Monday, April 21, 2008

2008 Boston Marathon

On April 21, 2008 at 10 AM I started the Boston Marathon. There were 25,000 people and I was towards the front of the pack. My overall goal for a marathon is to break 3 hours and so that's what I told people was my goal for this race, knowing full well that it was unlikely. Well, once the race started I pretty much knew it was going to be my day. A sudden need to use the restroom before I even ran a mile slowed me down right off the bat. I encountered cramps in my stomach but managed to run the first half of the marathon in 1:30 which had me on pace for a 3 hour finish. That unfortunately didn't happen but I did end up running a pretty good time and it really came down to the supporters. There were people cheering almost all of the 26.2 miles and I found it difficult to walk when I was cramping up due to the enormous amount of support emanating from the sidelines. In the end I hobbled/ran to a 3:20 marathon. Many thanks must go out to all the people who came out to cheer and also my friends Drew, Anne, Ben, Greg, Patience, and Mariah who screamed extra loud when I ran by and made some sweet signs. Pictures to come.

4018 Branderhorst, John H. 29 M San Francisco CA USA
Checkpoints 5k 10k 15k 20k Half 25k 30k 35k 40k
0:21:08 0:42:07 1:03:24 1:25:38 1:30:21 1:48:33 2:13:12 2:39:47 3:07:37
Finish Pace Projected Time Official Time Overall Gender Division
0:07:39 3:20:14 4328 3874 2289