Get the customization and support you need to take your training to the next level and conquer the uphills and downhills of the Boston course
If you're racing Boston with the goal of recording a PR or running your best time, knowing how to target your training specifically to the demands of the course is essential. You need to prepare your legs for the demanding hills, develop your patience for the early miles, and prepare for the quad-pounding downhill finish.
Based on your training, current fitness and previous race results, we will analyze your specific strengths and weaknesses to develop a strategy to help you run your best race in April
We've helped over 500 runners train for the Boston Marathon in the last 2 years alone. Here's how we can help you too!
You struggle to find a training schedule uniquely created for your strengths and weaknesses. Simply following a plan not personalized to you in any way isn't going to help you gain that extra 5%. You need a personalized, constantly adapting plan that pushes you when you need, prevents over training and helps you take your races to the next level.
Your training schedule is custom created and meticulously written just for you. We take data from your previous training data, current PRs, best training days and develop a personalized training schedule that is uniquely suited for your work/life schedule, strengths and weaknesses to ensure you get the most of your running. No more wondering how to tweak your schedule to you!
You know the "little things" like strength training and cross training are what will ultimately allow you to shave off those last few minutes and reach your potential. But, you're also aware that it's easy to go overboard. You need critical elements like strength training built directly into your plan to maximize your results, but you're confused about how to add them, what days to include strength work, and which routines are optimal.
Your training integrates strength work into your schedule - not just throws it on top. You'll know exactly what you need to do each day of the week. Moreover, the strength work is progressive (building you up and not remaining static) and targeted to your specific race distance.
Finding time to fit everything in when you're striving to reach your potential can seem impossible. You're trying to balance work, family, training and your kids and it usually ends up with you tired, overtrained, disheartened with training and with lack luster results. You need a schedule fits around your life, not the other way around
RunnersConnect helps you make fitting training into your schedule easier and more enjoyable. You choose which days you want to run, which days you want off and we design workouts to fit your schedule. Our training platform also includes robust tools, like Garmin import and export, that make remembering and logging your training a breeze.
Injuries and overtraining lead to inconsistent training and constant self-doubt about whether you're doing too much or too little. You struggle to find the right balance to know when do you back off, what injury-prevention work you should be doing (and when), and how to stay healthy consistently.
Your RunnersConnect schedule is personalized to your experience level, training history and injury history to balance getting in the workouts that will help you reach your goal and recovery to stay injury-free. Moreover, injury prevention, strength work, and cross training are built into your plan.
You may know most running terminology, but what does it really mean for you? More specifically, how does it help you get from point A to point B and why are you doing that specific workout now? These questions don't instil confidence in a plan and you need to believe in and trust your training.
At RunnersConnect, each one of your workouts comes with a specific explanation of why you're doing that session and an in-depth article on how to execute should you have any questions. This helps you understand how every run fits together and instills belief and confidence in your training.
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Marathon - 3:39 (qualifying standard was 3:35)
Half Marathon - 1:44
Half Marathon - 1:36:46
Marathon - 3:28:40
"I put in 18 weeks of training, using the advanced 1 program suggested by Hal Higdon. �I had aspirations to go 3:15 and qualify for Boston based on my shorter distance times...I finished at 3:30. �With the exception of a few weeks off the tracks - I followed Hal's program as he suggested, but still fell of pace very hard at mile 18. Now, Boston qualifying got even faster and I need to figure out a way to get the most out of myself"
Eric struggled to stay consistent with his training thanks to a busy job and losing motivation when the goal was a long way away. His focus would peak 14-16 weeks out from the marathon but between those marathons his training was sporadic and resulted in him starting from scratch every marathon segment.
Eric followed the Hal Higdeon marathon plan, which follows a traditional old-school training structure: One VO2max or speed session early in the week, a tempo session the second half of the week, a fast run on Saturday and a long run on Sunday. As such, Eric was missing the both the concept of periodization and race-specific training.
Eric was still a relatively new runner and he didn't fully grasp the purpose of every session he was running, which lead to three issues: (1) he would sometimes run too fast (believing faster is better) and miss the mark on the purpose of the session; (2) when adjusting his schedule he didn't prioritize the workouts correctly; and (3) he wasn't fully confident in his plan and always felt like he needed to add more or run faster.
Marathon - 3:15
Rich was following the training of another runner who was about his ability level and basically replicating their workouts. While this certainly helped get Rich 90% of the way towards his goal the lack of specificity to his strengths and weaknesses compared to his training partner prevented him from reaching that next level.
Specifically, Rich's weakness was that he didn't have the speed (lacked the efficiency and economy) to get under 3:10. He was coming off a long period of marathon training where he neglected improving his running economy and efficiency. While his aerobic system was where it needed to be, Rich needed to work in more speed development to improve his neuromuscular system.
Because Rich needed to take a big step up in his training to reach the qualifying mark, it was important he do it gradually. Rich's original plan was an all-or-nothing approach, Instead of listening to how his body was responding to training and increasing pace or volume only when it was ready, Rich was constantly pushing his easy run pace and long run volumes, which was leading to stagnant progress.
5k - 19:10
Half Marathon - 1:24:30
5k - 16:56 (a 2 minute and 14 second improvement) *Updated 8/5/10 - Richard PR'd at 16:40
Half Marathon - 1:20:50 (a 3 minute and 40 second improvement)
You will run faster and enjoy your training more.
Guaranteed or you money back!
We're committed to helping you become the best runner you can be and making training for your next race a social, fun, and exciting endeavor. Out team will work tirelessly to keep making improvements, adding new features, and supporting you with an all-star coaching staff.
However, should you ever feel that we are not providing you with everything you hoped and more, we will gladly refund your last payment in full (monthly memberships only). No Fine Print.
All you need to do is send an email to our Head Coach and we'll take care of it for you. Don't you wish race registrations had a guarantee like this?
No risk, no excuses; take your running to the next level and change what you thought was possible!