This post marks the beginning of my fourth year contributing to the Boston.com Boston Marathon Blog. While I have been running marathons since 2000, I have only been writing them since March of 2009, when I began to contribute to this blog. However, much in the way I look forward to training and the marathon, I also now look forward posting to this blog starting in March. In short, Iíve now been doing this long enough that itís become core to my Boston Marathon experience.
So, why wait until March?
For me, this is the time in my training schedule when the intensity really starts to increase. The runs are getting longer and while the marathon is still several weeks away, the reality of race day is sinking in. Iíve spent several months training for a distant goal and by March the distance to the starting line is starting to not look very far. As a result, itís a time when I actively start to think and reflect about the marathon and all that it means to me. Itís a time when the ideas start to flow.
March is also when I am doing the majority of my longest runs. What I mean here is that by the time March rolls around, Iím doing 15 to 20-mile runs on a regular basis. This gives me a lot of time to think and my mind can definitely start to wander. Iíve said this before, but I do some of my best and most creative thinking when Iím running, and itís definitely a time when I think of various ideas for posts. Sure, I can do this during shorter runs, but the time that a long run affords definitely enables me to think things through.
Additionally the weather in March tends to be a bit milder. While the weather this training season in New England has been relatively mild as a whole, not dealing with typical conditions of sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice is certainly helpful as well.
Finding a Topic
The writing I have done over the years has also made me realize how much of a multidimensional subject running is. While some may think of running as ďboringĒ, Iíve learned itís far from that. Over the years Iíve touched on many subjects ranging from training to local profiles to travel to community to personal motivation and more. Itís made me realize that running is about much more than the miles, the race and the finish line. Over the years Iíve realized that running and marathons are a journey that is both athletic and spiritual. As a result Iíve been forced to examine the world around me and look at running and the marathon from many different perspectives.
This is both a challenge and inspiration when it comes to writing, but I always find that when youíve got passion, the words flow freely. While I certainly have some ideas about some topics Iíll be writing about, bringing those to life along with the ideas that I know will come, keeps me coming back as well.
Back for more?
As I stare down my 11th consecutive Boston run, itís clear that running is something that Iím clearly drawn to. For me, the great thing to me about running a marathon is that it never gets boring. Itís always incredibly challenging and very rewarding.
Likewise, writing about this experience is now clearly an extension of this passion. Therefore, I keep on writing because doing so has provided me with a greater understanding of why I run and ultimately what the marathon means to me.
- 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