Every race is different which is why it is best to know as much as possible about that particular marathon's details and to train accordingly.
Here are some Cox Rhode Races specific training tips.
The Cox Providence Rhode Races are run exclusively on paved roads and bike paths. There are no cobblestone, dirt or gravel stretches on the course.
It is recommended that you spend at least 50% of your training on pavement in preperation for the race.
The Cox Sports Marathon is a great Boston Marathon qualifier because of the relative flatness of the course. There are a few rolling hills, in particular at mile 6. The Cox Sports Marathon hugs the water and utilizes the East Bay Bike Path, creating a flat course. The half marathon goes up and down Blackstone Blvd, providing some gradual changes in elevation.
Prepare your legs for the Cox Rhode Races courses by running gentle hills on at least two of your training days each week. This training will be good not only for running the marathon, but will enhance your overall running skills and leg health. This combination will help you to maintain a steady, efficient pace rather than working too hard on the up hills and not hard enough on the down hills.
In just four years the Cox Rhode Races has covered all New England Spring weather conditions. From cold rain to unseasonably warm sunshine, Providence weather in early May can be unpredictable. With an average high of 62° and an average temperature at race start time of 53° the Cox Rhode Races is positioned for ideal running conditions every year. However, runners should monitor the forecast closely in the days leading up to the race as temperatures and conditions may vary tremendously at this time of year.
Rain and Wind
Don't be afraid to train on days that have rainy or windy conditions. Try different clothing options and find out what are most suitable and comfortable.
Sun and Heat
With a typically short transition between winter and spring in New England, it can be hard to prepare and train for a sudden heat wave but the most important thing to remember is to drink plenty of fluids. The Cox Rhode Races will provide more than enough fluids before, during and after the race.
Additional training tips coming soon. If you would like to meet and communicate with other runners a great forum for feedback from other runners is the Cox Providence Rhode Races Facebook and Twitter pages.