2009 Boston Marathon

Next Monday, (april 20th) is the 113th Boston Marathon.  You can watch it online here, 8:30 CT.  This year’s American favorites are Kara Goucher and Ryan Hall.  Goucher ran a 2:25 last November at the New York Marathon.  Hall ran a 2:06 last August in the London Marathon and got 10th place at the Beijing Olympics.

Just in case you are interested in joining the race next year, here are the qualifying standards…

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 10min 3hrs 40min
35-39 3hrs 15min 3hrs 45min
40-44 3hrs 20min 3hrs 50min
45-49 3hrs 30min 4hrs 00min
50-54 3hrs 35min 4hrs 05min
55-59 3hrs 45min 4hrs 15min
60-64 4hrs 00min 4hrs 30min
65-69 4hrs 15min 4hrs 45min
70-74 4hrs 30min 5hrs 00min
75-79 4hrs 45min 5hrs 15min
80 and older 5hrs 00min 5hrs 30min

Fools 5K 20:09

April Fools 5k
April Fools 5k

The April Fools 5k was my first race of 2009. The course routes through George Wyth Park near Cedar Falls/ Waterloo, IA.  I wasn’t expecting to set any PRs but did manage to pull off a 20:09.  This is pretty good considering I haven’t done much training lately and especially mid-distance, tempo runs.  Maybe it was the motivation of Kyle running right behind me…

My splits were…

Mile 1 – 6:34

Mile 2 – 6:27

Mile 3 – 6:25

last .1 – 0:35