How to run a marathon in 89 degrees

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These signs were in every city along the route

What a day Boston 2012 was! Even with all the dire warnings about the heat, I don’t think it was anything anyone could really get their heads around until they were out there.  I know that certainly applies to me.

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Off to war, er, the marathon

So here’s how it went down: My original plan, before the heat warnings, was an 8-min. pace for a 3:30. Once we learned how hot it would be, my plan became adjusting that to a 9-min. pace. I started with two other friends and what did we do? Went out at about an 8:20-something pace. For my friends, that seemed to be working. For me it was fine for a couple of miles, but by four or five, I was worried. My heart rate was up, I was hot, and worst of all, my legs were already tired. How is that possible? I don’t know, but it was freaking me out.

I dropped back from my friends at that point and slowed down the pace. This felt better, but I can’t say that there was ever a point during this race where I felt good. But I did manage to do some things right, which is what got me through it. For one, I took on water and gatorade and every single aid station. For two, I realized that I needed to adjust my gel intake from a mile schedule to a time schedule. I also decided not to look at my splits–I’ve done that before in marathons when I started slowing and it’s really demoralizing. Not knowing how slow I was actually moving was a great move for getting through.

Let me tell you–there was no shade to be found out there. Not a single cloud in the sky, not a leaf on a tree to provide cover. The sun was for me, the toughest part. And the highest recorded temperature was 89 at 12:30 in the afternoon, a couple of hours before I even finished. You could feel it, trust me!

It was around mile 10 that I got it into my head that I was going to finish, no matter what. And from there I just did the “survival shuffle.” There were times I wanted to walk (ok, many times!) but knew it would hurt more. So on I went and finished with a personal worst of 4:19. You’d think that would really sting, but honestly, it doesn’t. I am happy I found the fortitude to finish.

The B.A.A. did a great job managing the heat. Out of the 27,000 slated to start, 4,500 took deferrals, bringing it down to 22,500. Of that number, only 120 ended up in the hospital. I personally only saw a handful of people have real trouble out there. I did see tons of walking–in the last few miles, probably as many people walking as running. But all in all, I think people managed the heat really well. There were misting tents out there, the water/gatorade was plentiful, and the crowds offered tons of extra help in that regard also.

I’m really happy today. This has been a fantastic weekend with my amazing friends–I am so lucky to have this group. We have laughed non-stop and enjoyed every bit of it (except that 26.2 mile part). I wouldn’t trade it for a minute, even with the craptastic conditions. Congrats to all who finished yesterday–it was a badge well earned.

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  1. Congrats on the race! Really sounds like you played it super smart. And it sounds like you really made the best of it all the way around.
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  2. YAY!!!! I am so happy you ran Boston and that’s an awesome attitude to have :) you ran it and I hate the sun too – it really drains you I couldn’t run a marathon so I find any time impressive :D CONGRATS!
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  3. hahaha, Personal Worst. Honestly never thought what I would call a bad race, and thanks to you, we have coined a new term!

    Yeah, it was obvious that no one was going to have an easy day or a PR out there. Rough day all around.

    SOOOO HAPPY!!! You finished! Just think back to all the turmoil and issues you had leading up to this race for a year and a half, seemed SO FAR away but now its done and over :)

    FYI, there were not 4,500 deferrals. only 427 people were eligible for the deferral due to there being TWO required steps for a proper deferral. So there will be 4,073 PISSED OFF people out there today :)

    Honestly elated for you right now! Great job, and FYI, Boston is the victory lap. Everyone there is fast, they had to qualify. Nothing to prove on race day except that you had fun :)
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  4. you are so so so so amazing.
    I was cheering you on alongside OiselleSally.

    xoxo
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  5. Nicely done! I was following you on the map online, cheering you on! I bet the heat was tough, but so are you! Congratulations!

    I just read on RW that only 400 or so actually met the deferment criteria (picked up bib and DNS).
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  6. Congratulations! You survived! Wear those colours everywhere….you’ve earned them!!!!

