Something about over-hydrating for me. I peed gallons before the race, and still had to go TWICE during the first half. And I don't mean I was uncomfortable, I mean a gallon each time. It was crazy. Both times in the trees so only cost me 1:45 total.
What would you do differently?:
Carb load but not drink excessive amounts of liquid. Train downhills!
Walked away, asked a group of cops where the nearest Burger King/Wendy's was - they sent me away to Park street where I caught the subway and was back at the hotel before the bombs went off. Glad they didn't send me to the ones near the finish...
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Lack of weight discipline, lots of minor injuries compared to last race.
Not sure I'll do it again anytime soon (logistics/cost, not the terrorist aspect). But it certainly is a lifetime event that I'm glad I was able to experience.
Last updated: 2012-10-20 12:00 AM
Boston Athletic Association
12C / 54F
Overall Rank = 4914/23336
Age Group = 18-39
Age Group Rank = 2529/4614
3 days prior, started carbing up with lots of rice, bread, fruits, chips, etc. Lot's of water. Skipped the run 3 days out, but ran 8K the day before.
Pasta dinner the night before with a bunch of the Calgary runners who were in town (took up half a restaurant).
Up at 5:30 - Borrowed a bowl and spoon from the hotel and had 2 packets of oatmeal and some pita bread. Then off to catch the subway to head downtown to catch the buses.
Talk about an efficient machine. 5+ lineups for the buses, all filtering to the front with a legion of volunteers putting everyone in lines to load up onto 17-20 school buses which are replaced as soon as they roll out. Once on board, police escort and all feeder roads closed to get us out of the city. Amazing to witness.
Once at the start in Hopkinton you just sit around in the village which is setup in the highschool and middle school fields. Lots of potties but I recommend you bring your own paper, as well as something to sit on and clothing to toss at the start. I read a bit of my book but not much.
Sat around lining up for potties, watching others - enjoying the experience.