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Six weeks, six days, and a six-pack

Posted by Rich Horgan  March 4, 2009 07:55 AM

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Seems like the marathon has crept up on me this year.

This will be my 16th consecutive year running Boston, and it has been a challenging year. I usually ease into my training by running the reach the beach relay in September and the BAA Half Marathon in October. Things were going according to plan when one night in November my hamstring started to kill me on a short run from Crossroads Pub in Boston.

I took a week off and ran the Gobble Gobble Gobble on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately my hamstring bothered me again, Thank goodness for the free beer at the Buren.

Anyway, enough with my injury woes. My old boss once told me that excuses were like rear ends, everyone has one.

I am getting excited as the marathon approaches. Nothing better than to see the first time runners run their first 15- and 20-mile run. Every year the training is hard, but meeting new people and seeing old friends on the road make Boston a special part of my life.

Time to forget to stretch again and go to sleep. Thursday night run at Crossroads coming up.

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3 comments so far...
  1. we need more advice on how six packs aid your training!

    Posted by Glen Graubart March 6, 09 09:54 AM
  1. A good six pack will aid your training in a variety of ways Glen. We've all heard about the importance of good core strength for all athletic endeavors and the marathon is no exception. Work those abdominals and obliques regularly and you'll go to the starting line better able to handle any adversities that might come your way during the race - not to mention having a little more confidence in your fitness.

    A second, and possibly more important, benefit of a good six back relates to our dictum that what defines a good Boston Marathon race is maintaining the ability to dance as Shifter's annual post-race party, where you'll surely down another good six pack. Keep smiling and keep on keepin' on!

    Posted by Jack March 10, 09 04:53 PM
  1. And Jack always know best! Core strength-more strength, but those six pack carbs must be a benefit as well. Go DFMC...go ShiftCat!

    Posted by JD March 25, 09 02:01 PM
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