  7. Congrats! Yesterday was ALL about race management and it sounds like you did exactly what you needed to do!
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  8. Awesome job finishing! The race sounds ridiculous!
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  9. You are amazing for finishing no matter what your time was. Great job!
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  10. Wow. 89 degrees? And no shade anywhere? That sounds absolutely miserable. I’m so impressed that you pushed through and finished as well as you did. I don’t know what I would have done, but there were no great options. Glad you could do it and have a great weekend with friends. And I love that you’re still smiling!
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  11. Congrats Amanda,

    Ya know, with all the adversity you had to overcome to even get to this race the fact that it was on a smoker of a day with craptastic conditions is rather poetic!

    Amazing job with the race and an even more amazing job getting to the starting line!
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  12. Tough stuff, but a lasting story. Way to persevere!
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  13. Congrats on finishing and finishing healthy!

  14. really glad that despite the weather you had an amazing weekend and soaked up the experience
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  15. Congrats!!!! I’m so amazed and impressed with everyone who toughed it out yesterday, what an inspiration!
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  16. Congrats on surviving! Sounds like you ran it as smart as you could.
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  17. It definitely sounds like a brutal day from everyone I’ve heard from, congrats on finishing and dealing with the heat!
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  18. So glad to hear that you finished in one piece! Out of all of the things we can control while racing, the weather isn’t one of them. I’m sure it wasn’t easy and provided quite the test of character, but you made it!!! There will always be other races right?

    Hope you’re treating yourself to a well deserved day of pampering!
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  19. Congratulations!! I”m so, so happy you were able to get to Boston and finish!! It sounded miserable but you were so smart about it!
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  20. I am so impressed! Congrats on pushing through to the finish! And your outlook on the race is so inspiring. So glad you made it through without any big problems and you’re smiling today! Take care and enjoy the amazing accomplishment!
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  21. A HUGE congratulations to you, Amanda!! So impressed that you ran such a smart race that got you safely to the finish line. You should be incredibly proud!

  22. Ahhh, Amanda. finishing this race is certainly an honor in itself!! So HARD. I barely broke 4 hours and was wanting a sub 3:20 originally. I was so scared out there. So crazy. Sad I missed you.

  23. Congrats on the finish. Sounds like a difficult run for sure. Glad it was a great experience in spite of the weather.

  24. YAY

    Way to be smart and safe and way to FINISH!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Congrats on pushing through it!!!

    This is even more of a huge accomplishment than running an easy, planned for race. This sort of race takes some major guts to run!!!
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  26. I think your time is incredible…. I have been following finishing times and 4:19 is a really fantastic pace! The difficult part of Boston is qualifying and, from what I have been told the race is an experience. I think it’s cool that you raced this “historic hot” Boston. That in itself makes it really interesting and a story to be told. You earned and wear that medal beautifully. SO excited for you…it is emotional no matter the time.. you are a Boston finisher.. it brings tears to my eyes. Congratulations
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  27. Great job! It sounds like your revisions to your plan were just right. The rest of your races this year will seem easy after this one.
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  28. It sounds like you ran a solidly smart race. Great job!! You’re a part of marathon history surviving those brutal conditions!
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  29. Way to go Amanda. Way to make change to get you through to the finish line. Everybody that ran Boston are amazing people. I can only imagine what the heat was doing to you all. So happy for you to run Boston again.

  30. Great job! So glad everything went well. You should be so proud:)
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  31. Great job!!! The heat is disastrous for me, but you handled this so well!!!
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  32. Way to tough out the conditions and be smart about pace and hydration. Amazed by that high temperature. Glad to have not heard any stories about any deaths. Really want to make it to Boston for the marathon some day – good odds it will only be as a spectator.
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  33. Congratulations, Amanda! I was getting worried about you when I was checking results when I was in the Edinburgh airport. I saw finishing times for others in the group but not yours. You’re strong to find the will to finish in those conditions. We do have a great group of mutual friends. Great to hear you all had a fantastic time.

  34. Nice job. Unfortunately, I dropped out after getting pretty sick. I am very disappointed…but this is only the beginning. Sounds like you ran really smart all day. Congratulations!
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  35. Sweety you did it! Congratulations! You couldn’t have worse weather conditions and you pulled through.

    I thought about you yesterday because you had the same weather as I did on my first half marathon attempt. But where I had to drop out after 8K you ran 42 freaking K’s!

