Some cool Boston Marathon events

Today I ran 12 miles, two times of 6 miles each. B Two more miles than the B planned 10 but I felt too good to not run. B Taper be damned! B But I kept them at incline 2 and at whatever speed I felt comfortable at!

I wish I could attend every Boston Marathon weekend event but with my parents visiting this weekend and Tony and I closing on a house I’ll have to keep my Boston Marathon event and expo visit short and sweet. B However, on Friday I’m going to attend this event courtesy of Saucony.

Friday, April 13th, 6:30-10:30pm
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont Street)

Hors dboeuvres & beverages, including beer/wine will be provided (woot dinner!)

Kick-off your Boston Marathon experience with Saucony. Hear inspiring stories of strong from all-star panel of athletes:

B7 Bill Rodgers: 4X winner Boston & NYC Marathon
(Find Your Strong in the Boston Marathon)
B7 Karen Smeyers: 3X world triathlon champion and Ironman Kona champion. (Passion, Perseverance & Perspective)
B7 Mark Herzlich: 2012 NFL Super Bowl Champion, Boston College All-American. (Up Yours Cancer! The Fighting Spirit in Us All)
Moderated by Sharon Barbano: National race commentator, 1984 US Olympic Marathon trials competitor; V.P., Public Relations, Saucony

A special tribute in memory of Caballo Blanco, mythic hero of Born To Run, will be given by Luis Escobar, his close friend and a renowned ultra-marathoner.

Runners are invited to try Sauconybs award-winning line of footwear; coaches and treadmills available for one-on-one coaching.

Registration is only $5 and goes completely to charity so sign up here

I also spent some time trolling the Running world forums for tips here’s a few I stole from the noble wise men and women of the forum. B Most are either direct quotes orB paraphrasedB directly from others. B My thoughts are inB bold italics.B

  • Take a roll of Duct Tape to athletes village (AV).B Use it to reinforce the seams of your checked bag and tape it shut before you hand it in.B Bags have been known to split on people.
  • Take a black sharpie and print your bib number on your gear check bag in a few places. Even though you’ll be putting your bib number sticker on the bag I have found that having your number in more than one place speeds up bag pickup!
  • Wear sunscreen. B I can’t stress this enough. B The race starts at 10am and the sun will by high in the sky the entire race. B If you’re in the 3rd wave like me, you won’t start until 10:40 and might become a lobster before the fnish.B
  • Take some plastic (or pool raft, or cheap air mattress) to sit / lay on in AV.B The grass is often wet and you want to sit down. Not sure where I’ll be getting a raft, maybe a giant garbage bag to nap on.
  • Speaking of AV, it might rain Sunday or Monday, and I heard the grass stays wet, you’ll be waiting there a while before the race starts. B I read some people bring old shoes to wear before the start that they’re okay with donating.
  • The walk from athletes village to the start line is about a mileb&.make sure you leave with enough time to get to the start line and use the portolets.
  • The line for the portolets at the start line (Colellabs market) is usually pretty long.
  • Bring extra toilet paper, baby wipes and everything that makes you feel great. B Cleanliness is godliness…
  • Take the BAA busses to AV, you will have fun talking to the person who you randomly sit with, you wonbt have to worry about getting there on time, and the sight of all the runners boarding theB busesB at the Commons is pretty cool.
  • Right after you crest Heartbreak hill you will come to this massive downhill, hold back or you will pay.B ItB isn’tB called the graveyard mile just because it runs by a graveyard.
  • High-five all the kids you will see on the course.B I hate kids but people seem to enjoy this. B The spectators at this race are beyond incredible.
  • When you make that last left onto Boylstonb&..be prepared for itb&.it is awesome!
  • When you cross the finish line, pass directly under one of the clocks, look up at the media platform that runs across the length of Boylston Street — where the Marathon Foto photographers are taking pictures — and give the victory pose of your choice for a great finisher’s photo. B And whatever you do, DO NOT reach across your chest to turn off your stopwatch or you’ll block your bib and wind up spending hours combing through the lost and found photos.
Weekend & Expo Tips
  • You wonbt like driving in Bostonb&.do as little of it as you have to.B The subway works great and is easy to use.B There is a 7 day unlimited use pass that is very reasonable in price. B Its $15, but personally I think you can walk everywhere unless you’re trying not to tire out your legs
  • There is a very cheap (on the weekend) parking garage under the Boston Commons.B The entrance is off Charles street about halfway through the park. B Although if you’re in the metro area, take the T
  • There are free posters in the Adidas booth of the expo with every runnerbs name on it.B Make sure you get oneb&.only take oneb&.they run out.
  • Try your shirt on when you pick it up, they will exchange it for you, if they can, if itB doesn’tB fit.
  • Go watch the BAA 5k and the mile races Sunday morning. Desiree Davila (second place Olympic marathon trials) will be there, and it is really neat to see the pro and scholastic mile races.B Impressive stuff, and free entertainment.
  • If you want a good picture under the finish line Sunday morning before the races is a good time.B The road is closed and everything is there. (I’m not sure this is true?)
  • If you drive home after the race wear your new shirt or jacketb&.wave to all the other runners you will see on the road doing the same. (I have no desire on buying stuff, registration fee was high enough, but if you do, flaunt it!)

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