This is a tad delayed, but I was personally wiped out after the race and then Thanksgiving came along. Just catching up on things now.
Last year I posted about the history of the Brooklyn Marathon so this year I’ll just cut right to the results:
- Carol Chera – 04:32:32 @ 10:24. Carol is a City Coach athlete that I gave a little help to. She had been slated to run the NYC Marathon, but switched to this race after the cancellation. IT band trouble hit her around mile 22, but she powered through to the finish. The injury set her well off her goal, but she never gave up.
- Matthew Imberman – 03:31:06 @ 8:03. This was a “C” race for Matt because it’s his 3rd marathon of the year. He just missed running 4 in a single calendar year by 2 weeks. Well done.
- J. Geoffrey Badner – 03:14:59 @ 7:26 (PR)(BQ). A seven minute PR.
Congrats to all the runners and to NYC Runs for pulling off a great race in the wake of hurricane Sandy.
And now with that out of the way, I’ll bore you with my personal race report…
I qualified for Boston… just!
Last year’s race was great for me, I finished well and, though I struggled at the end, I felt pretty good throughout. This year, however, was a completely different story.
Looking for a Boston qualifying time of 03:15:00 I trained my ass off. Everything was going exceptionally well until three weeks out when I started getting severe pain in my left foot. Due to it’s placement and “grinding” bone pain reminiscent of my broken thumb, I feared a stress fracture. Fortunately, five days off cured it and I began running again. Unfortunately, four days later I came down with a wicked cold that took a week to recover from.
As a results of the injury and illness my meticulously planned two week taper turned into a three week slog in which I logged about 20 miles total. I definitely lost both physical and mental fitness.
To help stay on goal, I asked my friend and coach Gary Berard to jump in with me at mile 18. With a dream goal of 03:12:00 I set my Garmin to pace me at 7:20. When Gary and I connected, I was about 30 seconds ahead of this and feeling fairly good. That went downhill shortly after.
At about 20 my legs started to tighten. At 22 they started to cramp. This was highly unusual because I’ve never, ever had cramping issues. Nutritionally I was on on schedule with my gels and fluids so I have to write this off to laying in bed for a week prior to the race. I began to really slow.
Miles 23 to 24 felt as long as mile 1 to mile 20. I watched my 30 second advantage fall to a 1:30 deficit. Finally turning the corner into Center Drive and hitting 26 could not have come any later. Having previously done speed work on this final stretch I had envisioned kicking hard to the finish. Now, I was just tying to keep my legs from shutting down.
As I rounded the bend in the road and caught sight of the finish, I expected to see 03:13:50 or so on the clock. Not a lot of buffer on my Boston goal, but enough. You can imagine my shock when I saw 03:14:26! With about 40 yards to cover I practically broke my legs covering the final distance. I punched my Garmin. It read 03:15:00. I looked at the course clock. It said 03:15:04.
I had no idea how long it took to to cross the start, but it was in the neighborhood of four or five seconds. I had to wait in agony until about 6:00pm that evening to find out that I snuck in by a single second.
Not exactly my proudest moment as a coach, but as a runner I’m ecstatic at going to Boston. I only wish I didn’t have to wait until 2014 to make the trip.