For all you Boston peeps, with only one day to go until the 115th start in Hopkinton, your training is complete and there’s nothing you can change about it now. But you can keep a few tips in mind as you run tomorrow. In fact, everyone with a marathon in their future can benefit from these tips. They represent an excerpt from an excellent article on running marathons by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, an elite master’s runner who will likely go in the 2:30 range tomorrow and owner of Two Rivers Treads in Shepherdstown, W.V.
- Run in “hybrid” mode–You are starting the race with one gallon in the tank- assuming you have eaten a nice meal the night before with a breakfast top off.
• If you are in all gas mode, your engine will run about 1.5 hours at a strong pace….then you are out of gas.
• If you are mostly electric you can run all day, but maybe maybe not so quickly.
• If you are using the proper mix you will go quick and efficient for duration of your event, and you can even do some topping off along the way.
- Maintain effort on uphills–Your pace will slow. You can easily use all your gas here if your effort increases. Shorten your stride, relax, and use your arms. Then allow gravity to take you down.
- If you have a “bad patch”–try to refocus on relaxing, fuel a bit, and have faith in your training and racing plan.
- Land softly–especially on the downhills.
- For the article in its entirety, go to Mark’s web site.You can also see how he puts these methods into practice by following him tomorrow–#187 (I know, can you imagine?).
I have so many people I’m pulling for tomorrow and it’s impossible to list them all here. But especially important to me are my fellow Howard County Striders, Petra, who missed last year thanks to that volcano, and Beth, who went through so much just to toe the line. You have perfect weather in front of you–I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed that I’m not there this year to savor it! Go get it and enjoy the day!