It’s been really hard for me to write this post, because I honestly haven’t known quite how I feel about my experience yet. Let’s just start with the facts:
1. I ran THE Boston Marathon.
2. I set a personal record by over 4 minutes with a finishing time of 2:51:36.
3. I finished 1,099th of 30,251 runners.
4. On a day with 20 mph headwinds and chilly rain, I fell well short of the goal that I set for myself.
5. After marching through the Newton Hills with a decent effort, I set off to descend and set a great negative split. Unfortunately, my legs locked up around Mile 23 and I spent the last 5k just jogging to the finish line.
6. Here are my splits for the race:
Although I’m not 100% satisfied with the result, I am very proud of having slugged it out and PR’d very handily. After 15 months of training between my marathons, I’m happy to see that I am getting more fit and faster in general.
The Boston Marathon was an absolutely unforgettable experience. There were at least a million people out on the course screaming their hearts out throughout the race, braving the cold and wind and rain to support their beloved marathon.
I will be back.