JH: You have to be super cautious to go out easy at the beginning. … The crowds are amazing at the beginning, and so people get caught up in getting out there fast – you feel trapped, there’s 40,000 people running, then people have the tendency to want to weave in and out – I say don’t do that. If you wouldn’t do that on a normal run, why would you do that on race day? Just be patient, stay in the moment, just stay relaxed.
Jim’s Pro Tip: I really suggest running with a pacer if you’re pretty confident in what type of pace you want to run. The marathon has about 100 people who run as pacers — seek them out. You can find them at the expo, you can sign up to run with the pace team — I would definitely suggest that. Let them do that work for you, [you] don’t have to keep looking at your watch and being worried about that. Just run with them, enjoy the crowds, really pay attention to the signs, the people out there, high five the little kids that come out, all that kind of stuff. So really just make sure you’re enjoying the moment.