Boston Marathon Roll Call: Steven Gross

 Steven Gross returns to Hopkinton to redeem himself after a tough 2017 race.

Steven Gross returns to Hopkinton to redeem himself after a tough 2017 race.


How many times have you run Boston? 

What was your first year running Boston?
2017 

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?
The heat crushed me and I immediately sought out another flat, fast marathon (Erie, PA) so I could re-qualify, which I did.  

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?
It's certainly an athletic achievement to run with such an esteemed cohort.  

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!”
I felt unsure until my final 20 miler, but the weather was perfect, (cool and cloudy), and I did negative splits the 2nd half.  

What are you looking forward to the most about the race?
The company. 

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

Is this going to be a PR attempt?
Now that I've just found out that I gain 10 minutes, I'm hoping just to BQ.  

What’s your strategy for April 16?
Steady!! 

I double dare you: predict your time!
3:34 

What words of advice do you have for first-time Boston runners?
Don't race the first 6 miles! 

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

Which course is harder and why: New York or Boston?
New York, simply as the crowds at the beginning feel more compacted.  

What’s the first beer you’ll have after the race?
Hard Cider OK?   

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?
Shania Twain. Definitely. Or maybe Meryl Streep. 

Steven Waldon