Has to be my favorite sign I saw at Wellsley today. My quads are absolutely shredded. Utterly painful by mile 12, apparently I just wasn't as prepared as I thought I was for those downhills. Quads were just shot by the half way point. But I PRed by almost 4 and a half minutes. I think I have "the site" because Wednesday I dreamed I ran a 3:23. I think I am still about where I thought I was. I figured if I had a bad day I would run 3:25 and having the quads in that much pain by 12 I knew today wasn't going to be my day. I ran my butt off but I just couldn't pick it up after those hills. You'd be amazed how bad your legs can hurt on those downhills at the end. Thank goodness for the great crowd support at Boston.
Other than a sore lower back and shredded quads I feel pretty good. I ran hard the whole way and I had a great time taking in everything. All I have to say is don't underestimate the difficulty of Boston. It just kicks your butt. Between the crowds and having to weave to pass people the whole day, getting cut off multiple times, shredding your quads by 12, and the late start and high intensity weekend before it is just damn tough.
Will post more later. I need to put up my legs on the bed and get my drink and party on. I thought of everyone as I crossed all those 5k mats, you kept me honest out there!