It took me 10 marathons to qualify for Boston. It was worth every mile.
It was particularly emotional to run in 2014. The energy was incredible and everyone's emotions were on hyperdrive. It's an expensive race to run, but again, it was absolutely worth it.
Expo and logistics are great, especially considered how huge this race is. It was one of the easiest packet pick-ups I've ever had. They are so organized and the volunteers were really nice. The expo was SO crowded, but they had amazing booths and fantastic. It's hard not to spend a ton of money!
There will be crowds everywhere the entire time that you're there. Runners are treated like celebrities :)
I skipped the pasta dinner - the line wrapped all the way around the building where it was being held.
On the morning of the race, the logistics were again amazing. Getting to the bus was easy, getting onto the bus was easy (no waiting!), the bus got to the holding area quickly. It was a different experience for me to have a to go to the start and wait for a few hours. I found some new friends through a facebook group - I definitely recommend doing that. It makes waiting more fun! They have enough port-a-potties at the start and snacks, water, and sunscreen. It's incredibly well-organized, considering all of the logistics involved.
When you start, there is nothing like it.
Getting to the start, you pass through all the houses in Hopkinton. The people in these houses are awesome! Someone has a "last hurrah" station, complete with beer, cigarettes, chocolate, etc. The whole city is so swept up in the race!
I wore a t-shirt with my name on it and honestly, I didn't stop smiling the whole race. There was literally not a part of the race that didn't have spectators. My face hurt by the end! The crowds are beyond anything I've ever experienced.
The course isn't exactly easy but I will be totally honest - I really couldn't tell which one was Heartbreak Hill (I better do it again so that I can figure it out!). The crowds carry you through the tough parts. And I would have gone back and run it again if I could have.
The finish line is crowded, but the heat capes are fun (I still have mine as a souvenir, ha). It was a little hard for me to find my family at the end, just because it's so massive. I found them eventually and we got some great pictures.
This was an incredible, once in a lifetime race...but I hope I get to do it again!