Step 1: Print off unclear/confusing route map. Fight with the Google Map version and try to zoom in/out to find all the necessary side streets.
Step 2: Give up and make executive decision to stick to the main streets…the side streets will be a nice surprise on race day.
Step 3: Drive the route with the hubs to ensure we can safely run the route when the streets aren’t closed like on race day. Argue with hubs when he goes the wrong way but insists it is the right way. Slightly gloat when you are right. Ignore hubs when he starts saying things like: “Make sure to tell them they need to stay Northbound/Southbound/West Side”…cause that means nothing to you. Left and Right are good directions in my opinion.
Step 4: Have awesome people in your life you totally rearrange their own training to do a long run on Friday so they can help out on Sunday. And drive around for 4 1/2 hrs in the rain to ensure you aren’t lost/injured and are well hydrated/fuelled. And cheer you on at every pit stop. And drive everyone back to their cars post run.
Step 5: Be grateful for your friends who agree to getting up even earlier on a Sunday to not only start running early but also drive the extra distance before running. Enjoy their company and support.
Step 6: Finish. Drive self home and make pit stop for coffee and a bagel that basically never made it out of the parking lot. Be happy that it was an “ok” 35.2km training run and learn from the positives of the day.
Step 7: Ice bath, shower, hydrate, eat whatever isn’t nailed down, sleep.
~ Good luck to everyone running Boston (both my IRL and ‘virtual”\’ friends). Stay safe and enjoy every.single.moment.and step.