Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Boston Marathon 2012
Leading up to Race day the discussion online, in the hostel, and on the street was all about the weather. Would the cold front hold up and 'deliver us' with cooler running conditions or would the Weather Frogs actually get it right this time and it would pass through and be followed by a whole lot of warm air and clear skies comming up from the southern states. Sunday night solved the riddle as we tried to catch a few hours of sleep with the window open and no sheets on the bed.
Although id set my alarm for 4:30am I was awake earlier than that, partly because of the heat, but also because id been struggling with jetlag and the change in sleeptimes. So after lying there awake for what seemed like forever i eventually just got up and went out for my Raceday Wakeup jog. Then it was showering, lubing up, and breakfast, My usual Porridge with walnuts and a banana topped with honey. I left the hostel at 5:50ish and headed for Boston Common to catch the busses up to the Athlettes Village at the Start. I found myself a spot in the tent and lay down to rest before a final toilet stop and heading to the start line around 9:25am. I joined Coral 5 and lined up virtually at the back of it with 5 mins to go, and started my cooling strategy. I emptied a couple of bottles of water over my head and clothes much to the ammusement of those standing around me.... but i was just an early adopter.
Unfortunately from coral 5 i couldnt see the startline as it was just over the crest of the hill in Hopkington. But the gun went off, there was a cheer and we started to move foward. We walked for the first hundred meters, then as we passed under a tv camera broke into a jog about 50m from the start line. I crossed about 3 and a half minutes after the gun. I had a couple more water bottles in my hands that i intended to use in the first stretch so that i could avoid the crowded first drink station.
Here the tale from Lady Garmin.