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Of course, "going out like a maniac" in ANY marathon is not a smart idea. You now added one extra variable to measure whether your "running 20 minutes slower at Boston" was due to lack of preparation for hills, both up and down.

It is important to prepare yourself for BOTH uphills and downhills to run a course like Boston. While most people talk about the Heartbreak Hill (although the origin of the name is more of emotional cause than literal), it is as much of downhill running that would make you prepared for the course. Bill Rodgers, as you know, was the king of downhill running and did well over Boston course.

Some people might have hard time handling types of hill training Lydiard advocated. I used to compete in triple jump and I developed what Arthur teasingly called "the best hill bounder" he knew. When I was in NZ, I used to pick up 2 or 3 spots going over the fence (only to be passed by 4 or 5 people on flat!) so I have no problem doing hill exercises. The best way, Lydiard always said, is to go over, say, for 15 minutes (instead of using how many reps) of hill exercise first and see how your legs react to it. Then do 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and so on. As you pointed out, it is NOT anaerobic developing workout (though you WILL get into it). It is not to be performed as an all-out sprint. It is technique/resistance work.

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