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Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:42 pm
by nancyd
It's almost taper time.  Anyone else going?  Any predictions, strategy or worries heading into Boston? 
I'm excited.  It'll be my 12th Boston running, and I love the hype, and the way the City of Boston embrasses it's marathon. 
Also, Dick Beardsley is my next door neighbor :)

But I didn't get the training in that I had hoped, so I will run well, but not the PR effort that I had hoped for.  I'll still enjoy the day, and I'm hoping for good weather for all of us.

Cheers, nancy

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:44 pm
by Tinman
Nancy -

I hope you aren't tapering too soon!

Good luck and have fun!

Tinman

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:38 pm
by BoilerTom90
I'm in and am very much looking forward to it. This is my first Boston, and  most likely my only. Unless someday at least 6 years from now my son wants to run it and we happen to both still qualify.

Prediction: Nope, not going to do that.
Strategy: Run smart
Worries:  None, yet.

Good luck Nancy!

Tom

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:13 pm
by dwang_71
Hi Nancy,
I am also running Boston. I have been a bad contributor to the forums. I plan to sit down once Boston is over and write a nice long post and put my training schedule along with my Boston experience. This forum and the people I have met on it has helped me improve my running in one year than I have ever done over the last 6 years of running seriously.

Tinman's principles on training has really helped me improve my times in all levels of races.

I also don't want to predict a time for Boston for fear of jinxing myself. My strategy is to take the first 5 miles very very conservative. It is the second time I have run Boston and my first time like every newbie went out too fast, got caught up with the crowds and excitement and then my legs were shot by mile 18 and I knew it. I did PR by 1 minute over my qualification time (3:09) but was disappointed because I trained hard for almost 6 months hoping to PR by more than that.
I am hoping this time will be different! Good luck if we don't runinto each other at Boston! I will look forward to oyour  post afterwards!

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:17 am
by ap4305
[quote="dwang_71"]
My strategy is to take the first 5 miles very very conservative. It is the second time I have run Boston and my first time like every newbie went out too fast, got caught up with the crowds and excitement and then my legs were shot by mile 18 and I knew it. [/quote]

"Deal" that I made with one of our local runners who is racing Boston: First 16 miles, I get to pick the speed limits.  Last 10.2 miles, you can go as fast as you want! 

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:00 am
by BoilerTom90
From what I can tell, I'm going to be at the very back of the first wave of runners. That's nearly 9000 runners in front of me.  If I avoid weaving in and out of the bobbing heads, it seems like it will be very hard to go out too fast. This will be good for me.

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:58 pm
by dwang_71
@AP
Thanks AP! I will follow that strategy too! And this time AP, I will listen to your advice where last time when I raced CIM and did a crazy 7x1000m @ slight faster than 5K speed instead of the 4-5 x1000m @ CV pace you told me to do 8 days before CIM. Lesson learned and this time around I hope not leave any of my race in hero workouts during my taper period.  I will abide and do no hero workouts in the next 17 days or so. I have learned!

@BoilerTom
I will be in the best of company with you. Can't wait! The excitement is killing me.

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:38 pm
by nancyd
Good luck to all going.  Dwang - can't wait to hear about your new PR!!  No jinxing, I just know you have it in you!

BoilerTom - no weaving is important at Boston.  But I think unless you start in wave 1 there's going to be people ahead and around you.  I am not sure how they're going to get wave 2 off in 20 minutes, but if they do, that'll be a bigger worry for you.  The first timer's in wave 2 will scream by you, only for you to have to pass them later on the course.  Just pick your line and stick to it. 
My only other advise to you, Tom, is if it's your only Boston, then enjoy it!  It really is an amazing race.  Let us hear about how you do.

Thanks to all.  Taper starts Monday!

Nancy

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:55 pm
by dwang_71
Thanks Nancy! Race well! What is your bib number? Mine is 4664.

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:21 pm
by nancyd
6284

I like our round / even numbers :)

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:02 pm
by dwang_71
Both our numbers add up to 20 too! Ok this is silly point, but what the heck. Superstition is as much part of a runners life as the training. Anything to get that edge whether it be psychological or physical:) So I like to think our numbers indicate a smooth race for us!

Re: Boston marathon - who's in

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:33 am
by nancyd
I can't argue with that logic! 
I totally believe if you've done the training, the marathon is 90% psychological.  So anything that give us the edge.
:)

Nancy