Boston Marathon 2016

Boston Marathon in the Spotlight: Michael Grant

Q & A with First Time Boston Marathon Runner

The 2016 Boston Marathon is only a few days away! We decided to talk with runners in our community about their experience with the Boston Marathon. We asked local runner, Michael Grant a series of questions about the upcoming race, as this will be his first time running Boston!

What does the Boston Marathon mean to you? 

“Right now it means that it’s about 3 years of straight training and hard work coming to the end. I’ve worked really hard to get here, and it’s here. I’ve done it and it’s finally here.”


What is your pre-race routine?

I’m a really early riser. Even though that race goes off at 10:00 a.m., I’ll be up around 3:30 or 4:00 a.m. I’m very specific about my meals and spacing. I’ll get up, I’ll have a bagel as soon as I pop up, I’ll probably have oatmeal about two hours after that, and a CLIF bar two hours before the race. If I’m feeling good, I’ll probably just roll with that. I may take a GU 30 minutes before the race. That’s really it. Nothing superstitious, except my meals. I’m highly into my nutrition and into spacing my meals out, and making sure that the carbs are ready to go!

Me and a bunch of teammates (Silvermine Running and Tri)

What would be your dream carbo-loading meal?

“Well I can start with what I’ve been dreaming about right after the race, and that’s a bacon cheeseburger with French fries and a side of Guinness.I always eat the same thing before a race, and that’s angel hair with shrimp.”

What is your favorite pump up song? 

“The XX (Intro)” – It’s really short; only about 2 mins. It has no words and it just puts me into the right frame of mind. I like it.

What is your choice celebratory beverage?

“Guinness. No doubt.”

What is your favorite spot along the race course?

“This is my first time, but I’ve done the studying. When you crest Heartbreak Hill, it’s downhill from there and flat. Once I know the hills are behind me and it’s just a downhill and a flat, about 5.2 miles left, that’s where I’m looking forward to being.”

Describe your best race day experience: 

“Probably South Norwalk this past fall. It was nice and cool, the temps were right. My nutrition was right, my build-up went well, and never missed a workout. I went in very hit and healthy. I finished 2nd and it went really well. I even beat what I had hoped to run it in by a little bit.”

Describe your worst race day experience: 

“Easy. Simple. I do not recommend anyone every do this. In 2012, my sister was running the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, OH. It was her doing that which got me restarted in running. She wanted me to come out and help support her. After going to the expo, it inspired me. So I made the decision to sign up for the race. It was the worst race experience. Despite a few trips to the doctors, I was bit by the running bug. I wanted to be better, and I knew I could be better in the Marathon. That was my worst experience, but also something that fueled my interest in running Marathon.”


If you could choose anyone, who would you choose to be at the finish line cheering you on? 

“It’s always my wife and kids. It’s all I’m thinking about. Seeing my son when I come out. When I was finishing at the Hartford Marathon in 2013, I grabbed him for the final 100 yards or so. It was a great experience. I always think about my children and wife, but more specifically, my son. I think I know how much it means to him what I’m doing, and I hope I’m instilling in him. To see his face is usually what I’m starting to think about when I’m coming to the end of a race.”

Join us at the store @ 8:00 a.m. on April 18th, for a Boston Marathon viewing party! Help us cheer on Michael as he competes for the first time in Boston!

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