    Be proud of yourself, I know I am.
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  36. Nice work on a heinous day!! Since I live 2 miles from the start-I had a great time stopping and visiting with many people I knew along the way(it got tiring around mile 16 tho). Bummed that all that great training for a PR went down the tubes-but glad that I survived!! Now I need to find a Fall marathon-any thoughts??

  37. I’m so happy for you, Congratulations!!! You ran such a smart race, and that sun overhead sounds dreadful. Love the photo of you smiling, congrats again!!!
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  38. Congrats! Glad you played it safe out there. Your personal worst in no where in site of my wishful thinking, HA! Great Job and you are also a great inspiration to me and many others I’m sure:)
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  39. Wahoooo! Congratulations on your finish and it a pretty darn good time in those condiditons. So happy for you that you were able to make the adjustments you need to, in order to get it done.
    I watched the first 2 – 3/4 hours on the tv coverage we did get, till the first male finished and could really see how warm it was getting already by then with NO shade.
    That is such a great pic of you with your medal!
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  40. Whoo hoo!!!! Congratulations!!
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  41. I was thinking about you out there in that heat with no shade…can’t believe it hit 89 degrees. We’re freezing here in London. Anyway contests on touching it out and making sensible decisions…I think this race will be one for the history if not record books!
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  42. The heat sounded just brutal – that is a fan-freaking-tastic time in consideration of the temperature! I don’t run hot very well, that would have been a total disaster for me!
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  43. congrats!! so glad to hear about your accomplishment and that you finished SAFELY!
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  44. Holy crap.
    What a crazy day.
    Well earned—no doubt.
    Loved seeing all your photos on FB. Looked like a blast.
    Awesome job!!!

  45. Congrats to you! It was one tough day…my first Boston and it was all about survival…one mile to the next. Apparently to meet deferral eligibility you had to meet two criteria to which only 427 runners actually did. The rest were just DNS. http://bostonmarathon.runnersworld.com/2012/04/boston-marathon-deferrals-heres-the-deal.html
    Congrats again on one tough day out there!
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  46. Congrats on an amazing race! Your beginning sounds identical to mine. I wanted 8′s but knew that wasn’t happening so ran with someone and we did 8:30′s. I managed those for 8ish miles but my legs felt tired the whole time. My heart rate was way too high and I knew I was in for a long day. That medal kept me moving forward, even if it was walking. I am very proud of my 4:29. :)
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  47. Well earned!! Congrats on toughing out a rough day! :D
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  48. Congrats! You’re a survivor! Way to just enjoy it!
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  49. Congrats, Amanda! way to run it smart and strong!!! Sounds like it was brutal. amazing that only 120 ended up in the hospital. I think that is a testament to experienced, smart running and great course organization/support. Way to go!!! Boston 2012 in the books!! Congrats, again.

  50. You are such a trooper! And I can’t believe you managed to keep moving. Your determination is inspiring! You will never forget Boston 2012, that’s for sure!!
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  51. Congrats on surviving and being safe. Definitely a hard earned medal.
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  52. Congrats on the finish!!!
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  53. Forget the time, you made adjustments for the heat and finished what you set out to do, so you’re a winner in my book. Well done, we’re all proud of you.
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  54. Congrats! I think you’re awesome!
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  55. Congrats on finishing! I cannot even imagine having to run yesterday. When I walked out of work last night the air was so thick!
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  56. Hi Amanda,

    I was watching your splits in real time (as well as others) and could imagine how brutal it was getting out there.

    Congrats on finishing safely and not cratering yourself!

    -paul
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  57. I think saying you ran Boston in 2012 is a bigger accomplishment than anything else. Great job on running smart!
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  58. You are an inspiration! I am amazed by how well you did in those conditions. I thought temps near 70 were rough during my marathon; I cannot even imagine 89 degrees! Congrats on pushing through during such a tough marathon!
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  59. I love how upbeat your attitude was in all the heat craziness. You really did master the task at hand… “Running a marathon in 89 degree weather.” Awesome job yesterday!!
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  60. Well done in adjusting your plans accordingly. It was just one of those days where Mother Nature wins. Nothing you can do about it. You ran a smart race, and I love your attitude!
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  61. Remember that temp reading was taken in the shade. You experienced much warmer in the sun.
    Congrats girl! Be very proud of pushing through brutal conditions. I’m thrilled to hear relatively few people had trouble. Chalk that up to experienced runners and the wisdom of the BAA.
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  62. Congrats my friend. I never once doubted your moxie to get through this race. You have been through the worst to get there and no 89* day was going to stop you.

