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Boston Marathon live blog!

1am: I’m awake since all times are EST. Let’s start this race! Technically, CNSHMB are currently tied for first place. I’m not sure how this live blog’s gonna work seeing as how I’m 3000 miles away. If you’re at the race and you see my peeps please let me know when and where and how they’re doing. Rock on.

1:09am: I snuck out of work last year to watch the race and some random chick I had met once shows up and starts yapping at the back of my head. PLEASE. I cannot scan the crowd with your constant jibber-jabber and if you make me miss my damn sister I’m gonna be PISSED. Then I made this video.

2am: Still awake. Here’s Hondo from last year’s race. Hey, a bunch more from the photoblog.

2:04am: SMHB, from two years back, and again last year.

2:28am:Oh man, who are these dorks? I guess it’s good to have fans who can spell. Ok, brief sleep interlude, back with updates before the estimated 10:30am bandit start wave. I have to say I’m glad it ain’t me doing this tomorrow.

6:43am: Got a last word from Hondo, ‘feeling great and stretching’. That’s better than ‘freaking and foaming at the mouth’.

9:58am: The wheelchairs and elite women are off, elite men and wave 1 will be starting in two minutes.

10:10am: As of right now only one findable photo is up on flickr with today’s date. Is this because Bostonians lack proper iPhone density or is it a failure of mobile tagging? Here’s the search if you want to watch them come in.

Fagan

10:14am: Here’s part of the map of William Dawes’ ride back on the original 1775 Patriot’s Day, courtesy of his descendants via Allston02134. It looks like he crossed over the racecourse in just one place, at Beacon & Harvard in Brookline. That’s pretty cool how much of downtown used to be underwater, when Back Bay was back, under the bay.

10:32am: There’s been some speculation that Ryan Hall could finally be the guy who could break Robert Cheruiyot’s three year winning streak (and the 26-year American drought). According to the BAA live-blog Hall was out in the lead at 800 meters but dropped back at mile three. At five though he’s back, with the leaders running 4:48 splits. Just, wow.

10:41am: While the live flickr stream is a little lame the tweets, oh man, the tweets flow like wine. Some ideas: #bostonmarathon, #marathonmonday & #patriotsday.

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10:52am: The guy behind runkeeper is, if I’m understanding this correctly, not only live-tweeting the race but also running it in an iPhone costume.

10:58am: Most of the realtime photos are going to twitpic but that doesn’t seem to have a search function. But twitpick is aggregating them for us.

11:30am: I’ve got a formally-sanctioned runner to track! Lucy’s running a 8:13 split past 10K for a projected 3:35 finish. It goes without saying this is faster than me. Los Banditos have still not been spotted but our eye in the sky is in place at Framingham and just texted she expected them shortishly.

11:38am: I don’t know exactly when CNSMHB started, but they’ll probably finish between 2-3pm. Here in SF today it’s supposed to be a holy-sweltering 88 degrees by then. Fortunately it’s cloudy and cooler in Boston, 47 degrees at finish time. Much, much better to run in.

11:45am: Yarr, SP says the battery’s shot on her borrowed iPhone so we may have to practice our delayed gratification skillz.

11:52am: Both of them are through Framingham, eight minutes apart! Go Team HB! Here’s a shot of the leaders back in Ashland…

12:40pm: I just got into work here and missed the elite finish. Deriba Merga for the men, Salina Kosgei for the women. Ryan Hall finished third.

12:43pm: Just talked to my old people who, very out of breath, were about to reach the mile 19 in Newton. We’ve traditionally watched the race at this spot near the top of Heartbreak Hill because SJH used to live nearby in Newtonville, and even though she’s moved on it’s still seems like the right spot to encourage some tired folks working their way upwards.

1:02pm: An interesting read on the race’s relationship with bandit runners and the Red Snakes. Finish director Tom Meagher comes across as a dick.

