Monday, April 16, 2012

Boston Brutal!

Just a quick note before I get some much much needed sleep -

The race was brutal! I finished in 3:37:48, which is well off of my goal of sub 3:15, but I realized pretty quickly in to the race that it was going to be a matter of surviving and finishing, and not PR'ing. I did race as hard and fast as I could, but my body was not a fan of the 88+ degree temps and I just wasn't able to run the pace I wanted. I had to stop and be sick five or six times (can't remember exactly - my brain got very fuzzy!) and I walked the aid stations, which I don't usually do, so I could get three cups of water at each stop (one to dump over my head, one to dump down my front and one to sip).

I am happy that I finished (and at times I had some doubts) and I am happy that I was able to requalify for Boston in Boston. There will be more races and opportunities to make progress.

Coach Rick jumped in and ran with me for a few minutes at mile 15, and I saw my Dad at mile 26 (both of which helped a lot!) I also had a few different friends pick me out along the course and cheer (loved it!) and a few people recognize me from the Runner's World magazine (embarrassing!). I wore my Brooks uniform and got lots of "Go Brooks!" cheers which was fun. 

I did love the course and the whole Boston experience. It's a wonderful race (and would be much more so in temps that were 30-40 degrees cooler!)

Thanks so much to all of you who sent emails, comments, etc. of support and encouragement. They all mean a great deal to me. I am looking forward to a morning with my Dad and then heading home to be with Josh and the kids again. I miss them all terribly and am glad my next race is one that is close to home and they will all get to be there.

Full race report coming soon. :)

Good night - from a very tired, very sunburned (despite putting on a ton of sunblock) runner


48 comments:

Anonymous said...

You did so so so so so well, honestly you did amazing! I was cheering you on, and was telling a work contact (from China!) about you in a phone meeting and how I was checking your stats!

You should be very very proud of yourself. What you have accomplished it amazing. Not just today, but through your life, adoptions, family, work and dedication to running. You even make me feel maybe one day I could take a light jog! lol

Get some very well deserved sleep. Congratulations again!

Kate

Kathy said...

Amazing time on a viciously hot day! I am thoroughly impressed. Hydrate, rest, and repeat!

Caroline said...

I am a FAN of yours. you are awesome. Be proud of what you did. You finished the inferno race and you BQ...who does that in these conditions?...YOU! My hat's off to you my friend...! Cheers to Erin!

Ugly said...

Trials come in many ways....Boston sounds like one of those....Your future racing will continue to improve....

T said...

Prayed,monitored you and was so amazed by your finish in the extreme conditions. Thanks for being such an inspiration and running your heart out.

Anonymous said...

Erin, you are awesome! So sorry that you felt bad during the race but I'm glad that it was just temporary. You rocked it for such hot temperatures!

E's Mommy

Anonymous said...

I tracked you and Eve and I traded a few emails... I think you did amazing considering the heat - I know how cold the temps have been here in WY even tho we've had some nice weather. The heat was just an unfortunate fluke. Great job!!!

LMW said...

Way to go for persevering and finishing in that heat. Impressive indeed.

Angela said...

Congratulations! I've recently started following your blog and you are an inspiring runner for me. I was tracking you today and was actually impressed that you kept your times so well in spite of the horrible heat.

coach dion said...

I hate to say this, but you need a couple of bad races to make you strong, just why do they have to come at the big races (don't get much bigger than Boston).

Coming off a cold winter it was always going to be hard in the heat, while the Guys out front would have been training in the heat.

Would love to pop over and run in your mountains, but I will have to win the LOTTO, so maybe I need to buy a ticket today...

PS there are lots of races out there....

Majda said...

I tracked you yesterday and you did awesome! It must have been incredibly hard and you rocked it. Huge congrats! If I'm right the best men ran 9 or 10 minutes slower than last year, that tells something about the conditions, too.

Elly said...

Congratulations on finishing such a tough race! Shows just how strong you are mentally :)
Just think how far you've come to run a 3:37 marathon under such brutal conditions!
:)

Elly said...

Congratulations on finishing such a tough race! Shows just how strong you are mentally :)
Just think how far you've come to run a 3:37 marathon under such brutal conditions!
:)

superhappyjohi said...

You did amazing!!! Congratulations to Boston!

Aaron on the Run! said...

I've been following your blog and on Twitter for some time now, and I have to congratulate you on running the best race you could in far-from-ideal conditions. You inspire me with your goals and outlook and I cannot wait to hear more of your running adventures and more importantly, your running victories.

Annet said...

As I wrote on fb, I'm so inspired by you! It all happened while I was sleeping, so I couldn't track you, but it was the first thing I looked for when I got up! Congratulations again and definitely nothing to be disappointed in!

Adrienne said...

Congrats!! I am from the Houston area and am used to the heat, but even the conditions there made me shudder a bit! Very gutsy performance out there. If that wasn't rewarding enough-you won the "most challenging" category of my little contest! That should help you hydrate back home:)

Yolanda said...

Yahoo, you made it! I was praying for you and cheering for you so much through out the morning. I even called a friend after the race and shared what had happened in Boston. Great job! I hope today is another blessed day for you with your Dad and then at home with your family.

Christy said...

You are an inspiration and you did amazing! Congratulations!!

SWMom said...

Yay! I'm so happy you qualified for Boston at Boston in those terrible conditions. So sorry to hear you were sick though. I hope you recover fast. I was cheering you along all the way and praying for you! I am still training for my first 1/2, but if I ever run a full marathon, maybe we can meet up! Travel safe and congrats!!!

Jen@runfortheboys said...

