First of all, congratulations on qualifying! There have been numerous past threads about training and running the Boston course on the other Training/Running Tips and Race Discussion BBs (not this First-timer/Wannabes BB). Look for posts dated around the Mar-Apr time frame.
Here are a couple specific things that might help you:
1) A link to a detailed elevation profile of the course: http://www.csurun.org/maps/BAA/BAA_total%20copy.gif
2) From seeing the profile, youll note the earlier part of the course is largely downhill, but there are some good hills starting around mile 16 (to include Heartbreak Hill). So train on some hills, particularly down hills, so your legs (quads) can handle all the pounding and still carry you strong through the latter part of the course.
3) The race starts at noon so be prepared for the late starting time and POSSIBLY running in warm weather. The last couple years, the weather has been unusually warm. When I ran it in 2002, it was in the 70s until we got close to Boston. Last year, temps were in the 80s (!) and many runners had heat-related problems.
Of course, there is no way to know what the weather will be like in 2005 but if you live in a cold weather area and do not run well in heat, you may want to consider doing some warm weather training. IMO, being able to run well in warm weather is sort of like being able to run hills well, namely, youll be a stronger runner when conditions are easier.
Good luck training!
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