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Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  April 13, 2012 07:08 PM

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100dan_clayton.jpg Dan Clayton is one of five Boston Marathon entrants testing the Polar RCX5 personal training computer and blogging about it for Boston.com
Racing flats, trainers, short shorts, shorter shorts, singlet, hat, sweatpants, sweatshirt, sunglasses, hair gel so I can look like this guy, rain gear, GUís, water bottle, Body Glide, foam roller, socks, backup socks, backup backup socks, Band-aids, Advil, and of course the latest several additions to my arsenal of over-preparedness, the Polar RCX5, GPS, stride sensor, and heart rate monitor.

Am I missing anything, boston.com?

These items have been lined up on my coffee table since last Monday, and when push comes to shove foot comes to pavement, none of them will make all that big of a difference. At least not when compared to the six months of training, 96 scoops of Endurox, and approximately 1,800 miles run. It seems like there is very little I can do at this point to improve my chances and a million things I could forget to bring to the starting line that could totally ruin them.

Yet somehow I couldnít feel any more prepared than I do right now. I may very well be in the best shape of my life, and thatís including the five years (go Huskies) of D1 distance I just finished up last year. Other than a tight IT band here and a chest cold there, everything has gone more or less according to plan. The stats from the RCX5 are great for confidence on race day. I know exactly what Iím capable of and exactly what the game plan will be come Monday.

summersearch.jpgIíd like to thank the folks at Summer Search Boston (the charity team Iíve been fundraising for and training with) for their support over the past several months. If you havenít heard of Summer Search, check it out here! Itís truly an amazing program and I am thrilled to be part of the team.

The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.

Iíve had the opportunity to meet several of these students and hear their stories. What theyíve accomplished is incredibly impressive, but what impresses me more is their desire to use what they have gained through the program to give back to their communities, families and others. I strongly encourage anyone interested to get involved.

If youíre searching for me this Monday look for the team Summer Search jersey and bib number 568.

Good luck to everyone running and donít forget to take a ride with Boston Pedicabs post-race (my old employer). Iíll see you at the finish line.

Oh! Safety pins! I almost forgot.

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  • 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.
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