This year, Tony was back, and gunning for a sub-3:10. This would help guarantee that he'll be able to register for Boston 2012 before it fills up, with the new registration process. He found me a few miles into the race and latched on to me once again.
|Mile 12 - Tony is the one waving|
We stepped on the timing mat at the 13.1 mile mark at 1:35:00 on my watch. I was pretty stoked about that.
|Mile 15 - Me, Ben, Tony (pink socks) and the rest of the 3:10 gang|
Ben and I crossed the finish line in 3:09:36 chip time, 3:10:10 gun time. Running a reliable race as a pacer is definitely just as satisfying to me as running a great race of my own. Prior to this marathon, I had expressed that if I had to choose between running a reliable 3:10 at National and running a PR at Boston on April 18th, I'd choose the reliable pacing. It's a truly awesome experience, which I highly recommend to any seasoned runners.
|Tony sprints in to the finish right around that turn|
|The 3:10 pacers|