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Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:09

Weather's still looking a bit grim over there, the snow obviously actually have any effect on the race itself (unless it continues into April!)  but I hope its long gone by the time we arrive, purely from a tourist point of view! 

Looks like the Celtics are making a late play-off push too which could be encouraging...

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 13:25

Ooh I might pop into the pre-race party for a mooch when it opens then, think it's about 4.30pm on the Sunday.

Likewise, has anyone been to the 'Mile 27' post-race party? Says it was an 'open ball-park' at Fenway Park last year, surely they don't actually let you out onto the turf? Looking to make a big night of it after the race, I assume everywhere in the centre is rammed with people celebrating.....?

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 17:21

Steve - did you go to the 'Pre Race Pasta Party' on the sunday evening? Any good?

Also, how was the bus-ride from Boston out to Hopkinton? Good natured or is everyone all nervous? And am I right in thinking it's about an hour, getting you to the Athletes Village a couple of hour prior to the start?

Whats actually in the 'village'? Any freebies coffee-wise?! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 19:17

That's the kind of info I like to hear Steve! I'll be directing all my questions your way from now on!

Jimbob - was thinking of doing the 5K at MARATHON race-pace, should (in theory) feel right easy. Wouldnt dare risk going all-out at 5K pace just a couple of days before! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 12:33

Apologies for the complete lack of contribution on my behalf, hardly get on the laptop nowadays and attempting to get on here on my old iPhone is a complete lost cause!

Nice to see folk's training coming along well, not too bad at my end, just permanently adopting a 'proceed with caution' approach to the whole thing, avoiding injury is #1!

I must say though, that I'm ridiculously excited by the entire thing, from the flight, to the weekend itself, and the sheer volume of gluttony I'll be indulging in the aftermath! We flu out from Leeds Bradford on Friday morning, change in Dublin then direct to Logan from there, land 2pm.

Saturday morning we're both doing the 5K, outrageously steep at $50 (£33!) for a 5K but I know I'd be itching if I were there and had to just watch. Will treat it either as a trot or maybe at race-pace depending on how I'm feeling. Will have a good mooch around the Expo in the afternoon.

Sunday we'll go for a VERY light jog around, maybe follow the 'Freedom Trail' I've read about before resting up and attempting to avoid eating a load of crap in the process....when I'm bored I eat!

Monday, well, we know what Monday entails.

Like Jimbob I was right keen to take in some of the sporting fixtures but the NFL season is over, as will be the NHL by then. The NBA playoffs will have started but it looks like the Celtics are pretty poor this year and might not make it that far.

Obviously theres the baseball on the Friday and the morning of the marathon. We'll be a little pre-occupied for the latter and I'm a bit deterred by the fact that the Friday game is Pre-Marathon. If I'm going to watch the Red Sox I want the full experience- BOOZE, HOT-DOGS, PRETZELS etc, not exactly good tactics 48 hours to race day! 

Also enjoy reading tips etc from those who've run before on practicality issues etc, I'm a bit of a research geek and love a bit of pre-race info! More to the point, I assume Boston has a fairly decent boozing scene?! We don't fly back until Friday 24th so want to get in as much as we can......!

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:09

Well Jimbob, after bumping into you on both the Paris and Sub3 threads, I'll be jumping in on this one too. Got the confirmation email last week, ran 3:03:25 in Milan back in April and thus survived the cut-off by 33 seconds!

All aboard the Boston bus!

London Marathon Pacemaker Thank You!!!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:35

I paced 3:30 from the back of Green Pen 3 on Sunday. Again, have to agree with the points about congestion, but I found it much worse for the first 3 or 4 miles, we were about 40 seconds down but obviously you can't just speed up and pull those 40 secs back in the next mile. So it was a case of running 7.57/58s (instead of 8s) to slowly catch up.

Used the GPS but I know how unreliable they can be (and after losing the signal in the tunnels it throws the pace off for a few minutes afterwards) so had the stopwatch and pace band to guide me too. Came in at 3:29:22 so close enough for me!

With regards to one of the 3:15 pacers who dropped out, I know folk rely on the pacers but you need to remember that they're human too. I'm not sure if he was unwell or had done himself an injury, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the latter. I VERY nearly ended up on my backside on three separate occasions due to folk clipping heels etc. There were 43 of us so for just one to have difficulties is a pretty decent result I'd say.

Started with a huge group which whittled down to three hardy souls; Jill, Eileen and Romain. They all gradually dropped off the pace but I'd be keen to know how they finished up - so on the MASSIVE off-chance that they're reading this, please let me know!

I also picked up 'Colin' for a few miles towards the end who I've since heard from, which was nice...and he got a 7 minute PB too. I'd run the Milan Marathon the week before and managed to recover in time for pacing duties. I'd love to do it again (pace) but I've got a Boston Qualifier and their race is the Monday (20th) before London's Sunday (26th), so with the travelling, kids, cash etc I don't think I'd be able to stretch to both. Unless I was pacing the run/walk group.....!

Sub 3

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:10

I too am worryingly seemingly recovered, haven't ventured out yet though, the boozer is my prime concern right now, may ease back in with pacing duties at parkrun on Saturday.

I know the ballot is Tuesday but does anyone know when the FGFA entries window opens? I'm gonna use it as my 'Plan B' if the Boston plan falls through. Although the qualifying time is 3:05 they operate a 'fastest time served first' system. Due to the bombings last year (and this year therefore been more popular), the cut-off time for my age group was 3:03:23.

I ran 3:03:25 in Milan so would have missed it by 2 sodding seconds! Hoping that the events popularity this year is just a 'blip' and will return to normal after Mondays race. From what I can gather, all the previous races have accommodated everyone under 3:05, without the need for a cut-off time...

VM London Marathon Pacing

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 21:40

Was one of the 3:30 pacers myself, and loved it too! Had a similar experience in that none of those I started with finished with me, and that I almost hit the deck on several occasions..!

Started with a huge group which whittled down to three - Eileen, Romain and Jill. Unfortunately each of them quietly fell of the pace somewhere between 12 and 16 miles. I do wonder what happened to them! I also picked up a fellow called Colin for about six miles but lost him with a couple of miles ago too, although I've since had an email forwarded from Runners World which informs me he ran a 7 minute PB!

Sub 3

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 21:13

LD - I too have nailed the GBK offer today, and plan to do the same again tomorrow...!

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