Boston Marathon Race Recap!
This post will serve as a quick Boston Marathon Race Recap! There was so much that happened during the entire Boston Marathon experience… and I am so glad I was able to experience it…. and did not break the bank trying to get to the event! Read More About That Here: How to Not Break the Bank Running the Boston Marathon – Boston Marathon on the cheap!
The Boston Marathon Race is one of the most prestigious running events in the world. It’s part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which is a series consisting of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. The races take place in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.
On race day, there are lots of moving parts and things that happen that don’t happen at other marathons. For one thing, runners take a bus starting at 6AM from near the finish of the Boston Marathon race to the start in Hopkinton, MA. (More info on the BAA site: HERE). The Boston Marathon race starts each year at 10AM.
It was a long 30 minute wait sitting on the bus, then roughly another hour before we actually got off the bus to arrive at the Athlete’s Village. The Athlete’s Village was pretty insane, it was a large field with HUGE circus style tents for athletes to relax under while waiting for their wave to start. There were tables of food and drink there, which included Clif Bar products, water, bananas, bagels, apples, Gatorade products, and more. It was CRAZY to see all the people there. The field was nearly full of people sitting and standing, waiting for the Boston Marathon race to begin, and even still, the lines for all 400 or so port-o-potties were about 30 people deep!
Finally around 9AM they called for Wave 1 athletes to move from the Athlete’s Village to the start line which was about 3/4 of a mile walk. The Boston Marathon race still had nearly an hour before start time. This gave the massive amount of athletes time to stretch out, use the latrines, etc.
Once the Boston Marathon Race began at 10AM, it was on like donkey kong!
The amount of people running next to me, in front of me, and behind me… was pure insanity! I felt like I was a bird in a flock in the sky, being pushed around and forced to go a certain speed. That’s part of the reason my first 5k or so was faster than I wanted, because it was kind of a forced pace! The crowd support was incredible though. There were people cheering everywhere and they were LOUD!
Remember, I started the day with no specific Boston Marathon Goal in mind… I thought maybe if I ran a 2:50 to 2:55 I’d be happy, as I wanted to save my legs for the 2017 Derby Marathon in Louisville, KY on April 29th. Shoot, I would have been fine just running around a 3 hour marathon since the duration of the marathon I wanted to enjoy the experience.
After about 5 miles of the Boston Marathon Race, the running crowd started to spread out. I felt like I could finally get into a rhythm, but I didn’t want to get into full on race mode. I had to remind myself to take a look around, enjoy the scenery, wave to people, thank them, high five them, and so on. I did just that.
I pressed on and stayed relatively steady with my pace. My legs felt great! The only part that hurt was the expected portion, Heartbreak Hill. But to be honest, it wasn’t much more difficult than some of the normal hills I run here in Tennessee. The only real difference is that the Heartbreak Hill section was about 20 miles into the race. After the hill section, the rest of the miles were relatively flat or downhill. I pushed the pace at that point to try to make up some time, but I still allowed myself to have a great experience!
When I crossed the finish line, the clock said 2:51:xx. I knew that was not my official time, as I did not cross the start line until almost two minutes after the race began. My official Boston Marathon Race time was 2:49:44! My splits were relatively even! I lost a little bit of time on the hills from about 17-21, but I was able to pull some time back towards the end. The Boston Marathon Race was so fun!
The entire experience at the Boston Marathon Race, Expo, and everything was INCREDIBLE!
My wife and I knew going into the Boston Marathon Race that this may be a once in a lifetime thing, just based on what the cost normally is. However, we were able to do the Boston Marathon on the cheap this year. Typically people spend somewhere between $200-$700 a night on hotel rooms and we were able to say we spent $0 on accommodations!