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2010 Boston Marathon: Splits April 24, 2010

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I totally forgot to blog about my FAVORITE part of running! The Splits! I think it’s so fun to analyze data!

But first, a little background info on Monday’s race:

  • The temperature was 47* at the start and 60* at the finish! Absolutely perfect. A lot of people PR’d this year. It was awesome.
  • The Boston Marathon goes through 8 different towns
  • This year, the Boston Marathon had the most women they’ve ever had.
  • The average age of runners was 41.5 (that gives me hope for the future!)
  • The winner, Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, broke the course record for the fastest finish ever!

And now my stats!

Mile 1:    11:17
Mile 2:   10:47
Mile 3:   11:38
Mile 4:   11:56
Mile 5:   12:12
Mile 6:   11:42
Mile 7:   11:52
Mile 8:   12:13
Mile 9:   12:59  
Mile 10:  13:32
Mile 11:  12:44 
Mile 12:  13:23
Mile 13:  14:03 (Started to slow down a bit)
Mile 14:  12:28
Mile 15:  14:07
Mile 16:  13:16
Mile 17:  14:18 (The first newton hill)
Mile 18:  14:54
Mile 19:  13:48
Mile 20:  14:44 (Heartbreak Hill!)
Mile 21:  16:38 (Saw my family and chatted for a few seconds!)
Mile 22:  15:32
Mile 23:  14:18
Mil 24:  15:41
Mile 25: 15:01
Mile 26:  13:19 (Speedwalking!!)

Finish: 5:57:17 
Average Pace: 13:13   (BAA said my average pace was 13:38)
Calories Burned: 2300

Total Race Distance: 26.9

(plus the time to walk to the Boston Common in the morning, and walking to the start line, and walking to dinner…. I think I did close to 32 miles total on Monday!!) 

 

2010 Boston Marathon: Post Race

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Right after I crossed the finish line, I met up with my friend Amy! She used to live in LA and moved back to Boston. She was volunteering at the Finish Line! Thank you Amy! She helped me get all my food and my medal at the end!

Then I headed back to the Copley Marriott to meet up with my friends and family! Dana-Farber had massages ready for us. It was divine. I think I almost fell asleep. It was the first time I had sat down in over 7 hours!

Then I found everyone waiting for me!
 
Peter finished too! Congrats, Peter!

I have some dedicated fans. haha


Thanks Chely for coming all the way out from LA to see us!
 

The medal was totally worth it!
 
Billy came out to see me too!!! Hi Billy!

I was starving by this point, and everyone else was too! They had been cheering for hours and hours! We jumped on the T and headed to dinner!

I had the best burger of my life for diner. 🙂 A sweet reward. 
I didn’t want to take my medal off all night! 
Hi Papa!

Thanks for skipping school to come to my race, Laurie!

Gizmo wasn’t impressed though.

Then I left on Tuesday. 😦 It was a short trip, but an exciting one for sure!



And one more of gizzy. 🙂

At the airport, we met up with our friend, Tyler! He finished in under 3 hours. Pretty amazing!~

Tyler, Chely, Irving and I were all on the same flight back to LA! On Virgin, you can “chat” with other passengers! Comedy ensued:
I showered, don’t worry. lol 
But did you see that? The flight time was 5:57! Same as my marathon time! Pretty cool huh? HAHA

I made sure to bring back treats from Boston for my co-workers! YUM!

The next day, I forced myself to take an “ice bath”.
I took all the ice I had from my freezer…

And poured it into my tub with cold water…

Yep. It was as cold as it looks. lol

But it did the trick. I totally feel good as new now!!

 

The 2010 Boston Marathon: Race Day! April 23, 2010

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On Marathon Monday, I got up at 4am. I kind of laid there for 10 minutes or so in shock. “I’m running a marathon today?” I rolled over and said to Irving, “Um, I don’t want to run a marathon today!!” He said “Too bad. Get up.” hahaha

I met my team at the Marriott in Copley and we all walked together to the busses. I had no idea that the busses were on Tremont Street! It was a long walk!

But it was fun to pass Emerson College on the way!

The bus lines were CRAZY! But it was well organized and the lines went quick.

The bus ride was about an hour long. It was crazy because the further the bus was driving, the more I realized that I had to run all the way back! That’s far! haha

The busses dropped us off at Athlete’s Village, but we were able to bypass the crowds and head to our VIP DFMC refuge at a church near the start line. It was really nice to have a place to hang out for the 3 hours we had to kill before the race.

We stole some street signs along the way. I know, that’s probably illegal, but look how cool they are!

