Boston Marathon Q&A: Rich Haskell

Local runners get ready for the big day.

This post is part of our Boston Marathon Q&A, where we ask local runners about their journey from the streets of Boston to the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Rich Haskell

Rich Haskell. Photo provided.

Name: Rich Haskell
Age: 58
Residence: Boxborough, MA

What did your training regimen look like?
A 16-week schedule sometimes altered by the Red Cross schedule (more miles). Increasing weekly mileage (top was 42 miles) until three weeks before the marathon then declining.

What was the hardest part of training?
Having the dogged discipline to adhere to the schedule and the long runs, particularly if you can only run them by yourself.

What’s your favorite pre-race (night before) meal?
Beer and pizza.

What is your favorite post-race meal?
Beer and pizza.

How will you stay motivated during the course?
The environment will help me and my certainty that the training has done it’s job.

Why do you run the Boston Marathon?
[It’s the] second leg of a three-marathon goal: Washington, D.C., March 2009; Boston Marathon, April 2013; New York City Marathon, 2015, perhaps. Plus [I’m] supporting the Red Cross.

Do you have any racing superstitions?

What will you be doing the day after the Boston Marathon?
As little as possible.