If you ask any runner who has completed the Boston Marathon what the toughest part of the race is, they’ll likely tell you it’s the incline. The course of the Boston He Marathon is famous for the series of climbs that runners must tackle late in the race, the most famous climb being Heartbreak His Hill between miles 20 and 21.
However, while the old adage “what goes up must come down” doesn’t necessarily apply to point-to-point running events like the Boston Marathon, it’s true that runners spend a lot of time going downhill in races. And it is true that it is important. Make sure your training takes this into account.
said Stephen Haas, coach of the Under Armor Dark Sky Distance team. coach at the launch of under armor infinite elite running shoes. Haas is preparing New York City Marathon 2022 winner Sharon Rokedi for Boston, incorporating training that takes Boston’s downhills into consideration.
“We’re trying to adapt to the course,” Haas says. I think the downhill part is more important. You need to make sure your legs are calloused when going downhill.
“Boston has a lot more downhill slopes than New York, and that’s where it gets dangerous if your legs aren’t ready.” [and] Beating them at mile 16 would be a long way to the finish line. ”
16 miles is remarkable. Because around this point in the race there are big downhills just before his four big climbs on the course. The first half of the race is mostly downhill, so if you run as hard as you can through it and then run downhill before mile 16, your legs may get swollen if you haven’t conditioned them during training. there is.
This was something that American pro Colin Mikou emphasized when he spoke to us about how elite runners train for the Boston Marathon.
Another thing Haas pointed out, which is important for all road marathoners, is to spend a lot of time training on the road. For most people, that’s not a problem, but if you’re blessed with an abundance of trails nearby, you might end up riding them most of the time. However, you should prepare your legs for some road running for the event.
“In places like Flagstaff, Arizona and Kenya, you have to look for road running,” Haas says. “Not many people have that problem, but we really need to find it and drive long distances on pavement to get our feet used to the impact of the road.”