Thats my bib number this Monday at the Boston Marathon.
This race is kind of the oddball in my racing schedule. Roads, 25,000 people... not really my thing, but I actually had a great time last year. Boston's a neat city, the spectators are along the entire course, there's a bunch of college girls screaming and willing to kiss sweaty old men at the halfway point... Pretty fun really.
Being such a big race, they actually allow you at home to track me every 5K along the course. You can do that by going HERE on raceday and either entering that number up above or typing in my name.
What should you expect/be looking for?
Great question. I don't really know what to expect either. Here's a little insight:
Things that are different going into this race since last year:
-I have ran a crapload more miles in the winter months leading up to the race
-I have more racing experience than last year, including running the course before
-I have been eating very poorly, and imbibing in a few more beers this winter and spring
-I weigh about 10 pounds more than I did last year, and it's not all beer gut (possibly correlated to the note above)
-I actually tapered intelligently this year
-I have done 2, yes 2, track workout all spring (speed work is for the birds).
-The weather is supposed to be perfect
-I can't really come up with a single nagging injury (I typically like to talk up an injury before races so that I have a fallback excuse if things go poorly)
What does that all mean? I don't know. Last year I ran 2:57. I bonked the last 4 miles in spectacular fashion. I didn't stop for any kisses at Wellesley either.
I'm pulling this out of my A$$, but I'm gonna predict a 2:50. Kind of ambitious, but why the hell not. When I look at the reasons above, a slower time can only be attributed to being an overweight, beer drinking lazy ass who hates track workout. No injuries, perfect weather...I'm really in a corner without any excuses. So I might as well go for it. What's the worst than can happen? I hear IV's are actually quite refreshing and invigorating.
The plan will be to run the first half in 1:24 and then watch the fun unfold. This could end poorly, but it would be boring any other way.
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