Doubt heading into a major event like Boston is actually a pretty common thing. My perspective has always been: "Hey, I've already done the hardest part. I've logged weeks and weeks of miles, in the cold, in the dark, on the track, on the roads. Now, I'm just going to savor these final 26 miles."
Everything's all teed up. Patriot's Day is your reward. You've already passed the test. Drink it all in.
Important tip: The Boston Marathon starts later than most races, so jitters often get the best of first- timers and they run too aggressively once the gun goes off. That's a recipe for a doomed race. (it happens to even experienced qualifiers)
Remember this: the early downhills —if run too fast— can hammer the crap out of your quads. You'll have no lift for the Newton Hills later on. Run very, very relaxed those first 5 miles. Let the foolhardy go. Once you hit the Framingham train station, the course flattens out and your race begins. A very good Runner's World course profile is at this URL:
Again, the secret to running well Boston is how intelligently you handle the early downhills. Patience means everything on this course. Good luck!
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