And now you know what it is like NOT preparing for a really hard event.
Yes this was my first Boston. I did not prepare for hills or downhill running.
If this was true, the women wouldn't run 2:20-2:23 with regularity for the last 30+ years. It can be a hard course to master, but if you look at the list of top American marathoners nearly everyone who ever ran Boston has their fastest time AT BOSTON.
I felt deceived after running this race. Everything I read and heard from other runners indicated that the first half of this race was pretty much flat and DOWNHILL. All I kept hearing was that if you go out too fast, you will pay the price later. And that the last five miles into Boston would be mostly downhill.
Bullshit. There are hills everywhere. Even during the first 5K, you constantly go over rollers. Heck, the right onto Hereford and leading up to Boylston is a slight incline.
The Newton "hills" just last longer. I think what most people call a hill is any incline lasting longer than 400 meters because that's what I started to realize along the way.
Is this the explanation that your husband, Nikeman, gave for running a 3:43?
Was this your first Boston? This happened to me the first time I ran it. The first ~6 miles are downhill, so if you're not careful or haven't practiced enough downhill running, your lower back and quads will take a beating. Also, the crowded course and excitement can cause you to tighten up, waste energy with sudden changes in pace, etc.
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