When I was looking at Boston marathon results, I thought it might be interesting if I sliced and diced the results a bit and saw how I did. I wish BAA provided raw data, so I could do more analysis. Anyhow, with available data and given search functionality, I was able to make something out of it, and it turned out quite an ego booster for me and a motivation to do even better next year. The results below.
My times of 3:11:48 is…
- 3,310th of total finishers – 23,879.
- 3,016th of total male finishers, 13,806.
- 324th in my age group – 4,147.
- 314th of male finishers in my age group – 2,556.
- 217th of California finishers – Too many to count.
- 24th of California finishers in my age group – 266.
- 29th of San Francisco runners – 135.
- 1st of San Francisco runners in my age group – 13.
- 17th of runners who are Japanese citizen – 117.
- 3rd of runners who are Japanese citizen in my age group – 20.
Overall, total of 26,907 runners registered. Of which 24,338 started and 23,879 finished. This completion rate of 98.1% is pretty high for a marathon but not surprising for Boston. These runners made a big commitment and made all types of sacrifice to qualify for and run the race. They are obviously good runners and came to Boston to finish the race, whether it was their first time or otherwise. I have not been able to find the average rate of completion, but I bet 98.1% is exceptionally high.
One of the reasons why I was able to do so well in Boston this year was, I believe, the fact that I paced very well throughout the race. Below is the official 5K splits compared to last year’s splits. I was able to maintain 22 or so minutes every 5K, whether any given 5K was flat, downhill or uphill. My strategy for previous races, once races started, was basically crash and burn: Run 7 – 7:15min/mile or so as long as I could (usually 15 – 20 miles), then the rest was mental. I have read a few articles about the importance of even splits: Most of fast times and PRs were produced when even pace was maintained throughout the race. I am now a firm believer of this approach and will try to run this way as much as I can.