Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby Hermes » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:20 am

Wingfoot wrote:Me too and it was.

Congratulations to two ultra-fleet runners! :D

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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby The Joggler » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:21 pm

Marg wrote:OK, so we'll play 20 questions then. :P

Was this your first Boston?
It was my fourth Boston. I ran it as my second marathon in 2000, PB'd in 2002 and joggled it in 2006.
If no, was it as awesome this time around? Did you PB the course?
I really enjoyed it this time around. The first time I bonked big-time, the second time I ran my butt off to a PB at the time (2:31:57 - how the hell did I do that?) but was too focused on running hard to have fun, and the third time, I was joggling and couldn't see much past my giant balls.
Did you pause at Wellesley college?
Ah, Wellesley! Yes, one brief kiss stop and many, many high-fives.
Did you notice the wind?
There was a gusty cross-wind and sometimes a headwind. I was on my own for a lot of the second half and noticed the wind at that time, but it was often refreshing since the sun was beating down. I stayed with a pack of 2:34-pace runners for the first half, but had to let them go as I faded.
Who was the most impressive person you ran into?
It got to meet Meb at a Nike event the day before the race. That was very cool. I also enjoyed cheering the hand cyclists and Team Achilles runners along the course. I only saw one woman runner in the whole race - one of the elites who had faded badly and was really suffering, but she refused to give up. The crowd was going nuts cheering for her.
Did you fuel on course? If so, what did you take in?
I drank some Gatorade and water every four miles and ate a gel at mile 17 (or wherever they gave them out, I can't remember exactly). I drank a little more Gatorade than usual since the sun was pretty hot.
Are you happy with your splits?
I would have preferred not to have such a positive split, but I don't think I had enough training to keep up the 2:35 pace. The Boston course is unforgiving. Once I knew I wouldn't break 2:40, I decided to really savour all the moments of the last few miles. I still pushed it, but didn't destroy myself and wasted a lot of energy waving to the crowd and hamming it up like an idiot. Judging by the spectators' reactions, I think I was one of the first runners to acknowledge them.
Did you get the jacket?
I've never bought the Boston jacket. Because I'm broke. I did get a nice Boston jacket with my media kit, though.
What would you change if you were to do it again?
Kiss more Wellesley girls. Also, I had to make a pit stop at the 8K mark to relieve myself and thought it would take about 30 seconds, but it turned into an Austin Powers-esque session that cost me at least a minute-and-a-half. I couldn't stop laughing.
How on earth did you get so hellishly fast?
I was 36 minutes behind the winner. It's all relative.
Do you have any idea how in awe we are of you?
No, please tell me!

(maybe not 20 questions...)
ok over to you!
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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby Sir Crashalot » Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:50 pm

Wow...
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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby Marg » Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:22 pm

LOVE the response... thanks so much Michal! You inspire to no end.

It is neat to be privy to such incredible natural ability balanced with humility.
Thanks for the greater insight, it really is sincerely appreciated. Enjoyed the Austin Powers bit too... lol.
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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby FishHog » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:56 am

well its no wonder you kicked my A$$ so bad in the Muskoka 70.3 with that kind of running ability. Even if you were sick.

Very impressive race, congrats.

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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby mcshame » Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:41 pm

Much better, thanks for the Q&A report

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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby VeloCarrie » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:19 pm

Michal, you are freakin' cool. 8) Thanx for the Q&A!
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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:30 pm

canalrunner wrote:
The Joggler wrote:I ran the Boston Marathon yesterday and it was AWESOME!


You should submit that race report to a Canadian Running Magazine. Do you know of any?

NIce you were able to focus on doing one thing at a time and get it done.



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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:31 pm

Trail Child wrote:Michal, you are freakin' cool. 8) Thanx for the Q&A!


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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby Habs4ever » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:32 pm

Thanks for answering Marg's 20 (or so) questions. Very cool!
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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby QuickChick » Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:59 pm

Yeah, Michal. Love your answers!
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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby militarybrat » Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:30 pm

Congratulations!
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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby Engmomma » Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:03 pm

I really enjoyed it this time around. The first time I bonked big-time, the second time I ran my butt off to a PB at the time (2:31:57 - how the hell did I do that?) but was too focused on running hard to have fun, and the third time, I was joggling and couldn't see much past my giant balls.



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Re: Michal's Boston Marathon Race Report

Postby barebuns1 » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:47 pm

Congrats Michal, Great race report. :)
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