Just four weeks to go until Boston. And to be honest, I wish I was running tomorrow. I am as fit or unfit as I am going to be.
Most people training for Boston will do their final long run this weekend. Three weeks before Boston is always a fun day on the marathon course. There will be hundreds of runners on the course this Saturday.
Most charity groups will be out there early Saturday morning. My last long run may be only 18 miles or so, but I am ready to get it done, then rest up for April 20.
I cut out of our track workout tonight a little early to attend a party in Boston. (What a shock!)
Tonight there was get together for Boston legend Eddie Doyle. Eddie is the real-life Sam Malone. For decades Eddie was the gracious host at the Bull and Finch Pub on Beacon Street, before it became known as Cheers.
It was great to see such running luminaries as coach Bill Squires and the Eliot Lounge's Tom Leonard. One of the things that makes the Boston running scene so much fun is the local races throughout the year.
Everyone gets excited about the Marathon, but it is the other 5K and 5-mile races that make running in Boston a special experience. Over the years there have been some great races that have raised thousands of dollars for local charities.
Back in the 1980's the Freedom Trail 8.1-mile race ran through the North End, Bunker Hill and finished at a great block party in the financial district.
The Milk Run was always 8 days before the Boston marathon and was a final tune up for some, and the first run of the spring for others.
The Doc Linsky 5-miler was always held in early September and wound its way through Cambridge for 20 years.
When these runs eventually ended , new races for new charities took their place. It's always a clear sign that Spring is on its way when the road races start again.
A week from Saturday, April 4, I will be putting on the Local 3, a flat fun race to raise money for the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge. Frank Santo, the owner of the Local Restaurant in West Newton, is graciously hosting the event that annually raises thousands of dollars for innovative cancer research. Along with the help from our friends at Harpoon Brewery, we are looking forward to a great afternoon. People can register at www.coolrunning.com
Speaking of Harpoon, they will be hosting their annual Harpoon 5-Miler on Saturday,, June 6 to raise funds for the Angel Fund. The Angel Fund raises a great deal of money to combat ALS.
Time for bed and sweet dreams about my long run on Saturday.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th 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