Boston Marathon Runner Profile: Michael Dolan Running For Resiliency For Life

Editor’s Note: Framingham Source is profiling runners participating in the 2018 Boston Marathon. If you would like to be profiled, email before April 10. 
Michael Dolan

Hometown: Plymouth

Team Framingham Member: Yes

Is this your first marathon? Yes. I am an avid triathlete and have participated in half marathons, but this is my first 26.2

Is this your first Boston Marathon?This will be my first Boston Marathon and I am thankful to Team Framingham for the opportunity.

Why run Boston? It is an amazing race with such a rich history and I am so honored and excited to be a part of it.

Which charity are you raising money for? Why? Resiliency for Life.  A great program with amazing students.  Mark Goldschmidt (Team Framingham 2017) is such a strong advocate for the program and so passionate about supporting students, it was easy selecting RFL as my charity recipient.

How did you first get into running? Five years ago I required a significant surgical intervention due to my health. I have to thank Dr. Kerxhalli, Dr. Allen, Dr. Kelly and the whole team at UMass for making this even possible.  Since then, running has become an important part of my life.

Why do you like to run? Running keeps me honest, grounded and has become a staple in my journey to healthier living.

What is your goal for the 2017 Boston Marathon? It might seem cliche, but it is really for my boys Andrew and Thomas to see their father finish the Boston Marathon upright and with a smile.

Tell me something about your training for the marathon: Training in the winter has provided its share of obstacles from “cyclobombs” to temperatures well below freezing, but they are welcome challenges for this opportunity.   Running tip: Don’t go out too fast! Tragically, that style deteriorates rapidly.

How do you stay motivated when you don’t want to run? I run in the mornings, so my day starts between 3:50 and 4:30. Some days are harder than others, but my family and my journey keep me motivated. As a parent, I want to model the importance of goal setting and not being afraid to push and challenge yourself.

What is your favorite pre-running meal? For long runs I enjoy a cinnamon and raisin bagel, peanut butter and banana sandwich.

What shoes will you wear on Marathon day? Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Will you wear anything personal or symbolic the day of the 2018 Boston Marathon? On race day I will run with a picture of my family.


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