"You've got to stand there thinking not only 'Can I beat that guy,' but also 'Can I run that fast,'" Meyer said. "You go, 'God, I wonder how fast he is this time?'"
For Jason Hartmann, it's yet another reason to fear Boston. The 31-year-old from Boulder, Colo., won the Twin Cities Marathon in 2009 and ran a personal best of 2:11:06 last year in Chicago — good enough to make him the top American in the field during an Olympic year when the best runners are resting up for London.
"It's a 26.2 -mile run, so that can already be intimidating. And Boston is a course that is so difficult, with so much history. Even completing the race can be tough," he said, letting out a long sigh before continuing with his list. "And, finally, it can be intimidating that someone ran that fast. But, hopefully, I can be a part of that group this year, too."
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