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Long runs and life stories

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney  February 19, 2010 11:25 AM

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Going the distanceGlobe correspondent Elizabeth Cooney is writing about the Boston Marathon in the series "Going the Distance," which appears in the Globe's G Health section. She's also training for it, and hopes you'll check in with her along the way.


This deep into marathon training, the long runs are getting longer. If you train with a running club or go out regularly with a friend, you know the pull of those weekly sessions. You don't want to let your running buddies down, so you better show up ready to roll. You know they'd do the same for you.

There's something else about that bond, I'm discovering. As seasoned runners will tell you, when you're out there for a couple of hours and a dozen or more miles, you tell each other stories. Running side by side with someone you may not have known well before, you'll hear about which brothers and sisters they're closest to or what they hope is the right school for their kids.

Sure, you'll talk about not starting out too fast in Hopkinton come April 19 and how to get over the next icy hill, but the other stories stay with me.  Pace determines who I'm matched with, but so far no one's been the silent type. 

Works for me. How about you? What is it about long runs?

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • 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

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