Epic Boston Marathon 2018 (& 2013) with Julie Sapper & Lisa Reichmann

When Lisa Met Julie…?

Well, it was 2009 via a mutual friend and they have since formed Run Farther & Faster, a running coaching program in Washington DC.

Coach Lisa Reichmann is an experienced Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach and accomplished distance runner, multisport athlete and busy mother of three young children.

She was named the 2010 Female Runner of the Year by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club and is a top ranked age group runner in the DC Metropolitan area. In 2011, she raced as an elite athlete at the ING New York City Marathon and the Suntrust National Marathon. She has completed over 30 marathons and is a 15-time Boston Marathon finisher!

Julie Sapper is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach, 10-time Boston Marathon finisher, mom of two, and a part-time lawyer.  

She is a four-time Montgomery County Road Runners Club Masters Runner of the Year candidate and is a ranked age group runner in the DC Metropolitan area with frequent top age group wins in races of all distances.  

While Julie loves training and racing, her first love is helping runners, along with Coach Lisa (the best coaching partner in the world), achieve new goals that once seemed unimaginable.

Challenging Weather Even for Exerienced Marathoners

In this episode, we learn why they describe this year’s meteorologically challenging Boston Marathon as ‘epic’ as they share their unique strategies for handling the weather.

And with so many Boston Marathons under their feet, it’s no surprise that they were there in 2013 and we’ll hear their first-hand experiences during the trauma and chaos that ensued.

They also explain how crucial strength and mental training is for the marathon and how a marathon training program should be like an ice cream sundae. It does (kind of) include Jimmies. That’s right; Jimmies. Hey, this IS Boston we’re talking about.

Questions Julie and Lisa are asked:

1:57 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite race distance or type of race?

5:51 What was it like running the Boston Marathon this year?

6:46 How challenging was the pre-race portion?

9:49 What do you do with all your extra gear and was there a lot of discarded debris?

12:53 How did the weather affect your finishing times?

16:49 How did your prior Boston experience help you with this year’s conditions?

18:35 What did you do about nutrition during the race?

22:45 Were you in Boston in 2013 and if so, where were you in relation to the attacks?

27:20 Have you run it every year since then?

28:20 What exactly is a ‘ranked’ runner?

29:52 What are the age-groups; 5-year or 10-year age-groups?

30:29 What tips do you have for best marathon training techniques?

35:33 What prompted you to partner in a running business?

39:56 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite running book(s)?
  3. Words of Wisdom or Humor?
  4. Any questions for Stephanie?
  5. Who would you like to hear on the Run To The Top podcast?

Quotes by Julie and Lisa:

Julie: “There is no one-size-fits-all training plan for a marathon. Everyone responds to marathon training differently. It’s important to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and look at marathon training based on what YOU can do.”

Julie: “The city of Boston is like no other, it truly is Boston Strong. I always loved the race, but after 2013 I truly fell in love with the city even more and I have so much respect for the people and the city of Boston.”

Lisa: “when I would go to the water stops to try to grab a water, my hand again wouldn’t work. It would fall right through my hand and I had to ask a volunteer to get it to my mouth.”

Julie: “(This year’s marathon) didn’t feel that bad initially; it wasn’t terrible and I started getting a little bit cocky. And I’d say around mile 15 or 16, right after Wellesley, I felt like my body was shutting down.”

Lisa: “Just finishing the Boston Marathon would be an adventure and a great story and also recognizing that if something was going on with my body that was not right I needed to exercise good judgment and common sense and get off the course.”

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

Clif Gels

Run Faster and Farther homepage

Capital Crescent running Trail Georgetown / Bethesda

Mt. Vernon Trail Washington DC

Book: Marathon Woman by Katherine Switzer

Book: Beyond Grit by Cindra Kampoff

Learn more about Desiree Linden

Learn more about Meb Keflezighi

Active After 35 podcast

Learn more about Madonna Buder

Learn more about Bennet Beach – most consecutive Boston Marathons

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