The BolderBoulder is just around the corner. You’ve put in the training, and you’re ready to rock the race. But what to do once the gun goes off? We have broken down the BolderBoulder giving you mile-by-mile strategy to attack the 10,000m course.
Mile 1: The first mile is relatively flat and fast. Many people go out really fast the first mile, try not to get swept up in the excitement. Take advantage of feeling good for the start and get some momentum for the rest of the race, but hold yourself back a little. You have a long way to go still, and the toughest hills are still in front of you.
Mile 2: This is when the hills start. Focus on keeping your rhythm up the hills and stay relaxed. Some of these hills feel really long (up to a half mile long), so get a song or mantra in your head or team up with a fellow racer to tackle the hills in this mile. Pay attention to your breathing, making sure you are taking even breaths. You should still be conserving a little energy, so back off the pace a little if you are struggling. There is a nice downhill just over halfway through this mile, so get your wheels turning here. You will be grateful for that momentum, because up next is about a one mile climb.
Mile 3: This entire mile is climbing with the exception of a few rollers and the very end. Keep your same mantra/song/friend by your side for this mile and stay tough! This is one of the hardest miles to stay engaged in because of the difficulty and the location within the race. You are not quite far enough to start pushing the pace, but that is not an excuse for disengaging and just going through the motions. Make sure you are still feeling smooth and strong through the hill.
Mile 4: The hills continue! You will get a little relief at the end of mile 3 and beginning of mile 4, so again take advantage of these downhills, shaking out your hill climbing legs. You have another climb here (about 1k long), but it is slightly less of a grade, and cushioned nicely on each end with significant downhill segments. Start gradually increasing your effort now that you are about half way through the race.
Mile 5: You have a short, steep hill here to reach he highest point of the course, then it is time to let loose! The majority of mile 5 is downhill, so get that turnover going. Focus on passing as many people as you can in this mile using the downhill to your advantage. You still have 2 miles to go though, so do not go all-out even though you have the downhill.
Mile 6: This is a great 6th mile. It starts downhill and then flattens out, ending with a steep climb into the stadium. It is time to start really pushing your pace and passing as many people as you can. Your legs will feel tired, you just worked really hard, but you can still finish this race strong. Get that mantra in your head again and start picking people off. Your last climb is the steepest of the course. Use the motivation that you are almost done to get you through it. Also, most people will be hurting at this point and slowing down, so try to fake your legs out by telling yourself that this is when you feel your strongest, and attack the hill with everything you have left.
Last 0.2miles: Once you summit the hill, you have a lap around the stadium. Enjoy your last 0.2 miles of the BolderBoulder. The boards used on Folsom Field can be a little slippery depending what shoes you are wearing, so be aware and be a little careful making the turn in the stadium. Race this last segment all out, finishing fast and strong.
Throughout the entire race, remember to enjoy yourself. Use energy from the spectators, smile, and soak in the moments you will create from running one of the toughest and most iconic races in the nation.