Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Result From My First Boston Marathon - 3:02:21

The motto for this year's Boston Marathon (as written on the official posters all around town) is "Every runner has a story." As you all know, my I finished my first Boston Marathon one second behind my marathon PR time of 3:02:20 in last year's NYCM. (Thanks to all of you for tracking me and virtually cheering me on. You all are totally awesome!) What you don't know is how I almost walked off the course, almost DNF'd, and had to fight like hell just to finish.

What is to follow then, after I recover feeling in my legs again, is my story because one thing I learned at this year's Boston is that behind every race time, no matter how slow or how fast, is a great story. Stay tuned.

39 comments:

Ms. V. said...

Oh man. I was teaching English today, and my phone went off at your splits. I was very excited for you, and knowing how much you wanted a sub 3 hour, I knew you were bummin' too.

I'm late to your Boston party, but yeah...can't wait to hear the story. It's still an amazing time.

Great job.

carpeviam said...

GREAT job, Doc! So proud of you. Yes, I agree that we all have a story to share in regards to this years Boston. What a course! We made it and are virgins no longer. ;)

Can't wait to read about everyone's experiences.

FLYERS26 said...

3:02 !! AWESOME JOB !!\Congrats on running the Boston Marathon!

lindsay said...

i would never have guessed based on your splits! way to tough it out and i hope you are hanging in there today. i'm still way impressed with your 3:02:21, you can give me your secrets to speed any day.

can't wait to hear the full story but for now you rest up and get better!

Xenia said...

So proud of you, Lam! Can't wait for your report.

D10 said...

Don't leave us hanging like that!! Can't wait to read all about your Boston experience. Rest up and congratulations again.

Running and living said...

Lam, congrats! A 3:02:21 on the Boston course is like at 2:45 on any other course, in my book. I had the same feeling of wanting to stop, take the train, and I have never felt so much pain in my entire life. Looking forward to the race report! Ana-Maria

Spike said...

Lam, great job. What an amazing time on such a difficult course, wear your awesome Boston Marathon jacket around everywhere you go for the next 6-8 weeks.

Cowboy Hazel said...

Nice work on the finish, Lam. That time gets you another BQ, so you can head back next year and wrap up any unfinished business with the course. :-)

Vava said...

Crazy intrigue! Looking forward to the tale.

The Happy Runner said...

Great job! I was tracking your race yesterday and was so happy for your terrific time. It sounds like it was tougher than the numbers suggest. Can't wait to read the whole story.

Congratulations!

Internal Pigdog said...

nice work. boston is a tough one. it's almost like the course is laid out to screw w runners. when i ran it, my finishing goals went from sub 3 to sub 3:15 to don't get put in the wheelchair at the end. narrowly made the last one. congrats on toughing it out. i suspect you'll not only do a sub-3 soon but even faster.

DeAnna said...

Wow! Can't wait for the story. I was following you virtually yesterday which is so tough because all you see is the numbers that doesn't tell the story at all! I was so sad to see you were only 2.5 minutes over your goal but now to hear you must have had to fight just to finish and still had such a great time, that's just amazing! Great job!

Nitmos said...

Wow, can't wait to hear this story. I was tracking you and it sure looked like you were moving consistently through the course (even with the expected Newton Hills drag.) Congratulations on a terrific time!

J said...

GREATTTT JOB!!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it! You are an amazing runner!!

Betsy said...

Congratulations on a fantastic time on a tough course with those winds working against you. Enjoy your accomplishment, and please take good care of FL!

M*J*C said...

Can't wait for the story! You did amazing and should be so proud! Hope your legs are recovering!!!

Jamie said...

I seriously can't wait to hear your story! Great job!!!

Irish Cream said...

Lam, I was tracking you yesterday, and I never would have thought you were struggling based on your splits. That speaks volumes about how tough you are. I am SO proud of you. You finished with a great time on a really tough course. CONGRATS! I can't wait to read the full story!

X-Country2 said...

I checked in yesterday and was happy to see you did so well. Can't wait to read the story. Congrats!

aron said...

I can't wait to hear your story! You did amazing, CONGRATS on being a Boston Marathoner :) I was tracking and routing for you all morning!!! I had to get on your blog too to look up your NYC PR and saw you were one second off... ahh. Be very proud of yourself, you pushed through what sounds like an incredible tough race and were only a second off a PR, your sub 3 is coming very soon. Recover well and hold your head high - you are amazing!!!

The 8-count said...

Awesome job! If only i can be as fast ... can't wait to read your story. congratulations!

runningcommentaries said...

Congratulations! That's really gutty and if not for the wind you would have PR'd for sure. GREAT JOB!! You should be proud! Now, drink a beer!

sRod said...

Congrats again!! No matter your time finishing is always cause for celebration!

Chic Runner said...

I can't wait to read and great job!! :) I was cheering for you too.

Michelle said...

Freaking awesome!!!

I was so excited and had fun getting the splits on my phone!!!

You are awesome. Cannot wait to read your RR and story!!!

Anne said...

Awesome job, Lam! My kids and I followed you online all morning. Am looking forward to reading your story.

Marci said...

Congratulations Lam, I am glad you toughed it out! Super fast awesome time as well!

Susan said...

I just read through all the other blogs I track, keeping yours for last because I was anticipating your Boston report. Don't keep us hanging too long here!

Congrats on running Boston, and rest up!

Sharneysrun said...

I was cheering like crazy for you! I am in awe of your amazing finish time - great job! Looking forward to your race report.

nyflygirl said...

You done good, Lam. Great job-looking forward to reading the report :)

Trakmaniak said...

Look ahead. Not behind.
You have to know the course to be able to run a sub 3 hour. You were strong training, although knowing the course plays a whole lot into it. You will get it next year...want to run together? Game?
For me, every marathon has a story, you are right on that one. Some are enjoyable, some are for memory, some are for time...

enjoy each race...never take it too seriously and live it up like it's your last.

Time is nothing, running is everything...

Think...at least you ran it and finished it...that takes more determination than anything else...

Jessica said...

Just found your blog today through Nitmos! Ran Boston on Monday, it was awesome!! Nice job

Run For Life said...

Wow, Lam! I think you and FL will have the craziest race reports ever. I give you a big CONGRATULATIONS again!!

Meg said...

I can't wait to hear about it!!!

bill carter said...

Hi LL

Congratulations!! It sounds like you had a really great Boston experience and I am looking forward to hearing all about it.

Almost DNFing and still managing to come within one second of PRing is a truly amazing thing.

ECrunnergirl said...

That is the truth! Everybody has a story! Congrats on your run!! That is one hell of a finish time!!

CJ said...

Congrats! Way to run the race. I tanked after Heartbreak, but still managed to finish. That is a tough mo-fo of a race.

pigtailsflying said...

Holy cow I can't wait for your race report. That headwind -- how did you deal?? Dying to know.

 
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