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Boston 2019 Aim High, Crash Hard

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This was not one of my better run races; not by long shot.  I’m not really upset by that though.  

First the basic facts:
Boston
marathon
My PR from last fall was 3:17:53.
Goal for Boston was 3:15.


The weather forecasts a week or so before the race was predicting conditions very similar to last year: cold, wet, and significant headwinds.  As the race got closer this started to change to warmer temperatures but still wet.  The prediction for winds were pretty varied but in the couple of days before looked like it would be a tail wind.  I wasn’t too happy about temperatures in 60s but thought that with the cloud cover, some rain and tailwind it might be okay.  So what happened with weather?  It was actually pretty nice at the start; it felt almost cool, it was cloudy, not much wind.  Unfortunately, the temperatures only got warmer and at about the halfway point the sun actually came out.  (Note that it did rain later but by that time I was walking from my hotel to a bar to meet my running club buddies.)  

splits

BQ

The upside of a “nice” spring day was that the spectators were really out in force.  I was really in awe of the number of spectators out last year in that miserable weather but this year there were at least 3 times (or more) out there.  The singlet I wore to race included the Maryland state flag and I got a lot of cheers for that; it was really nice to hear “Go Maryland!” and “Terps” throughout the day.

I probably could feel upset and frustrated about not hitting (or even coming close) to my goal.  I’m not.  I was last year (which had a similar story) but I think that I so enjoyed the process of training for the race that the race result wasn’t the most important thing.  There are a couple truths:  you can’t control the weather and the Boston course is tough.  I would have loved to have run a PR (or even just decent race).  Hopefully, if all goes well this summer, I’ll be toeing the line at the Marine Corps Marathon ready to run a new PR.  And next April I’ll be back in Boston.

 

 

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I feel like 'faster than last year' is always good! It stinks you didn't hit your goal, but you did good! Congrats again on another finish! I'm glad you're happy with it!

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Glad we got to meet up. Way to gut it out and score a good time. And kick my ass again.

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Nice job. Congrats to another finish and kudos for going for it.  There is always next year.

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Great run!  That temperature and humidity is hard anytime, but it's even worse when you've been training through the super cold winter.  Great attitude also!

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I love your attitude about the process of training for the race. I think the race is the icing on the cake and the training is the cake. Sure icing can be awesome, but cake is pretty good too and you get to eat a lot more of it. The conditions -weather, etc. - make it so that there's no guarantee that the icing will be all that great anyway.

I really enjoy following your training on Strava. I'm in awe of the work you put in on a daily basis.

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Awesome work Ken! I love the phrase "playing with house money". I might steal that one myself. Your training is super inspiring (sorrynotsorry for all my 🔥🔥 🔥 BQ

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Your pics always look so conservative. You need to find a way to show more ponytail. 

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2 hours ago, Dave said:

Your pics always look so conservative. You need to find a way to show more ponytail. 

@Dave jealous that you can’t grow one? Zing!

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