2011 Boston Marathon

April 18th, 2011

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23/03/2011 at 09:56

Biggles - try not to despair and take the docs advice! If he says no running then try to get out on the bike or in the pool to keep your fitness up. I've never run a marathon ever that I've had a perfect run up to. I've always managed to get injured or ill and missed a load of days. If you can get to the start line as uninjured as possible I'm sure the day and the occasion will get you round!

micromagic - Good luck with the sub 3. I managed it for the first time 2 weeks ago in Barcelona to my amazement. Maybe I'll bump into you at the start. I'll be in a blue vest with RICH written on it!

 Is anyone bringing friends or family and they have a plan for where theyre going to cheer from? My girlfriends coming but we havn't worked out the best place to stand.

23/03/2011 at 10:27


Thanks for the support/advice. I've been trying to keep fitness up with cycling and even bought a flotation device and doing Aquajogging! You don't half look a prat in the pool.

Jusy hoping I'll be able to run at least a bit before thinking about a modified taper!

My number starts 83 so I know I'm in wave One but how did you discover which Corral you are allocated?

Edited: 23/03/2011 at 10:27
23/03/2011 at 10:27

Hey folks!

 Well, I started this thread and haven't been on in ages. You know how it goes...work and crap.

 Anyhow, my Boston # is 5062 so I'll be in middle of the first wave. I am arriving in Boston on sunday morning (arriving in the US on Friday), watching the Sox and picking up my gear. I am really looking forward to the atmosphere but also wishing it was on a different weekend than London which I ran last year.

 Training has also been affected by work but I ran an ultra last month and a half earlier this month both in decent times so I am just going to run hard for hte next 2 weeks and then taper up, hoping that the base is still there. In all honesty, I am looking to enjoy this more than try for a PB.

I hope all is well with you guys

23/03/2011 at 11:38

Biggles - I think the corral is assigned by the first number in your bib number so you're coral 8. This vastly over complicated american chart seems to explain it.


24/03/2011 at 10:53


Thanks, as you say Corral 8 for me. Makes sense as my qualifying time was 3:20 .

29/03/2011 at 09:39
Can somebody let me know when they receive their bib pick up cards in the post? I've just moved house and my mail re-direction doesn't kick in until Monday. They sent them out last week apparently.
29/03/2011 at 10:25

I got mine last Friday.


29/03/2011 at 13:28
Mine turned up today.
29/03/2011 at 13:33

Got mine on Friday......  posted gels to hotel today.....

Any idea how complicated it is to get from Airport to Expo?

29/03/2011 at 14:23

Thanks for that. Went to my old place at lunch time to check mail box and the BAA envelope was sat in there. Panic over.

 6am bus pick up from Boston common!! I'm guna have to be up at 5am at the lastest

30/03/2011 at 12:33

Spent an evening reading through my welcome booklet. Very excited now!!

I can't seem to shift this annoying ache in the whole bottom part of my right leg so I'm going to have to follow my own advice and give the running a miss for a couple of weeks so basically that's it for me untill race day! I better make sure I get the bike miles in!

Everyone else into taper mode now?

Hows the injury Biggles?


30/03/2011 at 14:36

Smifffie - Doesn't look too difficult to get to the expo from the airport. Jump on the 'T' subway at the airport, ride the blue line to 'Government Center' station, change to green line and get off at 'Hynes' station.

Edited: 30/03/2011 at 14:38
31/03/2011 at 13:19
Taper starts on Saturday for me. My legs are SO ready for this taper time. I am absolutely knackered still.
31/03/2011 at 19:52


Sorry to hear about your injury I hope the rest from running does the trick.

My shin splint is still painful, ok when walking etc but as soon as I start to run I have pain (could it be a stress fracture?). Its getting to the stage with just over two weeks to go that I might have to review my options Too be honest I'm in denial I just can't believe my luck. 

 Last year I couldn't get to Boston due volcanic ash!!

Oh well flights are all paid for (non refundable) so I'll be in Boston regardless.

01/04/2011 at 10:30

Thanks for that micromagic, getting excited now, though this is the furthest ever travelled for a Marathon.  Normally stick to an hour'sh from home so Berlin, Prague etc.........

Last year running this distance (doctors have been telling me not to run for over 2 years now), so will down to half's , not run are they MAD  is my sanity time away from work/kids  Oh and so can eat copious amounts of chocolate

 Anyone else staying at the 'Park Plaza, 50 Arlington St ?

05/04/2011 at 16:55

Thanks Biggles. I'm please to say it's feeling a lot better for having a break.

Sorry to hear things aren't any better for you? It sounds like you're probably at the point where you need to get a professional to diagnose it, at least then you'd know what you're dealing with.

Less than 2 weeks now! Can't wait!

What's everyone else planning to do in Boston? (other than a Monday morning jog!) 

06/04/2011 at 22:40
Only just found this thread! Almost here now and I can hardly wait for my first Boston marathon We are travelling on the 15th, missed out on entering the 5k on Sunday as I presumed it was a race!
08/04/2011 at 13:44
I am still knackered from all this training but managed a 5 mile job in Regents Park last night. The weather is amazing at the moment.
08/04/2011 at 15:07
Injury Update
Have been on a course of high strength anti inflammatory pills. Seems to have improved the shin pain. Also went to see a podiatrist who diagnosed a bio mechanical problem which can be sorted with orthotics. Good news is I've been for a few runs which while not shin pain free but were a improvement.

Beautiful day today (Fri) so went for a run in Windsor Great Park did 16 miles just to prove that I could manage the race. It's too close to do any more distance training but more confident now I can least have a go!!!!!
10/04/2011 at 16:44
Glad to hear the shin pain is improving Biggles

Off out for my last long run of 13 miles as soon as it cools down
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