Ballot open in March as is guaranteed entry method - i am planning this one as my 4th major - done Berlin, London and Boston so far - anyone done the guaranteed entry route before - do they have a limit for the number of qualifiers they will allow in?
i did it last year - have done a few doubles before so was reasonably confident with this one - set off at london with a view to a good run but not flat out, at the first water station i stood on a bottle and rolled my ankle so i backed off for a few miles to recover. In the back of my mind i knew Boston was coming and it was my main focus. Two miles out at London i realised i was on for sub 3 so i sprinted the last two miles but missed it by 28 seconds. Not gutted though as had done it before so felt reasonably fresh for Boston. No running in between, flew out on the Friday morning and did the usual walk around the city for the saturday, legs felt great,
Race day - everything felt ok even though we had to set off for the start at 6am with all the new security which was understandable. It was a warm/hot day and felt ok at the start - but then we set off!!
That first 3-4 miles are all downhill and fast downhill - as we all know getting downstairs are reasonably hard at the best of times after a race but that fast downhill section just made me realise how my legs where not 100% - i think if it was flat or uphill i could have eased into it but you just cannot help but go quick down that hill. Got to about 13 miles and realised a fast time was not possible so just enjoyed the hot sunny day and the girls at mile 13
Advice - do it but do what you can to make sure those thigh muscles have repaired before hand - maybe take London easy and enjoy it rather than racing so you are better recovered for Boston. Above all both are great and have their own charm - i just look back at Boston and whilst it wasn't my quickest i can say i made it to the start line and nothing beats that.
Bad!! Was really not happy with my shoes before the race - you know the thing where you keep lacing and re-lacing them. Had been out for about 50 miles in them before so they were not totally new. Found the first half too tight and twisty so could not get going for ages then about 7 miles in was in agony with my left foot. Knew i was blistering already with my shoes rubbing (Adidas have put a plastic cage around the midfoot on the new boosts which is a mistake). Then my little toe started going numb. Anyway after 19 miles of pure agony i got in with a 3:19, which meant i had only 40 minutes to get through the finish and back to my hotel for a 2pm checkout so i just kept running (well jogging at this point) - about a mile and a half later i got to the hotel and could finally check the feet - my right foot had two huge blood blisters on the inside, the little toe had the nail hanging off and blistered. Left foot was also a mess but not on that scale. Anyway - three toe nails lost already i am just managing to be able to walk properly.
Views on the race in general - city OK, some places where a little dodgy. Organisation was good, the course was a lot tighter and more twisty than it thought for such a fast course really could not get going when i like to get away quick in the first half. I always gauge a course by if i come away thinking i would like to run again but sadly for this one its a no, just ticking it off as done.