How to Survive the Boston Marathon


So you’re running the 114th Boston Marathon? Awesome. Here’s what to remember if you want to finish it:

1. “Drink 16 ounces of water two hours before you start — and don’t drink anything else until the first water stop. You’ll start the race fully hydrated, and probably won’t have to stop at the port-a-potty.” — Dahri Myers, Suburban Striders board member

2. “Try not to let the excitement of the marathon make you start too fast.” — Mark Coogan, assistant track coach at Tufts; 1996 U.S. Olympic marathon runner

3. “If you get to the halfway mark and it doesn’t still feel easy, you probably went out too hard. Obviously at this point, it’s a little late. If you get to mile five and you think your pace isn’t going to have you relaxed eight miles later, back off a little.” — Joe O’Leary, coach of the Somerville Road Runners

4. “The race gets tough after Heartbreak Hill, not on it. The last five miles, while downhill, are possibly the toughest of any major marathon — in part because you beat up the downhill-running muscles for 16 miles before getting to Newton.” — Bruce Davie, president of the Greater Boston Track Club

5. “Remember that negative thoughts make your shoes heavy.” — Dr. Jeff Brown, psychologist for the Boston Marathon medical team and author of The Winner’s Brain