So, yes...there was this race I did back on April 20th. I've had some time to think about the race and write down some thoughts.
First, I had a fun weekend with my sister, niece, dad, Evelyn, EZ, Jenny, and meeting Jessica who stayed with us. We found an apt through AirBnB right at where the Citgo sign is on the course (mile 25) so we had a great location. I had lots of fun hanging out and going to the expo. Janji through a nice pasta dinner for all of us there on Saturday night, and it was great to finally meet the founders and some other ambassadors.
The weather was the talk of race Monday. Temperature was around 40 and it was projected to be windy and raining. We got up, ate, went to the buses, got right on, rode the bus for an hour, got to athletes village. We went to the bathroom and then they were calling our wave. There wasn't much standing around at all. It started to rain as we were waiting at the start line, and I actually wore a garbage bag the first few miles of the race. I can't even tell you how much it rained or didn't rain. Seemed like it didn't really matter, it was a hard rain at some points and light at others and then wasn't raining at some times.
I really felt off most of the day, just kind of blah. Krista kept asking how I was doing, and I would respond with, "Eh, ok". My legs felt tired and heavy the whole race, but I just kept chugging along. It was super crowded the first few miles, like couldn't really move at all and it showed with our first 5K around 27 min. But after that, we were super consistent, hovering right around 8/8:10 pace for the entire rest of the race.
The crowd support was awesome at Boston, no doubt about that. The course is tough though and I can see why it is hard to run fast there. But I hung in for the race even though I was struggling. We saw my family/friends at mile 17 on the course and again at mile 25, which was much needed! I really was struggling hard the last few miles. I did though push hard all the way to the end and ended up running a PR of 3:34:25. I was a bit disappointed at first, but after thinking about it. I really feel like I had a great day. I wasn't feeling great, and really stayed with it and didn't let the weather/negative thoughts get me down. I don't know if I will be back or not. It was a wonderful experience to run Boston, but I'd like to focus on some other things I think!
Pre Race-Packet Pickup-
Having fun the day before the race:
Heading to the buses-