PS, that’s my new friend Alicia! She’s awesome and I was so excited to have a teammate to hang out with! Plus, I love her braids. 

Inside, I couldn’t really sit still. I would get up and down. Pack and repack my fuel belt. Three hours is a lot of time to kill when pre-race jitters are setting in! There was so much going on around us! I had my breakfast while I was waiting. That helped a bit. 🙂

We also killed some time by remembering the reason we were running. There were banners to sign for kids who are currently fighting cancer. They’re rockstars!

And Uta Pippig was there signing Jerseys!!! She signed mine too!

Finally, it was time to head towards the startline! Then things really started happening fast. I didn’t even know what was happening. It didn’t feel like I would be running 26.2 miles in a few minutes!

It was fun to see the sea of DFMC jerseys walking together to the start!

 I can’t believe I’m one of the runners!


We found our corrals and hopped right in!


My number was 22501 out of 26,000. So that means there were about 4,000 people behind me!

The weather was PERFECT! It was 47* at the start. 
And then the countdown to the start began!
 
All of a sudden, the next thing I knew, I was running! Somewhere in the first mile, I hit “stop” on my watch! But I caught it right away. That would have been tragic. Whew!

Peter kept reminding me to slow down. It was downhill, so it was easy to go out too fast. It was elbow to elbow runners for the first three miles or so. I stuck with my 5:5 intervals, and I kept thinking I was going to get trampled every time we stopped. But we hugged the guardrail on the side so we didn’t get in anyone’s way. 

My fuel belt was way too big. That’s what I get for trying something new on race day I guess. It kept riding up and it was annoying. But after awhile, I found my rhythm and it was fine. I remember miles 1-3, but for some reason, I don’t remember the next few miles. I think I was just going with the flow. It didn’t even feel like my legs were moving. It felt—easy. 

Miles ahead of me was the elite runners. My family and friends took pictures of them.
This is the pace car.  Hannah Kearney was in it. She won Gold on the moguls in the 2010 Olympics! I love athletes!

I didn’t see him, but my “fans” caught Ryan Hall zooming by!
 

Another elite man:
 
The woman who WON! Her body amazes me. Congrats!

I love this picture too! Those guys do the whole race with upper body strength. Amazing.
 
So anyways, while they were like at mile 20, I was still chugging along through the early miles. I remember passing the 6 mile marker thinking, only 20 more miles to go! At that point, it was a piece of cake. Anything less than 20 miles to go was doable. I didn’t have the slightest twinge of pain anywhere.

At Mile 7.8, you could see yourself running in the windows of Hansen Electric!
 
Here it is zoomed in!
 
Around mile 8, Peter took off. I wanted to maintain my energy and I knew I had to slow down a little if I wanted to make it over the Newton Hills.

Miles 8-11 were fun. All the little towns along the way were great. There were so many people cheering. People kept screaming my name. It was pretty awesome. Some of the local bars had karaoke going on. Hearing “sweet caroline” was a great boost. All the runners were singing along “so good! so good!”

Then I was just excited to get to Wellesley College. I heard that was one of the highlights of the race. I could actually hear them screaming about a half mile before I got there!



Here’s a video:

They were really inspiring. It gave me strength through the next few miles. I started to slow down a little around mile 14. Not too bad, but I think I got a little lonely. There were still TONS of people cheering, but you could see the crowd thinning out a little. Not too many runners around me at that point either. But I kept going. I kept repeating out loud “wow, i’m running the BOSTON MARATHON”! I was running the same race on the same day as Ryan Hall!

 
After this, I was just running for the Newton Firestation. Once I got there, I knew I was in the home stretch (as far as I’m concerned). It’s at mile 16, which is the start of the newton hills. Finally, I saw the turn!!


There are four Newton Hills (the last one being heartbreak hill
I was pretty much walking at this point. (Running the downhills and the flats, but walking up). I didn’t think they were too bad, but they were long. At one point, I thought I was on the 3rd hill, but turns out, it was only the 2nd. I started to get a little anxious because I knew all my friends and family were coming up!!

Finally at the bottom of heartbreak hill, I saw Chely! She ran up heartbreak hill with me! I was SO happy to see her!


It was so nice seeing her!!! Thank you, Chely!

Here we come! My sisters and Irving came down to see me at that point too!
 
 
 And at the top of the hill, everyone was there!

Look at this fan club I have!
My mom:

Mikaela:

Laurie:
PS… love the “Run Dana-Fahba” haha

They waited for like 4 hours for me!!!

They started to get creative. haha
 

Hi Deanna!



And then finally I got there! I was so happy to see everyone!
 
