Smart People learn from their mistakes, Brilliant people learn from others.
I have made plenty of mistakes. I have learned that most mistakes cause pain. And I lot of it.
I have always been that person who wants to absorbs all the information I can. Probably because I know 50% of it I will forget within 5 minutes of me carrying on. And the other 45% I will mess all up. If I get 5% of the most important stuff down it is a good day!
In March of 2011, My IT band bared its ugliness. He became I unwanted running partner. I went out to Clint Verrans office for physical therapy. He is considered the "Run Guru". He himself has ran Boston, coming 10th overall a few years back and also running the Olympic trials. This one of the best experiences I have had with physical therapy.
Because my injury was so close to my first Boston Marathon, I knew I had to run with more than my legs.
You do not have to have a brain to run. Even the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz could run a Marathon. If you have the Heart of a Lion you can run wherever your legs take you.
However, if you want to run with a purpose and effectively...Make it to OZ for a Brain.
Knowledge is Power.
I took that time with Clint not only to have him help rehabilitate me but also to absorb his knowledge of the course.
I knew that my Heart way the driving force. I also knew that there was a chance that my legs might fail me. I needed the Knowledge of the course and how to run with the best use of my legs.
"Clint I need all the info I can get on the Boston Marathon..." With out hesitation he says "OK..I will help you with everything I can". Here are the main points...
- The First 16 miles is all slow decline
- Don't let the decline make you loose your pace..steady & smooth..Like your running on EGGSHELLS.
- At 16 there are a set of 4 hills called the Newton Hills..The fourth is the well know Heartbreak Hill.
- These 4 hills go on about 4 miles and are about a half a mile long a piece.
- This is why you do not want to blaze out of the gate because the hills will kill your quads and hamstrings and you will need all you energy here. ( you will feel good but DON'T.)
- From mile 22 to the finish is goes back into a steady decline all the way in.
- There are no pacers at the Boston..Try very hard to keep your pace so you don't bottom out!
- The race doesn't start till 10am so be careful how you eat.
- Clint got a PR at Boston. He came in 10th place OVERALL in 2006!
- You will go around a curve and then the HILLS start! This is one of the only curves in the race because it is a straight course.
When you see the Chevron SIGN you are on the homeward stretch!!!