Alright, for those of us who love this event, please share any race plans or experiences, how to plan, and how to tackle this formidable course.
Hope to see you all out there!
As for all marathons, don't get caught up in the excitement and head out too fast.
Be mentally prepared for mile 17 and the beginning of the hills.
Be even more prepared for the feeling in your quads after you crest Heartbreak Hill and reach the BOTTOM. They will be shot so it is important to descend carefully and relaxed.
Take the time to look around and enjoy the fact that you are running Boston.
I am in the first wave and will be heading to Hopkinton on a school bus from downtown. I don't know of any special place to meet at the high school but if anybody wants to give it a shot I will try. I should be on the bus by 6:15 and to the start by 7:00.
Bring warm clothes, water gatorade, and a blanket to sit on if you can out to the start. I got cold out there sitting around last year and they ran low on gatorade.
Its down-down-down to start and it doesn't really look it, so don't start too fast, you're going to feel it in your quads later.
Other than that, it's Boston! Have fun- you're there.
Oh get to packet pickup as early as possible if you're in the smaller range of t-shirt sizes, by Sunday afternoon large was the only thing left.
Sounds good. I've run in it twice before, so I know about the hills. My favorite part of the race is turning by the fire station in Newton, because thats when you just breathe deep and know its time to go to work.
See you all soon!