A deep dive into the Boston Marathon training process

Lawrence Cherono and Benson Kipruto, who placed second and third place in the professional men’s race respectively, are in a tight race as they pass Coolidge Corner. (Photo by Amanda Bang/BU News Service)

By Amanda Bang, Emily Pauls, Venette Simon, and Michelle Tian
Boston University News Service

Countless qualified runners from all over the world have come to Massachusetts for the annual Boston Marathon. It’s a world-famous event and receives national recognition. However, it’s also important to acknowledge all the efforts that happen behind-the-scenes of the runners. 

We spoke with a running coach and a few Boston Marathon runners to gain insight into what goes on in the training process to prepare for the highly anticipated marathon. 

Sarah Healy, the B.A.A. running club coach, described how she coaches the people in her running club. As she mostly looks over post-collegiate athletes with a background in running, she provided details of how she guides these athletes with flexibility during the four-month training period for the Boston Marathon.

The Boston Marathon participants also shared their training plans. Jackie Burr, Alex Cameron and Carolyn Mooney gave specific details about their daily regimen, workout times, specific strengthening exercises, and changes in diet.

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