On your mark, get set, get ready to take one of the oldest established marathons in the world -- the Boston Marathon!
Step 1: Know the course Know the course you will be running on Patriot's Day. The course runs along I-90, runs through Ashland, Babson Park, Newton Hills, and Roxbury. The race ends in Copley Square.
Step 2: Begin training Begin training with short, fast workouts. This will help your body get in its fittest shape before beginning to fine-tune your approach.
TIP: Allow three or more months to train prior to the race. The amount of time you allow will depend on your fitness level and running comfort.
Step 3: Start long runs Start running long and steady. Start by warming up at the first few miles and then spend the rest of your run at your decided training pace.
TIP: Choose a terrain similar to the Boston Marathon's, which is fairly hilly.
Step 4: Implement recovery runs Implement recovery runs into your routine. This should be a steady training pace -- not too hard. This pace can increase as you become more fit and adjust to the training.
Step 5: Get good shoes Get a pair of good running shoes. This is extremely important as running can take a toll on your feet, knees, ankles, and more. Once you've suited up, begin your training and get ready to take on the big race!
FACT: Every year the Boston Marathon is held on Patriot's Day. Patriot's Day is a Massachusetts state holiday remembering the American Revolutionary War opening battle on April 19, 1775.