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Estwanik on course for a Boston blitz

Chris Estwanik believes he is on the right track for an encouraging performance at the Boston Marathon in three months time after his run in the International Half-Marathon over the weekend.

Zambian Jordan Chipangama won the event in a time of 1:05.53 to claim victory competing in a half-marathon for the first time.

Estwanik (1:06.35) was second but slashed nearly two minutes off his previous fastest time over the 13.1 mile distance, an improvement that shows his preparations are on course.

He put up a good fight until Chipangama took the lead for good on McGall’s Hill in Smith’s parish.

Estwanik’s time was the best recorded by a local resident.

“The race was OK, I was thrilled with the fact that my time was nearly two minutes faster than what it previously was, but with that being said it’s what happens when you have international competition pushing you to the limit.

“Superior competition gives you the chance to stick your nose in with the big boys and see how good you really are, that’s the beauty of having them come down here and pulling us to our best times.

“It is important to see yourself on the competitive front, but it showed me that I’m at a good place on the strength side of things and I went into the race on tired legs to simulate what the race would be like if I was running the full marathon distance.”

Having talked to US runners who know the Boston course, Estwanik went into Sunday’s race with a game plan, including starting the race on tired legs to simulate the emotional struggle he will endure during the 26.2 miles.

The Boston Marathon is set to take place on April 15.

Admitting having struggled early on in his marathon career, such as breaking through the ‘Wall’ that has claimed many casualties throughout the years, he believes that he is setting himself up for a solid run on the east coast.

“I’m not sure if it was a record (Bermuda record) but that wasn’t my main concern, but someone said that it may have been a record.

“I spoke to some of the US based athletes that came and set up some targets for myself based on the information given to me about the course in Boston so I have a better understanding of what my effort on Sunday could equate to if I run at that pace.

“I have to keep on pounding the pavement and doing what I have been doing right up until the weeks before in order to get fresher legs.

“The main difference between my training for a half-marathon to a full is that my strength is much higher than ever before. I may lack the speed but I feel stronger and that is what marathon training is all about.

“Running on tired legs and mentally being ready to break through what they call the ‘Wall’ and having patience is crucial to this kind of race, it is not for the swift.

“Overcoming the ‘Wall’ was my problem in the first one I ran so I’m getting myself used to overcoming the finer details of the race now.”

Chris Estwanik crosses the finish line to take second place in Sunday's Half-Marathon. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published January 24, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm)

Estwanik on course for a Boston blitz

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