighton in 2019 and I also experienced some cramping in the last mile at the recent half marathon.
So time to go to survival mode and slow the pace to keep the cramps at bay. I was hoping the calfs would quickly return to normal and I could the pick the pace up again but as the miles ticked by this never quite happened. I kept an eye on the time at the mile markers but was probably a bit complacent on the precise time I had in hand and the pace I'd slowed down to. I thought I hit 26 miles in 2:58 dead and that I could cruise to the finish line with time to spare but the finish gantry looked an awfully long way away with 60 seconds remaining. With a slight sense of desperation I went in to sprint mode and gave it all I had left. Very relieved to see the watch showing 2:59:53 as I crossed the line.
Over the moon with the time and pleased to have avoided the legs cramping. I would have liked to have had a stronger finish over the last 5 miles but happy to settle for the outcome on the day.
Managed to finish in 2,610th place overall so must have passed quite a few runners over the course.
The course is brilliant and the support from the crowds and the volunteers at the end was tremendous and made the whole day very special.
In the end, we were very lucky with the weather conditions. It was warm but not too warm (Wave 2 had more of the sunshine) and there was a strong tailwind although this was not always obvious on the course.
Running Boston has been a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone that has the opportunity to go. There's no guarantee on the weather but the experience itself will always be awesome!
SBD- Great report and well executed run/plan
Stevie, are you not doing Wythall 10k? Pitchcroft is last sunday in May, that being a racecourse, it is pan flat.
Poacher, yes I noted that rule when things changed. Essentially not allowing a GFA entry to get in after 3 years. My mate was about to be caught out by that as has barely been able to run this year due to an ankle injury and said he planned to defer it. I think after I pointed out the issue he is now just going to run it for the experience as he hasn't done so before.
Some nice finish shots. I suppose if the camera also got the finish line clock in it would only have your back?
I've ticked over this week with a decent session of reduced volume to normal on Tuesday and an 8 mile mlr last night then a sports massage. A full rest day today which is unusual.
DT - I am away the last weekend of May otherwise I would be doing the Birmingham 10k, bit annoying as I was looking forward to that one! Not sure about the Wythall 10k as it will be 3 days after the track 10k, will see how I feel closer to the time.
Poacher - What will you do re London then? They do seem to be moving against GFA runners. You have reminded me I need to defer my Ride London place!
6m with the club last night at a steady 7.30s ish. Probably a but quicker than ideal but enjoyed running with the group and felt comfortable
DT19 said:Some nice finish shots. I suppose if the camera also got the finish line clock in it would only have your back?
Ah right, that's a decent enough shot, Nicko.
That chap in the red and white stripes looks like a well built lad to be running that fast, unless it's just a deceptive picture.
Huge congrats to SBD! I enjoyed following your splits but you did make
me nervous at the end. Phew! A fantastic performance and report.
Sorry it wasn’t perfect for you Lorenzo, you did well and most importantly
you enjoyed the experience.
You have both made me want to run Boston even more now.
Great to read VTrunner is back.
Nice photo Gul.
I’m sad to report that my back problem has worsened again. I was kidding
myself in the 10k. I managed it ok on painkillers, but suffered badly the
following day. I’m limping again and every step when I walk hurts. My
Doc has referred me for a MRI but it could be months before I’m seen. I’ll
think I’ll pay and go private. I'm not a happy bunny.
Not lot long to go before London - hope the weather starts to cool down during the week.
Good hill work OO!
Don't give up Badbark. Hopefully the MRI scan will give you some answers. You'll enjoy Boston.
Nice picture nicko - this could be the start of a new commercial venture!
That's a blow on the London GFA deferral Poacher. It might be worth contacting them to see if they have some informal flexibility?!
A good steady week DT. Keep faith in the taper.
The hills would definitely feel tougher a second time VT!
Managed to get caught by the official photographers at Boston a few time. This is just at the bottom of Heartbreak Hill.