Boston Half Marathon 2007

Boston Half Marathon 2007
time: 1:49:31
pace: 8:22/mile (5.11/km)

Was a minute 56 secs slower than my Feb Half Marathon in Hyannis. 😦 And my pace was off by 9 seconds!

In Feb for Hyannis, I was in training for the Boston Marathon and at the top of my training. This half marathon was to be a practise run for the New York City Marathon in Nov. But I did not get into the NYC lottery, making it difficult to get motivated. And I suffered from heel pain all summer (now you know why I wrote all those heel pain articles) and could not run on my heels for most of my training. Today was the first time in months that I ran any distance on my heels ~ and transiently felt a stab of pain at about mile 6.

Enough excuses!

And wow, what a scenic but tough course! The course runs through Boston’s Emerald Necklace, a chain of nine parks linked by parkways and waterways. My friends who ran it last year had correctly warned, “it is very hilly!” At the halfway, we run through the Franklin Park Zoo, past the giraffe pens, birding area, tropical animal trails and the alligator area; before turning back around. Sorry did not pause to enjoy! :-))

No excuses! A fabulous run and I am very pleased. In this off-season, needed to maintain form and was expecting to do better than a 9:00 minute pace. And did way better than that! Now I rest for a few months and restart training in Jan for either the Boston or London Marathon in April 2008! Yaay! Run ARUN Run!

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  1. Hi Annie:
    Fabulous! You will have a great run! I expect you to have trained well and it will be a great experience.

    I will be running the half as well! Yaay!

    Within the first couple of miles, there is a slight incline as the course follows the ramp on Rte 9. Its a slight but steady incline and will slow you down; but fret not. I’d rather get this during the first half than the second.

    Try not to over dress, wear an old T-shirt or sweat shirt which you can wear while waiting for the start and for the first few miles – as you warm up you can chuck it!

    It will be cool and dry, so make sure you stop at ALL water stops and get a mouthful of water/gatorade;

    Are you all set with the GU or Power Gel? At least bring 2 and you will get one (or two) at ~ mile 8.

    Don’t worry about the time – just enjoy the run, and have a good time!

    and Goodluck at the Half Marathon!

  2. Thanks for writing this post! It’s a big help – I’m running in the boston half this weekend and it’s my first half marathon or actually, anything over a 5k for that matter. VERY excited but a little nervous because it’s so hilly (apparently!) Any tips? I’m guessing I should make sure I don’t start off too strong and just pace myself.

  3. wow….you are really encouraging me here…. im inspired that if you can do it at your age then i just have to run one marathon…. and do it…wow… i wud be so proud…. im going through some major changes in life right now…when im all settled…will come bck to you for some guidelines πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Rachna:
    I only started running long distances last year at the young age of 44! So, there you see, anyone can do a marathon.

    There are several online training programs that you follow – these really guide you on a day-to-day basis and get you to finish a marathon.

    I posted a part of my marathon training regimine here. ofcourse, for the half-marathon I trained less! :-))
    and thanks for asking!
    if you ever want to do something, let me know … really!

  5. Latha:
    Arrey yaar! In addition to all your family work, your are a phenomenal and tireless contributor to your blog and the broader food blog community. That in itself is a major accomplishment.
    and you still get the time to go travelling and trekking? WoW!
    Don’t be too hard on yourself.
    And I think different types of stretches to warm-up the muscles is a fantastic idea. you can do it on a daily basis and it helps maintain strenth as well – That is Yoga! I have been doing that twice a week now and I just love it!

    And thanks for your greetings on the half marathon! That was a beautiful medal we all received. Adds to my collection!

  6. I should learn from you to enjoy life!:)) I toomake list of things I love todo and try doing them. When we had been to Dhanolti I was exhausted by trekking. On my recent trip to Otty and Kunnoor I was much more comfortable as I did some warming up before the trip. Some prsctice is required before taking up marathon.
    The badge is lovely!:)) Great achievement!:))

  7. wow arun, congrats for completing ur half marathon. one day even i am gonna do that and dont ask me when πŸ˜‰
    u doing london marathon??? if so just drop to our home πŸ˜€

  8. Ouch Lakshmi – absolutely no running for some time! But make sure you don’t lose flexibility (and strength); so keep walking and doing exercises for your ankle!
    and any time you are ready, you know where to find me πŸ˜‰

  9. thanks for volunteering to be my cyber coach – i’ll do a half marathon sometime end of next year πŸ™‚ and will catch hold of you then. i had a ligament tear in my ankle sometime back and dont want to take any chances for a few more months. πŸ˜€

  10. Thanks Asha!
    I think you could easily do a half and then a full marathon; all you need is energy and discipline and you have BOTH in ample supply!
    And yes, that was the beautiful finishers medal we all got! πŸ™‚

  11. Beautiful badge, good for you. I have never ran a Marathon.Too caught up in daily life.
    Good luck for your next run, sounds great!:))

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