Davis – Tom

The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 in 2012, California, Davis - Tom, M 60 - 64

The Inferno – Tom Davis (April 16, 2012)

To race in the Boston Marathon, you need to run a qualifying marathon faster than a “qualifying time” which depends on your sex and your age (unless you agree to raise lots of money for approved charities). I just squeaked in with a qualifying time, so of course I had to race it. My goal for the race itself was basically to re-qualify for next year. I’m a good, but not a great runner, but if I work hard and train carefully, I can qualify. I have qualified for the Boston Marathon four times in my life and each time, I only had a few minutes to spare and each time I had...

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In the cold, wet, and wind, my engine was working fine, but the transmission was broken. – Tom Davis (April 16, 2007)

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in 2007, California, Davis - Tom, M 55 - 59

In the cold, wet, and wind, my engine was working fine, but the transmission was broken. – Tom Davis (April 16, 2007)

About a month before the marathon, I started to taper down my caffeine intake so I’d have had a caffeine-free diet for the last couple of weeks before the marathon, and on marathon morning, I’d be able to take a big jolt of it to improve my running. I went from full-caffeine coffee to half-caff for a week, then quarter-caff for a few more days, then nothing. Our bodies are amazing things: I was just getting into the quarter-caff stage when I had developed a craving for very dark chocolate, which I started to eat. Of course, the theobromine in chocolate is very similar to caffeine,...

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