4 Days Until Boston: Museums and Monuments

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 | 0 comments

For the past 14 weeks, I have been chipping away at fitness, at speed, and at the secret tower of success.

I have years of workouts and traditions under my belt. Kennedy HS and Paul Muckerheide. University of Oregon and Bill Dellinger. I know what works, and I know what doesn’t work…. Or do I?

For the last few months, I have thrown out the old canvases and I have gone in search of new inspiration—old dog, new tricks.

Museum: 10 x 800m (Yasso). Great workout but really favors the person who has good foot speed already and really does not predict your marathon time.

Monument: 10 x 800m. After running 11.5 miles on a muddy trail and then turning back uphill on Leif EriksonTrail, we “started” the workout. Total workout 22 miles. That’ll do donkey, that’ll do.

Museum: 5 x 1-mile on the track with two minutes rest.

Monument: 5 x 1-mile after a 3.5-mile warmup, a five mile into-the-wind, slightly-uphill tempo, and a three-minute rest in 80 degree temps in the desert. Seventeen miles total. SNAP. (Thanks Chad Linnerooth.)

Museum: 21-mile long run at a moderate pace to get “time on my feet.”

Monument: 26.2-mile long run in 2:55, a pretty satisfying training run. I did this one pretty much so I could text Paula Harkin and tell her I did it. CRACKLE.

Museum: tempo miles on the treadmill. I used to run most of my tempos on the “tready.” Now I use the treadmill for recovery and when it’s dark outside.

Monument: Five-mile tempo…followed by a four-mile tempo…preceded by a three-mile warmup and followed by a four-mile warm-down. Seventeen miles total. Pop. (Thanks Greg Mitchell.)

We all have our special workouts that make us feel prepared or maybe even invincible. With the help of coach Scott Fauble, I discovered a few secrets in this cycle. Museums usually store old stuff, and while much of said “old stuff” is beautiful, for most of us, a one-time viewing is sufficient.

Monuments—the natural and the manmade ones—they seem to change with spirit. They embody the creative soul, and they inspire wonder and dynamic enthusiasm.

We are headed to Boston in 11 hours, and while his particular journey is drawing to a close, I think that most of the really great stuff is still going to be packed into the final, monumental scenes.

4 Days. 4 Ways.




Dave Harkin and his wife, Paula, own Portland Running Company. He lives in West Linn.

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