Boston Marathon Race Recap

Finally, my race recap from the Boston Marathon…

Videographer: Silas King

Race Weekend

More about my entire race weekend with CLIF Bar here!

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Race Outfit

Race outfit details here!

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Training

15 weeks of training:

The Boston Marathon

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Getting to the start line

It’s quite a process of getting to the start line from Boston. My CLIF Bar crew and I had to get dropped off to the bus area where we all piled in yellow school buses based on what corral we were in. The bus ride took about 45 minutes. Once we arrived in Hopkinton we had to chill until our corral was called to walk to the start line.

This was the moment I realized I dressed completely wrong for this marathon. It was much hotter than I expected! I was upset I didn’t think of bringing ankle socks as a back up, instead I was stuck wearing calf compression socks.

I spent most of my time in Hopkinton using the restroom and then laying on the floor under a tent trying to calm myself down and remember what I was running for.

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Finally our corral got called and we had to walk pretty far to get to the start line. It felt like a mile and the entire time my heart is just pounding so fast. At this point I was beginning to feel impatient and just wanted to start running. I knew that once I starting running and got into my groove the nerves would go away.

Right before the race started I saw the most inspirational banner: There’s Only One Boston, and It All Starts Here! That banner got me pumped!!!!

Mile 1-10

Mile 1 and 2 were tough because everyone was shoulder-to-shoulder, I could barely run at my goal pace.

By Mile 3 I was settling into my goal pace and the nerves were gone. I was ready to crush this race!

Around Mile 4 or so I saw a guy that I had met through CLIF Bar. I was beyond excited to see a familiar face. And from there we decided to run together and stick with a 8-8:15 pace.

Mile 1 – 8:46
Mile 2 – 9:09
Mile 3 – 8:23
Mile 4 – 8:17
Mile 5 – 8:24
Mile 6 – 8:16
Mile 7 – 8:10
Mile 8 – 8:07
Mile 9 – 8:10
Mile 10 – 8:19

Mile 11-26

Mile 11 was when everything changed for me. The worse side cramp came and I had to slow down my pace by a minute. I was devastated because I felt like I had been flying! I told my friend to just go ahead without me. I immediately called my husband and practically cried over the phone while running a 9:30 pace. I was angry and overwhelmed.

I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to finish the race because of how bad my cramp was. I have no idea where it came from, I had been fueling and drinking plenty of water throughout the race. I remember realizing that I still had 16 miles to go!! I knew if I stopped that would be the end of me.

I had to make a decision at mile 11. I could either allow this cramp to consume me and ruin my experience or I can make the most of this situation and continue running. I had no choice but to keep going and just put one foot in front of the other!

Mile 11 – 9:21
Mile 12 – 9:28
Mile 13 – 9:07
Mile 14 – 9:26
Mile 15 – 9:27
Mile 16 – 9:06
Mile 17 – 9:32
Mile 18 – 9:32
Mile 19 – 9:50
Mile 20 – 9:25
Mile 21 – 9:46
Mile 22 – 9:11
Mile 23 – 8:58
Mile 24 – 8:59
Mile 25 – 9:00
Mile 26 – 8:57
Last .31 – 2:36

When I decided to make the most of the situation I had a great time. Even though I was still hurting and somehow started chafing in my armpit, I still enjoyed running in this race. The crowd, my music, and wanting to say I ran in the Boston Marathon got me to that finish line.

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Final Time

3:56 / avg pace 8:58

When I crossed that finish line, with a smile on my face, I realized that there was more to Boston than just your time. It was about proving to myself that I am strong enough to do anything I set my mind to, no matter what stands in my way.

One day I’ll be back, but until then I plan to take my training to another level and participate in my first Half Ironman in September!

CLIF Bar

Thank you for everything CLIF Bar! Without you guys I would’ve never been able to experience the most iconic race. To CLIF Bar and all the amazing people I met that weekend, you will always have a special place in my heart <3

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fitandyy@gmail.com

Thank you, I worked so far to train for Boston!! Definitely a fun race and I can’t wait to go back someday!

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