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Boston Marathon and a Good Cause

Hey there –

My former client and friend Bob just completed the Boston Marathon last week and shared his experience. My legs hurt just reading this.
He also supports a great cause so wanted to share that as well.

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Marathon number 11 is in the books.

Marathon Monday turned out to be a perfect running day. The temperate was in the high 50’s and “supposedly” there was a tailwind!
I got up at 4:45 AM feeling really good. At 5:15 I left my house to pick up Rob and Visna and headed to the Boston Garden where we met the rest of the Bruins Foundation Team for our bus ride to Hopkinton.

Once in Hopkinton we had a nice heated tent and our own personal DJ, DJ Deja. That definately helped make the morning go by quickly. At 10 AM we began our walk to the start line in preparation for the start of the 115th Boston Marathon.

My strategy for the race was to run a 8:45-9:00 minute pace throughout the first 20 miles. I thought if I could do that I’d have some energy to really push it for the final 6 miles.
I know I didn’t train as hard as I have for other marathons because I’ve been so busy with work, so I was trying to be realistic in terms of pace etc. The last thing I wanted was to crash and burn.

When I got to mile 15 my legs began to feel a little heavy which is never a good thing especially only midway through. The hills in Newton were pretty tough as usual but overall they didn’t kill me. At mile 21 my friend Eileen jumped in and ran with me which was nice because I really started to feel it at that point.

To be honest mile 21-25 were a blur because I really wasn’t feeling great at all. My cardio was great but my legs felt like a ton of bricks.
When I saw the 25 mile marker I knew i was almost there and did my best to pick up the pace. When I took the final turn onto Boylston I knew I had done it. I crossed the finish line with a time of 4:01 knowing that I had given it everything I had. I really had nothing left in the tank which is always a good feeling.

Now a month or two of recoving and then the plan is to run Chicago in October.

I also want to take this time to thank all of you who have supported my run and donated to the Bruins Foundation. I’ve almost reached my goal and couldn’t have done it without your help. If you still haven’t made a donation and would like to you still have time Just donate on my website www.firstgiving.com/bobcassin

Thanks again!

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