Barbara Brady 71 year old runner tells you all you need to know about marathons

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The seasoned runner shared her secrets that guide her zeal and energy during a marathon or race.

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Barbara Brady ran the Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 at 71 years old and it was her third Boston finish and 81st marathon finish.

Read her full story here.

The seasoned runner shared her secrets that guide her zeal and energy during a marathon.

Steal Brady’s tips to stay in running shape into your 70s and far beyond.

Train on Soft Ground
"I think it is important to run on softer surfaces, so I do a lot of running off the pavement. We have miles of packed sand trails in our town, plus some dirt trails, so I run a lot of miles on these."

Cross Train
"On the days I don't run, I do a lot of cross training, especially bike riding. We live in a great biking area with mild weather so we can ride all year long. I also cross train at the gym...elliptical, Stairmaster, pool running, swimming. I do core exercises plus special leg exercises to keep my left knee strong, because of a ski injury dating back to my 30s."

Follow the 80/20 Rule
"I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and not a lot of meat; I try to limit the junk food. I don't follow "low carb" or any particular diet. (Actually, I love bread, pasta and rice!) However, sometimes I splurge, especially after 20-mile runs or a long race! Before a marathon, I usually try to drop a few pounds, which is pretty easy with heavy training. I do think it is important to stay "light" to prevent injury."

Make Rest a Priority
"Sleep is very important to feel your best, so try to get as much as you need. I used to get lots of colds when I was working and I think it was at least partially because I didn't get enough rest. As you know, there are only a certain number of hours in a day!"

Break It Up
"When I'm running a marathon, I always break it up into parts, rather than focusing on 26 miles. My 1st goal is to make it into the double digits, then the half, which comes quickly. Next I focus on having less than 10 miles to go. Then getting past the 20-mile mark."

Pay the "If I Have to Walk" Game
"I figure out how long it would take me to finish if I ran about a 10-minute mile compared to a 15-minute mile for walking. Each mile that goes by, the walking time gets a little shorter."

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