running with flipper – boston 2007

it’s funny trying to come up with a race report when your partner for race day has already summed up the event so perfectly. flipperhead already posted her recap of the event and pretty much captured the feeling and events from the day. epic weather up until the time we hit the corals, the joy of being out on the course, and effort required to go the distance.
again, i find that i enjoy running in support of another runner much more than i enjoy running for myself. i find that my mind is completely off of how i’m performing, but focused on my ward, and that seems to allow me to perform without the stress of worrying about how i’m going to perform. sure, i may try to go sub 3 again at some point, but for now, this is where i’m finding my joy.
and joyful, it was. we’ve all see just how deep flipper will dig for a hard workout or a race, and we’ve all read just how tough she is, but it was impressive to see that first hand. we ran a really steady race for the entire course and only slowed slightly over the newton hills. the amazing thing, was that when flipper found out we had dropped the pace while climbing the first couple hills, she started to pick up the pace. i was a little concerned that she’d burn out early, but when we crested heartbreak right on pace and then she surged as we flew down the other side, i was pretty confident that the wheels weren’t going to come off this bus.
my race wasn’t really that remarkable, but i did flirt with some hamstring cramping and calf cramping and a couple times, came close to have those muscles lock up on me. again, focusing on form and making sure i kept the fluids coming was what did the trick. the pace was very sustainable for me, and i never had a problem keeping flipper trotting along at that 8:05-8:10 pace, but toward the end of the race, i started noticing that my muscles were really starting to show fatigue. it wasn’t until we got back to flipper’s house after the race that i realized why my muscles felt like they were taking a beating. i hadn’t really tapered much. duh.
anyway, i know that’s sort of a lame race report, but the day was all about flipper, and i was just there as a spectator.

17 thoughts on “running with flipper – boston 2007

  1. never had a problem keeping flipper trotting along at that 8:05-8:10 pace
    You’ve come quite a long way since your 2002 marathon. Isn’t it great to see your training paying off!

  2. I enjoyed tracking your progress through out the day last Monday. You both did a fantastic job.
    I’m impressed with you making it all about her! That’s awesome!

  3. way to go coach! how many personal trainers out there would show such commitment to their charges, watching their every move? sounds like you had a blast despite the weather. nice.

  4. jeff, it was great sitting at work watching the splits come through for both of you every 5k…dead even, very steady pace. You did an awesome job of coaching and encouraging, as well…very cool and very giving.

  5. nothing lame about the report! … i loved reading this … especially since my coach just ran Boston, and is going to run a half with me next Saturday … you coaches rock!

  6. Coach,
    Never forget that YOU are “amazing” and “hip” and giving and understanding and compasionate…and soon to be a Dad too. I loved reading about your journey with flipper. I am glad to finally read your part (however brief) of the story.
    ~Juls

  7. Jeanne had some very nice things to say about you this morning at the 10-Miler race where she was watching Bex compete in her PR challenge (she PR’d by 8 minutes). Were your ears burning?

  8. That is just so cool that you were there for flipperhead every step of the way. You are far more than a coach. The world needs a lot more amazing hips.

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