On friday I got into Boston around 2pm and went straight to the expo just to pick up my package.
That same friday I walked to South Boston to have some Broadway Pizza and purchased a running shirt at the Running Emporium NO Stopping Monday Shirt!
I went to sleep around 11 and woke up on Saturday @ 10:00 am decided to do a little sight seeing on. I took a couple pictures at Cheers and the finish line I was HUMBLED!
ON Saturday evening I ordered from Salvatores chicken alfredo and ate it in my room. I waited for David Rodriguez at 1:30 a.m. and called it a night.
On Sunday I woke up at 10:00 a.m. and went for a 2 mile shake out and bought some pizza from AK Pizza in South Boston.
I went with Ruben to a church in South Boston for palm sunday. On Sunday evening I ate a Ceasar Salad and tried to call it a night at 8:30 but I was tossing and turning, so I decided to write down my splits for a 2:28:30 from that excel sheet that's in runner's world by Greg Mclain
let me tell ya i followed it to the T until mile 12
Woke up at 4:30 a.m. got my gear....
First mile 5:45 I ran conservatively it was way too crowded.
Second mile 5:36 I saw my split guide and I decided to get after it.
Third mile 5:33 I was surprised how well this excel sheet was panning out.
Fourth mile 5:35 I said ok time to find someone to run with. I hooked up with 6 guys that were running the exact times as my split indicator. I was excited and Running with a smiling face at all times. I tried not to tighten up.
Fifth Mile 5:36 we are rolling downhill and with a nice tailwind I was just keeping my head down and my center of gravity in check.
Sixth mile 5:36 I saw the 10k split and said this is too easy and I just felt it was gonna be a good day.
seventh mile 5:34 David Rodriguez (2:27:36) caught up to me and said we are in sub 2:26 pace and all I did was waved my hand to him..
eighth mile 5:40
ninth mile 5:33
tenth mile 5:36 I said dang that's all done an easy 16 miler at 5:40 will be cake!
twelve mile 5:28 saw David Rodriguez go and decided to say screw i gotta go with David it's do or die loudest cheers came from this area! It was unbelievable!
thirteenth 5:31 crossed the half at 1:13:40 right on track to sub 2:28:30
fourteenth 5:27 played yo yo with david paased him up on the down hills and he would pass me up on the up hills
fifteenth 5:35 drilling and still on pace
sixteenth 5:19 major downhill and this is the spot when I said it's time to dance 16-21 are mine
seventeenth mile 5:39 david passed me up and then on
eighteenth 5:38 I passed David again
twenty one 5:52 David made a surge on heartbreak hill and opened a lead on me
twenty two 5:22 was all down hill and i was cruising a 5:22 and over took david rodriguez
twenty three 5:34 I was still leading dave and I was starting to feel knots on my hamstrings
twenty four 5:35 David surged and left me behind, I was tightening up and since we were going downhill i couldnt risk going any faster because i was afraid of getting injured, I already had sub 2:30 in the bag but now it was a matter of containing a hamstring
twenty fifth mile 5:43 there were steps that hurt and I didnt want to fail on my quest of a Sub 2:30 I was real worried that i might not fnish the race because the hamstring was acting up weird!
twenty sixth mile 6:11 I slowed down only 6 min mile in the race but I had too if not I wouldn't have made it to the finish line my hamstring was on a verge of giving out!
As I approached the finish line with .2 to go All I did was celebrate and waved to the crowd I felt the Boston Crowd! I finally ran a sub 2:30 marathon! It was a great day to race! I always said if I ran a SUB 2:30 I would retire from running, but now my thoughts go what if I aim for SUB 2:25 am I asking too much?? or am I better off doing other things in my life? Who knows? I gotta think of many things! This was an experience I'll definetly never forget!
Post Marathon I waved and thanked all volunteers for doing a great job! Went back to the hotel with Ruben and David. hugged them and left to the airport! Flying at 3:30 to Dallas and 7:30 to San Antonio I should be home by 11:00 pm! Thank you LORD for giving me the strength to run a great race!