Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North of Boston, Massachusetts
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Congrats on gutting this out. I know it wasn't easy, and please remember that everybody lost time but for a select few and most tanked. It was hot, and most people weren't prepared for that, and unless you live in Florida or some such climate you'll never really be prepared for that.
As for you, I don't know what your HR usually are, but I would imagine you lost your race right here:
M3 – 8:16 (162)
M4 – 8:20 (163) – I was fully aware of the higher-than-it-should-be HR. Rate of perceived effort was relatively low, so I decided to just keep going.
M5 – 8:30 (165)
M6 – 8:19 (164)
M7 – 8:19 (164)
Running a marathon for time is a about pace. Running a marathon to what you are capable is more about HR, where pace is an artifact. These HRs, on the surface to an untrained eye, seem as if you went out too hard even if it felt easy. Remember that you are trained to keep pounding for a period at fast paces. That's what speed work does. But if the HR is pegged, you only have a road that will run so far.
As I thought about this and especially you, I had a thought. Do you get through most of your long runs regarding the gas build up without issue or with far less an issue than during racing?
If so, I bet that if you took to starting your marathons at an easier pace so that your HR is more in control, I bet that would set you up for a strong finish, especially with your training and what you had under your belt. I was actually very inspired for you by your training and how well it went, though I did worry in the last month and a half because it was unmistakable that you were pounded and not exactly resting as could have been.
Either way, I am very proud of you for sticking this out and having some fun out there, because as you know, Boston is a very special course that not a lot of people get to experience for all of it's glory, including running and racing hard AND enjoying the atmosphere. Congrats on getting to the starting, and a big congrats on finishing.