“Running to Boston” is an occasional running log, documenting my path to the 2017 Boston Marathon, at 56 years old.
This will be my second Boston. 2016 was the first. The experience was defined by training injuries in February and March and by the crowds along the route. The injuries limited me to less than 100 training miles in those months. That proved without a doubt that a successful Boston requires a nearly flawless training program. While the 5-hour run-walk was pretty brutal, the experience of the crowds was incredible, almost indescribable. Running or walking, every time I looked up from my shoes, hundreds of people were cheering me on. By the end of the race, I knew I had to experience it at least once more. Before leaving Boston, I registered for a race in Michigan on the final qualifying weekend. With a new PR in my pocket following that race, I’m headed back to Boylston in 2017.
Running is a big part of my life. But, it’s not everything. I’m a husband, father, systems engineer, author, and longtime podcaster. The fact that I can run marathons in my fifties is a little slice of grace that adds to what’s already been an interesting and full life.
I hope you’ll find it interesting, as well.