This was my third year running Boston’s Run to Remember and to be honest not much has changed from 2012. It still features my favorite half marathon course that starts at Seaport, runs through State Street & West End, kills many miles along the Charles on the Memorial Drive, Cambridge , returns through Beacon Hill, and wraps through the financial district of Boston. If you run the 5 miler instead of the half, you just miss out on Memorial Drive portion of the run. I don’t know of any other half marathon course that lets you run through so much of the downtown area, if you do please share!.
I skipped the expo and waited by the door until 5PM on Friday so I could grab my number with a friend. The race volunteers did make sure that not one person got their number a minute earlier.
Number pick up took a minute or two and with the show of Tony’s license, I was able to
steal grab his as well. From what I could see of vendor set up, similiar to last year the expo would be small. 8,000 runners is just not enough to lure companies out here I guess =(.
The shirt designed this year compared to prior years was really nice. Although it was cotton, they had a women’s and a men’s fit so I appreciated that much.
The other contents of the bag seemed to vary bag by bag. Mine had like 30 sunblock samples and too many coupons to count. Meanwhile my friend got no Marathon sports coupon or sunblock. I also heard that some people got a Boston Strong pin in their swag bag. Neither mine or my friends got them so I have no idea if it existed.
The night before routine
I don’t usually have a routine but I went to a BBQ on Saturday. Meats + a few beers = not a great rainy day pre-race routine. I ended up eating a toast with peanut butter around 8PM because I didn’t want to run the next day with just beef sloshing in my tummy Tony copied me because he decided he’s doing everything I’m doing so he can PR. T & I also prepped some PB sandwiches to take with us in the morning before the race and to save some times in the morning. That worked out great. We each also downed about 16 oz of water with one Nuun tab each the night before for hydration.
We woke up at 5:40AM and quickly got ready. I wasn’t sleepy but I felt awful. My period (TMI I know) was starting and the first two days my body always feels like it’s going through hell and back. I know I have ladies that can relate! As for the men? Just be happy I’m ending my details there.
Anyways the drive into Boston took about 15 minutes and here’s an inside tip, don’t take exit 23 if you’re coming from the north as the website says, take the next exit to south station. You’ll skip the traffic into seaport and just loop around an extra half mile back. We parked around 6:45, which if we took exit 23, we would probably still be trying to exit the highway. Seaport has $5 parking lots but I just wanted to park and not worry so we parked at the closest one to race start near Bank of Pavilion for $14 for 2 hours.
The bathroom lines looked long and I was just not in the mood to go into the smelly horrid thing. Instead I weighted my options and decided that I’ve held in pee for longer than 13 miles before and that I’ll live.
It was also about 40 degrees at the end of May and raining. Much different than the 70s weather we got blessed/cursed with in 2012. The race started a little late but few extra speakers were really touching. There was bagpipes and a tribute to Officer Sean Collier with his family present. They also had second bibs honoring him that you could wear on your back but I never saw where you could get them. Another confusing part of the swag bag.
I’ll let my Garmin summarize the story, the tragedy that unfolded…
The first two miles were fast and what I expected but after that my heart just wasn’t in it. That’s what happens when you run a lot of races. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to race, or maybe your mind is but you body isn’t. The 8 miles on the Charles have never felt more tedious. I’ve run faster on a training run on the Charles in the past than I did during the race.
Around mile 7 as I was making the turn around point, Tony screamed I’m coming after you as I saw him just a few minutes behind me. I turned to go deep within me to get faster (since I can’t get his ego too big) but there was nothing. My pace went from 7:24 to 7:20 but then I decided that was too much work. I kept turning to see if he was behind me, but luckily, I didn’t see him.
Last 2-3 miles were almost more miserable than the last 2-3 miles of a marathon. I was running sure, but I just wanted the course to end. My Garmin was ahead by .3 of a mile and I really regretted having it with me. I’ve run this course for two years without a running watch and had no problem. Things to ponder.
When we got back to Seaport, I found some strength, I might not be achieving my goal, I might have sucked for 13 miles, but in the last .1 of a mile, I’m passing everyone else by! I kicked off and found energy that I wish I was able to dig up many miles before!
The Finish Line
I crossed the finish line and found Dan looking like her barely ran. 15 seconds later Tony hopped on over. There was boxes and boxes of food available from bananas to oranges, Cape Cod chips, to coconut water, to this almond/granola breakfast thing, to literally whole loafs of bread! The bread people tried to convince us we should take two loafs! I had to politely decline since I could only see so much bread in so short of a time. We grabbed a small box to hoard all our spoils of the race in.
I finished in 1:36:51. A PR, an almost 2 minute PR, but I still felt a little heartbroken or maybe just tired. I was striving for a 1:35 and felt really disappointed in myself. The course was easy but even the 1:36:51 took a lot of effort to reach for the whole race. The weather was prefect for running since it stopped raining. However, no matter how hard I tried, my legs just felt heavy for the entire course. I don’t know if it was the full week of rain and clouds, the lack of speed workouts, or too much running on Friday, but my legs just had no energy.
Overall Place – 368/6,393
Division – 37/1,610
Tony, Dan and I finished the race and we each had 3 medals and 3 PRs
Tony PRed by like 6 minutes or more from two weeks ago. He ran a 1:43:16 in Providence but crushed it with a 1:37:05. He also barely runs beyond the races we do, so feel free to hate him because I do! ❤
In 2010, his first race, he ran 1:58 on the same course. Since three years ago, his training consists of doing half marathons when I run my races and he has cut it by 20 minutes with probably only like 20 runs!
My friend Dan, who I’ll be chasing after during the NYC marathon, completely crushed the race! We ran the Malden 10K, two months ago and finished within 15 seconds of each other. However, between those past couple of months, he has secretly become a white Kenyan.
As you can see, just as soon as we finished running, the day started to get gorgeous. Still cold but the sun was shining!
Did you race last weekend?
Have you ever been a little sad about a PR before?