Well, I was only about 26 minutes slower than the last marathon I ran 6 months ago (SGM), but I was actually pretty happy with how everything went today given my lack of training since the beginning of the year. I figured I could hit 3:30:00 and I would be very happy if I broke 3:20:00, so overall, I was pretty happy with everything and if nothing else this just fueled the fire to get in better shape and get going with training. Hopefully my body will cooperate.
I was in corral 2 and basically got forced to go way faster than I wanted or anticipated. I think I would have gotten run over if I went any slower than I was going (upper 6's). I tried and tried to slow down and eventually got to where I was around the 7:30 mark. I was passed by thousands and thousands of runners, which was a bit demoralizing, but I passed a lot back over the course of the last 6 miles. Just kind of cruised along and enjoyed everything. Stopped twice for two bathroom stops. Thoroughly enjoyed Wellesley and really enjoyed the last 5 miles once I got through the Newton Hills. The last mile was really great.
Hopefully I haven't done too much damage to my body and I can get back to running and really training after a week or so off. I just need by body to hold up. My whole time back here has been great. This was my fourth year in a row, but we just have a lot of fun so we keep coming back......baseball game, hockey game (I strongly suggest a NHL playoff game. It's a cool experience). Lots of bad eating and walking around, which isn't ideal prior to a marathon, but one day I'll do better. I'd just really love to be in great shape when I come run this thing again.