Boston Marathon 2009

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Monday was the 113th Boston Marathon. Just like

in 2007
(and having skipped last year as I ran
the week before),
I went as part of a group of local running friends. We once
again had a blast—Boston on Marathon weekend is a real spectacle. Lots of
people, lots of excitement, and this time even great weather.

The race itself was challenging. Having done it once before, and having come
off a
really decent last marathon,
I may have underestimated the impact of the famous hills. This really is a
wonderful but challenging course. Combined with the poor
training conditions during this last Chicago winter which forced us indoors for quite a few long runs,
as well as a somewhat upset stomach which forced a two-minute break, I came
up short and posted an underwhelming second half. The head wind was also a factor that was
mentioned in a few reports on the comparatively slow times of the elite
runners. So when all was said and done, I ended up with a time of 3:30:13 and
8:01 min/miles which is a little slower than last time.

All in all a really great marathon weekend. As my time from
qualifies me for Boston 2010, I may well be back next year.

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