Boston Marathon Training – The Final Week

I’m in my final week of training for The Boston Marathon. My taper is well underway and now it’s time to shift my efforts from physical training to mental preparation.

In less than 24 hours I’ll be crossing this line!

I didn’t get a chance to finish this post before leaving for Boston, but here it is a few days late. Hopefully I can get another post in tomorrow. I plan to stay off my feet as much as possible.

Course Study – A few years back, I was leading a 10k and accidentally ran through a turnaround. I was turned around before long and didn’t lose too much ground, but I learned a valuable lesson that day.  Always study the course. Here are some resources for course study.

  • Here is a great course preview from Universal Sports. It includes an overhead walk through and little course history.
  • This is a full course drive through with some helpful commentary. I am assuming that this is from last year’s race expo.

Motivation – The mind is a powerful thing and confidence has the ability to fuel greatness. In order to run a great race you have to prepare your most powerful tool. I, as most marathoners, am a great self-motivator, but a little help never hurts.

  • I’ve been reading “Marathon Man” by Bill Rodgers. The story centers on Rodgers revolutionary 1975 Boston Marathon victory. Along the way he interject a lot of interesting race history.

Tips – I’ve been bumping shoulders with a lot of Boston veterans and I’ve received a lot of great advise.

Boston Marathon course


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