    Way to race smart and finish with a smile.
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  63. Wow. Congrats on the finish and double congrats on being SMART about listening to your body and adjusting on race day. We runners are stubborn and you made a decision (early) that most of us have trouble making at all.
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  64. I agree, BAA did a great job. Sure, there were people slowing and stopping and some injuries, but overall most people finished safely. What astonished me was the number of walkers SO early in the race! In many races I won’t see anyone walk, or if I do someone will walk a water stop at mile 24. Yesterday with all these fit athletes I was seeing people walk or drop out before the first half. Congrats on finishing and staying alive ;-)
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  65. It was my PW also as far as time goes, BUT, it was a great day! I knew leaving athlete’s village that time was not even going to be a consideration for me. I just ran along, stopped at all the water stops and walked when I thought my heart rate was too high. There was a lot of fallen soldiers along the route. I was happy to cross with a smile on my face, with strength in my own two legs and to still be standing today! Congratulations on enjoying the experience. Sorry our paths didn’t cross, but it was fun knowing that you were “there”.
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  66. Great job on the finish! Heat is definitely no joke – learned that in Chicago one year. Way to beat it!
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  67. i’m glad you survived! congrats on not only finishing, but for being smart out there!
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  68. Congrats Amanda!!! I was thinking about you all day yesterday, and tracking your times. You ran smart, and despite the insane heat and conditions, you still ran a super speedy time. So happy for you :) You’re a beast!
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  69. Huge congrats on pushing through and finishing! And especially for your attitude of being proud of that race, despite it not being your strongest time. I bet it was an amazing experience regardless. :)
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  70. LOVE how you dug in your heels and DECIDED to complete the race. What a battle for all of you marathoners. 89* is insanely hot to run 26.2 miles in. WOW.

    Glad BAA was prepared and supported all the runners!
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  71. you have all my admiration
    orange is YOUR color
    BRAVO!
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  72. Great job Amanda! It was brutal out there yesterday – sounds like you ran a very smart race!
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  73. What an experience, eh? We certainly have a story to tell. Despite all the warnings, it was impossible to be prepared for how that would feel. Way to push through with everything you had! Congratulations!!! Sorry that we did not get to connect. I hope you enjoyed the entire weekend!
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  74. WOW. your time is still great in my books, but props for being pleased with finishing at all; I would certainly be! Good for you.
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  75. Congrats!! That’s fricken amazing and I’ve been thinking of you! While you didn’t PR – what an amazing race. Plus you get the extra bragging rights of “running the year it was 89 degrees!” ;)
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  76. Congrats!!! The irony in your “personal worst” statement is that, while it sounds like your slowest (if I’m interpreting correctly), it was probably the one most of us will refer to as the one we most gutted out! So from that angle, I think it’s a different kind of PR :)

    Great job gutting through it. I was there too, as you know, and the sunshine today actually aggravated me. I usually love the sun, but today, I didn’t want any part of it!!! That too will pass, but when it does, I’ll still have my medal. And so will you!
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  77. Huge congrats on racing smart and doing it. THe high temps and relentless sun sound AWFUL.

  78. You told my story exactly. It was tough but we did it and YAY = Our personal worst! Now that’s out of the way – lets get that PR ;)
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  79. You are my hero, not only for your great training prior to the marathon, not only for finishing it but for being so smart about the race. I am very very happy for you!
    You ARE a true runner!

  80. Congrats! I was so worried for everyone out there yesterday! You did great though! I am glad you finished and there were no problems, heath wise! All in all, it sounds like a really fun trip.
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  81. COngrats on the run!!! The heat was awful so the fact that you ran and finished uninjured is an accomplishment!!!!
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  82. Well done. It was horrible conditions for a marathon and you were a champion in every sense of the word just to finish.
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  83. Congrats. You did a great job!
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  84. Getting to Boston is a huge accomplishment in itself, and then those conditions… a whole other level!! Congrats and I hope you don’t have to go through that ever again :) see you in CLE!
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  85. a badge well earned –> so very, very true! i finished in 4:33…super slow but i finished strong and happy. it was an amazing experience. i can’t wait to do it again and race it!

    i wore my jacket out last night too despite it still being 80 degrees!
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  86. Great job on a tough day! You had a great attitude about it too.

