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The Short:<br>
I got there. I ran. I finished. 3:37.?? I qualified.<br><br>
The LONG:<br>
We left at 5 am. One of my RB's went up with me. Got there around 8, picked up packets, looking at the #'s realized there were only about 400-500 marathoners. This was a double loop course but I think it was a bit oblong, seeing there were places we passed out and back more than twice. But I get ahead of myself. I already had the odds stacked against me. I hate loop courses, the race start was 10 am, a terrible running time of day for me, recovering from the stomach bug and (sorry guys) I got my period last night. Anyhow, I still managed to start with a relatively good attitude after alot of goofing off with my RB befor the race and really good weather. We started right up close to the start, it was kinda fun, I have never started that close before. The marathon, 1/2 mary and 10K all started at the same time. My RB said good bye to me at the start as she planned on a 9 min/mile pace. And off we went.<br><br>
It was really quiet out there. I noticed at least 1/2 the runners if not more were wearing their music devices, so there was not alot of chatting going on. I should tell you the story of the runner that insulted me twice, it was really comical but I beat him by a good 15 mins so... I'll just let that go.<br><br>
Back to the race, The first 10 I held steady at an 8 min/mile pace 10 mile mark was 1:21, 20 mile mark slowed a bit to 2:44, My whole left leg at this point was screaming at me, and I was starving but I pressed on, knowing I only had a 10K to go. I watched 2 people drop at about mile 23 which made me nervous. By 24 I knew I would finish anyway. And one really nice runner I wish I had met earlier He and I kept passing eachother and pulling eachother into the finish. It ended Thank God!<br><br>
The race organization was good as far as people out there for course direction, very cheery people for standing in the cold for that many hours. The water/gatorade stops were totally random, some very close together and others fairly far apart, with only water and gatorade. If you're into the extras, it was only a long sleeve T and some flyers in the race packet. The food after was bagals, bananas, apples and oranges. OH, and BEER for you drinkers out there.<br><br>
That is about as long as I get, I am sure I left out some stuff. I will remember it later!!
 

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YAY!!!!!!!!!! <img alt="walk.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/walk.gif"><br><br>
That's awesome, Carrie. You're qualified for the next two Bostons. Enjoy the triumph have a massage and a banana split on me.<br><img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion9:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.procarespine.com/images/massage.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.tastee-freez.com/images/banana-split.gif" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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congratulations!<br><br>
You ran by me twice! I was the gal in the beautiful orange vest at mile 10 & then 22.5 right before where you bear right on 28 at the little fork in the road (nasty corner there, lots of stupid traffic).<br><br>
What a great day for a run - nice job!
 

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Hi Jen,<br>
Hope I was still pleasant at 22.5??!! There were some stupid traffic corners, but I thought the poeple directing did a good job keeping cars back and telling the runners when to cross. That marathon must have paid the police a fortune today! One guy with and orange flag, I passed more than twice was calling me smiley, and at one point I was running behind a group of guys and he said "Come on guys, beer, wine and women at the end", so I came out from behind the group of them and said, " Hey, that really doesn't work for me." He laughed and so did the group of guys!!
 

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Yay! Congratulations, movingon! Great run, and way to overcome those little less than ideal things -- what did you do to psych yourself up despite the course, start time, stomach, period, etc?<br><br>
Your report inspired me!<br><br>
I'm so happy for you. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Congratulations, movingon! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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YAY!!!!! I'm so happy for you! What a major accomplishment!<br><br><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif"><img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif">
 

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Y'know, I didn't say anything before the race, but I knew this would happen.<br><br>
Normally I view someone with a BQ goal as almost doomed to failure. I could go on a rant about how people choose that as a goal and how it can be a huge negative and cause them to fail and be miserable.<br><br>
But I've met you, and I know a little about how you work and run. So I just knew, come disasters, colds, adverse conditions.<br><br>
I'm proud of you, and so glad to have met you so I can be your fan.
 

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<i>La la la ... pretending I didn't read the second paragraph of Hippo's post.</i><br><br>
movingon, will you run it this year or next?
 

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<i>La la la ... pretending I didn't read the second paragraph of Hippo's post either...</i><br><br>
movingon, you HAVE to tell us the whole story now. That's just not fair. What did he do?<br><br>
Congratulations on your BQ and for racing one in the dead of winter too! You're an inspiration.
 

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Hippo said:
Y'know, I didn't say anything before the race, but I knew this would happen.<br><br>
Normally I view someone with a BQ goal as almost doomed to failure. I could go on a rant about how people choose that as a goal and how it can be a huge negative and cause them to fail and be miserable.<br><br>
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?? I don't understand. Do you think they are doomed because the goal is lofty???
 

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I'm sorry that I wigged everybody out with what I said.<br><br>
My rant, which I won't go into here, is with people who have zero to two marathons under their belt and set a BQ as a goal when they can barely run a half at that pace. The goal usually makes them miserable in the end and I wish they'd just go out and run a marathon and have fun instead.<br><br>
OTOH, many people running at Boston have worked up to it and made it there by persistence.
 

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For movingon- two thoughts as I read your RR once again:<br><br>
1) It speaks volumes on how relaxed you were prior to the start. I imagine that being able to laugh and joke with a running buddy set the tone for a great run. You should share your secrets with all of us on how to be relaxed.<br><br>
2) When having a good marathon, there's something about those late miles...where you almost already know the outcome at the 23-25 mile mark. Although the struggle to the finish continues, I imagine that you already knew you would finish well once you made it to mile 23 or 24. That is a feeling to cherish.<br><br>
I recall the HUGE smile on your face as you finished JFK50, and I can imagine why the traffic folks kept calling you smiley!<br><br>
As to Hippo's comment- I'll echo a thought. I think what he was getting at was that the goal of BQ is such a black-or-white and arbitrary goal. Either you do BQ, or you don't. And its not always a fair assessment of the day's performace. One can have a great run, and based on outside factors such as weather, the runner can totally beat themself up since they did not make the BQ. Just my added 2 cents.<br><br>
Grizz and SGH are not doomed. Their goals are well within their reach.<br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I get what Hippo was saying but it can be true for any day at any race with any goal. It is more lofty the longer the miles, but like you said Roots, you can only control what you can and sometimes that doesn't include your body and how it will react on race day. I think any given day it can all fall apart or it can go amazingly well and surprise the s*** out of you!<br><br>
SGH and Grizz will do just fine!! I think trusting in your training and getting rest are key. Relaxing is a good idea too! Bring someone who will make you laugh <img alt="icon_bounce.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_bounce.gif"><br><br>
I'll tell you about the arrogant runner when I have more time.<br><br>
Roots, that banana split is making my mouth water.
 
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