I ran Boston in 2010 and had a wonderful time. It is an amazing event. The only disappointment was that I missed the dailymile meet-up, the location and announcements of the event weren't the best. I would like to host/organize the dailymile meet-up for 2012 in coordination with the Launch Party for "Running Scared" my collection of short stories dedicated to dailymile and all my friends there. Message me if you are interested in being part of organizing/publicizing the dailymile meet-up for Boston. Mike S. Laramie, Wyoming
There are some races to run fast and there are some races to just finish
This race was just the survival of the fittest. It was 79 degrees at the start; soon to hit 82, then jump up to 89 degrees by the end. Runners were dropping like flies. The race director put out a plea the day before the race for us to take deferments to next year when the conditions would be better. 2000 runners got medical attention and 100 runners were taken to the hospital. Check this link for the details:
This was the hardest marathon I have run, but the most satisfying. I took sports drink in the mouth and a cup of water over my head every mile. On the plane trip home I overheard a eight time ultra-runner say he gave up at mile 21(at the top of heart break hill)! It was that bad out there.
So very proud of everyone who came out; for those who deferred, those who DNF, and a few of us who finished one of the toughest Boston’s in the books!
A smart conservative approach got this one done for the winner, and it would have served everyone else in the same way. I thought I was conservative, but the heat cruelly let runners know from the red wave to the white wave that this was going to to take an already physical and emotional test to the next level! It was so awesome to see so many give it a shot along with the unrelenting crowd support! Mother Nature showed us all who's boss.