“Up till the three hour mark, we’re yanking [bandits] out,” Meagher said. “I tell security, ‘get them out of there!’ We’re not going to give these people a stage. From the corner of Exeter [Street] to the finish, we yank them.”

1:20pm: SMHB is past mile 19! Let’s rough out his splits for fun – 19 miles, we’ll give him a 10:40 estimated start time, that’s an 8:25 split. Lucy’s last time point is 30K and her 8:15 split is pretty steady from what it was this morning.

1:35pm: I was remiss not to mention American Kara Goucher finished third in what sounds like a heartbreaking finish.

American Kara Goucher led the three as they crossed the MassPike into Kenmore Square with one mile to go, but she was outkicked down the stretch and finished 9 seconds back.

Goucher burst into tears and was consoled by her husband(…)

Goucher’s voice cracked repeatedly in the postrace news conference.

”I just wanted it for everybody that wanted it for me,” she said. ”I’m proud of how I did. I just wanted to be the one that won for everybody.”

1:49pm: Hondo is past mile 19! My mom & dad and older sisters are there, said she looked strong but was shaking from the cold, wind. In other news, Sarah is the WORST UPDATER EVER.

2:05pm: Just spoke with the W.U.E., she said SMHB was by mile 20 at 1:22pm and Hondo at 1:53. According to projections that puts him finished in 4 minutes(!) and her a half hour past that. She’s now on her way down to Copley with champagne – what a great way to celebrate a finish! Sarah also said SMHB dumped his soaked long sleeve shirt at mile 20 – that’s a good friend right there, someone you can hand your sweaty dregs to without fear of icking them out.

2:26pm: BB on reverse marathoning (& back) via bicycle.

2:28pm: Lucy is finished, 3:30:29! This is a qualifying time for next year. Fan-friggin-tastic.

2:33pm: Hondo’s gotta be close now, just waiting on word… Estimating a 9:39 split for her (given time to mile 20) she should be finishing right around 2:50. So I’m guessing she’s within two miles, east of Coolidge Corner.

3:42pm: Done and done! Everyone sounded happy and fast. Dang yo I wanna be happy and fast. Congrats to all!!

Live-blogging YJP’s half


8:38am Phone vibrates me awake.
8:39am Blurrily read text message that she finished fast and is still vertical.
8:40am Sleep returns.

I assume she’ll fill in the gaps eventually.

Let’s watch Nightwatch!

I’m massively dehydrated from the gym and the walk after (but, crepuscular ducks!) so have been alternating stimulant and depressant liquids since I got home. This seems like a perfect time for a little vampire movie liveblogging I’ve been thinking of.
Continue reading Let’s watch Nightwatch!

Monsoon Marathon

My brother-in-law Steven is running/white water rafting the Boston Marathon today. His wife is photoblogging the event here. Starting at about 10:30 today you can track him yourself at BAA.org (his bib number is 21725).

UPDATE: As of 10K, he’s on pace to run 3:37:53. That seems fast, a sub 8:20 split. We’ll see if he can sustain.

FINAL UPDATE:
5k 0:26:07
10k 0:51:31
15k 1:17:29
20k 1:43:01
Half 1:48:29
25k 2:08:41
30k 2:35:01
35k 3:02:26
40k 3:29:33
Final 3:40:28
Split 0:08:25

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The end of the race

Up from the underpass
A few thoughts on today. Or at least notes about the mechanics and logistics from my perspective.

I left work early today to go down to the finish line well after the elites had come in. I wanted to see Vihann and a few other people finish, and had rough ideas about when they would be coming by. A work friend was having a party on Commonwealth between Exeter & Dartmouth street so my plan was to watch the finishes then stop by to visit with them a bit. Vihann had given me a VIP pass for the finish area, valid after 2pm, but I had screwed up and left it at home this morning. I was thinking how I didn’t want to have to confess this after the effort he made to get it to me.

