Made the trip, finally!! Driving from Indiana, was a 15 hour drive. Definitely a journey to get to the start line. The wife and I and the 3 and 5 year old piled in the family car and started driving on Friday afternoon. Got to Boston Saturday afternoon. Checked into the Bostonian ($500/night - what a rip off!), whic we discovered was a tiny room, with no frig, microwave, or avaialbel ice machine. terrible hotel. Valet parking was required and cost $51/night.
I'll just stick to the running portion of the story: I came to Boston in no kind of shape for running a decent marathon. The weeks preceding were my hjighest mileage weeks, and were 60 mile weeks. Showed up knowing the race was to be an experience, rather than a race. IT was every bit of the spectacle I had heard about. Wellsley girls, Boylston St., all the people, the hills, heartbreak hill, etc. A great experience. I struggled to keep the 7:15 pace as planned, but, no matter. I experienced Boston.