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Posted by Rich Horgan  March 22, 2010 10:05 PM

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Now that Jack Bauer has made the world safe for another week, I can start worrying about April 19.

It seems funny that running the New York City Half Marathon this past weekend was an "easy" week in my training schedule.

Trust me, come May a 6-mile-run will be a long run again.

For a long time marathoner like me, both in No. of years,17, and hours it takes, 4-plus, this coming weekend is the last day of pain before the race.

The annual 21-miler from Hopkinton-to-Boston College is always a festive occasion in Boston. Hundreds of runners will be crowding the streets along the route on Saturday morning. I convinced my old roommate Ski, after a few beers, to give my running crew (Darby, Jen, Karen, and Miranda) and me a ride out to Hopkinton on Saturday. I'll have to remind him of his promise later this week.

During the 21-mile training run, we will be joined by many of the charity running groups that are raising millions of dollars through their run for great causes such as Dana Farber Cancer research and the Liver Foundation. The great support by family and friends at the water stops makes this difficult task a little easier to take.

Getting your last long run in and then having three weeks to taper is a great feeling.
Of course, after a little lunch and a long stint on the couch, I'll be ready to head out and rehydrate on Saturday night.

Time to catch some extra rest before Saturday morning arrives.

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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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