  87. SO stinkin proud of you!!! A marathon is a tough race for sure, on a good day! But add in heat and the 20 degree rule of thumb…eek. You just sealed your status as rockstar for life! Congratulations!!!
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  88. Way to adjust! Congrats on your journey and it sounds like you learned tons from the time you started running again to the actual event itself!

    Now enjoy the recovery and some decent, normal temps for a bit!
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  89. Great job!!!!
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  90. I just couldn’t be any more stinking proud of you! You did the absolute right thing …. and bonus, your PW is still better than my PW Boston time in 2010 :). So happy you had such a great weekend with your girlfriends. You are blessed!
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  91. just think of the improvment you can have for your next marathon…

    I’ve also run a race, where I changed my turn from running a good time to: I don’t care… I just want my medal!

    well done
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  92. Congrats
    Congrats
    Congrats!
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  93. I don’t have many Boston reports in my feed this week, but I loved reading yours! It does sound like the BAA handled a potentially dangerous situation really well, and it sounds like your glass remained half-full!
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  94. 4:19 in such weather conditions is a very good finishing time: a lot of congrats!!!!
    Brava.
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  95. Embrace the well earned personal worst. Nothing wrong with a 4:19 on such a hot day. Congrats on running Boston, an event many only dream of doing. Cheers!
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  96. Congrats!! Glad you had a fantastic weekend:)
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  97. Congrats – both on finishing and on having good perspective.
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  98. Congratulations on finishing and also on running a smart race! Eighty-nine degrees is just insanely hot and I’m so happy to hear that you never got into trouble. The best part of all is that in the future, when people are like, “Remember that Boston, when it was so hot? How crazy was that?” And you can be all, “Yep, I ran that one, bitches!” :)
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  99. Congrats on finishing! Just finishing was winning! I had a personal worst too, but it didn’t feel like it was terrible. I was just so thrilled to have gotten my dream!

    Not sure if any of the earlier comments addressed this, but according to an article I read yesterday, the deferral # wasn’t really that high. It was under 500. They had about 4500 bibs that were not picked up, so those folks were not eligible for deferral. I am not sure how that percentage compares to previous years, but they did say that in every race, there is always an amount of people that can’t race due to circumstances. I think a friend of a friend defered. She was out there, but didn’t start. Don’t know her well enough to inquire more.
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  100. Congrats on finishing!!! I can only dream of finishing a marathon in that amount of time!
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  101. Congrats!! When it comes to the heat you don’t want to mess around. Take it form this AZ girl.
    I watch my running times slow every summer and there is nothing I can do about it. The heat is a pace killer. If you don’t listen though you can get sooo sick.
    Way to stay smart but still tough it out.
    You have got to be proud of racing on such a tough day.
    Good Job!
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  102. You are amazing! Heat like that is no joke, especially this early in the season when the vast majority of us are not at all acclimated to it. Congratulations on toughing it out and finishing in such adverse conditions!
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  103. Sounds like you adjusted accordingly and made the best of it, which is all you can do!! Congrats!!
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  104. I was thinking of you! Glad you made it through that heat! 26.2 is 26.2! It’s always an accomplishment! Great job!
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  105. I’m so glad you still found joy in this – it sounds like you made the best of a tough day. congratulations!
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  106. I read so much about the Boston Marathon this year, and I really think you can be proud on your “personal worst”!
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  107. Congrats on finishing. There were a lot of people that didn’t even start the race out of fear of the heat.
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  108. Congratulations!!! I can not imagine running in this weather, especially not a full marathon!! You did a great job!!
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  109. Congratulations!!! I need to take a page from your book about how to cope with starting too fast. Inspiring!
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  110. Congratulations on a race that I’m sure you will always remember! Don’t forget that your time was still faster than I can ever hope to be, so be proud! I hope you are enjoying your recovery.
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  111. I am forever and a day behind reading blogs, so I’m a little late here. I just wanted to say CONGRATS, and I hope all the recovery has gone well.
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  112. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!
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