Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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July 31, 2008

Q&A: 16 hours, 100 miles. How'd he do it? Burritos (and other answers)

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Q: The Vermont 100 mile race started at 4 a.m. Is this when you usually train, or do you train in the evening?

A: I do almost all of my training in the morning. I am a corporate attorney and a partner in a large law firm. I work a lot of hours and often get home late. I know that if I do not get my run done in the morning, I may not get out to run that night. So I usually get up between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and get out for my runs. By the time I'm home, my kids are getting up and I am able to spend time with them before going to work. Same on the weekends, because I want to get back by the time my kids get up so that we can spend time together.

Q: You mentioned the crews who met the runners to give them things like clean pairs of socks. How many pairs did you think you went through?

A: Only two pairs. I usually don't change my socks or shoes, but it was a wet day and my feet were swelling from the terrible humidity, so I opted to change my socks at the 70-mile aid station. There was a huge thunderstorm 30 minutes later so the comfort didn't last long.

Q: How did you feel upon completion of the race?

A: I was just very happy. I felt a great sense of accomplishment. It was a long road to get to that point, not just the 100 but all the training and setbacks. In the end, I ran as well as I could have that day and it was a great result, even better than I expected. Second place in my first 100-mile race is not too shabby.

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