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Posted by Elizabeth Cooney  March 29, 2010 09:35 AM

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Going the distanceGlobe correspondent Elizabeth Cooney is writing about the Boston Marathon in the series "Going the Distance," which appears in the Globe's G Health section. She's also training for it, and hopes you'll check in with her along the way.

We did it.

We did our 21-mile marathon rehearsal run on Saturday morning, joining throngs of other runners not thrilled to be able to see their breath at the 8 a.m. start. The Saucony glove give-away was a big hit in Hopkinton. Check out Rich Horgan's entry for more.

For me, it was fun to feel the carnival atmosphere and follow the wave of runners threading through each town. I was imagining roads thick with runners and free of cars on race day.

Atop Heartbreak Hill, the victory was keeping our pace and not having to stop along the route. It was hard to tell who might be following a Jeff Galloway-inspired walk-run strategy and who might be taking a break after a too-speedy start.

It's fascinating to see how one can take in stride what seemed outlandish a few months ago. Twenty-one miles? Sure. We can do that.

It's the next 5.2 I have my eye on now. And whether we can pick up the pace.

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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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