This whole past week has been a whirlwind and a blur! But let me start with a week ago today. Last Saturday, April 15, Mrs. Marathon and I traveled back to the north for the Boston Marathon once again (read about last year's Boston Marathon here). We flew out of Raleigh in the afternoon, had a layover in Newark that night, then flew into Boston pretty late on Saturday. We got our rental car, headed to our hotel, and hit the hay!
|During our layover/dinner break in Newark|
|Shalane Flanagan (who is an Olympic Marathoner!) |
doing a Runner's World interview!
|We met Shalane Flanagan!|
|We saw Galen Rupp (bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics Marathon)|
doing a shakeout run on Sunday down Boylston Street!
|....THEN I MET GALEN RUPP!|
He was just walking down the street and I asked if I could get a picture!
Also pictured: the shoulder of ALBERTO SALAZAR
(Galen's coach/world class long distance runner!)
|A friend saw me in the crowd at the start line on TV!|
Fast forward, I get lined up with my corral and the gun goes off. The masses of people are released and we were off! The first few miles felt pretty good. I was running a 6:30 min/mile pace, which isn't crazy fast for me, but in my head I knew I had to slow it down to about a 7:00 min/mile pace to save something in the tank for later. I knew I was approaching some hills, and so I managed to slow down to about a 7:15-7:30 pace and kept trucking. I figured that eventually my body would warm up and I would then be able to speed up. However getting to the half marathon mark, I was very tired and my legs had felt every mile. I just did not feel comfortable at all. So at this point, I was happy that I had dialed the pace back, but at the same time, I was feeling a little upset since I was hoping to feel a lot lighter on my feet and a lot faster. I continued to wait for the surge of energy to carry me to the finish or that runner's high that everyone talks about (spoiler alert: didn't get one).
|I saw my wife on Hereford St!|
|My mother-in-law took this of me on TV, crossing the finish line!|
Fast forward to today. We both did a race up (and down) some mountains! Tune in to our next post! Coming soon(ish)! But for now, more pictures from the Boston Marathon taken by Mrs. Marathon who was spectating along Hereford Street right before Mile 26!
|Jordan Hasay- 3rd place overall, first American woman,|
and it was her debut marathon!
|Olympic Marathoner Desiree Linden!|
|My BFF Galen Rupp (2nd place overall)|
|Olympic Marathoner Meb Keflezighi|