I know exactly what you felt like, Dave. Last year, about 1.5 miles into the race, still in the mass panic stage of the start, someone stepped on my shoe. Now, under normal circumstances that wouldn't be a major issue. But at Boston, it was. This person pulled my shoe right of my foot! People started cursing the shoe in the road, causing them to trip, and I had to go upstream to find my shoe under the millions of feet streaming past. After all, ain't no way I'm running a marathon with only one shoe on.
People start out fast in every race. I think it's more noticable in Boston because of the downhill start. They have pacers to keep the wheelchair athletes from going out of control. I think some of the runners need that.
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