Marathon advice from Runner's World experts
Warren Greene, brand editor and head of the Runner's World Shoe Lab, says: Run the Boston Marathon in shoes that you've worn during your marathon training. Trying a new shoe on Patriots Day is a recipe for disaster because you do not know how they will perform for you later in the race.
Boston is a net downhill course. To handle the descents, especially Cemetery Hill just past Boston College, your trusted daily trainers or a slightly lighter weight shoe that has plenty of impact protection is your best bet for keeping your feet out of your head during the last leg of this grueling race.