And based on the weather today in Boston and since I gotta come up with some kind of excuse as to why I can't get my lame ass around a course in under 3:00 hours I "Gotta blame it something, gotta blame on something.... Blame it on the Rain. It was falling in falling. What ever you do, don't put the blame on you... blame on the rain, yeah, yeah."
This sounds pretty convenient - plus it was a pretty good song until it turned out they didn't even sing the song!!!
And I suppose with all of the running smack talking that I do I am right around Milli-Vanilli'ish levels (isn't that what makes running so fun though? I say yes!).
So with my actual Boston Marathon Race Report race report where to begin...
I injured myself in November just prior to the Tucson Marathon after running 80 miles a week a few weeks in a row, totally overrunning my schedule looking to score a massive PR along with world domination, and just inviting an injury. Which my 45 year old body was more than happy to oblige... I was a poster child for the video - Don't want to be an American Idiot.
Thus after my injury, Tucson Marathon DNF, and utter inability to run I needed something to do every day (I mean - what the heck else am I gonna do after working 12 ****ing hours every #*^!ing day... if it wasn't for good co-workers this would be bad news). So this led me back to my meathead wannabe weightlifting ways (not helpful for running but certainly fun for my ego and for people watching at LA Fitness [there is a whole other blog entry to be had just on this - people watching at LA Fitness is hilarious]), and swimming (helpful'ish for running) for most all of Dec & Jan.
I was able to pick it up in mid-Feb up until Boston but it was not enough time (cue up excuse number 927). I thought that my swimming fitness would carry me through and oh how close it almost did.
As the day started everyone could see from the weather report that it was going to be brutal with wind and rain. But it looked like it wasn't going to start seriously raining and blowing until mid-day, so I was "hoping to squeeze in
The heavy stuff was coming down as early as around 7 miles, and thus I thought:
My conscience: What do you think young fella?
Me: I'd keep
As I thought somehow I could still pull a sub-3 off and that the heavy rains and wind would hold off.
Oh how wrong I was...
Having said that things were going my way for quite some time. I rolled through the first 1/2 at 1:30 and I was conserving energy well I thought, I rolled past the fam at mile 17 and was still in good spirits and on track:
(Phoenix Free Soles in the house!!!)
But the hills from miles 16 to 21 did get to me a bit, and even though I ran solid miles 21 to the finish (when things turn to generally downhill), I came up short, and came in at 3hours, 3min, and 30 seconds. A 20 second PR to a race last May in much easier conditions and on a much easier course.
After the race I was close to hypothermic (as were a number of other runners I observed, it was bad news), but after changing into warm clothes was able to pull out of it in time to get a few pics with the fam and girls:
(our oldest - just turned 14, soon taller than Daddy)
Then it was back to the hotel to drink a copious number of Samuel Adams Lights. Love me some Sammy Adams.
All in all, what a great time!!! The noise / spectators during the race were bordering on deafening at some points. The bikers around mile 2, a huge contingent of drunken hooligans around mile 5 (totally unforeseen/didn't read about them - but they were nuts/awesome), the Wellesley College girls around the 1/2 way mark, awesome rowdiness in the town centers in every town you rolled through, and the deafening craziness from around mile 21 in. And all of this in like 50 degrees and rain - who would want to be out in this...? Apparently all of Boston! Awesome....!
Can't wait to start plotting my revenge here, how I am going to get under 3 hours (and then some! believe it!!!), and generally wreak havoc in our and other cool running groups across Phoenix!
Running is awesome!