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Member Since:

Aug 15, 2010



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Personal Bests
  • 1500m : 4:43 (May 2001)
  • 1 mile: 5:18 (August 2012) 
  • 5k: 17:39 (December 2003)
  • 8k: 30:02 (June 2003)
  • 10k: 37:21 (November 2003)
  • 15k : 59:48 (July 2012)
  • 10 miles: 62:39 (February 2002)
  • Half-Marathon (Covered Bridges): 1:23:29 (June 2002)
  • Marathon (Wineglass): 3:04:42 (Oct 2011)
  • Half Ironman (Tupper Lake): Swim 38:19, Bike 3:01:xx (with flat tyre change), Run 1:58:xx, Total time 5:44:44 (Jun 2004)

Short-Term Running Goals:

General Goals for 2013

  • Break 3 hours as Boston
  • Mile in 5:00
  • 5k in 17:30

Results and my 'A' Races for 2013 (Click for Race Report)

  • Y-10 10 Miler (February 9)
    • Goal: 63? (honestly, no idea)
    • DNS
  • Boston Marathon (April 15)
    • Goal: 2:57
    •  Time: 3:12:46
  • Springville Stampede (May 9)
    • Goal: 18:36
    • Time: 18:28
  • Chase Corporate Challenge 3.5 (June 6)
    • Goal: 20:30
    • Time: 20:30
  • Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation Blackbird 8K (June 19)
    • Goal: 30:00
    • Time: 30:03
  • Boilermaker 15k (July 14)
    • Goal 58:00
  • Mueller Mile (August)
    • Goal 5:00
  • Run into Buffalo 15k  (Sept 2)
    • Goal 57:30
  • Troy Turkey Trot 10k (Nov 28)
    • Goal 37:00

Long-Term Running Goals:

  1. Sub 3:00 Marathon
  2. 17:00 5k
  3. 1:20 Half-marathon


Originally from the small town of Galway, NY (near Saratoga), I currently live in Buffalo, NY.  I'm a community pharmacist  I  graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy with my pharmD in 2007 and my PhD in 2011. I'm married and have 2 dogs (Sadie, a lab, and Ralphie, a Eskie mix).  We enjoy anything outdoors from Backpacking and hiking to snowboarding.

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Sadie's Lifetime Miles: 298.30
Ralphie's Lifetime Miles: 346.60
Race: Boston Marathon (26.219 Miles) 03:12:46, Place overall: 4274, Place in age division: 2354
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Boston Marathon Race Report

Requisite mention of the attack: I’m saddened by what happened and am thinking about all those affected, directly and indirectly.  I hope we get all the details and find out what happened and deal with it appropriately.  Everyone I know that was there was safe so that was a relief.   We were in The Lenox’s lobby (our hotel) drinking beers with my wife, sister and her boyfriend when it happened. The Lenox is on Boylston directly between the bomb sites.  They both shook the building and immediately we kinda knew what was going on.  I sent out a facebook message instantly because I knew phones would be swamped.  We were stuck in the hotel for about 45 minutes lock down and then told to evacuate. Luckily we had out bag and did the only thing we could think to do, walk to Cambridge where our friends had an apt.  We walked about 2 miles before catching the bus to her apartment.  We showered, ate and caught a cab to the airport were we were able to get out flight back home. Now on to my race

Training:  Over the 18 weeks before the marathon I ran about 850 miles and averaged about 48 miles per week.  I did 7 18-20 mile runs, several long marathon paced runs, and some tough tempo runs.  I also trained on hills trying to prepare myself.  I managed not to get hurt but February was rough motivation wise and I only managed to run about 171 during that month and missed a bunch of runs.  It was my highest training volume to date. Despite feeling strong in my runs I was not feeling confident at all and in general pretty nervous. My goal was sub 3 and I was aiming to go out at 2:57.

