Boston Marathon Roll Call: Dan Ferguson

Dan at his first Boston Marathon in 2015 doing a weird hand thing

Dan at his first Boston Marathon in 2015 doing a weird hand thing

How many times have you run Boston? Three 

What was your first year running Boston? 2015

What was your first experience like? PR? PW? Did you BQ at Boston or did it humble you and inspire you to seek out revenge? My first time was a marathon PR and it's still my fastest Boston. I've always manage to BQ at Boston (fingers crossed).

Why do you keep coming back? Is there something special about the race that keeps you coming for more, or are you just a serial marathoner? I grew up outside of Boston and would come to cheer with my family every year growing up. I'd still consider it my hometown marathon and that's a big part of why I keep coming back.

Is your preparation for the 2018 race different than previous Boston Marathons? 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!” My mileage has been about the same as last year, but I've been more consistent in getting to workouts. I'd say this is about as prepared as I've ever been for a marathon. PRing by almost a minute in the NYC Half was a promising sign.

What are you looking forward to the most about the race? Being done with it!

What are you dreading the most about the race? The weather.

Is this going to be a PR attempt? Always!

Sweating out a hot race in 2016. Photo by  John Tran

Sweating out a hot race in 2016. Photo by John Tran

What’s your strategy for April 16? Take out the first half relatively slow, start to pick it up in the second half and try to keep a slightly faster pace through the Newton hills, and then give it everything for the last five miles.

I double dare you: predict your time! Pass! [Ed: WEAK!]

What words of advice do you have for first-time Boston runners? Don't go out too hard in the first six miles.

In two weeks time you will cross the finish line and think, “NEVER AGAIN!” Be honest — will you run this race again? Of course!

Which course is harder and why: New York or Boston? Boston, but that's only because I've had bad weather the last two years. If Boston were in November and New York in April I might think differently.


What’s the first beer you’ll have after the race? Some kind of wheat beer ideally.

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? I try not to think too much about how I look when I'm running; it wouldn't be edifying.

Steven Waldon