|Passing by the SRR Cheer Zone at 30km|
Photo taken by Joe O'Leary
Family, coworkers, and friends got the following text updates:
10km: 41:35, Pace 6:41
1/2 marathon: 1:27:14, Pace 6:39
30km: 2:05:24, Pace 6:43
Several were concerned with no update after 30km - hoping that the text alert program was having technical issues. No, it was just electrolyte depleted calves....thanks to all that have checked in and gave positive words. This is behind me. Huge thanks to the spectator who let me use his cell to call Krissy for the rescue at Waban Hills and another spectator for a bottle of Gatorade. Patrick Taylor biked from the North Shore to mile 21 to take in the race. He came over to bust my chops and kept me company while Krissy drove from her finish line perch to pick up my sorry ass.
A screen copy of my mile splits once I crossed the stating line in Hopkinton are included. While home tapping at the keyboard, watching the post marathon coverage on the tube - I am reminded that it is not about me. So my whining here on this "about me blog" shall be minimized. I am at peace considering what happened one year ago and what it meant to 36,000 registered runners today and even more beyond that. Taking back the finish line was accomplished today. It meant a lot to Boston and the running community. I can't wait to see, hear, and read how friends did today. To add, Meb Kefleghizi, won today as the first male American to do so in 31 years. Shalane Flanagan PR'd with a 2:22 and change in an incredible fight for 7th place.