Monday, October 29, 2007

How do other athletes train for a marathon?

NOVA presents "Marathon" - Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 7 PM on PBS.

How do you run 26.2 miles if you have trouble making it around the block? With good coaching, discipline, and lots of group support—as NOVA shows when it follows 13 would-be athletes through a nine-month regimen designed to prepare them for the Boston Marathon®. Created in cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association, which granted NOVA unprecedented access during the 111th Boston Marathon (April 16, 2007), and Tufts University, the film takes viewers on a unique adventure inside the human body, tracking changes in the runners' bodies. The film promises to be inspiring, as well as entertaining.

Marathon premiers Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7 pm on WSEC and WILL

7 comments:

Mary L. Rogers said...

And no Barry - I'm not on the ultimate quest to get everyone to do a marathon - just those who I know with enough fire in their steps, or those who eat the most twinkies!

And Barry asked me how these nine rookies got into BOSTON! Guess we'll just have to watch and see....

Chuck B. said...

They train for 9 months for 1 race...heck, Springfield Runners train 24/7 to run the gamut!

They should profile us.

5K in the late Spring...
10K in the late summer...
10 miles in December...
1/2 marathon early Spring...
Marathon late fall...

Joy said...

Chuck, They wouln't have enough air time to feature Springfield runners!

L*I*S*A said...

Heck, I want NOVA to train me to run a Boston Marathon. I'd have to shave off about an hour and a half from my time.

I doubt it will happen in my lifetime, but I'll watch these people go from sedentary to racing Boston.

Wow!!

Mary L. Rogers said...

It was a cool show - and a great experiment. Understanding the science behind how your heart and muscles work was the most interesting part as was the review of the course itself.

BUT - nine months from sedentary to running the Superbowl of running? Hmm - nice thought - but they didn't have to qualify or anything - just complete the plan. I can't imagine Boston ever being your first....now where do they go?

BUT - I still loved the footage of the finish line - wow - so very cool!

Hey Pam - make sure you get a walker that's light weight. 'Cause when you and I go, oh, when we're like 70 years old - you don't want to be weighed down with the walker - you'll have enough metal in your replacement hip to deal with!

See you all soon!

Chuck B. said...

I agree with ya Mary. I watched it too. It was cool to listen to the scientific aspects of it. But I agree, they should have done a different Marathon. Boston is a qualifier event. Not everyone can do Boston because its a time trial. Just to have them do it for the sakes of finishing it, is a big accomplishment but I really feel they didnt deserve to run the event. I hope that came across properly. I am not slamming them for doing a marathon, I just think they should have used a different marathon. Boston is like the Superbowl of running.

Anonymous said...

Mary, we better start building our aero-dynamic walkers now so we are ready for the big day.

I also thought these people went from novice to Boston time. I didn't know that people could run Boston without having a qualifying time. See what I know, I should have sat on the sofa and ate bonbons and then trained with NOVA so I could run Boston. That would have been a lot easier. No, just kidding, I really thought the experiment was interesting.

Pamela