I hope the significance of what you were able to accomplish yesterday under those circumstances is beginning to sink in. The whole story of a race isn't always told in the numbers. This experience is one for the record books, and will be a powerful and useful tool for you to have in your running arsenal...you will no doubt look back on various aspects of this race and draw strength in the years to come. PROUD OF YOU!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Miss Madden said...

You are such am inspiration. I followed you along the way and was praying for your safety. Congrats on all your accomplishments. Thank you for your blog. As a mom of 1 toddler trying to find time to run you remind me that you make time for what is important to you. Good luck reaching all your goals.

ShelleyMM said...

Erin, I was thinking of you all day yesterday. You did great, and I highly admire your strength and determination! Hope you get some well-deserved rest...

Anonymous said...

I was cheering for you from Utah yesterday. Worrying about you in the heat the whole time. You are an inspiration to me and many other runners out there. As you drive past the Layton Mall on your drive home from the airport- know that you are near my home and If I could I would be standing on the freeway with a big sign that says "See Mom Run Far is AWESOME!!!" Congratualtions on a tough race. XO Amy in Syracuse Utah

Anonymous said...

We live here in Newton and I watched the race from the start of the hills there. While I didn't see you, I did think about you and am glad to read about your progress! It was BRUTAL outside and I wasn't even running!!! Every single person was working his/her hardest to get through the race. Simply amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience. Can't wait to read more!

runnerwannabe said...

Great job on completing in such tough conditions! I was thinking about ou yesterday, and I think your time is awesome (even if it didn't meet your expectations)!!!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

It seemed like a cruel twist of fate that you trained in freezing weather and it hit almost 90 for you on race day. But you preserved and made it through like everything else in your life. You are a wonderful example of living your life well Erin! Congrats!

www.swimbikerunbehappy.com said...

congrats!!! heat does me in too! Great job!

The Unexpected Runner said...

Congratulations, Erin! My trail buddy and I followed your adventure via text all through the woods...we were amazed you were able to keep up the pace you did! You are the most inspiring and positive runner out there! Your kids must be bursting with pride, I know I am :)

Sean and Lisa said...

I am so proud of you!! Great job on finishing strong even amidst sickness and heat! You've done something many, many people only dream about. Hope you had a good sleep and safe travels home.
One things for sure....your kids think you're a winner and so do the rest of us. :)

Beth said...

Wow, what an inspiration you are. To remain so positive under such tough conditions. Thank you for sharing your journey and congratulations on BQing at Boston in the heat. That is a HUGE accomplisment.

Emz said...

awesome job girl!!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Great job! You did awesome!

Terzah said...

I thought your time was amazing from the beginning, but as I read more and more about the day it just got more amazing to me. I'm really looking forward to reading the race report. I saw you said on FB that you were disappointed, but I think before long you'll see this as your strongest marathon yet.

Lisa said...

Nicely done!! I kept refreshing the Boston weather, and tracked to see how you were doing. Sounds brutal! You ran smart though, and hope you are proud!!!
Congratulations!!!!

Sarah said...

Amazing job, lady! Here's to a swift recovery and a screamingly fast next race.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

We all had to adjust our expectations yesterday! I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you but congrats on beting a very tough day. XO

superhappyjohi said...

Amazing! You are such an inspiration!

Natalie R. said...

Erin: I agree with Terzah. This race of 88+ degree temps is your hardest race ever. Knowing you, I was worried about you yesterday and how you were keeping up a pace that I can only keep for under ten minutes! This was definately a true victory and learning experience for you. I am so glad you were able to spend some time with your dad, mom and coach! You many weapons in your arsenal to be a great marathoner no matter what the weather. YOU DID AWESOME!! I remember in the Sydney Olympics when Paula Radcliffe quit racing her marathon due to the 100 degree temps. You never quit! Glad to hear you are OK!

Jen@runfortheboys said...

You know, the more I think about it the more I think that this WAS your best race yet, time on the clock notwithstanding. I mean, have you EVER fought so hard during a race? Points to ponder....

Elly said...

Erin! Congratulations on finishing such a brutal run! And just think - you ran 3:37 under such tough conditions - think how far you have come to achieve that!!
You should be so proud of yourself!! Hope you are celebrating! Yay Erin!! :)

Elly said...

Erin! Congratulations on finishing such a brutal run! And just think - you ran 3:37 under such tough conditions - think how far you have come to achieve that!!
You should be so proud of yourself!! Hope you are celebrating! Yay Erin!! :)

Elly said...

Erin! Congratulations on finishing such a brutal run! And just think - you ran 3:37 under such tough conditions - think how far you have come to achieve that!!
You should be so proud of yourself!! Hope you are celebrating! Yay Erin!! :)

Elly said...

Erin! Congratulations on finishing such a brutal run! And just think - you ran 3:37 under such tough conditions - think how far you have come to achieve that!!
You should be so proud of yourself!! Hope you are celebrating! Yay Erin!! :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

WOW! You ran so freaking well in horrible conditions battling the elements (and pukies). You should be SO PROUD of yourself. You will only keep getting better!

Tia said...

Hi! Congrats on a great race. Like you said, you requalified for Boston at Boston and not as many people can say that this year! I've been following you on twitter for a bit but I don't think I've ever commented on here yet. Congratulations on your first Boston!! I'm sure you will have MANY more!

lindsay said...

congrats!! a 3:37 is quite excellent for such a hot day. rest up and get back to 100%!

Suz and Allan said...

Congratulations Erin! I hope you are getting some rest and recovering from Boston. I'm sure this marathon in particular was very exhausting.