Marathon Guru Greg McMillan Offers Tips for Runners Participating in Boston Marathon

Marathon Guru Greg McMillan Offers Tips for Runners Participating in Boston MarathonOne of the most renowned traditions in Boston history is almost here, as the third Monday of April means one thing to most New Englanders: the running of the Boston Marathon.

Thousands of runners will take part in the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, continuing to make the world’s oldest marathon an event that captures headlines in countries all over the globe.

Founded in 1897, the Boston Marathon is a 26 mile journey through numerous cities and towns in Massachusetts. Starting in Hopkinton Mass., runners will have to pace themselves if they want to survive the long trek, including the infamous “Heartbreak Hill,” to make it to Copley Square in Boston and finish the grueling race.

Last year, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai won the marathon at a record time of 2:03:02. Kenya has dominated the Boston Marathon over the years, with athletes from the country winning the Marathon 18 times since 1990.

American runners are hoping to break a long Marathon drought, as an American hasn’t won the race since Greg Meyer emerged victorious in 1983.

Preparing for the race can be tough. Luckily for all of the Marathon runners out there, running guru Greg McMillan has listed some tips for those who are ready who take on the legendary race.

  • In the few days before the race, increase the percentage of your meals that come from carbs.
  • Increase your fluid consumption (water, juice and sports drinks with electrolytes) 2-3 days before so you can drink a normal amount the day before.
  • Massage is great but not the day before the marathon — plan it for two-four     days before.
  • If you normally stretch, keep stretching. If you don’t stretch, don’t start now.
  • Maintain your usual sleep pattern unless you don’t normally get enough sleep.
  • Smile a lot to relieve anxiety and enjoy the experience!