Thursday, March 02, 2006

Boston Marathon tips from 1983 champion Greg Meyer

In 1978, Greg Meyer moved to the Boston area from Grand Rapids, Michigan and went to work for Bill Rodgers in his Cleveland Circle running store.

Five years later Meyer was crowned champion of the 87th Boston Marathon, finishing in a time of 2:09:00. Greg Meyer is the last American male to win the Boston Marathon.

I contacted Greg to get some tips on running Boston. Here’s what he had to say…

1. Do your training! Specifically the hill training...downhill running is key to surviving Boston.

2. Be conservative in your effort the first 16 miles. It's downhill, you'll be running fast, don't get caught up in the excitement and downhill speed and have it ruin the last ten miles.

3. Don't attack the uphills or them steady, and if you feel good, attack the flat areas.

here to read about Greg Meyer’s 1983 Boston Marathon victory.