Today marks exactly 50 days to the 2019 Boston Marathon. The iconic race has hosted some of the most celebrated running events in the sport’s history, and has become a benchmark achievement for runners around the world.
If Boston is your spring goal race, not to terrify you, but it isn’t very far away.
Hugh Cameron coached Sylvia Ruegger to her former Canadian marathon record of 2:28:36, set at the Houston Marathon in 1985. Cameron says the nuts and bolts of a marathon training plan are time on a runner’s feet. “When you break down marathon training, it’s all about miles in the legs. You have to put the hard work in. That work is about a lot of tempo runs, fartlek runs, hill climbs, and long runs as part of the so-called training diet of a marathoner.”
The second key to the marathon build is staying healthy, and consistent training makes it easier for your body to remain in one piece. So even though it’s February and it’s cold, your consistent winter training will pay off when you crush your spring goal race. Cameron says, “Of course each marathoner is different, and making it to the marathon somewhat magic. It’s magic because you never actually run a full marathon at race pace in a training day.” So when you line up at Boston, or London or wherever the marathon takes you, that’ll likely be your first 42.2K in a while, and you’ll be happy that you ran on those dark days in February.
On Monday, April 15, thousands of runners will gather to run from Hopkinton to Boston. The elite lists are very strong, both defending champions are returning, and after last year, almost any weather will be considered good weather.