My backup plan was to watch the race from the Commonwealth Mall a few blocks down from the party, between Mass Ave & Hereford Street. Last year YJP & I watched from here once our volunteer gig was over. We met up with the North Enders here as well – it’s a good spot for the boys to run in the grass and there are fences to keep them out of traffic. This year I was alone, but texting with Christine & YJP as I waited for the runners. I like this location – I like that it’s a part of the course shared by the 5K that Christine & I ran yesterday, and the 10K in the summer. Vihann came through, gave me a high five and headed around the corner to the finish. I saw someone who I’m almost 100% sure was Steve Yee, one of the founders of Marathon Maniacs roll by – sweet! My semi-celebrity sighting of the day. I figured Marc would be along soon.

I’m assuming you know what happened next. We heard the first blast quite clearly – it was not far away. My first inclination was to think someone was shooting a cannon that had been brought in, like the one they shoot off of the Constitution. But really, it was too loud. My brain couldn’t process it from the sound alone. The second blast was just as loud, if not louder. The news said they were 17 seconds apart, I couldn’t have told you that.

Gates thrown up to stop runners

A few moments later the police rushed into the road coming up the hill from under Mass Ave to block the runners from going further. Some of them turned and chased the runners who were past them to get them to stop. It’s very hard to stop a wave of many hundreds of people, particularly after they’ve been running for four hours and are within a few hundred yards of the finish line. But they did it. They drug a gate across the road. At this point we all pretty much realized what had happened around the corner was something real.

Tons of cops, on bikes, SUVs, trucks, flying around the corner towards the finish. The police told the runners the race was over, but they didn’t really have anywhere to go, so they stood en masse on the course. I and the other fans stood as well, watching them, watching the cops, watching each other, trying to figure out what was happening.

Runners getting briefed

Soon after came the waves of ambulances. Dozens of them. Then helicopters. A couple of cops on foot came back from the site of the blast to tell people on the far side of the street to go into the buildings, that the sidewalk was evacuated. Those of us in the mall didn’t really have anywhere to go. I tried to figure out how long before the explosions had Vihann gone by – I hadn’t looked at my watch and didn’t really know. But surely he had cleared the area by then? (Fortunately, he had.) I stopped to talk to a number of people, to listen in on conversations – some people who had been closer, some people who had seen blood on the sidewalks. Eventually I decided there was nothing else I could do so started walking west.

One (of many, many) ambulances

And so I walked home. It’s not far about 2 1/2 miles, up to Kenmore, past BU, into Allston. The last text I got before my service died said not to get on the green line, so I didn’t. I tried to find Marc along the way but couldn’t manage that either. As I came into Kenmore, runners who hadn’t heard were still running into a stream of people walking in the course in the other direction, spawning upstream into the emergency. My phone was completely nonfunctional (I’ve since heard cellular service was turned off to stop other blasts from potentially being triggered). I picked up snippets of specifics from other people who were closer to the blast or somehow had a wifi signal. One BU freshman walking near me started spouting some nihilistic bullshit about how he didn’t feel bad for the people involved, and about the inevitability of death – I very much wanted to hit him in the face.

Then I got home. I’ve been sitting here since, listening to sirens outside.

The Boston Marathon is honestly one of my favorite things about Boston. I love marathons, I love this city, and you can’t beat springtime – it’s a perfect combination. Moreover, the goal of running this specific marathon has been the guiding structure of my life for the past few years. I intend to qualify, and I likewise intend to run it, someday. What happened today, whoever it turns out was responsible, it feels like a very personal blow. I do not like it, do not appreciate it, not at all. I don’t understand the whys of this yet, but almost don’t care – I don’t want us to be altered by this, to be afraid of our city, to be hesitant to join together in positive affirmations of strangers like the thousands of fans around me were doing for passing runners. I don’t want that taken away from us.

