Official time: 3:19:06
(Marathon PR and Boston PR by 5.5 minutes)
I will do a more detailed recap of Boston + lots more photos.. but for now I just wanted to share how it all went down. The third time was a charm, Boston #3, you were incredible!!
I personally have never felt stronger. Dare I say the Boston Marathon felt effortless?… well it kind of did. Besides my quads feeling tight, which I partially blame on the cold weather, the race was flawless for me. I did just what I planned to do. I wanted to go faster, but I held back. I crossed the finish line feeling like I could have done more, but I was happy I didn’t. I was calm, cool and collected despite the nasty elements.
I started out slow… and got faster as I went. I actually did Negative split! I zoned in on my 7:30 ish pace from the start. I kept this pace (which varied a bit) throughout the race. I was consistent and smart about my racing. My overall average pace was a 7:36 min/mile and this felt easy. Given my average heart rate of 136 bpm, versus last year 7:48 pace at 148 avg bpm, I can say I’m wayyy fitter than I was this time last year. I know cold temperatures can affect heart rate, but I also know I am more fit. 136 bpm for me is considered borderline recovery heart rate. Wow. Crazyness. To know I was capable of going even FASTER than 7:36 avg pace, is pretty freaking awesome.
Here is a breakdown of my pacing via Garmin Connect graphs…
Total Elevation gain: 925 feet
Total Elevation loss: 1,299 feet
Here is a breakdown mile by mile
My Garmin connect pace is slightly off from the baa.org pace (partially due to weaving in and out of people).
This part of the race is mostly downhill … I was told to go ‘slow’ here and keep my pace slower than 7:30 min/mile.
Mix of flats and rolling hills. This is when I had my nutrition and pace dialed in. I was focused and I felt like a machine… unstoppable!
Miles 17-21, this is where the fun began.. the Newton Hills!
I actually said to a fellow runner: ‘This is where the fun begins’… he didn’t think I was very funny. Oh well! At least I enjoyed it:)
I saw my family at Mile 17 which was a HUGE boost! then I picked up the pace going into Heart Break hill. These splits below are all going up big hills and the hills leading up to Heart Break. Heart Break tops off at mile 21. I’m psyched I was able to stay sub 8 for all of those hills! It really helped having ran the hills four times during my training, I was able to visualize it before I ran up.. total hill domination!
The last miles of the race… I was focused to get the PR done. I knew I was close and my mental strength carried me to the finish line.
I sprinted my butt off down Boylston Street and screamed down towards the finish line!
As taken from an E3 teammate who ran Boston… I truly believe that the Boston Marathon is the only race out there that can bring out the best of the human spirit. Sweat, tears, laughter, cheering and elation only partially describe Monday. Despite the rain, cold, and wind, it is clear that Boston has never been stronger.
Now that I am warm, no longer shivering (I was sooo cold when I finished)… I am looking back on marathon Monday with a HUGE smile.
The race was kind of a blur, it went by sooo fast.. I made sure to write notes after the race to make sure I could remember all that I could.. Some of which, I can’t even put into words…memories of the 2015 Marathon will reside deep in my heart, always. Not sure how I’ll ever top this one, but I’ll try!
The finish line photo says it all.. the definition of a PR race #heartandcourage.