Posted: 03/04/2014 at 10:44
Good luck Chickadee - you'll have an amazing time in Boston. In case you don't know, there are masses of loos near the start, so don't worry about queuing for an hour in the tent area (like I did, but fortunately people in the wave after me let me in front ).
I realised quite early on that it was not going to be a fast run for me, so relaxed into enjoying it and taking in all the atmosphere, high-fiving the guys at MIT and girls at Wellesley, reading all the posters, accepting sweets and trying to remember as much as I could. I am so glad I did, I even laughed at the chanting my name up Heartbreak Hill, and it was the happiest marathon I have done, despite how it ended.
That said, if you want to go fast, it is so much easier when everyone in your pen runs at your speed, and the course thins out quite quickly, not like London. I just found it difficult to establish a pace in the undulations right from the start - it wasn't as downhill as I was expecting (and I hadn't trained enough).