Well, it’s finally here! Race weekend for the Boston Marathon. It’s amazing how long you plan and think about this race, and it comes in a flash and is over even faster. For this year’s race, I qualified at Grandma’s Marathon in 2017 with a time of 3:30.02. Full race recap HERE.
As you’ve probably gathered from my blog posts, this training cycle has been a little brutal for me. Work overtook my life for a few months and made it difficult to find time (and energy) for training runs. I started getting back in gear in March, and then had to take a week off for a random foot injury (that has since disappeared, yay!).
And now, we’re here: I’m leaving for Boston this afternoon and the biggest thing on my mind is the weather.
We were originally supposed to fly out tomorrow, but after looking at the forecast and flight prices, I opted to book new flights for today so that we didn’t have to deal with the Minneapolis weather (which is actually the same storm system that we’ll experience in Boston on Monday…). I am SO glad that we did that because I woke up to texts from Delta for our flights today, talking about how they already issued travel vouchers due to the pending weather.
We should be okay, but I don’t think there was a chance that we would get out tomorrow since it’s raining here today + turning into snow and ending with 10-18″ of snow, according to current forecasts.
I guess winter just doesn’t want to go away.
So that brings me to the next topic: weather at the Boston Marathon. It is NOT looking like a great day for a race. Here’s the forecast as of this morning:
It reminds me of 2015, only worse. Somehow.
Weather used to infuriate me when it came to marathons. It’s the one element that you can’t control, and when you have the BEST training, it can just destroy any chance to showcase what you accomplished during that period… however, I really believe that your training still shows through even when the weather isn’t ideal, and that it still pays off.
2018 Boston Marathon Race Goals
I really have no goals for this race. To be honest, I’ve been floundering a bit with marathon goals after I finally crushed by sub-3:30 goal in Indianapolis last fall. I was gunning for that goal for SO LONG and it feels a little weird that it finally happened. That is also my qualifying time for the 2019 Boston Marathon (!!), and I technically can’t try for a qualifying time for 2020 until this fall.
So, that’s where I landed with the no goals. Another contributing factor: I always run a terrible race during the Boston Marathon. Always. I don’t think I’ve ever had a race at Boston where I felt like I tackled it well (I would like to change this in 2019), so knowing how the weather looks… I’m taking the pressure off.
This weekend will be all about enjoying the experience, having fun, and celebrating my sixth Boston Marathon!
2018 Boston Marathon Race Strategy
Now this is a fun one… I keep saying that this weather is similar to 2015… it was a little cooler in 2015, and this is what I wore:
(Someone mentioned on Instagram that they love this picture because everyone is wearing something different! Ha, so true)
I have NO idea what I was thinking! I remember I was freezing during the race, and it was probably the dumbest thing ever. This year, I’m dressing a lot smarter. Capris, TBD on the shirt, a hat, and a rain jacket (I have two different thicknesses to choose from). I think that this is the most important aspect when it comes to strategy to make sure that I’m warm (or as warm as I can be!). The winds are around 25 mph, and that will be cold.
In terms of how I’ll be running the race, I know that the first few miles are fast (hey downhill) so I will be starting out slower (aiming for 8:30s) and then just going by feel after that… and dominating the rolling hills (oh those hills!). I always love hitting mile 15 because there’s such a great downhill… and then you hit the Newtons and Heartbreak.
From there, it’s my favorite part: running into Boston with all the crazy college kids! I hope to have a little speed left in my legs at this point, so I can kick it into gear. My A goal for this race is a 3:45… we’ll see how that plays out.
Who else is running the Boston Marathon? Tell me about your goals and race strategy!