Granted, based on this year’s Boston cutoff of 2:38 better than qualifying time, I missed it by at least over 2 minutes. My “A” goal for this race was 3:50, “B” goal was BQ, and “C” goal was to break 4 hours. All my training and my half PR from earlier this year pointed towards being able to come close to my A goal.
I ended up with a 3:55:15, which is a 8 minute 49 second improvement over last year’s Baystate Marathon. I should be pretty happy, but instead I am super disappointed.
I was right on track and feeling good until around mile 21. Then the proverbial wheels came off. Mile 24 was pretty terrible. I rallied somewhat for the last 2.2 miles, but when in the last mile the 3:55 pacer passed me, I felt like I’d failed. I simply could not keep up with the pacer. My legs did not have any energy. I’m kicking myself over it, even knowing I would’ve kept up if I could’ve.
I wish I could say what went wrong, but I really don’t know.
I’m trying to see the positives, but my head is in a bummed out place. I’m going to allow today to feel bad, then move on. I may try to put together a race recap when I’m feeling less blue. Wineglass puts on a terrific race, and it deserves a better frame of mind for a write up.