I got started and felt pretty good from the beginning and ran extreamly consistant through the first 30k of the race except mile 3 which was a crazy fast 6:18 pace. I think the pacer got excited or something and that might have cost me later on in the race. First 10k was a 6:59 pace, 2nd 10k was a 7:01 pace and the 3rd 10k was a 7:02 pace. I was right at a 7:00 pace through 20 miles and that is when the wheels started to fall off and the wind got the best of me. At mile 21 I fell off the 3:05 pacer and that pack and found myself battling the wind for the next 4 miles by myself. It was hard and it was a struggle but in the back of my mind a PR was still within reach and a BQ was definitely within reach so I kept pushing even though there was basically not much left in the tank at this point. At mile 24 I got passed by the 3:10 pacer and decided that would not be happening and I had to stay up with him if I had any shot at all of breaking my PR. I pushed as hard as I could those last 2 miles but it just wasn't enough. Finished in 3:09:49 just missing a PR by 24 seconds. Disappointed for not getting a PR but happy all the same because I know I had given it all I had and qualified for Boston by over 5 minutes for the 2nd year in a row. I train in all sorts of weather just because of this. You never know what you are going to be dealt with on race day. So yes I'm happy but I know I have a 3:05 or even a sub 3 hour in me with the right weather conditions but that will have to wait for another time and another day as I now turn my focus to my next race, a 100 mile ultra at the Pistol 100 in Tennessee on Jan 3 which will be my 3rd 100 mile race. I've gotta make a quick transition to get ready but I know I will be ready come Jan 3. As for that sub 3 hour goal and new PR? I'm coming for you in Boston in April of 2015.
Just a short recap of all the stats from the race for those that are interested. This was my 27th marathon/ultra(16 marathons and 11 ultras) since I did my very first one in April of 2012 and my 9th marathon/ultra this year(4 marathon's and 5 ultra's) Mile splits for the race were 6:48, 7:04, 6:18, 6:56, 7:06, 7:05, 7:05, 7:13, 7:01, 7:04, 6:58, 6:59, 7:01(half marathon at 1:31:53 which is my 2nd fastest half marathon ever), 6:58, 7:00, 7:09, 6:56, 7:03, 7:00, 7:03, 7:00, 7:14, 7:36, 8:03, 8:13, 8:16, 7:42, 7:28(last half in 1:37:58 which I am usually much more consistent than that as I usually run dead even splits or negative split it). I was 28th in my division, 223th among males and 263rd overall. The miles 21-24 I lost the 3:05 pacer and found myself battling the wind all by myself but I kept it together for a strong last 2 miles. The 3:10 pacer passed me at mile 25 and I said enough is enough and I stuck with him to the finish. I still was able to get a BQ for 2016 by over 5 minutes and am very happy with my time considering the conditions today. Anytime I can qualify for Boston that is a major accomplishment for me and I couldn't be happier. I gave it my all. It hurt like crazy at the end but I sucked it up and got it done. Thanks for all your support everyone.
|Hanging out with Jeff Galloway|
|The struggle is real, damn real|
|I sure wan't feeling as good as I looked in this picture. Gotta smile for the camera.|
|Mr. and Mrs. Run Nerd|
|My buddy Shyla|
|Thanks Jeff Galloway for signing my race bib|
|I run all my miles for precious Shaelyn|