How to Prepare for the Boston Marathon
If you’re running the Boston Marathon this year, there are just days left until the big day. While your physical training may be nearly complete, there are still ways you can (and should) mentally prepare to ensure you have a great race day.
Whether this is your first Boston Marathon or you’re a Boston veteran, the three tips below will help you get in the right mindset to have a successful run.
Prepare for Any Weather
The Boston Marathon is known for its inclement weather. From winds and rain to unbearable heat, this marathon has taken place in all kinds of weather conditions. Since you just can’t predict the weather, do yourself a favor and save yourself unnecessary stress by packing different outfits for all possible weather scenarios. This way, you’ll be prepared with the best outfit for whatever the weather happens to be on race day and can run comfortably.
Keep Realistic Expectations
Yes, the Boston Marathon is a big deal. But don’t set yourself up for disappointment by having unrealistic expectations. As with anything else in life, there will be frustrating situations. Overwhelming crowds? Check. Grueling hills? Check.
Preparing yourself for these moments ahead of time and knowing that, overall, the experience will be amazing, will help you tough it out during the not-so-great portions and keep you positive and focused on the big picture.
Know Your Race Strategy
The Boston Marathon features a unique course that’s mostly downhill for the first half and consists of a good amount of rolling hills in the second half. You’ll want to plan on conserving your energy by not going too fast during the early downhill portions and pace yourself on the uphills. By following this strategy, you’ll be much more likely to have a strong finish and feel amazing.
Whatever you do, make sure you ENJOY the experience! Take it all in, soak up the scenery and revel in the camaraderie with fellow runners and supporters. Most of all, be proud of your accomplishment. It’s a big one, after all!