How to Run a Marathon

Every semester, Jennifer Carter trains groups of students in a fitness class called Marathon Training. She is an area director for Boston University Residence Life, but according to the Res Life website, her “true passion is running.”

The “training” part of the marathon class involves more than just learning how to run. Carter brings in nutritionists, psychologists, and all manner of experts to teach students about  the nuances of long distance running.

In honor of the 121st Boston Marathon last Monday, I sat down with Carter and a former student, Jasmine Hu, who just completed her second Boston Marathon.

Both Carter and Hu have run for Lingzi Lu, the Boston University student who died in the Boston Marathon bombing four years ago. The book and T-shirt in Carter’s office both commemorate Lu.

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