Beverly Commons

It’s almost the end of August and I’m realizing that specific resolution #3 (a race every month) is at risk. So poking around the internets I’ve come up with a solution, the Greenbelts Beverly Commons Trail Run this Saturday. This race starts in Bev Farms, a community close to my own heart as it’s where I slept on my kind sister’s couch without dollar one to my name when I first moved to Massachusetts some 11+ years ago. Long before I had any thoughts of road racing I spent that summer running back and forth along Route 127 from Bev Farms east to Manchester by the Sea, and west back to Beverly proper. Rinse, repeat. Mostly happy memories from a simpler time. I’m more than happy to be returning there for 7.3 miles this weekend.

Since I’m thinking about it, here are the other seven qualifiers this year from my own personal monthly race series for 2012: January was Boston Prep 16 miler; February, the Super Sunday 5; March, the New Orleans Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon; April, Ring Around the Neck in Marblehead; May, the Bayshore Marathon; June, the Squantum 5; and July, the Mad Marathon in Vermont. And looking forward, September will be the Chicago Half Marathon & New England Double Marathon; October the BAA & Healdsburg halves + Newport whole; and November the Philadelphia Marathon. December is the only remaining blank spot – I’m holding out some small hope for the Hoover Dam Marathon.

Happy 10/12ths!

Victory!Ebs & Uncle BrubToday is 7/13 – we are exactly one month away from New Nephew Monday! Also, two months away from my birthday, which is not particularly relevant, except in it makes the point I friggin love the 13th.

That may serve to explain why I was excited to get an email about a $13 discount to the Providence Half Marathon. At least, I was until I clicked through to find out that bastard costs $105!! For a half! Ridiculous.

Relatedly, the BAA 1/2 registration opens (and closes) next Wednesday morning the 18th, at 10am. Assuming I can get in, it will be my 6th time round with this race.

I wasn’t going to, but then I did.

I’ll be running the BAA 10K June 24th w/ VK LZ & co. My still-to-go-in-2012 race list is getting up there (I’m currently registered for 9 races with a few more short ones I know of [hello!?] still to come). When I ran this race last year it was my first ever 10K and VK & I celebrated by running-slash-mud slogging the Warrior Dash later that afternoon. That was week 2 of training for Baltimore, a million miles ago.
In the corral Out & back course map

baack on it

BAA half

I successfully enrolled in the 2010 BAA half-marathon this morning, along with the rest of Team HB, plus special guest star LZ. The race is October 10th, a short twelve weeks from this Sunday. This will be my fourth (?) BAA half, and will meet the latter part of resolution #2.

I’m going to need all 12 weeks, as my mileage has alternated between sad and horrific as of late. I last ‘ran’ the day before Nate’s wedding, where approximately two minutes in (just as I was telling KKV of my plan to register for this race) I stepped on the edge of a 5-inch curb and snapped the ever living hell out of the few remaining ligaments in my right ankle. Which would have been fun in and of itself, but for bonus thrills I came just about this close to doing a header into an automobile of the large, fast, oncoming type. What is the proper wedding protocol when a groomsman bites it hours before the rehearsal dinner? I would expect, at the least, some sort of tux discount for the funeral.

Point being, the race is twelve weeks from Sunday, and as of today I’m still not really able to walk comfortably. Can this be done? With the psychic help of the bicoastal* runaholics support group, I’m a confident maybe.

*Speaking of which, only six months later, the hevelonian tag line is no longer “bicoastal, bimodal, bionic”. Help me think of a better one or we’re gonna get stuck with the bouncing baby crap that’s up there now.

**Double speaking of which, Team HardCortex are triathalon-ing it up out in California this weekend. The east-coasters are very psyched for this and are looking forward to hearing of their top ten finish (in the money baby!).

Boston Marathon live blog!

1am: I’m awake since all times are EST. Let’s start this race! Technically, CNSHMB are currently tied for first place. I’m not sure how this live blog’s gonna work seeing as how I’m 3000 miles away. If you’re at the race and you see my peeps please let me know when and where and how they’re doing. Rock on.

