I first ran Boston in 1983 (the day Joan Benoit set a World record on the course). I had been living in hilly Upstate New York, so I felt very prepared for climbing the hills of Newton. Most runners understand that hills are central to the Boston experience. What they don't learn until they've actually run it, the downhills are worse than the uphills, because the downhills beat the crap out of your quads. As a result, be forewarned, the day after running Boston you will be walking down stairs as gingerly as an 80 year-old.