Welcome to episode 77 of the Final Surge Podcast where we welcome professional runner Kellyn Taylor and her coach Ben Rosario. Kellyn is coming off her top 10 finish at the New York City Marathon last November is one of the many amazing Americans in the Boston Marathon in April. We talk to Kellyn and her coach about the training to date and what to expect in Boston. They share with us what the workouts look like, what Boston specific work they are doing and get into details about the hills and why they chose Boston for the spring marathon. Make sure you check out Ben's 10-weeks to Boston Blog and follow Kellyn online.
How did you get started in running?
You ran a great race at NYC, at what point did you decide Boston was going to be your next race?
How is your training going, where are you with it?
Ben, you have been blogging about the training, can you tell us what the weeks are looking like right now?
Arnold on Twitter asked about the mental aspect of running when you decide you did not want to do a marathon right after NYC was it more for mental reasons or physical?
Ben, when you are coaching elite runners like this, how much do you talk about the mental aspect of racing?
One thing Ben has been talking about on the blog is how different Boston is. What has been different about the Boston preparation?
Listeners love to hear about mileage, what is your mileage at right now?
Besides the training, is there anything different in your other preparation to get ready for Boston?
When you were training for NYC you were training with Steph Bruce, she is doing London this time so are you still training with her or are you doing different workouts?
Ben, is this something that was strategic or do you let them decide what marathons they are doing and just guide them?
You and Scott Smith were up in Boston and run parts of the course, what were your thoughts?
You and Scott have done three of the same races so far, does it help having Scott Smith there to do the workouts with someone?
What is a hard workout you have done recently?
Do you like running hills or would you rather have a flat course?
You have done quite a few marathons and have experience, Jonathan from Twitter asked what your diet is like leading into the race?
Ben: Going back to the Boston question, seeing it helps the athlete to see it and helps me to sculpt the workouts better. We are doing these hills not to survive Boston but to thrive on the Boston course.
If you are doing 110 miles a week, how much of that is specifically downhill so you can get used to it?
Another question we got was about easy runs, what does an easy run look like?
What are your goals for Boston?
Ben, can you talk about what is going on with the 10-weeks to Boston blog at this time?
Kellyn what Hoka's are you using for training and