Posted: 26/01/2015 at 11:37
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.