Boston Marathon Prep

QUESTION:  How can I check a runner’s progress during the marathon?

ANSWER: The B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) will broadcast every 5Km split to its website ( and family and friends can track your progress by logging in and entering your name or bib number. The “face” of the Boston Marathon website will change on race day and the process on how to enter the search will be clear.

Name: Megan Kretz

Bib Number:  15702

Happy Sunday! 24 hours from now Alma and I will be on the staring line of the Boston Marathon. I’m getting ready to leave for the bus as I type this.  This is our schedule for the next 2 days:

Sunday, April 19th

  • 9am – Bolt Bus leaves NYC for Boston
  • 1:15pm – Arrive in Boston, take T to the Convention Center for race packet pick-up
  • 4pm – Check in to our hostel (i know, i know, but it’s SO cheap and close to everything)
  • 5:30pm – Pasta Dinner
  • 10pm – Hopefully get some sleep…

Monday, April 20th

  • 5:30am – Wake-up, find coffee ASAP, get dressed
  • 6:30am – Take T to the bus loading area near Boston Common
  • 7:30am – Take the buses to the starting line – 26.2 miles away! (Hopkinton, MA)
  • 7:45am – Eat breakfast (whole wheat bagel with banana and peanut butter!)
  • 8:30-10am – Hang out in the Athletes Village, stay warm & dry, eat a snack (luna bar), etc.
  • 10:30am – Wave 2 start!
  • 2:30pm – Finish the marathon, eat, drink, walk, stretch!
  • 5:40pm – Amtrak train back to NYC
  • 11pm – Collapse in my bed and sleep for a loooong time :-)

I’ve finished packing! Here’s what I’m taking with me:

Race Day Outfit – singlet, shorts, gloves, hat, socks, various other running clothes to keep warm at the start.


Food/Snacks – shot bloks/gel (for the race), packs of peanut butter, trail mix, clif bar, luna bar, builder’s protein bar, lara bar, 2 apples (not pictured), extra watch, Ipod (for the bus/train), book.Snacks

Misc. – toiletries, tylenol, band-aids, arnica natural pain cream, hand sanitizer, gum, etc,


Ahh! I’m nervous. Stay tuned for a full report on Tuesday.


7 Responses

  1. Thank you Valerie and Dave for your kind donation of time and love for our runners-we always count on you to give and that means a lot….you are a gift to us all.

  2. Hey Megs!
    Good luck tomorrow. Hope everything goes well. Love ya!

  3. i’m so excited for you Megs! Best of luck! Can’t wait to track things!

  4. Good Luck! Is this your first time running the marathon??

  5. I hope you had a great race!

  6. 3:47:46!!! Way to go, honey!!!! I’m so proud of you.

    Now, never put yourself through this again.

  7. I second Joe! Give yourself a break. Get a cupcake.

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