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The waiting is the hardest part

Posted by Rich Horgan  April 13, 2010 09:12 AM

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I'm not sure if Tom Petty ever ran a marathon but his words ring true this week.

After several months of following a training schedule, suddenly there is nothing to do but wait and worry. Last weekend, I held my annual road race at Waverly Oaks Athletic Club.
The weather was beautiful, the turnout great, and most importantly we raised several thousand dollars for innovative cancer research.

This past week we did our last Thursday night run from Newton to the Crossroads Pub. It seems so different running in shorts and in the daylight, but the pizza and the company was as good as ever. Funny how all winter we look forward to completing our training, but when we do we feel a bit sad that it is coming to an end.

Sunday I ran for the last time before next week. Doyle's 5-mile run in Franklin Park is a perfect way to put a wrap on a solid (albeit limited) preparation for Monday. I just glanced at the clock and realized that on Monday at about 2:30 p.m., I will hopefully be nearing the end of my 17th Boston Marathon.

The next few days will consist of healthy eating, getting hydrated, one last massage, and catching up on sleep. Saturday will be time to go to the runner's expo and pick up my official No. 22707.

Sunday is the best part of the marathon experience for me when pproximately 1,800 people will gather in the Copley Marriott for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Pasta Dinner. Along with 500+ runners and families there will be several young heroes that are waging a much tougher battle than conquering a few hills in Newton.

Over fifty patients from the Jimmy Fund clinic will be honored during the afternoon program.
Each patient is paired with a Dana-Farber runner that built a special relationship with them over the past year. When you see these children slowly making their way to the stage with their running partner, your own personal challenge pales by comparison.

I wish it were Monday already.

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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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