By taking great risks you can reap great rewards…or great misery. Time will tell
After months of training through what I consider the worst type of weather most of the time (35 degrees and raining), heck I even did a 21 miler in that weather. I was ready to toe the line.
Friday afternoon I picked up my number and managed to get out of the expo and only spend $5 on GU. Saturday I headed back into
I cleaned up, downed a protein shake, downed 3 Advils and was out the door. First stop was the Country Store to purchase 3 news papers for the bus ride. Second stop, the bagel shop for 2 multi-grain bagels. Third stop was to Matt Carrols house for the scheduled 6:05 pickup. Fourth stop, Mike O’Connor’s house for the 6:10 pickup (I was late by 2 minutes). Last stop was back to my house were Peter Floss was waiting to drive us to the bus. We loaded up his car and were off to
I started the ½ mile jog to the starting line. Now I’ve been doing this race for more then 20 years so I know the quickest way to get from the high school to the center, but the police wanted me to take the LONG way. I wasn’t buying it and just ran on past them. I wasn’t going to go any further then I need to that day. I got to the corrals and located #3 and was the first runner to enter it, in fact I was the first runner in all the corrals. I took a seat in the front and just relaxed. At 9:30 it was time to take the 3 Advil’s and wash them down with the Gatorade. Soon there were runners all around and the excitement was building. I met a whole bunch of first time
With 15 seconds to go they had not dropped the ropes dividing the corrals. The runners started chirping at the officials, and with seconds to spare they had the ropes down. The gun was fired, and we were off in a couple of seconds. It took me 1 minute and 14 seconds to reach the starting line but I was in full stride in no time. I was feeling light and fast. It was at that point I decided to risk it all and go for sub 3 hours. Now this may sound like a foolish decision but I felt I had the endurance, the question was, did I have the speed? Also the group of people I train with on bikes and runs have a little side betting competition every year to see what order we’d finish in. Now there are 70+ people in this group so there were a lot of opinions. Based on how each of us trained the finish order should have been Peter Floss, myself, Matt Carroll, Mikael Taveniku and last but not least Mike O’Connor. Pete has been training like mad man. He has been killing me all winter long on training runs. Every long run we did he would finish 5 – 10 minutes a head of me. By all logic Pete was the big dog to beat. Matt had trained well. As a matter of a fact he followed a marathon training plan to the letter. He was ready to go. Mikael is just plan tough. He didn’t really train much but was in
What follows is my mile spits
Mile Mile Splits
1 06:46.3 WOW I got off to a good start
2 06:29.5 That was fast but I’m feeling good
3 06:31.8 That’s a little more like it
4 06:21.6 SLOW down idiot
5 06:40.3 That’s were I want to be
6 06:29.3 Damn I’m all over the place today
7 06:34.2 OK can I just hold it at this pace?
8 06:42.1 I’ll take it
9 06:39.1 Good, now just keep it together
10 06:46.5 I’m slipping
11 06:55.3 Don’t lose focus
12 06:49.0 Working back in the right direction
13 06:58.9 Slipping again and I’m getting tired
13.1 00:46.0 At the half way point I was at 1:27:30 The last time I ran a half this fast was in 2005. I was in trouble
14 07:36.8 I decided that the world was getting very dark and I needed to slow it down. But this was bad.
15 07:39.8 OK I guess I’m stuck with running 7:30’s or worst
16 07:05.0 Down the hill and I started feeling good
17 08:01.5 On rte 128 was my buddies they handed me some Gatorade. I was in tough shape.
18 08:04.0 Turn the corner onto Com ave and up the hill
19 07:44.6 Pulling it back together
20 08:57.0 I think I just lost four tires on the bus..NOOOOO Now I’m starting to worry that Pete is catching me.
21 08:39.5 There goes the roof. But I’m thinking of Amy to get me over this hill.
22 07:32.9 Amy carries me over the hill and down along BC. I will finish this thing!!
23 08:13.7 I slow a bit but I’m pulling it back together
24 08:09.1 Hang on
25 08:41.4 That GD hill over the Mass Pike really hurts. I stop for a second to regroup and my legs are jello. I wobble a few steps and start running again.
26 07:50.0 I’m picking up a little speed
26.2 01:56.0 I turn the corner on to
100 yards before the finish line I noticed a couple of timing mats on the far left hand side. So I hung tight to the left and ran over them. Just after I did I hear the announcer yell out “And here comes Scott Graham from Westford Ma.” And the crowd goes wild (maybe not the last part, but they did call out my name). I finished in 3:13:41. I was hurting but I was able to keep moving. Twice the medical volunteers grabbed me and wanted me to go to the medical tent but I refused. I quickly got my potato people blanket and my medal and started running again. It’s 4 blocks to the hotel and if I stopped I figured I might not get going again. Once at the
So now I have 24 consecutive Official Boston Marathons in the bank (25 if you count the 1st one I did as a bandit). Every now and then I think back to that first race. I was a newlywed and had a friend who did it every year and this guy was big and tough (a 250 lb lineman). I figured if he could do it, I could do it. Well I ran a 3:19 that year and after the race I was sitting in the middle of
So now I going to take it easy for the next 2 weeks then start my training on my next BHAG “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”, I’ve signed up for the Florida Ironman. I can’t imagine how I’m going to be able to run a marathon after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 miles. I guess I’ll just have to toughen up.
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