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
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.