27 Mar '12, 2pm

Greg McMillan shares his wisdom about those hills in Boston and how to run them.

Seasoned Boston marathoners will tell you that the challenge of the race isn't Heartbreak Hill. The challenge is the miles and miles of downhill leading into Heartbreak Hill. These downhill miles trash your quads just as you enter the most important part of the marathon – the last 10 miles. Handle those first 16 miles better and you'll likely have a better finishing dive down into Boston after you crest Heartbreak Hill. Sounds easy enough, but having coached hundreds of Boston qualifiers, I know that not all of us are created equal when it comes to our ability to run downhill well and, maybe more importantly for Boston, to run downhill in a way that our bodies can tolerate. To get ready to run a better Boston and handle the early downhill miles with ease, you can employ two different strategies. 1. Find your best downhill running technique. And no, there isn't one best dow...

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