|Ian Sharman (second from left) after the 2010 Boston Marathon|
Even though most Julbo runners are trail-specific athletes, we have a few versatile and heartfelt guys making their way east to run in the famed Boston Marathon. After last year’s tragedy, this race means some different to everyone. We talked with Ian Sharman, Matt Flaherty and Michael Wardian about their plan for the race, how it’s different than the usual trail runs and what Boston means to them.
JULBO: Why the Boston Marathon? Have you run it before?
IAN SHARMAN: I’ve run road marathons all over the world because I enjoy them, despite mainly focusing on trail ultras. This will be my fourth Boston and it’s certainly my favorite U.S. road race.
MATT FLAHERTY: I've never run Boston, but I've always wanted to. It's been almost seven years since my first marathon and I can't believe it took me this long to fit Boston into my schedule! I could have done it other years, but I wanted to be competitive when I finally ran it. It's all the more meaningful to the entire running community given last year's tragedy.
MICHAEL WARDIAN: The Boston Marathon is the event that got me started running. I thought I would run Boston once and that would be it, but upon seeing the people of Boston, the course, the way that the city loves the race, I knew I would run Boston as long as they would allow me. Every time I run it, I get a sense of that first time. It blows me away and makes me want to come back for more.
J: What does this year mean to you after last year’s bombings?
IS: I know the race will mean a lot to the people of Boston and the running community as a whole. I want to be there to support that. The positivity and resolve shown by the city will be on full display and will make it a particularly special race.
MF: The marathon is supposed to be a celebration of hard work. For many, it’s the ultimate physical achievement in their lives. The day after Boston, I went out for a hard 26.2-mile training run in solidarity. I wanted to run and to feel that familiar pain and fatigue and have some time to think and not think at all.
This year's race will be run in memory of those who lost their lives and suffered injuries last year. I think the race will also be a very communal celebration of perseverance, and of the beauty and simplicity of running. I'm glad that I will be a part of it.
MW: I was in Boston for the race and running last year with my buddy Jason Kinzel. We ran pretty well and were done a smidgen before the tragedy. It shook me to my core and had me questioning why I run and race. I am a runner and it’s a very big part of who I am, but I was scared, mad and shocked. But at my core, I knew the act against Boston, the Boston Marathon and runners would not stop me from doing what I/we love. This year I hope we can show the world that Boston is back and stronger than ever.
J: How do you expect to do?
IS: I use road marathons as a way to do fast, long runs as preparation for longer events, so I haven’t focused on this race as a target goal. However, I’d like to run somewhere around 2:40 or maybe a bit quicker.
MF: I'm not 100 percent geared up for Boston as I have a couple of ultramarathons on my schedule in May and June, but I am fit and ready to race. I ran the Napa Valley Marathon a month ago as a tune up, and since then my fitness and speed have really progressed. First and foremost, I want to run a personal best (2:22:52 or faster), but I think I could run as fast as 2:20 if I have a great day.
MW: I am aiming and hoping to do quite well. I would love to be in the top 25 overall and I am trying to win the Masters category. I just turned 40 and based on my current fitness, I think a great race should be possible.
|Ian Sharman running Boston|
J: Being an ultrarunner/trail runner, what is it like to run a road marathon in comparison?
IS: Road marathons are obviously faster races, but they’re also much more evenly paced with no significant hills. I enjoy both the speed and consistency of road races, but the variation and spectacular surroundings of the trails, so I couldn’t imagine giving either of them up completely.
MF: You need more speed for a road marathon versus a trail ultramarathon. In the latter, you can get by mostly on strength. I realized when I ran the Napa Valley Marathon last month that while I was strong, I didn't have very good turnover. For the last five weeks I've done some quicker workouts to bring that speed back around.
I think the main difference between a road marathon and trail marathon is the impact your body takes on the roads is much greater than trails. Also, with a road marathon, every second counts; there aren’t stream crossings, technical footing and mountains to climb on the roads. I see no reason that we as runners cannot explore both the roads and trails. In the end, running both allows us to really test our limits.
MW: I think the training for both roads and trails is pretty similar: You need to do the work. The great thing about running, as in life, is you get back what put into it. There are no judges – just the time at the finish. It’s not subjective and I love that.
But to answer the question more directly, I think we as athletes need to have a great fitness base and from that, we can train for whatever race we have coming up.
We wish Ian, Matt and Mike the greatest speed and strength in the 2014 Boston Marathon! Are you running the Boston Marathon this year? Hashtag your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #JulboForBoston.