My mom had my orange slices ready. HAHA LOVE HER! Thanks mom!!


They rounded up a bunch of BC kids to run with me for a bit. haha Irving and Laurie went a few miles with me. I was really happy to have the distraction! I just started to get a little tired.

Mile 22!

And then I saw my friends!!!!! Hi Steph, Katie and Mark!!! So excited to see you guys on the side! They came with me down Beacon street for a while. Sorry I wasn’t too chatty at that point. But I was SOOOO excited to see you guys!! Thank you!

Then they jumped on the T to head to the finish line, and Irving went the last few miles with me (all the way to mile 26!) The police were threatening to open the streets to traffic, and the busses kept going by me, trying to pick me up! But I ran pieces and walked really, really fast and they left me alone. 🙂

In fact, we were walking so fast that I maintained a 13 minute mile through the end! Then I went under Mass Ave, and saw the right turn onto Hereford. I knew the finish line was right around the corner!!! I picked it up a little bit and as I ran down Boylston Street, I saw my family and friends again!

They were on both sides of the street!!! Here are a few of the pictures they snapped!





And there you have it! My first Boston Marathon! A PR by 31 minutes! I finished in 5:57:17.

An average pace of 13:38!
 
I’ll be posting official race photos, statistics and my reflections and thoughts on the race this weekend! Stay tuned!

 

I am a Boston Marathon Finisher! April 21, 2010

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I have a huge post coming full of pictures and details, but I’m so exhausted from traveling. I hope to have it up in a couple of days.

But I did it! My goal was to finish in under 6 hours, because that’s the unofficial cutoff the Boston Athletic Association has. And I finished in 5:57:17! That is definitely a PR for me by 31 minutes!!! Wow! I PR’d in Boston! Nice!

It was an amazing race, full of family, friends and wonderful teammates. Thank you so much to everyone who made this one of the best weekends of my life!
 
If anyone else has pictures of me from the weekend, post them on facebook or email them to me so I can post them here. 🙂

I’m off to take an ice bath **shiver** see you in a few days!

 

Ready. Set. RUN! April 18, 2010

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Oh my gosh, I’m running a marathon tomorrow!!!!! Can’t believe it’s here!

Ready. Set. Run!

 

Here goes nothing! April 16, 2010

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Here we are! Marathon weekend!!!

Thanks for all of the encouraging messages that keep coming in via comments, emails and facebook! I’m just so excited. Ashley came over last night and gave me this cute magnet!!! I love it!

I love this quote. It really does sum it up. Running the Boston Marathon is a dream for a lot of people, and I’m so excited that I made it happen. Another check off the bucket list.

HAHA I just have to laugh at the Boston Weather… rain, clouds, sun… Finally it looks like it might clear up by race day!
That’s good news for my spectators too! I wouldn’t want anyone to have to stand in the rain all day!

Speaking of spectators…. I have a request: If anyone will be out there on race day, be sure to take pictures of yourselves on the sidelines! I want to have pictures of you guys too! And take pictures of the atmosphere. I fear that it’s going to go by so fast that I’ll forget to take it all in.

And if you see the elite pack run by, take pictures of them too!!!! GO RYAN HALL!

Tracking me…if you want to track me, you can find info on that here! My Bib# is 22501. I run about a 12 minute mile (and probably a little slower towards the end).

Track Valerie Bertinelli too! Her Bib is# 22503 (OMG I just realized she is just 2 bib numbers from me! How cool is that!!?!!) If you see her, TAKE PICTURES!!!

I’ll be wearing this!

Project Times…If you’re going to be on the sidelines, here are my projected splits:
Start Time: 10:30a
Mile 10: 12:45p
Mile 13: 1:30p
Mile 20 (heartbreak hill): 3:00p
Mile 25: 4:00p
Finish Line: 4:15p

In the news…I have a story in the Haverhill Gazette this week!

See you in Boston!

 

And the Winner is…. April 14, 2010

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I want to dedicate this post to everyone who supported me while I trained for the Boston Marathon. Your enthusiastic emails, encouraging words and generous donations really inspired me. I just can’t believe I’m just days away from crossing the finish line. THANK YOU so much for your support.

278 Miles Run
68 Total Donors
26.2 Miles in the Marathon
4 Months of Training
…and $3,635.02 raised so far for Dana-Farber

Every single person (68 individual donors in all) who made a donation on my fundraising site was entered to win my Grand Prize: An LA Galaxy Soccer Ball signed by all the players (including David Beckham).

Each name was written on a raffle ticket and put into this jug:

 

Without further ado, the winner is….

Congratulations!!!!!

 

 
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