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Goochland’s Meiller takes on Boston Marathon BY SARA BONOVITCH sports@goochlandgazette.com

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n Monday, April 19, 25,000 elite runners will cross the starting line in historic Hopkinton, Massachusetts on a 26.2 mile run back into the city of Boston as part of the 114th Boston Marathon. Athletes from across the country and around the world will compete in the race, and even Goochland County will be represented. Goochland resident Andrew Meiller, 40, has been running for 21 years, and the April event will be his fourth marathon. The Boston Marathon is known as one of the premiere races in the nation because runners must qualify in order to compete. Last October, Meiller ran the Marine Corps Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifier, and finished with a time of 3:17 – three minutes under the 3:20 qualifying time for his age group. Meiller said the only reason he chose to run the October marathon was because he had just turned 40. “I didn’t look at qualifying times before I ran,” he said. “I hadn’t run a marathon since the Richmond Marathon in

2001, so my goal was just to get under 3:30. I didn’t even know I’d qualified until a few hours after.” Meiller started training for the Marine Corps race last June, creating his own 16-week schedule which included long and short distance runs. “I ran about four days a week and did my long runs on Sunday,” Meiller said. “I also include a little cross training just for injury prevention. I eventually built up an eight minute-mile pace, and my goal for the Marine Corps Marathon was to keep that pace.” In the weeks leading up to the fast-approaching Boston Marathon, Meiller is training in much of the same way. “I’m using my same plan, but I tweaked it a little,” he said. “I added more distance to my long runs on the weekends. I also weight train with my coach, Doug Yaebower, twice a week.” All races are unique depending on location, climate, and environment. The route plays a major role in making each one distinct. In preparing for the marathon, Meiller’s researched the course. “Unlike a lot of races, it’s not one big loop,” he said.

“They’ll drop us 26 miles outside of Boston, and we’ll run a straight shot back into the city. It’s a lot of downhill for the first half, which is hard on your legs, but the second half has some serious up-hills.” Meiller believes his biggest challenge will be pacing himself and having energy at the end of the race. “I know I have a 3:30 and eight minute-mile in me,” he said. “I just need to go the whole 26 miles with that in mind.” That attitude will only be part of the support and motivation he receives on the day of the race. Meiller’s wife Marcy and their two children, Sydney, 9, and Drew, 5, will all be making the trip to Boston and will be there waiting when he crosses the finish line. So what’s next after Boston? “No more marathons for a while,” he laughed. “I would like to do a couple of triathlons this year, and get stronger on the bike.” Meiller’s overall goal, whether running marathons or competing in triathlons or a half Ironman, is to stay in shape. “I want to be able to play with my children,” he said. “I

Kyle Hicks honored by ODAC Contributed report

SALEM, VA—RandolphMacon starting pitcher Kyle Hicks has been named this week’s ODAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week in the conference’s weekly awards. The Jackets currently sit third in the ODAC standings with an 8-4 conference record. Hicks (Goochland, VA/ Goochland) needed just 91 pitches to hurl a complete game shutout in the Jackets’ 10-0 win over Washington and

Lee last weekend. The senior pitcher scattered six hits while striking out eight with just one walk on the way to his fourth win of the season. Kyle has a posted a 4-1 record so far this season with a 2.06 ERA which is tops in the conference among starting pitchers. This marks the second straight week that a former File photo by Charlie Leffler Goochland player was honored by the ODAC. Last week R- R-MC’s Kyle Hicks was MC’s Brian Jordan was named named ODAC Pitcher of the Week. ODAC Player of the Week.

Photo submitted by Andrew Meiller

Goochland’s Andrew Meiller will take on the famed Boston Marathon on April 19. The 26.2 miles race will be Meiller’s fourth marathon. Above: Meiller sets his pace in the Charlottesville 10-miler.

want to keep that competitive spirit. I run because it clears my mind, and I just enjoy doing it.” For Meiller, running is relative and something anyone can pick up at anytime.

“My advice to anyone starting is to play is smart at the beginning,” he said. “So many people go too much or too hard, and that leads to either injury or frustration. I didn’t just start and say ‘I’m

going to run a marathon.’ My number one thing is to just have a good time. I’m so lucky to be able to do this kind of thing, and I’m very proud to be running Boston in a few weeks.”

Sixth Annual Gardening Festival Saturday, April 24th

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 1851 Dickinson Road, Goochland

Featuring: classes, workshops, displays, demonstrations, and plant and garden vendors Register for Classes ($10 for the day) and Workshops (plus materials fee) Come for the Day or Just Stop By to Enjoy Shopping and Learning For further information and class descriptions call the Goochland Extension Office at 804-556-5841 or visit www.gpmga.org. Presented by the Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners in cooperation with JSRCC and VA Cooperative Extension

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