Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Marathon for Boston

You should run Boston! You should crash the race and run without a number. You've already done the hard part!

This is what I've been hearing for the last month. I can't argue with the claims. Over the last 6 weeks, I've averaged around 33 miles a week. I've gone out on 17 and 19 mile runs over terrain far hillier than any speed bumps that Hopkington to Boston has to offer. I've run Stu's 30k and set a 5k PR - in the spring - something a bit uncommon. It is fair to say that I have had a productive winter running season.

There isn't really any reason why I couldn't have entered to run Boston this year, save my own personal goals. My main marathon goal remains the 2011 Kona Marathon. Marking the 10 year anniversary of my historic weight loss efforts of 1999-2001, the 2011 race in Hawaii will represent the culmination of a couple years hard work to get to the healthiest weight and fitness level of my adult life. I may run Bay State later this year, but that will just be appetizer for the main course in Kona next year.

Until then, I have a number of half-marathons in my sights, including the Vermont Covered Bridges Half, and the inaugural Worcester Half. Add to this the charity race at Fenway in May and I've a pretty full schedule already. So I just couldn't see myself adding Boston this year.

But that doesn't mean I won't run like the rest of you. I just spread it out over two days.

This weekend, I ran 26.62 miles (13.37 Saturday and 13.25 Sunday). Through misty rain, over hilly terrain, and through wind gusts under cloudy skies, I ran on.

Consider it a tribute of sorts - to those of you that will toe the line tomorrow at perhaps the greatest event that our sport has to offer. The 114th running of the Boston Marathon. If you're an invitational entry, enjoy it. If you've managed to qualify - savor it.

Either way, I wish everyone running tomorrow the best of luck.

Run, run, run!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Michael Dunleavy 5k

On April 11th, I made my way out to Winchester for the 8th annual Michael Dunleavy 5k road race. My friend Sarah was participating in her very first 5k and I wanted to be there to support her. It was an absolutely beautiful day for a run, despite a little wind.

I wasn't really anticipating a very strong race. I ran 8 miles on Saturday and then ate/drank at a wedding all day/night. My primary reason for the race was to lend support.

The course had a few small hills throughout the first 2 miles and then a whopping climb at about 2.5. Combined with the wind it made for a challenge. As I said, I wasn't really expecting much, but I was extremely happy with the results when I crossed the finish line in 24:21 (07:50 pace), a PR for me by over a minute!

48 151 Adam Monty 33 40/145 M 14/25 M3039 JEFFERSON MA 24:21 7:50

After grabbing a water, I went back to find Sarah and accompany her the rest of the race. She was run/walking it, so after we got up the big hill, I saw her triumphantly cross the finish line. It was great to get to be a part of someone else's first time out!

Here are a couple of pics from the race.


Sarah and I after the race:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

NESN Video

NESN has put together a story on the Run To Home Base charity event that I'll be participating in on May 23rd in Boston. To view the story, please visit the NESN site here:

NESN Run To Home Base Video

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