Pre-race:  We got into town Friday and went to the expo.  It was exciting to be at a race of this scale.  I picked up my super flashy jacket and some other swag.  Saturday we met up with my sister and her friends.  We went to the aquarium on Sunday and at a nice pre-race dinner with her friend in Cambridge.  Race-morning, I got up and walked to the busses and met my sister.  At the staging area we relaxed with her running club from Baltimore.  I was super impressed how smoothly it all went. When it was time we went to the start

Start and first 5k (21:27, pace 6:55):  My goal was to NOT go out to fast or panic too much.  It was surprisingly downhill and hard to hold back.  Felt real good and ready for the long haul. Crowds were amazing and surprisingly little bumping.  It was hotter/sunnier than I expected but it wasn’t horrible

5-10k (20:56, pace: 6:44):  Right on pace and felt decent.  My stomach was a little bloated but nothing too serious.  Ate my chomps every 45 minutes as planned and drank a cup at each water station

10-15k (20:51, pace 6:43):  Still feeling good eating and drinking.  The crowd support was great as we hit the small towns along the way.  Never seen anything like it, people with great signs, people screaming their heads off, and people handing out everything all sorts of snacks.    

15-20k (20:55, pace 6:44):  Starting to feel a little labored and the little bumps in the road dropped my pace a little.  The Wellesley girls were crazy, the loudedest section of the race, nice little motivation before the half

20-25k (21:08, pace 6:48):  Feeling rough, took a powergel to try to get some energy back into my leg. 

25-30k (21:43, pace 7:00): Hit the half right on goal at 1:28:45.  The Newton hills took their toll on me.  Really dropped my pace and I had trouble picking the pace up on the backside going down.  Saw a lot of other people in the hurting too

30-35k (25:30, pace 8:13):  And the wheels came off and came off hard .  It’s totally cliché but heartbreak hill did me in.  Walked the last 1/3 of the hill but still managed to run down the backside but it wasn’t getting and better.  My pace really slowed and I knew my goal of sub-3 (and even a 3:05 BQ) was gone so I just tried to enjoy myself.   The crowds were pretty much the only thing keeping me going and they were amazing.

35-40k (29:16, pace 9:26):  Despite a couple brief walking breaks I managed to keep shuffling (mostly to get it done sooner than later).  At around mile 23 I saw my Wife and a couple friends cheering like crazy for me (and pretty much everyone in the race) and I was pretty disappointed with myself at that point so I could only manage a little excitement seeing them.  The crowds were growing thicker and I loved all the support

40-42k (11:00, pace 8:04): No matter how bad you feel you run the last 2k as best you can.  Coming down Boylston was amazing and I just pushed to the end and crossed at 3:12:46.  Felt pretty rough but kept walking and got my medal, blanket and checked bag.  Found my sister, friends and wife and made our way to the hotel.

Post-race thought:  I’m pretty disappointed with how I ran and sometimes the bear eats you. If you don’t push you’ll never fail.  I don’t know where it went wrong.  Was it my training, the weather, the hills or just a bad race?  Most bitter was that I missed my BQ so I’d need to do another marathon this fall if I want to run in 2014 (which I’d like to).  All in all, I’m no worse for wear aside from viscous blisters and the expected soreness.  I enjoyed Boston, the race and the experienced and I can wear my super ugly jacket with pride.  It was like no race I’ve ever done before and I’m going to put my performance behind me and look forward to using my base to some great races this summer.

The pace profile says it all.


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From Kam on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 10:23:46 from

Although the net elevation is -400, the course is tougher than it appears. I'm glad you had a good time at the marathon, barring the bombing, of course. I hope you make it back next year.

From allie on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 20:14:41 from

way to go, nate. "if you don't push you'll never fail" -- love the attitude. i'm sorry it wasn't the race you wanted, but i am glad you enjoyed the boston experience and i'm glad you are okay.

about the super ugly jacket -- i think you are the first person to say that out loud, but thank you. yes, wear it with pride.

From Nate on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:03:32 from

Thanks guys-

I'm looking forward to going back if not next year then the year after.

Looking at the elevation profile, it's approaching 800 feet of gain. That's quite a bit. The jacket is ugly but all running clothes are. The blue and gold is also my HS colors so it's also a little bit of a throwback which I love

From Jake K on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:27:11 from

Yeah I like what you said there about taking chances... sometimes you have to do that. Use this as a springboard - take advantage of the base work and the marathon foundation - and run fast this summer!

From allie on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 13:47:17 from

all running clothes are ugly, except for the ones in the fluorescent category.

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