The 2021 Boston Marathon Preview Episode with Peter Bromka

The Boston Marathon is an iconic event that is a goal race for many runners. It’s fast, it’s hard, and it’s competitive. If you’re racing Boston, this episode is for you.

Peter Bromka

Part of the allure of the race is that you have to qualify in order to run the Boston Marathon. So you know the field of runners is fast, ambitious, and dedicated. The energy at the race is unique with so many spectators and supporters lining the course.

In short, if you are running the Boston Marathon, you are in for a treat.

We have a number of resources for runners who are interested in the race:

We also have Strength Running’s very own Boston Course Guide for more details. In the meantime, you can hear us geek out on all the details of the Boston Marathon for 2021.

Peter Bromka Sheds Light on the Changes for 2021 Boston Marathon

Our guest today is Peter Bromka, who is a 2:19 marathoner, publisher of the Positive Split newsletter, and a recipient of The Best Sports Writing in 2021 award. We spoke earlier this year after he helped pace Desiree Linden to a world record in the 50k. Now he has his eyes set on his 8th Boston Marathon.

This episode is an in-depth conversation about changes made for the 2021 Boston Marathon. We also talk about other specifics to the course and marathon racing in general:

  • COVID precautions for a major marathon
  • How to break the race up into segments
  • Mantras and mindsets to help you overcome the tough parts
  • Energy of the crowds and how to use it to your advantage
  • Running by effort versus running by pace

Peter also has insights on fueling and what a runner should really have in place prior to a race:

Hear the full episode below, follow the runners, and good luck if you are running the race!

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Thank You PATH Projects!

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