Boston Marathon Recap

Alright, time for all the rest of the details!! (Continued from the pre-marathon fun here.)

We woke up to wind and cold, as predicted, with 100% chance of rain by 1:00 pm (when I’d be hitting the halfway mark).  I woke up by 4 or 5 am but didn’t get out of bed until 6.  I pumped and ate two pieces of toast with peanut butter and a banana.

I opted for an extra long sleeved shirt under my Stonyfield tank (feel like temps were supposed to be in the 30s and I’m always cold!) plus arm warmers and shorts with Procompression socks.  I added a throwaway long sleeve cotton shirt, jacket, pants and wore my orange poncho, gloves, ear warmers, and a hat and I was STILL freezing at the start!!

I took an Uber (love those!) to the bus loading spot on the Boston Common and had no traffic.

Boston bus loading

 

Rachel, Jill and I loaded the bus around 9 and arrived at Hopkinton almost an hour later.

Boston athletes village

Our start time was 11:15, so we met up with Angela and huddled in the tent.  I ate a chocolate chip Clif bar on the bus and another banana under the tent.

We started walking to our corral before long, and only had 10-15 minutes to wait before we started.

Boston waiting to start

I kept the outer jacket shell and pants on for the first 5 miles of the race until I finally warmed up. But I kept the poncho on the entire race… that was not the plan, but it kept me dry and comfortable, so I went with it! I was thankful for the extra yellow shirt under my tank, too, as crazy as I looked.

I stated in my Boston goals that this was not going to be a pr race- I wanted to soak it all up.  Angela and I decided to run together.

The first mile or two were slow, as we were stuck behind charity runners, but after lots of weaving and passing, we settled in and hit a few miles around 7:45 pace.  (I was relying on Angela for data- I ran without my watch for the first time ever!)

We continued along at a decent pace until out of nowhere, Angela’s ankle gave her a stabbing pain.  We stopped so she could stretch it and we tried again.  Nope- still painful.  We found a port-a-pot and I jumped in (too much water at the start!) while she tried to walk it off.  We continued another mile or so with a few walking breaks but I think we both knew it was not looking good.

Just as she was realizing she had to stop, we saw a medical tent around mile 8.  I walked over with her, gave her a hug, felt HORRIBLE (what can ya do? these things are so out of our control!!) and then continued on.

My quads cramped up a bit (maybe from the air squat over the port-o-pot?) so I reminded myself I was here to enjoy it and take it easy.  The first half had some great spectators but mile 13 is when things really got fun.  I heard the Wellesley girls screaming from a mile away (as everyone said I would!) and started to smile and I don’t think I stopped until I crossed the finish line!

Boston Wellesley girlsThe guy in front of me (yellow sleeve) stopped for a kiss

The entire second half was incredible- so much crowd support, the Wellesley and Newton hills I had read about, Heartbreak hill and finally the last few miles to the finish in downtown Boston.

DSC_1828I totally missed my husband at mile 13- but he caught the orange poncho going by!

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The hills were not nearly as bad as I was expecting – but I was also thankful I was not aiming for a pr.  I don’t think it would have happened on that course, especially with the rain and wind at times!

For the last 5 miles, I soaked it all up.  I had a blast with the crowd- raising my hands and high fiving everyone I could! The crowds loved the interaction- maybe especially because there were so many people hurting around me who had slowed own to walk it in.  I was thankful to have taken it easy and be smiling and feeling good all the way to the finish.

DSC_1866Right before the finish line!

My final time was 3:58, around a 9 minute pace, I think? Other than the first 10k or so, I kept a steady effort and ran very even splits. It’s my slowest marathon to date and even slower than I expected to run for an “easy” day but it was perfect.  I’m not too sore and I got to fully enjoy each mile.

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And that’s a wrap.  Thank you Stonyfield… Boston- you were amazing!

 

 

43 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Recap

  1. YAY!!!! Sometimes feeling good, especially in those awful conditions, is better then a PR. I’m also glad that Angela had you with her when it all went wrong. I’m sure just having you with her helped in a small way.
    I hope you’re very proud of yourself for being a Boston Marathon finisher!!!
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  2. Congratulations!!! I love that you ran it for fun and to soak in the experience. If I ever get to run Boston, I think I would be tempted to do the same. I’m sure it was hard to leave Angela. That happened to me one time – my husband and I were running a marathon together and I had to go to the med tent and he hated to leave me, but I made him – he had to.
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  3. Congrats again, Laura! I am sure it was a much different race than you planned, but I am so glad that you were able to really enjoy it all! And I am sure you felt badly leaving Angela, but if the situation were reversed, I am sure you would have wanted her to continue on too. What horribly bad timing though! Also, I have zero doubt that’s not the only time you’ll be running Boston. 😉
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    • Hey Maria!
      Yes- it definitely made things more challenging. My entire training cycle was harder than I expected to juggle the time, find the energy, etc. On race day, I had to go nearly 8 hours without pumping and it worked out fine- probably because my body was using so many of its resources I didn’t have a lot of extra milk, but my supply took a hit! I’m supplementing for a few days as I try to get it back up. It’s not easy but definitely doable!
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  4. What a great day for you! You looked like an orange superwoman, btw. ; ) I’m glad you soaked it all in and ran it the way you did. It’s an entirely different experience to run this way and after doing Napa like this, I think it’s something everyone should do once. Congrats!
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  5. It sounds like the conditions were challenging, but you stayed strong by keeping your pace reasonable at the start. Super excited for you Laura- what a great opportunity and a fantastic day. xoxo Congratulations!

  6. WOW!!!!! Amazing job! Juggling young kids and still nursing and training and running a marathon….SUPERMOM!!!!
    Great job. After running the hills around where we live…I am sure you were well trained for them 🙂
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  7. The weather was so crazy! I’m glad you were able to enjoy the full experience without worrying about hitting goals because there is so much to soak in! Probably my favorite memory was hearing the insane buzz of cheering Wellesley girls for the first time.
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  8. Thanks for the recap – so exciting! I absolutely believe in RUN HAPPY!
    Oh, and Uber– where were you when I was living in the city? My daughter and I used it in DC, and it was fantastic!

    Lastly- props to your photographer! (Even if he is a Red Sox fan 😉 )

  9. Looks like you really did have a good time – so glad you enjoyed it and finished smiling even with the horrible weather. I was so sorry to hear about Angela having to stop – glad y’all were running together when she got hurt!!!
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  10. What an awesome way to race Boston!!! It sounds like you had a great run despite the cold and rain. Poor Angela 🙁 It must have been hard to leave her at the med tent. You are such a strong mama. I’m not sure I could have run a marathon so soon after having a baby! You will have those awesome memories to share forever with your kids.
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  11. Wow! So happy for you. You had a fantastic race and I loved that you took it all in the way you did. The conditions were tough and you push though like a champ! So sorry about your friend and I hope she is feeling better. What an incredible experience!
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  12. Great recap Laura! I’m so glad you had a good experience. Seems like every recap I’ve read everyone is saying the same thing-that even though it wasn’t a PR it was an amazing experience. I know I’ve was so inspired and moved keeping up with the details and stories! Great job!

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