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<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Goals for this race:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">1. Qualify for Boston.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">2. Actually, that’s about it...</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">So, I decided back in the early summer I wanted to run the Boston Marathon next year. I have a training schedule that I have adhered to in the past, but I didn’t feel like keeping track of my running, as it would surely seem like not enough on paper. So, I didn’t keep track of any totals of mileage. I pretty much know what I can run based on how well I am currently feeling and running... I generally hope to be around the 3 hour mark, and I intended to be around there again. I could go as slow as 3:10 while still qualifying, but I knew I should do better. So, starting training, I went on longer and longer runs, my highest being an 18. However, during a hard run after a couple days after a race, I pulled a calf muscle that effectively sidelined me until Reach the Beach where I managed 25 miles at a good pace (broken up between 3 different runs, but oh well), and the week after at another relay 13.7 miles (broken up between 2 runs) which promptly tweaked the other calf muscle. I never got in a 20 miler and always could feel the ailing muscles so I didn’t get great workouts in. But, I still felt like with a slightly slower goal pace, and a well run race with even splits, I could do 7:00 miles on the flat course.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">I felt good race day, and the weather was good. But, I knew there was going to be a bit of a headwind later in the race, but not for too long. I went out a bit faster than I wanted to go. 6:46 I knew was faster than I could go overall, so I tried to back off a bit, 6:52, and finally the right pace, 7:02. I felt relaxed and smooth, like I could keep it up for a long time. Sure enough, miles 4-8: 6:58, 6:55, 6:58, 6:58, 7:02 (a 7:32, but with a 30 second bathroom break), then we turned to have the wind at my back, and I had a Cliff Shot. Miles 9-13: 6:52, 6:49, 6:49, 6:53, 6:53. At 13 miles, we turn again to face the wind, and I also got a pair of Band-Aids so I wouldn’t have blood streaks down the front of my shirt, and my second Cliff Shot. Through this point, I was seemingly out for a nice Sunday jog, enjoying the run while there was still the possibility of enjoying it. Miles 14-18: 7:00, 6:57, 6:52, 6:57, and 7:00. I got my last Cliff Shot and some Lemonade, and prepared for 8 miles of hard concentration. By this time, I was starting to pass people that had previously passed me or started out too fast. I caught up to 2 people near mile 19, but as I passed one went with me. This guy and I ran side by side for 5 miles, and never said one word to each other. But, we were obviously working together. I walked though a water station, and saw him look around for me until I caught back up to him. I focused on keeping up with him and keeping up the pace when he was a step or two behind me, and picking slowing people off. Miles 19-24: 7:02, 6:58, 7:03, 6:58, 7:02, and 7:01. During mile 24, I started cramping up a bit… my left biceps muscle (why?), my left adductor, and the bottom of my feet. Luckily, none kept cramped for too long, so I never stopped, but I did slow down through the water stop. I fell behind the guy I was with, and I thought that I had slowed down massively because he was pulling away quite well. Alas, he apparently got a heck of a second wind, because my 25th mile was 6:55, followed by a 6:56, finishing up with a 6:28 pace for the last .2 miles. The last 8 miles were indeed an exercise in concentration and putting down any thoughts of slowing. I no longer noticed spectators or the scenery, or really anything other than the time on my watch and the pavement in front of me. Entering the Baseball field and running around the warning track, hearing my name announced on the PA system, followed by Guns ‘n’ Roses blaring, is second only to kicking down Boylston Street (Boston marathon, that is) in cool ways to finish a marathon. Had I not felt as good, it might have not been as good a memory, but that’s beside the point. Also, it was great to have the cheering section sitting in the stands as I finished! Thank you guys for cheering so loudly!</span> <span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">J</span></span> <span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">3:02:32 overall time, a 6:57 pace, the 2nd half 22 total seconds slower than the first. I’m happy.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Cheers.</span></span>
 

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Doc Vogel - way to kick ass!<br><br>
I'm still trying to earn a trip to Hopkinton on Pat's Day...<br><br><br>
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Nice race Doc! It's always fun listening to/reading your race stories, and what an awesome first post in kick. I guess I'll be buying you another beer Friday, eh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/occasion14.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="occasion5"><br><br>
You're a good example of how sometimes success isn't reached by logging in as many miles as you can. I think I'm going to use your training plan next time around! Care to give me some of that talent too?<br><br><br><br><i>For those of you who aren't familiar with vogel md ... he used to post at the CH before work got too crazy. He trained and ran my second marathon with me last year. Awesome coach, even more awesome friend. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"></i>
 

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vogel,<br><br>
wow, great race! i guess you can run 7's for a long time. that a very consistent race. did you ever speak to your main competition? it sounds like an elite race with you two watching each other for miles, then him putting a move on you with a couple miles to go.<br><br>
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Way to go! Nice toughing it out in the last hour of running. You ran the race I want to run.<br><br>
Isn't it great when you work with another runner, never uttering a word? Your help to him was apparent when turned back to look for you.<br><br>
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Hey vogel, glad to see you finally got your butt in here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Nice report - I am very impressed by those even splits, moreso than your speed which I've come to expect and probably take for granted more than I should.<br><br>
Just think - if you hadn't taken that bathroom break at mile 8, you would have broekn 3:02. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Hi Vogel!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
way to go on a great race and great finish. I need to borrow your legs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wav.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wav">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/shock.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Shock"> You're wicked fast! I'm thoroughly impressed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Very, very impressive! Congratulations on making your goal and running such a masterful race.
 

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Hi Merigayle!<br><br>
I think my legs would be pretty useless right now, especially for that 50 miler of yours coming up! You would be sadly disappointed... Ouch!<br><br><br>
And thank you everyone else for you congratulations and such. Jen - Thanks for the intro, too!<br><br>
Teh Anti-Kewt: I hope to see you in Hopkinton next year!<br><br>
And, Pro from Dover, I did finally speak to that guy I was running with, though after I had finished. I was a bit out of it to really chat too much, having just finished a marathon and all, but I did thank him for running with me and congratulate him on the kick he had in the final two miles.
 

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What a great first post/thread here at Kickrunners!!! You looked fabulous finishing and it was great to meet you last weekend. Way to go on making your goal!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">
 
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