Until the 100th running, Boston was a course rather conducive for setting PRs. Since then the BAA determined they can handle larger fields, so the start has gotten way too dense for my liking. That is a problem especially for an attempt at a sub-3:00.
Too many runners try to make up for the early "lost time", then crash 'n burn later on the Newton Hills. Additionally, runners who don't train regularly on hills will take a significant pounding to their legs. It is a fact: the uphills may slow you down, but the downhills will cripple your quads.
My advice: run Boston for the sheer satisfaction of this glorious and revered event.
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