Seems like the marathon has crept up on me this year.
This will be my 16th consecutive year running Boston, and it has been a challenging year. I usually ease into my training by running the reach the beach relay in September and the BAA Half Marathon in October. Things were going according to plan when one night in November my hamstring started to kill me on a short run from Crossroads Pub in Boston.
I took a week off and ran the Gobble Gobble Gobble on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately my hamstring bothered me again, Thank goodness for the free beer at the Buren.
Anyway, enough with my injury woes. My old boss once told me that excuses were like rear ends, everyone has one.
I am getting excited as the marathon approaches. Nothing better than to see the first time runners run their first 15- and 20-mile run. Every year the training is hard, but meeting new people and seeing old friends on the road make Boston a special part of my life.
Time to forget to stretch again and go to sleep. Thursday night run at Crossroads coming up.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes