Readers Roundtable: Boston 2016 Edition!

c214739a9d-outBoston, Boston, Boston! Who can think about anything else this morning? We can’t! We’re going to be glued to our devices checking in on our very own Dill, Barley, and Caper and of course all the Boston racers we profiled over the last few weeks. You can find all their numbers to track after the jump!

But! While we wait for splits, or during race coverage commercials, we thought it would be fun to chat about all things Boston. So tell us about your favorite Boston Marathon experiences. Tell us if you’re one of those weirdos who actually doesn’t really love racing it. Debunk the myth that you can’t PR there. How many coeds did you kiss? Best spectator memory along the course? Did you qualify for 2017? Greatest post-race grub? How’s Neely Spence Gracey going to do in her big debut? Or, simply share your excitement about the elite race or the good news about your friend who’s on track for a PR.

And once the race is over, how did it go!?

If you’re checking this in the morning before running, drink lots of water, slap lots of hands and have a great time! Best of luck!

And if you’re watching, cheer your face off, and track your runners! Here’s our tracking list:

Dill – 19737

Barley – 3470

Caper – 20509

Molly Stout – 9389

Stefani Penn Harvey – 5997

Julie Tarallo – 1728

Patti Tomasello – 21698

Katie Kay – 3113

Jen Dahler – 11200

Caitlin Constantine – 19067

Emma Spencer – 1994

WOOHOO! Go get some ? and⚡️ ladies!!

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. By day she's a camera assistant for films and tv in New York, and by night she's on a quest for zen in the 10k. Her writing is a mix of satirical humor, finding wholeness as an average runner, cheering for runners at all paces and more.

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  1. Personally, I was kinda in the “people actually live for this?” camp when I raced Boston in 2007. The weather was rather gross and the logistics to get to the start were overwhelming to me and the course beat me up baaaaad. But I did PR by 7.5 minutes and since I was so green as a marathoner I might not have appreciated any of it.

    Also, as, perhaps everyone knows, my greatest regret in life is not buying a jacket or ANYTHING at the Boston expo.

    But! I want to give it another chance and maybe, hopefully get there in 2017! We shall see 🙂

    1. Ugh, you ran it in one of the worst weather years. Wasn’t that the monsoon/nor’easter one? My hubs ran that and it was one of the more miserable marathons he’s done.

      1. Really?! That makes me feel so much better! Yeah, it was a Nor’Easter and I was miserable. I have never felt that bad in a race ever. I walked with 1200 to go I was so over it!

        1. I remember spectating and feeling so bad for the runners because it looked like atrocious conditions to run a marathon in. Thought for sure people would end up with hypothermia.

          1. I had hypothermia! I was a genius who raced it in a tank and shorts. When running a 3:18 that’s not the wisest move. Oopsy!

    1. Damn they’re really dissing poor Igarushi. You mean a dude who goes to Boston and crushes the field for the first 5k isn’t going to win?!

  2. I LOVE BOSTON. It was my absolute pinnacle race (3rd), and no marathon since has come close. 2010 had perfect weather, I pr’d by 12+ minutes (take that, nay sayers!)… I was still new to running, so had no idea what I was getting into- so some funny stories: 1) dropped all my Gu on the starting line 2) got to see naked male appendages as they stopped to pee in the first few miles 3) I thought Heartbreak was going to be a mountain, so had trained on lots of hills, when I got to the top of it and saw the signs that I made it, I yelled “That’s it?! F@#k yeah!!” And fist-pumped the last 6 miles. 4) saw my first bloody nipples/armpit chafing from my fellow runners. 5) felt like a rockstart riding the T back to our hotel because the entire city tells you you’re awesome 6) somehow, never hit the wall at all. I wish I could afford to go every damn year.

  3. I love watching the different corrals start and run “through” the start. It’s so inspiring so many people gather in one place to race. I can’t help but get chills.

  4. Anyone know about the splits? Seems like some people who should have splits don’t. Like the sisters we profiled, Jen Dahler and Katie Kay. Jen’s splits are showing up, but not Katie’s even though Katie has a much lower bib number.

      1. The splits seem to be really behind. I’m tracking a few friends who are running ~3:00 pace and it took forever to get 5k and 10k splits. Now have 15k ones too. Finally.

  5. I ran Boston in 2013 and it was truly one of the best race experiences I have ever had!! I am headed back in 2017 and cannot wait!! Hotel is already booked!!

  6. Is Clove still part of SR? I thought I saw her in the Athlete’s Village this morning, but didn’t remember seeing her on the list.

  7. Thanks for the support! It was a really tough day out there- like most runners I didn’t run my goal time, and I’ve got a pretty sweet sunburn on my right side, but I’m happy to say I finished and at least ran my fastest time on the Boston course!

  8. It was hotter than they predicted and challenging to all of us who trained through winter with few if any days above 55, let alone high 60s/low 70s with real feel in the upper 70s. For the first time the headwinds were a relief but even with dousing at every water station from the start, the course beat me. 3:41 when I was trained for sub-3:30.

    I’ve reviewed 10s of IG runners that trained to PR and were 10-20 mins (or more) off target. That’s the marathon. I’d like to believe my training at least helped me persevere through fainting spell/5+ minute break and then painfully cramping legs the last 4 miles to finish. Still, it’s a bit unfulfilling to double training mileage, stay injury free and yeild a minute slower than last year where I ran conservatively in cold/rainy conditions. I’ve never cramped more post race and who knew abdominal muscles could cramp as well!!!

    Barleys post today was awesome. Makes me feel better about what I did and what I can improve on next time. I’ll be seeking revenge at NYC this fall.

    On the tech side, the text updates seemed to be more timely than website. Did anyone use the app?

    1. Do you think the runners got a false sense of security by late forecasts that had the highs around 60 rather than the low-70s you ended up with? I was wondering whether “surprise” heat caught some people off guard. Because if you know going in it’s going to be a sauna, like 2012, many people will adjust their expectations. But I was wondering if maybe a lot of people didn’t adjust and got nailed mid-race when the temps climbed.

      1. I think too many focused on Boston temps, not towns west where it is usually 5-10 deg warmer. Zero cloud, streets that absorbed heat all weekends and crowds that build heat added to it. I didn’t feel hot from dousing but I clearly heated up. I think it’s more due to winter training and body not being adjusted to summer temps. I’ve read it takes time but I’m no scientist.

  9. Yesterday was brutal — the heat, the headwind, the course, all of it. I knew I was toast at about the 10k mark, which made for a pretty unpleasant last 20 miles. I definitely got chewed up and spit out — my goal was 3:15, and I ended up with a 3:35. It was my first Boston, and once I knew I wasn’t going to come close to my goal, I tried to shift my focus to enjoying the race and being grateful that I was there, but, man, that’s hard to do when you’re suffering for 20 miles in the heat. Still honored to have been there — and I’ll be ready to plan my redemption once I can walk up and down stairs normally again.

    1. AO you described my race exactly! I was going for 3:15 and knew by mile 5 there was no way that was going to happen..I think if it had been any race other than my first Boston I would’ve called it a day and saved the legs. It was really hard to adjust to “ok-let’s just hold it together, take in the scenes, enjoy the experience, and try and not blow up in the last miles” when my body was saying “it’s too hot and you have 20 to go still…” The girls at Wellesley were a huge turning point to me and I began to actually have fun in some of the later miles. The Marathon is funny that way…you never know which miles are going to be painful, and the first 10 were the worst for me yesterday.

  10. just seeing this now. I knew walking to the start line I was toast! I was hot and my skin was literally burning before we even started! I started off conservative – wanting to run 10-15 minutes slower than normal – ended up 30 minutes slower than normal. I’m just chalking it up to not being acclimated to that heat after winter training. not going to worry about it (too much)!