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Running as qualifer an important feat

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  March 29, 2012 09:12 AM

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100tara_bennett.jpg Tara Bennett is one of five Boston Marathon entrants testing the Polar RCX5 personal training computer and blogging about it for Boston.com
This is my second Boston Marathon and both times I qualified – an important personal feat.

I grew up in Newton and watched countless marathon runners make their way up Heartbreak Hill. Never did I imagine that one day I would be one of the thousand of runners to conquer the Newton Hills. When I took to running marathons in 2008, I set a goal run Boston -- as a qualified runner. I love achieving my goals! My 2009 run had me struggling up the Newton hills so I have a bit of a vengeance to conquer this year.

I was very excited to receive my Polar RCX5 on March 22, just prior to my last long training run. I was surprised as not only did I receive the Polar RCX5 in my package but I also received the s3+ Stride Sensor and the Polar G5 GPS – new toys … yeah! During this past week, I have used the monitor and am navigating the GPS system, but I still need to calibrate the stride sensor.

I took a different approach to my training for Boston this year as I added core and strength training two to three times a week and reduced the number of “recovery runs” during the week. I have noticed a difference in my runs with the addition of core strength so I look forward to seeing how this translates over 26.2. I used the RCX5 for my 22-miler on Friday which was great to keep me honest since the weather was very humid.

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And I used it for my bootcamp class on Tuesday.

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I like the soft, comfortable strap (though it did slip a few times during my long run), and the easy vision of data on the watch face. More next week!

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