How do Olympic marathon runners like Lewy Boulet prepare physically for their event? You cannot "practice" running the marathon every day. Even Olympic-level athletes could not tolerate that level of strain.
Marathon training is all about pacing. Lewy Boulet found the perfect warm-up for her Beijing marathon this past Sunday in California. The "Wharf to Wharf" is a 6-mile race. It is competitive, but not at the level of a marathon. And, with the Olympics a couple weeks away, it was "perfect timing" for Boulet.
Boulet ended up finishing second among the women, with a time of 31:03 (a tie for 25th overall). Not bad, considering the 6-mile isn't even her event.