Baystate Marathon Race Report

Baystate Marathon
Lowell, Massachusetts
Sunday, October 14, 2007

Results
Finish: 3:04:46
Pace: 7:03 min/mile
36th Place Overall (of 717)
17th Place Age Group M30-39 (of 128)
1st Half: 1:33:45
2nd Half: 1:31:01

Splits
1 – 7:26 – Crisp clear 41 degree morning.
2 – 6:51 – Spot Ironbuddy up ahead. Pick up pace to catch.
3 – 7:17 – Catch buddy. He’s set on 7:10’s.
4 – 7:11 – Steady with 7:10’s.
5 – 7:02 – Buddy has done several Ironman events.
6 – 7:10 – He’s feeling good.
7 – 7:06 – My legs are tired but otherwise okay.
8 – 7:02 – His HR is well in check. My heart is beating.
9 – 7:10 – Says he’s running quicker but okay because HR is in check.
10 – 7:06 – I suggest we back off unless he’s really okay running faster than 7:10.
11 – 7:12 – Fall into more Dreams of Iron talk.
12 – 7:08 – “You sure you’re okay?”
13 – 7:08 – He’s sure. His HR is still good.
13.1 – 1:33:38
14 – 7:09 – He’s feeling very good.
15 – 7:07 – Tells me about his perpetual cramping after mile 23.
16 – 7:12 – Suddenly buddy goes quiet. Now seems to be trying to keep up.
17 – 7:18 – I purposely slow the pace as he continues to fall several paces behind.
18 – 7:17 – Buddy falls way back as we crest the bridge at the turn for the 8 mile stretch on home.
19 – 6:55 – I cut loose, I’m off for the races.
20 – 6:56 – Oops. Still too early to push too hard.
21 – 6:56 – Be patient.
22 – 6:54 – Time is now.
23 – 6:47 – Pushing effort.
24 – 6:51 – Flying past people.
25 – 6:41 – In the runner’s high of my life.
26 – 6:33 – I love to run.
26.2 – 1:22 (last mile: 6:15) – Fluid in Motion!
Finish: 3:04:46

Race Report

The Perfect Marathon. 

If there ever was such a thing as a perfect marathon, one where the weather, the course, the companionship and comaraderie, and performance aligned to a pleasant and well-executed race, the 2007 edition of the Baystate Marathon was it for me. To say Baystate was a textbook case of “Runner’s High” would even fall short of the personal satisfaction and fun time I took out of my 33rd go at the marathon distance. Maybe it was because this marathon, my 14th in each of the last 14 months, would be the end of the marathon-a-month streak. Maybe it was because I would be able to put it to rest according to my schedule, not because of injury, burnout, or another ill forced end. Or maybe it was because I ran what I call The Perfect Marathon.

Baystate ’07 was… The Perfect Marathon.

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