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  • #2431

    Here’s a short version. I was #1316 and finished 212th in a time of 2:48 and change. Bottom line is I went out too hard for the conditions and ended up running a big positive split. Ran the first half a little under 1:20. A little dissapointed but I’ll live. Conditions were pretty hot but no excuses. I was a victom of the Newton hills like many others. I’ll give some more details later.

    Thanks

  • #18367

    randys
    Participant

    Steve,

    Great Job! I know you trained hard. Is this a pb?

    Before reading your post I was checking results for runners from my club. One in particular stood out, even before reading your post, but especially after.

    The 2 of you finished almost together. Rudy ran a 2:48:45. You must have been only a couple of steps ahead of him at the finish.

    Congradulations on a great time.

    Randy

  • #18368

    Zeke
    Member

    Steve,

    Nice job in less than ideal conditions. Most of the results I saw were positive splits of at least 8 minutes.

  • #18369

    Run
    Member

    Steve, PR or not, 2:48 is awesome, and 212th place at Boston is a hell of an accomplishment. With that time in NJ this year you would have been top 5. Congrats,

    Tim

  • #18370

    No PB, ran 2:46 last year at New Jersey. If the wife can tolerate one more attempt I may try a fall marathon. Thanks you guys!

  • #18371

    Anonymous

    Dan must be taking an extended vacation after his sub-2:40 PR at Boston, and who could blame him, he’s surely earned it and hopefully he’ll post about it when he gets back home!

  • #18372

    SwampTiger
    Member

    Great job Steve. It wasn’t just the heat, there was a bit of a headwind too. I didn’t think it was that bad while I was out there, but the winners’ times were all slower than most years. Slower even than last year’s in the 80 degree heat.

  • #18373

    Here are my splits for those that are interested. I pretty much fell apart in the Newton Hills. In fact, this is the classic Newton hills meltdown I was hoping to avoid. On the positive side I felt great aerobically. If only my legs would cooperate. I wanted to stop real bad during the last few and didn’t so I’ll take that as a moral victory.

    Mile Split Cumm Ave Pace

    1.00 6:10 6:10:00 6:10:00

    2.00 5:53 12:03:00 6:01:30

    3.00 6:01 18:04:00 6:01:20

    4.00 6:00 24:04:00 6:01:00

    5.00 6:11 30:15:00 6:03:00

    6.00 6:02 36:17:00 6:02:50

    7.00 6:03 42:20:00 6:02:51

    8.00 6:09 48:29:00 6:03:37

    9.00 6:03 54:32:00 6:03:33

    10.00 6:11 60:43:00 6:04:18

    11.00 6:16 66:59:00 6:05:22

    12.00 6:08 73:07:00 6:05:35

    13.00 6:06 79:13:00 6:05:37

    14.00 6:05 85:18:00 6:05:34

    15.00 6:19 91:37:00 6:06:28

    16.00 6:07 97:44:00 6:06:30

    17.00 6:31 104:15:00 6:07:56

    18.00 6:36 110:51:00 6:09:30

    19.00 6:23 117:14:00 6:10:13

    20.00 6:38 123:52:00 6:11:36

    21.00 7:01 130:53:00 6:13:57

    22.00 6:33 137:26:00 6:14:49

    23.00 6:47 144:13:00 6:16:13

    24.00 7:06 151:19:00 6:18:17

    25.00 7:32 158:51:00 6:21:14

    26.00 7:30 166:21:00 6:23:53

    26.20 2:10 168:31:00 6:25:55

  • #18374

    r-at-work
    Member

    gee, wish I could ‘fall apart’ and only add 15-22 seconds per mile… only two minutes off your PB and comparing Boston’s hills to a FLAT NJ race, right? I think you have a lot to be proud of… enjoy your recovery…

    -Rita

  • #18375

    SwampTiger
    Member
    Steve From NJ wrote:
    I pretty much fell apart in the Newton Hills. In fact, this is the classic Newton hills meltdown I was hoping to avoid.

    I agree with Rita. “fell apart” and “meltdown” don’t describe your race. I saw many people walking up the hills and staggering down the last few miles. It looks like you didn’t recover your pace after the hills but you stayed strong through the finish, and within two minutes of your PB. Great job and impressive mental toughness.

  • #18376

    Anonymous

    Good job at Boston!

    I ran the 1981 Boston Marathon in 2:38:30.I enjoyed it as I probably ran an additonal 1/4 mile just weaving around people. These were the days when Qualifying for a person under 40 was 2:50 or better. I finished 741st out of 5,500. This time was my pr until 1983 when I ran Capital City Marathon in Olympia, WA in 2:36:19.

    Keep running!

  • #18377

    Thanks Turk, interesting the place that your time put you back then and very impressive time by the way. You would have easily been in the top 100 this year. I wonder how much the tougher qualifying standards motivated people to get under the cut back then. One thing that’s clear is Boston seemed to attract the cream of the crop in terms of local and regional talent and perhaps that’s not the case anymore. I would guess that the multitude of marathon options tends to thin the field out these days. In my mind, Boston is the best experience I’ve had in running irregardless of the fact that I fell short of my goal. Thanks for your post.

  • #18378

    Ryan
    Keymaster
    Steve From NJ wrote:
    You would have easily been in the top 100 this year. I wonder how much the tougher qualifying standards motivated people to get under the cut back then. One thing that’s clear is Boston seemed to attract the cream of the crop in terms of local and regional talent and perhaps that’s not the case anymore. I would guess that the multitude of marathon options tends to thin the field out these days.

    Actually, based on the level of competition in the 2:40 range, I’d say the issue is just that there aren’t as many 2:20, 2:30, and 2:40 runners now as there were then.

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