Well done for gritting it out Nicole. That experience will probably stand you in better stead than an easy win, you now know that you are capable of more than you thought.
I knew I wasn't going to do very well in that heat, I also spent a lot of time chucking water all over myself which might explain the shiny pink face I have despite sun lotion. Time was just slipping away from me every mile after the first six and I never regained it despite it getting a bit cooler as we approached the city. Eternally grateful to the spectators who gave me numerous oranges and a couple of ice pops which really helped. Was aiming for 3:45 but ended up with 3:51:12 which won't get me qualifying for next year but enjoyed myself nevertheless.
Everyone mentions the Newton hills but the fact that the rest of the course is by no means flat means it can take it out of you when other circumstances aren't going in your favour. I haven't yet found a race where the support compares to Boston so will be doing my best to return next year.
Little Theodor and McHilly - looking at the results there were a lot of people slower than expected, elites included. Roll on next year, hopefully a bit cooler.