2016 Boston Marathon Review

It’s that magical third Monday in April. The time of year when spring has sprung, even if it doesn’t show up on race day. The time of year when everybody is #BostonStrong.

Yesterday was the 2016 Boston Marathon Monday!

Supporting Team Endurance Nation

Supporting Team Endurance Nation

This year’s edition featured a good wind and temperatures in the low 70s. The weather was perfect for spectating. Of course, that means it was slightly too hot for the runners.

An early tailwind made the runners feel hotter than normal. But having the wind flip around — and get stronger — at the end was no better.

And the temperatures dropped almost 10° as well! Anyone finishing after 2 o’clock ran in significantly different conditions than they had started in.

Quick Notes

The Boston Marathon is a point-to-point course from Hopkinton to Boston. The entire course is net downhill — aka you lose elevation.

Ask any of the runners, however, and they will tell you that there’s plenty of elevation.

There is almost always an insane amount of spectators relative to any other marathon. This year did not disappoint: the weather brought out even the most fair weather of running fans.

Things start to get interesting at mile 17 at the turn onto Commonwealth Avenue: The hills of Newton. As a result, you will see many runner times that start out promising…then fade significantly in the second half.

Hi Five Time at the Boston MarathonParsing Your Results

For those of you who ran, or who have run before, seeing a positive split of 10 minutes is pretty much the standard. By positive split I mean slowing down 10 minutes across the last 30 miles of the day.

Given the change in wind and the temperature at the start, I would expect to see most people suffer accordingly. Find Boston Marathon results here.

It was great to see our friends and teammates on the course as there were many running.

As a New England resident and multiple Boston finisher, the race has a special place in my heart and in our circle of friends. There’s nothing like watching your kid try and set a personal best for high-fives in a single day!

Running Mile 14.5 Boston

Congratulations to everyone who finished and have a happy and speedy recovery while you enjoy the city of Boston.

Hope to see you out there next year!

9 comments
  • Jeff Braaten
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    P, wish I had gotten a chance to say hi or high five your daughter. It was a fair day for me with a time of 3:38. Hadn’t really put the miles or time in to do better and like you discussed the last 7 miles for me was a game changer to what I thought I was going to do based on how I was feeling up to that point. Anyway, had some great food leading up to the race. Later, jeff braaten

  • Andy Spratley
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    Same here, wish I would’ve caught up with you. Your race report is excellent and spot on.

    Just missed requalifying with a 3:30:22. Too many severe injuries robbed my training effort. Early training abdomen strain, then late training upper hamstring strain. Added a busted left, big toe at mile 13. Starting with mile 19, was taking 30 second walk breaks every mile or so just to keep it together.

    It such a great race I thoroughly enjoyed the struggle. Looking at the Santa Rosa marathon to requalify for 2017.

    • Patrick McCrann
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      Andy, that is the Boston Marathon on STEROIDS! Only thing you were missing was a car crash into a fruit stand and a runaway bus loaded with innocent civilians! 🙂 Seriously though, well done my friend. Rest up and keep us posted on your rebuilding plans for 2017!!

      • Andy Spratley
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        Thanks!, will do. Putting together a micro thread to figure out the rest of 2016.

        (did I mention flying the redeye from San Diego to Mississippi, landing Friday morning, then flying to Boston before sunup Saturday morning, uh yeah, non ideal, ;-))

  • Steve Ross
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    Hey Coach P thx for the shoutout at mi 14 and kudo’s to your better half with that awesome pic ! OA race day was picture perfect from logistics to the weather. My trg for this event was absolutely totally different than last year. It will be an interesting study on myself when I get around to dissecting the course and numbers. During the race a lot of hugs, high fives, and handshakes with smiles all way around. Number’s game came in at 3:34 and change. Not one moment during this pre/post race did I doubt my build. I accomplished my goal by getting over the finish line up upright with a smile, cheers eh !

  • Anu Rao
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    Coach P, wish I had a chance to say Hi or see you on the course.

    Nice recap, being in ave three I started close to 11 and finished after three, getting the heat and the stronger headwind. I imploded. I just don’t handle heat and between that and some other stuff it went south quickly and rapidly but that crowd is so amazing, I made it to the finish, despite a lot of walking. Severely dehydrated, I was happy not to end in the med tent . Also dry heaved at the finish in front of a few hundred of my best friends to complete the ignominy! 😀

    I still that city and that marathon, and it’s always a good day to cross the finish line. 🙂

    • Patrick McCrann
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      Anu – Congrats on ANOTHER great finish…Boston is so much more than _just_ a race; it’s the closest thing the marathon world has to the Ironman. A total experience…good or, not so good. I am proud of your finish and hope you are already recovered!!!

  • Anu Rao
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    Coach P, wish I had a chance to say Hi or see you on the course.

    Nice recap, being in wave three I started close to 11 and finished after three, getting the heat and the stronger headwind. I imploded. I just don’t handle heat and between that and some other stuff it went south quickly and rapidly but that crowd is so amazing, I made it to the finish, despite a lot of walking. Severely dehydrated, I was happy not to end in the med tent . Also dry heaved at the finish in front of a few hundred of my best friends to complete the ignominy! 😀

    I still love that city and the marathon, and it’s always a good day to cross the finish line. 🙂

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