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When To Start Course-Specific Hill Work
You’ll want to begin the course-specific hill work in January. The hill work used to prepare for Boston is designed to strengthen and temper the quads for both the downhills and uphills on the course. The goal is to breakdown the quads early in the training cycle so you can do longer and harder hills later in the training segment without being as sore.
Starting early also gives you plenty of time to slowly build up your tolerance without thrashing your legs. You can’t expect your body to handle massive hill workouts your first few sessions. Starting in January helps you build your tolerance.