The winner beat me by 2 hours and 12 minutes. Geoffrey Mutai set a course record when he ran a  Boston Marathon record of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds. It was the fastest ever marathon time but it won’t be recorded as a record because Boston has such a large elevation drop.  Tell that to the average Boston runner. I qualified with 3:53 on a flat course and ran a good race to finish in 4:15.  The problem with Boston is it sucks you in with rolling hills in the first half, that are harder than they seem, and socks you with tougher hills right when you don’t want any more hills. Heartbreak hill isn’t so bad, mainly because your heart has already been broken.

If you are a runner, you aspire to run a marathon. If you are a marathoner, you aspire to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I’ve achieved that after getting off the couch at age 50.