Patriot’s Day is coming and you know what that means . . . . . time for the Boston Marathon! TeamEN has several folks partaking in this historic event and all are on record pace to have a HUGE day next Monday.
Meet a few of the runners below.
Hi my name is Rob Tagher. I am 40 years old and am a pediatrician living in Northern Kentucky. I am married and have 3 kids ages 7,9, and 10. I was talked into doing a Thanksgiving Day race 6 years ago and became addicted to running. After a few marathons in the under 4-hour range, I thought about the possibility of improving my time enough to qualify for Boston. I was able to do so in the Las Vegas Marathon in December 2010 (my PR from that race is 3:14). I still consider myself mainly a long distance runner (I have one 50-mile trail ultramarathon under my belt in which I placed 6th) and not a triathloner. But since I do a lot of cross training for my running anyway, I thought I would see what this Ironman® thing is all about. After running Boston I will concentrate on using the EN strategy to improve my cycling skills and prepare for the Louisville Ironman® in August.
Dottie Catlin has been a member of Team EN for over a year perfecting her race strategy and it’s working! Boston Marathon ’12 will be her 4th Boston and 6th marathon. She hopes it will be a nice start to the in-season, which includes Mooseman and Pumpkinman HIMs and Lake Placid and Arizona IMs. Dottie is married with three children, ages 6, 4 & 1. Go TEAM! Good luck with your execution strategies!!!
Jeremy Behler – 35 years old from Cincinnati, OH. This will be my first Boston, 3rd open marathon. I was never a big runner (it’s still the least favorite of the three disciplines) but I managed a 35 minute PR and BQ in my second marathon (Indianapolis Monumental November, 2010) so here I am. My goal for Boston is to have fun and take in the whole experience. If I am able to run fast at the same time then even better. I’ve always been so focused on race execution that I don’t pay much attention to my surroundings. I understand Boston is an absolutely incredible, unique marathon experience and my intent is to come home with all the great memories.
Hi! Julie Pfeifle here… first year with EN, I think 15th year doing triathlons, and probably 35th year running! Yeah… been at it a long time! Still loving it, especially shaking up the training this year with EN. This will be my 2nd Boston, and a funny thing happened on the way to Boston this time! I originally approached it as a “fun” race (yeah, weird sense of fun…), but as I ran hard this Outseason with EN, and the running felt great (and faster), I started to think… hmmm… I wonder if I could PR!! So, thanks to EN, I’m now gunning for a PR, but am really happy just to be going too!
I am new to EN. I have been a member since January. This will be my 10th Boston Marathon and my 14th marathon overall. I LOVE running BOSTON! My favorite things about Boston: slapping the kids “5” because they hold their hand out to show their friends as if Lebron James just slapped them “5;” the people lined up the entire way cheering; Wellesley girls (nuff said); BC students (giving Wellesley a run for their money!); fist pumping to the people in the trolly around mile 23 (they cheer back!); the guy who runs with a beer can hanging off his hat in front of him (he does drink beer throughout the course and he will pass you!); drunk Red Sox Nation outside of Fenway after the game screaming their heads off! I am racing Rev3 Quassy, IMLP, and potentially Pumpkinman. Good luck Team EN!
Hi there – I’m Craig Harris – I’m 40 and live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with my awesome and very supportive wife and three kids. I’ve been with EN for 2.5 years now. After Canada 2010, I switched my focus back to (almost) exclusively running. Which is to say I swim about as much as I did when I was training for Ironman, but cycle less.
After a slightly disappointing marathon in Edmonton last Summer (which, fortunately, was still a BQ), I turned my attention to Boston – which has been my focus over the winter. This will be my 5th marathon and I’m planning to knock off two goals at once: PB and Sub-3.
I’m also better at running than I am at writing Bios.
Looking forward to celebrating Patriots’ Day with my neighbours to the south – especially my good buddy Sam Adams – good luck everyone!
I am 54 and live in Orono Maine. My day job has me doing mapping and analysis for 835,000 acres of timberland in Maine. I ran my first race, a marathon, in 2004. This will be my second Boston and my 18th marathon so far. I have been an EN athlete since the fall of 2010.
Last year at Boston I was stupid and let my head get in my way and caused me to have one of the most difficult races to date. I started too fast and pushed hard until I couldn’t. By mile 16 I was on pace for an 8 minute PR that I knew I would never be able to make because my quads were shot and it was only a matter of time before the ‘wheels came off the bus’, and they did.
So, this year is all about execution. Execution like an EN Ninja. And if I do it right, have a good day, a 60 to 90 second PR is possible. Not likely, but possible.
My motto is “Go until you stop. If you’re not done, go some more”
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