In this Boston Marathon Race Report, runner Alan shares his experience running the 2018 race, including how he coped with bad weather.
Race: Boston Marathon
Runner: Alan V
Location: Boston, MA
Results: 2619th in 3:05
Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1514967816
3 Bests – What aspects of the Boston Marathon did you like the most?
- The magnitude of the event. So many people from all over the globe there to run. Walking around Boston seemed like everyone was running or knew someone running and every one of my Uber drivers asked if I was running too.
- Super well organized. Didn’t have any issues with anything.
- The course is full of spectators, even on a shitty weather day.
Not so much – What aspects of the Boston Marathon didn’t do it for you?
I enjoyed it all!
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about the marathon?
Nothing weird about the race. Just a weird Uber driver.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
I finished. Other than that it was a sufferfest with the wild weather.
Lessons Learned – Share your pro-tips on the Boston Marathon to help the next runner or yourself on the next time around
Get a hotel early. As you as you find out you’re in, get one. Prices suck the longer you wait.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the Boston Marathon?
It’s an easy course other than 2 or 3 hills that will slow you down. Know when they are and do your hill workouts and you’ll crush them.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Super well organized
Logistics – Anything special regarding getting to/from the race, hotels around the course, registration…?
Plan ahead and you’ll be fine. I used uber the entire time I was there and my hotel provided a shuttle to Boston Commons.
Weather and typical race conditions
This year it sucked. My toes were numb way before the start of the race. At the athletes village it was muddy, rainy, and there was some snow on the ground. During the race it was miserable but memorable. At the finish picking up drop bags, everyone was huddled like those penguins in that documentary (March of the Penguins).
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Yes, from start to finish it was loud. Even under crappy weather the crowd brought me home.
How’s the swag?
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give the Boston Marathon and do you recommend that others run it?
5/5. I’ll be back
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