1:09am: I snuck out of work last year to watch the race and some random chick I had met once shows up and starts yapping at the back of my head. PLEASE. I cannot scan the crowd with your constant jibber-jabber and if you make me miss my damn sister I’m gonna be PISSED. Then I made this video.

2am: Still awake. Here’s Hondo from last year’s race. Hey, a bunch more from the photoblog.

2:04am: SMHB, from two years back, and again last year.

2:28am:Oh man, who are these dorks? I guess it’s good to have fans who can spell. Ok, brief sleep interlude, back with updates before the estimated 10:30am bandit start wave. I have to say I’m glad it ain’t me doing this tomorrow.

6:43am: Got a last word from Hondo, ‘feeling great and stretching’. That’s better than ‘freaking and foaming at the mouth’.

9:58am: The wheelchairs and elite women are off, elite men and wave 1 will be starting in two minutes.

10:10am: As of right now only one findable photo is up on flickr with today’s date. Is this because Bostonians lack proper iPhone density or is it a failure of mobile tagging? Here’s the search if you want to watch them come in.

Fagan

10:14am: Here’s part of the map of William Dawes’ ride back on the original 1775 Patriot’s Day, courtesy of his descendants via Allston02134. It looks like he crossed over the racecourse in just one place, at Beacon & Harvard in Brookline. That’s pretty cool how much of downtown used to be underwater, when Back Bay was back, under the bay.

10:32am: There’s been some speculation that Ryan Hall could finally be the guy who could break Robert Cheruiyot’s three year winning streak (and the 26-year American drought). According to the BAA live-blog Hall was out in the lead at 800 meters but dropped back at mile three. At five though he’s back, with the leaders running 4:48 splits. Just, wow.

10:41am: While the live flickr stream is a little lame the tweets, oh man, the tweets flow like wine. Some ideas: #bostonmarathon, #marathonmonday & #patriotsday.

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10:52am: The guy behind runkeeper is, if I’m understanding this correctly, not only live-tweeting the race but also running it in an iPhone costume.

10:58am: Most of the realtime photos are going to twitpic but that doesn’t seem to have a search function. But twitpick is aggregating them for us.

11:30am: I’ve got a formally-sanctioned runner to track! Lucy’s running a 8:13 split past 10K for a projected 3:35 finish. It goes without saying this is faster than me. Los Banditos have still not been spotted but our eye in the sky is in place at Framingham and just texted she expected them shortishly.

11:38am: I don’t know exactly when CNSMHB started, but they’ll probably finish between 2-3pm. Here in SF today it’s supposed to be a holy-sweltering 88 degrees by then. Fortunately it’s cloudy and cooler in Boston, 47 degrees at finish time. Much, much better to run in.

11:45am: Yarr, SP says the battery’s shot on her borrowed iPhone so we may have to practice our delayed gratification skillz.

11:52am: Both of them are through Framingham, eight minutes apart! Go Team HB! Here’s a shot of the leaders back in Ashland…

12:40pm: I just got into work here and missed the elite finish. Deriba Merga for the men, Salina Kosgei for the women. Ryan Hall finished third.

12:43pm: Just talked to my old people who, very out of breath, were about to reach the mile 19 in Newton. We’ve traditionally watched the race at this spot near the top of Heartbreak Hill because SJH used to live nearby in Newtonville, and even though she’s moved on it’s still seems like the right spot to encourage some tired folks working their way upwards.

1:02pm: An interesting read on the race’s relationship with bandit runners and the Red Snakes. Finish director Tom Meagher comes across as a dick.

“Up till the three hour mark, we’re yanking [bandits] out,” Meagher said. “I tell security, ‘get them out of there!’ We’re not going to give these people a stage. From the corner of Exeter [Street] to the finish, we yank them.”

1:20pm: SMHB is past mile 19! Let’s rough out his splits for fun – 19 miles, we’ll give him a 10:40 estimated start time, that’s an 8:25 split. Lucy’s last time point is 30K and her 8:15 split is pretty steady from what it was this morning.

