People often ask me: What is it about the Boston Marathon that makes it so special? It has a lot to do with history – the Boston Marathon was first staged in 1897. It also has a lot to do with the fact that you need to qualify for it that makes it so popular/special. However, for me, Boston is so special mainly because of Johnny Miles – who was born and raised in Cape Breton and won the prestigious race not once (1926), but twice (1929). Only 11 Canadians have ever won Boston and I am proud to say a Cape Bretoner is one of them.
If Mother Nature has the effect she’s had on Cape Breton in recent years, training for Boston will no doubt be challenging. Training for any marathon is a challenge, but training for a marathon through January, February, and March is even more of a test. Once I complete the Philadelphia Marathon in November, my focus will shift entirely to the Ironman. To maximize success at the Ironman distance, it is best to devote several months of training to it. As a result, biking and swimming will be as much of a priority as running. None the less, I’ll prepare as best I can for Boston, and enjoy the experience regardless of the outcome!
|John MacKinnon and I after my first Boston Marathon in 2008.|