Regardless of whether you've signed up for the boilermaker or not, there's still time to get in shape for the 15-k race. But coaches say try not to procrastinate too long.
"The sooner the better, the sooner you start running the easier it's going to be. Running is very much you do something one week and then you can kind of build a little bit more, build a little bit more, so the sooner you start running the easier it's going to be to get up to that 9.3 mile mark."
Let's say you signed up for the race but haven't started training yet. College runners say pacing is a key part to training for the strenuous race. "Obviously you don't want to start off going too hard too fast too soon. You want to start off slow and that's how any training for any millage is going to go." "Definitely build up, I do my short runs on Sunday's because that's the day of the race, like my longer distance runs but I'll start coming out of track I don't do much millage "
Since the boilermaker offers multiple races, training differs depending on what race you plan on running. "I think when you're in a 5K or a 6K it's definitely more of an all-out feeling, while there is some pacing to it, you really should just be working hard the entire time, versus in a 15K it's a lot more of comfortably hard pace and kind of waiting until the last few miles to start pushing yourself."