Altra’s endurance team raced hard in Boston and posted some impressive results: Tommy “Rivers” Puzey clocked an Olympic qualifying time of 2:18:20 and finished 16th overall, Jacob Puzey ran a solid race with a time of 2:26:52, Laura Kline fought hard and ran 3:03:24, and Altra cofounder, Brian Beckstead, not only ran his signature Boston Double faster than he ever had, but picked up a marathon PR with a time of 3:35:45. We share each of our athletes’ post-Boston reflections below:
“Yes, I’m stubborn. This was evident on the day of the Boston Marathon. While I realized pretty early on that my sub-3 goal was slipping away, I still tried up until the very end to reach it. I was feeling worse each mile after 20, but the thought never even crossed my mind to just back off and enjoy the ride. I knew I would regret it if I didn’t try. So much for all that hot air when I talked about how I wasn’t going to do anything stupid to reach my goal. I always like to think that I am a smarter racer after my heat stroke – that I pay more attention to my body while I’m racing. The Boston Marathon was a day of dancing right along that edge. I ran those last few miles scared and desperate. I wanted to enjoy the sights and the crowds, but everything was a blur. I could only focus on that gigantic finish line that didn’t seem to get any closer. I couldn’t think to shut it down and take it easy – I wanted to cross that finish line as quickly as possible so I could finally succumb to the heat and cramps in my legs.
As for my race, no regrets. I put it all out there, which is the way I like to race. I ran with heart and joy like I said I would. I enjoyed and appreciated the intensity of the crowds. I smiled as much as I could. I was 3 minutes and 25 seconds over my goal time. I did not run a single one of those last 5 miles under 7:00 pace. I am okay with my result. I am honored to have had the opportunity to race the Boston Marathon and humbled by this event. The entire community, what they have endured – it’s incredible to be a part of it!
I ran in the special edition Boston Escalante’s, which I picked up from Altra founder Golden Harper himself the day before the race. I didn’t run (or even walk) a mile in those shoes prior to the marathon. Although, that’s a huge no-no, it’s a testament to how much trust I have in Altra’s footwear. They served me well on race day and not a single blister even after enduring endless cups of water and a jaunt through an open fire hydrant.” —Laura Kline
Laura’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/laurajkline/
“Today was amazing! Every once in a while I have experiences that seem to transcend life. Firstly, I met 5 random people on the way out to the start doing the double. Good people that were real…and real cool! Then on the way back I focused more then ever on pace and form. I seemed to float along the entirety of the Boston course. It was a rare state of flow and presence that created a wonderful state of happiness throughout the run. I seemed to absorb all the cheers and positive vibes that clearly go along with this special marathon. With 6 miles left, I realized that I had a chance to run a solid PR for the Boston Double. My body responded perfectly and I created a race atmosphere to hammer it home! My official marathon time was 3:35 and I finished with a huge smile! Congrats to so many of my friends who almost all had amazing races here at Boston Marathon 2017.” —Brian Beckstead
Brian’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/brian_altra/
Don’t forget to pick up a pair of the Altra Boston Escalante to commemorate the best Patriot’s Day celebration you’ve ever experienced! www.altrarunning.com/men/boston-escalante