First impressions on the Boston Marathon route

Yesterday I did a 22-miler on the Boston marathon route. In fact I’ve been already running parts of the route for several months. But I was contained to miles 16-25. They are the hardest because they contain the famous Newton hills.

But this time I got to the starting line and did miles 1-22. Here is the graph, showing elevation profile, pace and heart rate

boston maratho route 1-22

The first 16 miles were very very easy. I felt like I was going downhill almost all time. From 4 Newton hills only the first one and the last one (Heartbreak hill) really felt hard. Looking at the pace, I actually slowed down on all of them.

One other note. I got used to the constant tailwind on the last 10 miles of the course. But the first 11-13 the wind was blowing in the opposite direction! Now I start to understand why headwind is a norm on this course.

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