Thanks for the link Aleik. Obviously, getting carbs in Boston wasn't a problem itself but this was the first time I'd had to travel for a marathon and missed not being able to cook exactly what I wanted and having that control.
I can imagine the relief you felt after stopping and then feeling that you could move on. However, these decisions aren't always easy to take with all the physical and emotional energy we invest in these things, not to mention the cost involved.
Nicole - I think the third paragraph of your post sums it all really well. The news about Manchester would have been difficult to swallow at the best of times but probably couldn't have come at a worse moment straight after Boston. Best of luck for Berlin. Hopefully, you can get your BQ back and start planning for Boston 2018. I guess the next training cycle will be starting soon. Will you be doing a P&D 18 week plan?
Commiserations to you to Aleik but it sounds like you made a sensible decision. Good to read that the knee seems to be getting better.
I think I'd like to go back and do it again. Bit of a feeling of "unfinished business" and want to finish feeling that I've ran a good race. I also think Boston has something very special about it. However, I know what you mean about things
being out of your control. The time difference didn't bother me at all but pre race food.
Anyway, all the best for your summer racing. Stay sound.
Good to read the various accounts of how everyone got on.
Re the Newton Hills, I had someone who'd ran Boston 6 times sat next to me on the bus and he was saying that it's not the hills themselves but where they are positioned on the course which can make them tricky.
Helly - hard luck on losing your qualifying time. I know how you feel.
VT Runner - was trying for a sub 3:10 like you but you made a much better fist
of it than me. Once again, it seems like so many people didn't get the time they were looking for on Monday.
Phil - well done, especially given the context of your injury problems over the past few months.
Msimpson - terrific run, congratulations on getting a PB and a great time.
Was in Central Park yesterday and did start wondering what it would be like to run the closing miles of NY there....
Thanks very much Bob. I thought about you and other folk tracking me when it started to go wrong and wondered what they would be thinking, especially when I crossed those mats which record the splits. I have to say that the implosion I suffered around 18 miles was dramatic as all my energy suddenly drained away from me, there was no gradual slowing down. Never really had that before.
Well done to you to McHilly. Sounds like you made a very good call to slow down and enjoy the race. I can empathise with you not being really sure as to why you didn't have such a good run. I did the miles in training but didn't feel great at times during the taper and struggled a bit on a few easy runs but thought that was usual taper stuff. Like you, I think I'd like to go back and run it better but will have to get my qualifying time back first, so maybe in two years when I'm 50. We'll see.