Some reflections on yesterday

I’m sort of rolling out my report on Boston in pieces. That is in part because there is SO much to share, and sharing it all at once would make my followers’ eyes bleed. And I don’t want that. :) It’s also because the more technical aspects of the day, how I prepared and then performed, still need to be analyzed. I mean, I haven’t even had a chance to upload my Garmin data yet.

In any case, let me just say yesterday was one of the greatest days in my life. It was that special. Everything about it was perfect. Running a PR and breaking the 3:20 barrier (finally!!!). Feeling the energy and love of the crowds all the way. Seeing my wife for a kiss right before Heartbreak Hill. Learning of my hero Meb’s win. And knowing that 36,000 runners, a MILLION spectators, and the most professional law enforcement I have ever seen collectively saying WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED. WE ARE BOSTON STRONG. I still can hear the crowds all the way from Fenway to Boylston. They have never been this loud, this powerful.

My first reaction on crossing the line was pure exhilaration. I knew the PR was in hand before that and had even started celebrating and playing to the spectators on Hereford. But crossing the finish made it real. I wanted that PR so badly and I got it.

But not long after that the significance of the day really hit me. This was so much more than just a race. This was a victory for an entire city. Everyone involved gave their all - the athletes, the volunteers, security forces, the spectators - to make that statement and my contribution was just one tiny part of it.

These thoughts were already in my mind when a TV interviewer approached me. I agreed to talk but I have to admit I did a poor job of keeping it all together. The emotions just all came out. But I don’t regret it, not for a minute, because they were real. The tears were of the unbridled joy variety.

What a great day. I will never, ever forget it. Thank you, Boston for allowing me to be a part of it.

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Post-Boston Recovery - early returns

24 hours post-race I have to say this is the best I have felt after one of these 42k treks. My legs of course are fatigued in general, and my right calf is a little sore. But truthfully biggest discomfort comes from the sunburn on my right shoulder. Yes, it was the classic Boston Marathon tan. I applied sunscreen in the morning but I guess I sweated it all off on the warm conditions.

I’ll still take my 2-week post-marathon break, but I should be ready to jump back into running when that’s done. And even while I bask in the glow of a new marathon PR and a spectacular day all around yesterday, I’m already thinking about what’s next. More to follow on that.

sixsecondshigh:

A great photo of Meb from the Boston Globe.


So proud of Meb. Great run, my friend.

sixsecondshigh:

A great photo of Meb from the Boston Globe.

So proud of Meb. Great run, my friend.

(via run-nyc-262)

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freebirdblonde:

Happy Earth Day! Respect Mother Earth, Elysium doesn’t exist yet. 🌻🌲🌍☀️🌊✌️#earthday #truth #quote #qotd


Happy Earth Day everyone!

freebirdblonde:

Happy Earth Day! Respect Mother Earth, Elysium doesn’t exist yet. 🌻🌲🌍☀️🌊✌️#earthday #truth #quote #qotd

Happy Earth Day everyone!

(via missinnyc)

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Sweet nectar of victory. Harpoon IPA to wash down a new marathon PR of 3:18:49. Boston, this toast is for you. Slainte! #craftbeer #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #runblr #fitblr

Sweet nectar of victory. Harpoon IPA to wash down a new marathon PR of 3:18:49. Boston, this toast is for you. Slainte! #craftbeer #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #runblr #fitblr

One final run

Just an easy one today, to shake off yesterday’s travel and expo puttering. A whopping 2.35 miles. I ran out about a 1.5 miles with Lynn and then she continued on along the Charles while I turned around. On the way back I threw in just a tiny bit of pace to make sure the legs were awake - 2 x 1 minute at MP, then 3 x 30 second striders at about 85% effort. Finished up at a Starbucks and refueled with a hazelnut latte. Now to rest up and be ready for the morning.

It’s all laid out with care for tomorrow morning. I’ll be racing for the DC Roadrunners Club masters team. Ready to have a great day. I’ve never felt so good heading to a marathon before and I feel great things about to happen. Goal? If the planets align for me tomorrow, I say 3:10 is within reach. I’d be thrilled with a 3:15 though or truthfully anything under 3:20, the plateau that has taunted me for six years. It’s going down tomorrow. I don’t just believe it. I know it. The first 4-6 miles are a warmup, then I will run as I have trained, on effort. I will keep calm through the Newton Hills, and then hopefully bring the thunder in the final 2 miles. #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #marathontraining #thisisit #it’sgotime #racing #runblr #fitblr

It’s all laid out with care for tomorrow morning. I’ll be racing for the DC Roadrunners Club masters team. Ready to have a great day. I’ve never felt so good heading to a marathon before and I feel great things about to happen. Goal? If the planets align for me tomorrow, I say 3:10 is within reach. I’d be thrilled with a 3:15 though or truthfully anything under 3:20, the plateau that has taunted me for six years. It’s going down tomorrow. I don’t just believe it. I know it. The first 4-6 miles are a warmup, then I will run as I have trained, on effort. I will keep calm through the Newton Hills, and then hopefully bring the thunder in the final 2 miles. #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #marathontraining #thisisit #it’sgotime #racing #runblr #fitblr

ONE Day to Go

It’s almost here. This race is always special but no more so than this year. Be a part of it, donate to the One Boston Fund. Because we all run Boston.

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I love this infographic from Saucony.

I love this infographic from Saucony.

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It’s for real now, again. #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong

It’s for real now, again. #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong

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