After a long winter of training, I was more than ready to head to Boston last Saturday. According to my coach, I was in as good or better shape than last year, when I set my Marathon PR in Boston, earning the right to race again this year. Last year was epic as well, and when I finished running I was basically hypothermic. This year, the weather looked perfect! I got the jitters out with an easy run on Sunday after hitting the expo, and come Monday morning I was ready to race. I ran into two of my Every Man Jack triathlon teammates before the race, and that got me even more jazzed. When the race finally started, it was all but impossible to hold that energy back. And though I tried not to, I made the first mistake of Boston, running the first half too fast. My 1:24 half was a bit faster than last year, and unfortunately I didn't account for the toll the heat would take on me when I put it up. Miles 13-16 went pretty well, but I was starting to slow down, and really making sure I paid attention to hydration, stopping at every water station. When I hit the first hill, I was doing OK, but it was becoming more and more of a mental struggle. The good news is that I hung on, only losing a few minutes off of my last year's time in the second half, but it took everything I had to hang on. Ultimately I finished in 2:51, when I really could have run closer to 2:46. The conditions must have impacted everyone, though, as I picked up about 300 places over last year in the overall standings! Life is all about the silver linings, and the silver lining here is that I reminded myself how to be tough when things get hard right at the beginning of my 2016 season. Now I'm really ready to kick off this year's triathlons!