As it stands, the Boston Marathon will forever hold a special place in my heart. Many people told me going into the New York Marathon that they preferred New York to Boston, but I beg to differ. New York was an amazing race, don't get me wrong, but has nothing on Boston. Here's the story!
I signed up for the lottery early spring 2015 on a whim. I've gone to spectate the last two years for my client Debbie who is an amazing marathoner so I'm very familiar with the race schedule and course. In the last two years I hopped onto the course with her to help her with pacing, the first year I accidentally finished with her because there were too many barricades! We thought it would be fun to both do the race this year, so when we both got entries from the lottery we were on our way to training for another race!
I haven't run a marathon since Boston 2014, which was a huge emotional battle for me and I was ready this summer to get back into training. Somehow this summer I managed to tough it out through the heat (which is my WORST enemy when running) and found a really good hydration, nutrition, and attire system. I got to race day feeling about 85% prepared, which for me is fairly normal. It's really easy to convince yourself you are not trained enough but sometimes you just have to let your body do what it knows.
Getting to the start was a MESS. Luckily in the sea of people waiting for the ferry I found Debbie so we got to hang on the ferry and then in the line for the busses on Staten Island and then on the bus to the start line. We parted ways since we started in different areas, and I hung out at the front of my corral. This was kind of cool because I was in the first row of my corral to start so I got to run with nobody in front of me across the bridge at the beginning of the race!
The first 14 miles of my race were superb. I was running wicked fast and I was so surprised by myself. I had planned on a flat course, since that's what I was advised, but everybody forgot to mention the giant bridge around mile 15 that literally lasted over 15 minutes. Most people don't realize, but a bridge is basically like a hill, and this particular hill .never. ended. Unfortunately said hill ruined my crazy sub- 4 hour pacing, but when I started to slow down I reminded myself that I was expecting a 4:30 marathon and that I felt 85% trained at the start line. I saw my friends at mile 16/17 who handed me off extra snacks and drinks and I was off again. This part of the race I am really familiar with so at least it went by quickly.
Once we turned around to head towards Central Park and the finish, it hit me that I was exhausted, way too hot, and slightly depleted of water, sodium, and general fuel. I hit up a few medical tents for some salt packets, increased my gatorade consumption, and tried to slowly eat a little more snacks. I felt better but not great, however I did get to the entrance of central park and you really do fly to the finish from there.
I was really excited to get my medal for this race and even more excited for the parka. Usually races offer space blankets but the New York Marathon gives you a reusable warm fleece parka if you check no bags. These things are AMAZING! I have no idea when I'll use it again but its put away for safe keeping for the perfect occasion.
The walk back to the hotel was ruthless- my feet hurt so bad and my walk took me over an hour. I did get frustrated with walking and stopped in to get a giant cupcake and ice cream (both of which I ate before returning to the hotel). Don't judge, and yes I deserved it! We hopped in the car and cam straight back to Boston after the race and luckily hit no traffic. I was met at home with more yummy snacks, a foot massage, and tiger balm. #lifesaver My foot bothered me for about a week but once it was gone, I haven't noticed it since. Must have just tied my shoes too tight!
Overall the marathon was pretty great. I was only 5 minutes off my fastest time, so this was my second fastest marathon ever. I saw hope of crushing my PR, but I'll have to save that for the next one, or for the Ironman!
If you ever want to know more about how I train, or how I coach clients to train, shoot me an email! I love answering questions and I love even more helping you feel like marathon training is more manageable and possible than what a lot of online programs say. I only run 2-3 times per week and do so injury free!