Boston Marathon Roll Call: Dominic Davis


What does running your first Boston mean to you?
The pinnacle of my running career, I think. I can’t imagine training this hard ever again. I am treating this race like it’s my one shot at running Boston, but hoping, if I like it, to be able to run it again.

What race did you achieve your BQ time at? How many attempts did you make before you achieved your BQ?
The Long Island Marathon after having to cancel on the New Jersey marathon at the last minute. Long Island was one week later and thank god! It was my first attempt at a BQ but my like 29th marathon...

Is your preparation for Boston different than the race your BQ race? Overall how would you rate your training? Was there a single workout or tuneup race where you thought, “Bring on Boston!” or conversely, “Oh my god I’m not ready for this!”
I am using the same training plan that I used to qualify for Boston. My training has been good but an old injury has flared up a couple of times. I felt I was ready for Boston when I hit my marks on the last 8x800 workout. 

Did you do any specific workouts to prepare you for downhill start or the Newton hills in the second half?
The hill in prospect park up and down; over and over; again and again. 

Love it or hate it: Are you buying the jacket?
I thought they were free! Meaning, I just found out that I am going to have to pay for it, which I am going to do. 

What are you looking forward to the most about the race?

What are you dreading the most about the race?
Getting to the start. That the hardest part of any race. A point-to-point in particular. 

Is this going to be a PR attempt?
Probably not. At best, I hope I can qualify for Boston again. Is that possible? 

Boston is a notoriously tricky course due to the placement of the hills. Not having run the full course, do you plan on banking time on the downhills in the first half knowing that you’ll slow on the hills? Or do you bank energy in the first half to try and attack the hills?
I’ve made a course-adjusted pace band accounting for the major uphills and using the downhills at the start to bank some time, so a little of both. 

Hypothetically, you struggle up the Newton hills and know the FRNY cheer section is going to be at the base of the toughest one: Heartbreak Hill. Do you avoid them in shame and jump on the sidewalk to disguise yourself as a power-walking spectator, or do you make a bee-line straight toward them to throw high-fives and feed off their energy to get you up the hill?
I’m gonna check my look in the mirror just before the cheer section and then embrace them fully. A beeline for sure!

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a runner, and how do you think that will factor into the Boston course?
I love running hills and consider them a strength. I think that will help me in Boston. Conversely, my perennial injury is inflamed by running hills. They will be my curse and my blessing.

I double dare you: predict your time!
No. Not in writing. I need deniability. 

What’s the first beer you’ll have after the race?
The first one I see... I’ve not been drinking for a few weeks. I just hope it isn’t a Sam Adams or a Michelob Ultra.    

I apologize for ripping this off from the NBR blog, but in your head what celebrity do you think you resemble most when you’re running?
The slenderman? 

Steven Waldon