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TallerThanPedroia

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Jul 19, 2005
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Boston
I was going to ask who was there.

You qualify every year, right mate?
Mostly, but I am not currently qualified for 2020, so if I don't BQ on Monday, I'll have to do it somewhere else before September. But I always run for Dana-Farber anyway so I can still get a bib through them if I need it.
 

GreenMountain

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Nov 4, 2007
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Maine
How was it out there today?
Weather was not as bad as 2016 and 2017 but still warm and humid. 18 Celsius probably sounds delightfully cool to an Australian, but it sucked when most of my training was in sub-0 temps. Would have preferred about 4 degrees, but it was manageable with cloud cover most of the way. My highest volume training cycle (1414 miles since early December) paid off with a 2:36:08 finish, which was a 13 minute PR and good enough for first finisher from Maine (out of about 150). 238 overall in the race. Carried tailwind in a running belt, which was unconventional for a road race with aid stops every mile, but I can't stand Gatorade. Worked perfectly. Good day. I can barely walk now but don't care.
 

SydneySox

A dash of cool to add the heat
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Sep 19, 2005
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The Eastern Suburbs
Holy shit you're fast, mate.

18 would be a nice temp for a run, yes, I'd enjoy that. It was 26 for me on my long run on the weekend.

Your volume since December is incredible. You're talking 150+km a week. How is that even possible?
 

TallerThanPedroia

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Jul 19, 2005
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Boston
Weather was not as bad as 2016 and 2017 but still warm and humid. 18 Celsius probably sounds delightfully cool to an Australian, but it sucked when most of my training was in sub-0 temps. Would have preferred about 4 degrees, but it was manageable with cloud cover most of the way. My highest volume training cycle (1414 miles since early December) paid off with a 2:36:08 finish, which was a 13 minute PR and good enough for first finisher from Maine (out of about 150). 238 overall in the race. Carried tailwind in a running belt, which was unconventional for a road race with aid stops every mile, but I can't stand Gatorade. Worked perfectly. Good day. I can barely walk now but don't care.
YOU'RE AMAZING

I gave up on qualifying after ten miles and ended up with 3:21. Just got too hot. But I stayed on my feet unlike a lot of people. And I had a lot of fun playing with the crowd in the last third.
 

SydneySox

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Sep 19, 2005
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You have to do a bit over 20k a day.
Yes, but that's not what he'd have been doing. He'd be doing like 10 one day, 40 the next, etc, varying distance. It's the life drain that astounds me. I fight my family tooth and nail to get five hours on a weekend for a long run every single week. I barely maintain 60km a week and that's pushing my luck every single week. And that's just the time drain. GM's body must be a well oiled machine.

Incredible.
 

GreenMountain

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At the peak I was going over 150km/week and running a minimum of 16km/day. Did that through January and again in most of March. A lot of that was easy miles, but mixed in 2 workouts and 1 long run (32+km) and 1 mid-long run (~24km) every week. I work from home most of the time and do a lot of my work in the evenings after everyone has gone to bed. This allows me to pick optimal times during the day to get out and get the miles in, which is important in the middle of winter in Maine. Weekends can definitely be tough trying to fit it all in, but my family is great about it and I try to do my weekend long runs as early as possible (though I suck at early runs) to minimize the impact on family time.
 

SydneySox

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Sep 19, 2005
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I also suck at early runs! Sadly, middle of the day over Dec-Feb in Sydney is unrunnable with the humidity and heat of summer so I did a lot of 3.30/4am runs during those months. I have been doing 60/70km a week and barely surviving though!
 

Joe Sixpack

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I peaked around 70km/week when I was half marathon training and yeah, it was barely surviving for me too. I have a hard time getting going early in the morning for long runs too.

Running in summer in Massachusetts is uncomfortable but I can tolerate it if it's under 30 degrees C, just need to hydrate and wear a lightweight hat for some shade. But my max long run is about 24-25km, for marathon and longer I'm sure you guys are doing longer. I pretty much don't go past 2 to 2.5 hours for a long run (for a half - haven't done a full marathon in a long time)
 

SydneySox

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Sep 19, 2005
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Yeah I have just entered taper (yay!) and did 30/35/42 last three weekends.

Sadly because of finding the time around kid stuff I couldn’t organise to go with anyone and it was fuuuuuucking boring.

Today I cruised 20 and it felt amazing.
 

RetractableRoof

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Hey guys, I've stayed out of this thread generally because I have nothing to add, and my knees and joints are no longer happy with me putting extra wear on them. I'm going to beat my body up, I tend to do it in the dojo :). That said, I recently made a sign for a relative to capture his first Boston finish. I've changed the names on this version, but these are the two versions I gave his mom to pick from. If anyone here is interested (either for themselves or for a gift), let me know. I can customize them in anyway that you'd like, it's what I do - I've been thinking to create a version with military boots instead of running shoes. Incidently it also doesn't have to be the Boston, or even this year.

I apologize if this feels intrusive/spammy - if you'd like me to delete the post, I'm happy to do so.


 
Jul 5, 2018
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Here's my marathon story. I ran seriously in HS and college and my 5/10K times were equivalent to the low 2:20s for a marathon. At the time, college runners rarely ran marathons and neither did I.

In my late 30s I had the opportunity to coach a Team-in-Training group. The director of T.I.T. in Sacramento was troubled by my never having run a marathon and insisted that I run the CIM, which was a week later. I had run very little during the previous 6 months, but muscle memory made 6:30 pace feel really easy. At 15 miles I felt great and had a plan to accelerate at the 20 mile mark. At 18 miles I wasn't so sure about my plan and by 20 the wheels had fallen off. I slowed down to around 8:00 pace and finished with a 2:58. My friends said I looked like on of those 300 pound linemen that picks up a fumble and runs out of gas before he reaches the end zone.

It was an interesting experience. Racing in XC/Track was about oxygen debt and heart rates up to 200 bpm. When I was cranking out my 8:00 miles during my maratjon, my heart rate had to be well below 100 bpm, but I could barely move my legs. That was my last and only marathon.
 

SydneySox

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Sep 19, 2005
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Did my 50miler a couple months ago - was a great run. About an hour slower than I wanted but was cramping in every single muscle for the last 10 and had to walk that bit in.

Have been quite sick since, with two different viral cold things and a severe bout of asthma that running actually helped to kill off. Went on some powerful drugs to stop that one, too. On the weekend, did my first race since the big one, a little 22km bush thing with some decent vert up on our Central Coast, and really opened the throttle and raced it the whole way. Snuck into the top 50, which was nice. Still a good 25 minutes behind the lead pack. It felt great to open up and just run fast; all the training I did over summrer, then the big run, then recovery and sickness, I don't think I've tried to race anything since a half marathon late last year. Sometimes it's nice to be off a specific training plan and just running whatever.