By Kristy Ojala
Registration for the 114th annual Boston Marathon opened yesterday, and swift-footed athletes from around the world are clamoring to qualify under the strict new time requirements. A field of 26,000 runs the elite race every April, among them our very own Kara Goucher, who last year beat her personal record and came in fifth among women. But for the rest of us mortals, fall marathon training is in full effect, and by now you probably have a few aches and pains-or even marathon envy.
I was lucky enough to get into the lottery for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon, but my training has been sidelined for two weeks with a squawking IT band and tight hip flexors. I worry I may have to defer, but I'm not yet ready to give up. Sometimes having a big goal like a race is motivating; other times it feels like a second job that you never quite get the hang of and are always struggling to clock in on time. This can cause a wave of self-doubt and worse, self-defeat.Read More »from Keep Your Fall Marathon Training Realistic