Forgot to mention, last year there were toilets on the walk from the village to the start, located in the supermarket car park on the left hand side of the road just before the start pens. There were no queues.
Hi everyone. Bedders, unfortunately you can't enter the field at Fenway, but the stands are open. I don't think that bags are allowed, and you may have to buy tickets for any non-runners.
To be honest I didn't think the town was overly busy after the marathon. I headed to Ned Devine's at Fanueil Hall after the marathon and found a seat no problem. There were also lots of locals buying beers. Jacob Werth and The Intermission Tavern are decent bars closer to the finish.
The North End has many decent, if expensive Italian Restaurants. I was greedy and double up with the pasta party last year.
Adrian, I ran this year. Despite struggling, I'm in again for 2015. The whole experience was superb.
As Jimbob said, the 1st half is almost too easy. I thought I had judged it well, and felt ok after Heartbreak Hill, but pushed too hard going down to Columbus Circle causing my legs to seize up. The final 5 miles turned into a painful slog! It was pretty warm, so that probably didn't help. I've been doing a lot more leg strength work since. Hopefully that will help.
I found the hill after the Charles River (16m) and the hill after the fire station turn to be the most difficult, most likely due to the change of terrain.