- Number one: better hydration. I think some additional hill repeats and more speedwork would have helpd improve my times, but just being better hydrated would be an easy way to boost performance.
- Getting up early to catch the first bus was a good idea. I would rather be early to the Athlete's Village with food, water, coffee, and portajohns than standing in a line on the sidewalk by Boston Common.
- That said, I would prepare for a long wait at the Village. The open area does have some concrete/dry areas to sit, but it was mostly grass and a trash bag, or something to sit on would be nice. Some brought inflatable rafts which looked like a good idea, others brought a cheap sleeping bag which also looked very comfy.
- They did serve coffee, but for a last minute caffeine fix I probably would have been just as good or better with an energy drink in my bag.
- I brought many race-day clothing options, but did not bring any throwaway clothes. I did this because of the predicted weather, but I also did not really plan well for the possibility of rain, which was something that was a possibility.
- As a Floridian, it took me traveling to Boston to get a sunburn. In my defense, I brought sunscreen, but it must have been too old and ineffective. Admittedly, I did not apply enough to my arms anyway and my right (southern) was burned and my left (northern) was spared. Quite an interesting tan!
- Others wrote their names on their arms to get people to cheer for them, but I was quite happy with the "Go Florida" cheers I received for my Florida Track Club singlet. That said, I would definitely recommend wearing something identifiable so that some of the many cheers you hear will be directed at you.
- Try to take advantage of the speakers at the Expo. There are several guest lectures and panel discussion on a variety of running related topic that I did not take the time to do, and I have heard they can be enjoyable and informative.
Thanks to the BAA for a great race and to Erin for making the trip with me and tolerating my weekend long runs!