Another year, another incredible Boston Marathon. The 2017 addition of this incredible race did not disappoint. Six Americans finished in the top 10 which is a feet that hasn’t been accomplished in quite some time. More importantly, it was a beautiful day to celebrate the pinnacle of running and new England’s continued love of long-distance […]
It’s that magical third Monday in April. The time of year when spring has sprung, even if it doesn’t show up on race day. The time of year when everybody is #BostonStrong. Monday was the 2016 Boston Marathon Monday! This year’s edition featured a good wind and temperatures in the low 70s. The weather was perfect for spectating. […]
In what was part of my comeback trail, the return to Boston was an event I’ve been looking forward to all year. I got it done, but it wasn’t pretty. Note to self — I definitely need to do a better job of learning to respect the marathon distance. Includes splits are more…
Until you hit the “line” you aren’t racing, you are running. You ignore the other runners and do your best to flatten out the course through smart pacing. Nutritionally you are fueling in anticipation of the last 8 miles. Race to the Finish — The last 8 miles on race day are were dreams are […]
The Boston Marathon is the holy grail for many marathon runners. The unique qualification system and stringent timing standards mean that only a small percentage of the marathoning population is eligible to participate. Unless you are a charity runner, your only option is to spend years getting fitter and faster…and then having the perfect race […]
After the marathon, most runners simply…keep running. No downtime. No rest. No reflection. No time for growth…and ultimately no room for it either. Any marathon finisher will tell you the importance of being 100% mentally prepared for the challenges of race day; yet few choose to exercise their mental muscles in the post-race window when […]
Running the 2013 Boston Marathon was something I was doing more for my family, than for myself. In 2014 I plan on running Boston for the victims of the bombing, and to exemplify the spirit and resiliency of the marathon community.
While registration information is up in the air for the 2014 Boston Marathon a few things are very certain. First, the 118th Boston marathon will be held on April 21, 2013. And second, after the tragic events of this past year, gaining entrance will be exceptionally hard for the event. The Boston Marathon already has […]
Here are my top three things to use when heading out in the heat; feel free to add your own product or concoction in the comments below, thanks!
Here are some tips on how you can mitigate the effects of the heat on your overall day, straight from what I have learned racing in the lava fields of Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships.
Race: Yuengling Shamrock Marathon (Virginia Beach, Virginia) Date: March 18, 2012 Goal Time: 3:05 (trying for Boston 2013) Actual Time: 3:00:31, (personal best by 8 minutes) Pre-Race: I initially signed up for this race after trying to qualify at the Marine Corps Marathon and the Richmond Marathon back in the fall. After 2 failed attempts, […]
The Marine Corps Marathon is the fall highlight for thousands of runners every year. The timing is perfect for conditions, the course is predominantly flat and the on-course motivation is quite high. Despite this, thousands of runners fail to meet their pre-race goals…and we want to fix that!
This weekend marks the 2010 edition of the Chicago Marathon, the unofficial start of the fall marathon classics. Chicago is one of the more popular US events with close to 45,000 athletes participating each year. Whether you are looking to finish or have your hopes pinned on a qualifying time for Boston, getting the inside […]
This was to be my first “real” race back post the bike crash of May 2011, when I broke my hip. I had qualified in 2009 with a 2:59:42, so my dream goal here this weekend was to go sub-3. At the end of the day, I fell short by about a minute but I […]
With the Boston Marathon mere days away, there are few things left to remember (including the sneakers above!). As you get ready to face the journey from Hopkinton to downtown Boston, you have undoubtedly spent time planning out how you will pace your day.
Another great question about marathon pacing! When I first wrote the pacing guidance for the marathon and half marathon distance into spreadsheets, I was very tempted to do just as you say. Over the last few years of coaching marathon runners, I have learned over time, both personally and in coaching other folks, that the […]