Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mission Accomplished!! 2:49:53

Not the same feat as putting Armstrong on the moon, but I reached my goal!!!

The race day conditions were ideal and I can't remember if we have had such perfect conditions in the last fourteen years. It certainly shows with the course record being broken.

Anyway, the race report:

I felt strong from the beginning and ran with Brian and John B. for many miles. It helped having them run the pace and it felt easy. We broke apart, and at the half I felt fresh and I knew this thing was coming down. Quick stop at 16mi to kiss the family and then back on pace. Heartbreak did feel hard, as trying to sustain that pace over the hills is difficult! Still strong and trying to maintain pace, at 22mi. team-mate and friend John B. flew by me at 6:00 min. pace? I say I am going to stay with him, but end up chasing. It is good because I am staying on pace the last few miles, where I am checking watch and I know I am right on the line for sub-2:50. Just as I start to cave in and say I can't break 2:50 - right before the right and then left onto Boylston - I pass 400M to go and check watch - I have 90 seconds. I say to myself - it has to happen right now! I don't care if they zip me into a body-bag at the finish. I then go all out in absolute agony and run an 83 second 1/4mi sprinting and break 2:50 by 7 seconds - 2:49:53!

I would like to thank my family, friends and team-mates, that have supported me and helped me achieve this goal through training, encouragement and camaraderie. You can achieve your goals if you believe in yourself. It has now been three years since I announced that I would break 2:50 in the marathon. The great thing for me is it came at Boston at the big race, on the hard course, with all the attention. It seems like yesterday the goal was the break 3:00 hours and that has long since been gone.

So what now?? I guess the answer is: I turn 45 this year, so why not next year try to run 2:45?

Cheers! I am celebrating this week. I hope everyone had a great race on Monday!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

114th Boston Marathon

I Love this number !!! Corral one, amen.

I hope everyone has a great race!

To Track: Text RUNNER to 31901 - my number is 1750.


Good luck to everyone running! It is going to be a great day!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Final Week

Time to put the brakes on and take it easy. The 7 day is for 59 degrees and partly cloudy. I will take those conditions any day. Last Wednesday was a long bike day - beautiful weather, but very hot. I could get away with it last week, but tomorrow the bike gets put away for a week. Easy running planned for the week with some light intervals and some PMP tempo. Body is good, no issues and lean (150lbs ~ 6.5% body fat). Looks like I will have a shot at that sub-2:50 - we will see how it goes. Last week: 6050yds, 131mi and 57 mi. I hope everyone is getting rest this week.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Week 13 and March Totals

Here are the numbers:

Week 13: Swim-8200, Bike-81mi, Run-68mi

March Totals: Swim-31750 yds, Bike-467mi, Run-335 mi

Not bad. That comes out to almost 11 miles per day average over the month and that folks is a personal record. A lousy first half of the week only to be rewarded with summer-like temperatures over the weekend, but no bike commuting miles definitely meant a low bike mile week. With less running and decent weather, I think I will make up for it this week and then off the bike again next week as a taper for the marathon - 2 weeks from today!


Friday, April 2, 2010

2010 Race Schedule

Here's the current schedule - I will move it to a side bar like everyone else:

April 19th 114th Running Of The Boston Marathon (Goal sub-2:50)

May 9th, Sudbury Spring Sprint Triathlon

TBD May 16th, Lions Sprint Tri Marlborough, MA

June 13th EagleMan 1/2 IronMan, Cambridge, Maryland

July 25th IronMan Lake Placid, NY (F'ing Kona or Bust)

Maybe Timberman? Maybe Manchester Marathon??

The one thing I do know for sure, I am going back to Melbourne in 2011 to compete as a 45 year old and podium!!!