Exercise Physiology

Runner with a mission: Boston

Even though I smelled bad enough to knock a buzzard off a gut pile, the people in the medical tent of the 2013 Victoria Marathon were kind and caring. One paramedic even let me use his cell to make a long-distance call to my wife, who was watching via Internet feed and had no doubt seen me collapse at the finish line of my Boston Marathon qualifying race.

After the tragedy of 2013, I was on a mission to qualify to run Boston in 2014. I'd only run one prior marathon, with a 3:52 time, and needed to shave almost half an hour off to meet the sub-3:25 requirement for my 45-49 age group. To understand this, get on a treadmill, set it for 8 mph and go for over three hours. I considered it...