Friday, February 17, 2012
this almost become a belated race report. i started it on sunday afternoon, w/the details still fresh - and somehow it friday morning when i finally got around finishing it up! the biggest difference in the 2012 edition of the boston build-up 20k was the new location. the start/finish was moved from southport to fairfield, one exit on i-95. but despite relocation, the bulk of the course remained the same - which is to say, grueling and challenging!
that said, this version seemed a bit easier than the original layout. maybe it was psychological, but the miles to and from the fairfield train station may have been a bit tamer. as in 20k's past, the west point running (marathon) team had a strong turnout. and there were plenty of familiar faces in the field: don, roy, brian, tom, bob h., ted, karen, rob i,, evan, neal, andi, dan, joe, ronnie, bob g., jeanette, dawn, and marty - to name just a few. kate was there and took pictures. tony was there and did post-race massage.
this was by far the coldest of the three 2012 boston build-up races. i had on 3 loose fitting shirts and a vest. it seemed like a recipe for serious overheating. but when all was said and done, the wind kept me from feeling overdressed - at least for the first 10-12 miles. i wore mittens over my gloves and kept them on until i reached 10 miles! despite all the layers, i don't think my race performance suffered too much as a consequence.
i had a relatively straightforward objective - a sub 1:40 finish. i wanted to run a pair of 50 minute 10k's and redeem my poor 2011 finish (1:43:20, an 8:19 pace). as it turned out i had a great race, and ran negative splits. my first 10k clocked in at 47:48, a 7:41 pace. that included a bit of walking to reach the crest of the big hill in mile 5. the second 10k had no walk breaks. i ran a 46:13, 7:26 pace, for the second half. that was a minute and a half faster than the first 10k.
overall, my 1:34:01, 7:34 pace, finish (my watch had 1:33:57, unofficially), was my best boston build-up since 2007 - when i ran a 1:33:59 :D but that 2007 race was a far cry from the year earlier when i ran a 1:25:40, 6:54 pace, in 2006 :O ah, those were the good old days!
here are my race photos.