Senior Nick Mehlman Runs Marathon in 3 Hours 18 Minutes
by Alexander Chen on Friday, April 29th, 2016
While most Milton students were relaxing during Spring vacation, Nick Mehlman (I) was training in the cold for the Boston Marathon. Nick prepared everyday for months for the marathon and was more than ready to run 26.2 miles by April 18, 2016. Nick, who hoped to qualify for next year’s marathon, ran alongside over 27,000 other people that day. For Nick, he would have to run the whole marathon in under 3 hours and 5 minutes. While he did not qualify in the end, he was proud to have run his first marathon in 3 hours and 18 minutes. Additionally, he ran to raise money for the Franklin Park Coalition. All in all, Nick viewed the marathon as an opportunity to break out of his comfort zone.
Starting at the end of 2015, Nick Mehlman began training daily in preparation for his marathon. Nick had always loved to run and so the marathon was a natural though challenging extension of his passion. Nick ran 5-6 days a week with weekly distance goals. He started running 30 miles a week and progressed to 60 miles a week. Each day would involve a different workout. Some days, he would go for slow runs and others would be speed runs. On the weekends, he would do a long run. He started his long runs at 10 miles and worked up to 22 miles. Following a standard marathon training program, Nick never ran a full marathon before the Boston Marathon, but he felt prepared going into it — ready to run the entire distance.
Throughout his training, Nick’s family supported him. In particular, he felt an overwhelming amount of support from his parents, who were big runners when they were younger. Rather than spending spring break on vacation with his family, Nick spent his time running and preparing for the marathon.
Additionally, the Milton community was very supportive. Many people at Milton, including members of his own Forbes house and members of the larger community asked him how his training was going. He found that this support made him feel motivated and more dedicated to his training; he made sure that he was not falling behind schedule and letting his friends down. Knowing how supportive his community was kept Nick running even in the cold.
Although Nick may not have finished the marathon in under 3 hours and 5 minutes, he nobly represented a local charity, the Franklin Park Coalition. The charity is a non-profit organization that hosts many community events and works to find government funding for Franklin Park. Additionally, the group ensures that the park stays clean, so people can explore it. Nick saw the marathon as a “great opportunity to run and support a local organization.” Supporting such a meaningful local charity, he was proud to run the Boston Marathon.
Nick Mehlman hopes to inspire other Milton students with his run in the Boston Marathon. He would like to remind others that running is always “worth a shot.” Overall, Nick Mehlman wants to let the Milton community know one thing: “You’re capable of much more than you think you are!”
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