“It went better than I expected,’’ Piers said.
Cherop might say the same, but she returned to Boston with the goal of being better prepared, using what she learned last year—“I realized there’s more downhill than uphill’’—and applying it. That meant training on downhills more, it meant pacing herself better regardless of the heat, and it meant knowing the exact moment to hit the gas.
Making the turn onto Boylston, she accelerated one final, fateful time.
“It depended on the person I was going to be with. If it was a Kenyan I needed to speed up at 600 [meters] and again at 300 meters,’’ Cherop said. “If it was an Ethiopian, you have to be careful because they’re known for having a stronger finishing kick than Kenyans.
“This time around I was really prepared. I stuck to a plan. I’m so happy.’’