First of all, for those of you running in the 114th Boston Marathon next Monday, congratulations on qualifying! There are enough pre-race guides and preparation materials out there that I get butterflies in my stomach just skimming them, but we've got one more terrific resource you should really check out before Monday. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you've heard us talk about Dr. Mark Cucuzzella before. He's an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at West Virginia University and an expert in exercise physiology and running biomechanics (to be clear, he is not on the Newton Running payroll). He has run over 50 marathons and competed at Boston 16 times, finishing 5 times under 2:30.
The good doctor just sent us a detailed and thoughtful document entitled "How to Run the Boston Marathon." Whether you're running Boston on Monday, a marathon later this year, or even just a local 5K sometime soon, Dr. Mark's guide is a very insightful tool you shouldn't miss. Click the following link to download the pdf guide and by all means, pass this along to anyone you know racing on Monday: How to Run the Boston Marathon.
The team from Newton is on it's way to Boston right now. If you're in the area, please come by and say hello at the race expo. It's free and open to the public. Also, don't miss Dr. Mark, Dr. Dan Lieberman, Warren Green and Amby Burfoot from Runner's World leading a seminar called "Shoes, Barefoot, Pose, Chi: How Should You Run?" on Saturday at 3pm presented by Runner's World. Details here.
Otherwise, good luck to everyone at Boston. We'll be cheering you on!