After 4 years to trying, I finally qualified for Boston, running 3:12:41(!).
I used the Level 3 Marathon Training Program, with the only modification being swapping Foundation Runs for rides on my road bike for 1.5x the allocated time in order to prevent overtraining injuries.
The course of my qualifying race was fairly hilly, which got me to thinking that I should modify my training for Boston keeping the unique downhill/uphill nature of the course in mind. I live in Newton, MA, so I have ready access to a good downhill section through Wellesley, then all the Newton Hills.
My question is the following: will incorporating these hills into my long run be enough to prepare me or do I should I consider to modifying the plan?
Congratulations, Ken! I recommend that, in addition to long runs, you do some of your other workouts on terrain similar to Boston’s course–particularly marathon-pace runs and steady-state runs, perhaps even a tempo run or two.