1:35pm: I was remiss not to mention American Kara Goucher finished third in what sounds like a heartbreaking finish.

American Kara Goucher led the three as they crossed the MassPike into Kenmore Square with one mile to go, but she was outkicked down the stretch and finished 9 seconds back.

Goucher burst into tears and was consoled by her husband(…)

Goucher’s voice cracked repeatedly in the postrace news conference.

”I just wanted it for everybody that wanted it for me,” she said. ”I’m proud of how I did. I just wanted to be the one that won for everybody.”

1:49pm: Hondo is past mile 19! My mom & dad and older sisters are there, said she looked strong but was shaking from the cold, wind. In other news, Sarah is the WORST UPDATER EVER.

2:05pm: Just spoke with the W.U.E., she said SMHB was by mile 20 at 1:22pm and Hondo at 1:53. According to projections that puts him finished in 4 minutes(!) and her a half hour past that. She’s now on her way down to Copley with champagne – what a great way to celebrate a finish! Sarah also said SMHB dumped his soaked long sleeve shirt at mile 20 – that’s a good friend right there, someone you can hand your sweaty dregs to without fear of icking them out.

2:26pm: BB on reverse marathoning (& back) via bicycle.

2:28pm: Lucy is finished, 3:30:29! This is a qualifying time for next year. Fan-friggin-tastic.

2:33pm: Hondo’s gotta be close now, just waiting on word… Estimating a 9:39 split for her (given time to mile 20) she should be finishing right around 2:50. So I’m guessing she’s within two miles, east of Coolidge Corner.

3:42pm: Done and done! Everyone sounded happy and fast. Dang yo I wanna be happy and fast. Congrats to all!!

A case for BAA fraud


Some people have been making statements to the effect that they ran the BAA half-marathon on Sunday (using quasify(!), no less). This claim is questionable when available primary evidence is examined. To wit,

  • Parental units unaware of race on Saturday evening.
  • Absence of runner’s name from Results
  • Complete, utter lack of BAA tag updates.

Only one conclusion follows. All poseurs will be outed!

Cue the Chariots of Fire theme


CNSMHB are running the marathon today, though you already know this if you’ve seen the explosion of the marathon tag in the past few weeks. To my knowledge this is the first full marathon for Team HB to have run together – SMHB ran Boston last year and CNHB ran New York with me three (!?) years ago. Today, Christine is trackable here (if that doesn’t work just go to Athlete Tracking and enter her bib, 26096). I’ll update this post periodically today.

UPDATE 1: 10K down for CNHB! 9:42 splits, this is under the low end of her split range (10:00-12:00). She’s somewhere in Framingham now, I think there are fans to see her at mile 6 but I haven’t heard from them yet.

UPDATE 2: 15K down, which should put CNHB passing over the gorgeous Lake Cochicuate. SP just called – she and the old people were indeed at mile 6 but managed to miss everyone. I’m planning to leave Longwood here in a bit to walk up to mile 25 – our most aggressive estimates put SMHB there in 90 minutes.

UPDATE 3: CNHB just passed 25K, her split finally fell below 10:00. That’s expected, hopefully no IT band issues. I’m heading out to see what there is to see, updates mas tarde.

UPDATE 4: Finished! Saw them both! Accidentally stepped on little one’s foot when she came to say hi, SORRY!!

UPDATE 5: Photos! What probably my best Bevo ever and one each from Team HB.

Puppy wants to run


CNHB runs the 2007 BAA half marathon.

Reservoir


I’m ashamed that I’ve lived in my place for almost a year without realizing the quality of life improvement that can be derived from extending my westward loop a bit to circle the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. This is a gorgeous turn-around that lets you forget about the rats and drunks and type a-holes turning right on red into a full crosswalk. Currently I’m favoring this choice over going through BU and looping the Charles (though easier to set random lengths there). Other practical advantages to Chestnut Hill include the homestretch being mostly downhill, and avoiding the slumerlandic regions of lower Allston.