In a very basic sense, the 2021 Boston Marathon will return to normal after the COVID-19 epidemic broke out last year.
While there will be anti-virus protocols and some more masks you may remember, runners and fans will once again gather in person on the familiar race route from Hopkinton to Boyleston Street as they have for decades. Is.
But one obvious change caused by epidemics can’t be talked about: the traditional race date from April to October 11.
For runners, the place of spring dew and emerging flower racers that they are accustomed to seeing along the way with falling leaves and bright autumn plants is not the only difference.
“Matt MacDonald, a member of the Boston Athletic Association, says training for the autumn marathon is different from training for the spring marathon.
McDonald’s will run on Monday as part of the BAA’s High Performance Team and has six marathons to his credit, including two runs in the Boston Marathon.
He and many other elite runners in Monday’s race all say the same thing: The time of year when a marathon takes place changes how you train towards it.
The biggest factor, McDonald’s said, is the weather.
“When you’re training in the summer, it’s just the heat, and so you have to consider it. “We can’t be as aggressive as we like to be. We need to focus more on things like hydration, not just before and after runs.
McDonald added that training runners for the Boston Marathon often enhances their preparation during the winter. Despite the icy and icy conditions, he says runners are “better equipped” to propel themselves when dealing with humid conditions.
Jonas Hampton, a McDonald’s colleague, agrees.
“Some exercises, just because it’s been so hot and humid, you have to slow down or change things around,” Hampton said. “It definitely affects your body more than just walking in the winter.”
But his other teammate in the high-performance team, Paul Hogan, has a different style.
Hogan, a 25-year-old Burlington native, will start his official marathon at the Boston Marathon, even though he ran the first half marathon.
For him, summer training is actually what he likes.
“I think it’s good to go marathon this summer,” he said. “It’s also going to feel easy because if you get used to running all the time in the heat and then finally it gets cold towards October and you get used to running in the humidity and heat, it feels a lot easier. . ”
The two-time Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des London has some ideas.
She often trains in marathons in the spring and fall. Regular participant In the Boston and New York marathons, however, he described training for the October version of the Boston Marathon as an “unexpected” challenge compared to New York, which usually begins in November and requires less training in the summer.
Running in the heat and humidity, he said it can make it “difficult” to know where you are in your training.
“That could change: a good day, you’ll probably be a little faster than what you’re getting on a really hot, humid day,” he explained.
But London says hard summer days can pay off if summer is well on Monday.
“If you get a hot running day, you’re ready for it,” he said. “The body is compatible. [to running in the heat], And if we’re lucky enough to get a nice cool, crisp. [Monday] In the morning, I think you can see some flying because all that fitness on uncomfortable days means a little more on a good day.
With the Boston Marathon partly cloudy on Monday with a high of 71 degrees (although with a 20% chance of rain), London may wish for some better conditions.
But regardless of the weather, Jonas Hampton expects Boston’s fall to give the runners a good look as they move towards the final.
“In April, everything is still dead and not growing yet, but now everything is green and we can see some changes in the leaves,” he said. “So at least the picture should be good.”
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