12 Apr '16, 12am

The top American runner at Boston next week—@neelysgracey—has never run a marathon before. https://t.co/kexZX84zWe

The top American runner at Boston next week—@neelysgracey—has never run a marathon before. https://t.co/kexZX84zWe

Back in January we went to Boston, and on a Saturday I ran the first 10 miles of the course, and on Sunday I did the last 16.2. So I covered the whole course. It was actually perfect—it was freezing cold, rainy, with a brutal headwind the entire way. So I’m pretty much convinced it can’t be worse than that. I’m going into the race thinking it will be like that, so I’ll be pleasantly surprised if it’s not! But I will say that the course is definitely rolling; everyone says it’s downhill until mile 18, and I’m thinking, No it’s not. It’s rolling, and there’s never really a break. It’s never really flat. I’ve been a good cross-country runner in the past, I’ve trained in the mountains quite a bit, and I’ve been incorporating a lot of ups and downs in my training. So I think I’m prepared as I’ll ever be. I think the rolling will help break up the monotony of 26 miles. You have ...

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