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Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 21:21

Well done for gritting it out Nicole.  That experience will probably stand you in better stead than an easy win, you now know that you are capable of more than you thought.

I knew I wasn't going to do very well in that heat, I also spent a lot of time chucking water all over myself which might explain the shiny pink face I have despite sun lotion. Time was just slipping away from me every mile after the first six and I never regained it despite it getting a bit cooler as we approached the city. Eternally grateful to the spectators who gave me numerous oranges and a couple of ice pops which really helped.  Was aiming for 3:45 but ended up with 3:51:12 which won't get me qualifying for next year but enjoyed myself nevertheless.

Everyone mentions the Newton hills but the fact that the rest of the course is by no means flat means it can take it out of you when other circumstances aren't going in your favour. I haven't yet found a race where the support compares to Boston so will be doing my best to return next year.

Little Theodor and McHilly - looking at the results there were a lot of people slower than expected, elites included. Roll on next year, hopefully a bit cooler.



Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 00:56

Good luck all.

Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 20:36

If it's not too late

There are some goodish leaflets and  maps at a sort of information table as you exit the expo but still in the building.

Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 11:56

Sounds horrendous Phil, nothing like last minute stress. No upgrade, I take it? I'm out here now, it's bright and chilly. Off to expo later after a quick job and a large breakfast.

Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 22:57

Not packed but I've still got a couple of hours tomorrow.

If it does turn out sunny on Monday remember you may need a bit of protection as the course is a straightish line and quite exposed (lopsided tan alert).

Nicole - you sound like you're ready fo it. Even if it's not your best run enjoy it - there's a lot of positive energy to be had.

I'm also doing the 5K. Looking forward to some nice food and beer.

Safe journeys everyone.

Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 20:32

How ready is everyone? Weather is looking good for a holiday, maybe not so good for a race.

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Posted: 10/04/2016 at 22:59

You would normally be tapering at this time anyway so just get yourself feeling good or at least better.

Anyone wanting to do a fast 5K I would recommend getting forward in your wave, if you want to just enjoy it , just get in your wave and have a big breakfast afterwards..

I'm going out Thursday afternoon / evening (Norwegian airlines). Friday I hope to do a brief trot round Chestnut Hill reservoir before going o the Expo which opens an hour earlier than last year. 


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Posted: 10/04/2016 at 21:08

I'm another who would prefer 12 degrees but I'm not even going to look at the weather till I get out there.

Nicole - only you know your own body but I'm tempted to say don't do anything that would involve any effort apart from testing that you can move around without feeling dizzy etc. You've already got your training in you so you need to concentrate on recovering. Eat like a horse if you can and then do the 5K as your test run.

When do you fly out? 

Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 20:59

Glad I wasn't the only one who found it a bit warm in Paris. I was struggling somewhat from halfway but did generally enjoy it. Beautiful city.

I'm not sure how many of you will be happy to hear they are currently expecting snowstorms in Boston 

I'm not going to start panicking till the weekend is over.

Little Theodor,  re. the family meeting area at Boston - this looks like 2013 when there were just labelled points on the street (although there was a phone station where you could contact people) so it could get chilly and wasn't exactly scenic. You may want to check out Boston common and pick a suitable fair weather place to meet family with an indoor altenative.


Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 23:28

And mine - like clockwork  It's all getting quite close now.

Little T - will check if family meeting is the same as previous years. It's just a place to meet and my cunning plan is generally to meet at XYZ rather than my actual surname as there will be less people. That said, last year the weather was so bad I had to revert to Plan B - squelch into the nearest Irish bar, haul my dripping self up on a stool then find that I didn't have to pay for a drink as the locals are seriously awesome where the marathon is concerned.

Will also see if I can find out anything about places for spectators on last couple of miles. I'm not sure there are any standout spots that are easily identifiable to spot your runner. The T (tube / overland) is pretty good for getting around but can be rammed on race day. You can get maps etc. at the Expo and the town centre isn't too big to get around. You may want to have a quick browse at the US Runner's World website as everything is discussed there

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