Marathon Training Week 2

Week 2: Zack’s chronicle of his training and transformation as he prepares for the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Saturday, February 19th.  The weather had been warm for the last couple of days so I ventured a nice long outdoor run.

According to the beginners Marathon training schedule, I should be up to about 12 miles with 8 weeks to go.  So I googled, “Charles River running map” and figured that if I ran from Elliot Bridge to the Science Museum, that would be 10.2 miles.

Considering the longest I’d run so far was just 6 miles, that seemed safe.  To help train for the exhaustion of true marathoning, I decided to skip breakfast and run on an empty stomach, with no water.

The run was pleasant and I had my favorite speeches queued up on my ipod as I ran along Memorial Ave past MIT towards the Science Museum.  My new gear from the New Balance factory store made the windy 20 degree weather bearable.  On my return trip, I thought I’d spice things up and run back on the other side of the Charles and crossed the BU bridge.  Now, perhaps if I wasn’t exhausted and dehydrated, I would have remembered that the BU bridge doesn’t just take you across the Charles– it takes you to Boston University!  So now I was running (shuffling really) along Commonwealth Ave. completely bewildered!  Fortunately, I sighted One Western Tower as a white beacon on the horizon and followed it home, completing more than 13 miles instead of the 10 I had intended.

Clearly by now you can see, I am not all that clever and probably even a little crazy!  So why am I putting myself through this? Well, in truth I’m doing it to help fight cancer. My life has been blessed in so many ways that I feel I’d like to do what I can to give back.  So I am working with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to raise $10,000 for their world class cancer research.  Their science helps build understanding and insight into how cancer operates and affects cells, so that more effective treatments can be found.

Sadly, cancer kills thousands every year.  Each of us knows someone who has or who is battling cancer.  Please help me in my quest to raise $10,000 to fight cancer by donating what you can at: //

Your contribution is tax deductible, and will be put to excellent use.  In the end, it will create far more value than another iced-coffee or frozen yogurt from the Grille.

Have a great day, and thanks for donating!


Next week’s goals
14-16 mile long run and lose the 10 lbs I picked up during J-term.

February 28, 2011
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