By: Li Ling Lee/Co-editor in Chief
Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Matthew Nebzydoski, has qualified for the Boston Marathon for the fourth time. He participated in the Steamtown Marathon on October 8, 2017 with a time of 3hrs, 14min, 11sec. For his age group, the qualifying time for the Boston Marathon had to be between 3hrs, 15min, 00sec and 3hrs, 45min, 00sec.
Nebzydoski got his start in running after college when he started cycling to stay in shape for skiing, but it eventually led to running when he decided to start competing in triathlons. Noticing how running seemed to be a strength during the triathlons, the sport stuck and he began joining more and more running events. Nebzydoski has many friends who are active, so when together, they enjoy biking and running, which helps him stay motivated, but ultimately, he said that running becomes a part of your lifestyle.
Nebzydoski is also the cross country coach here at Blue Ridge. He said that when training for marathons, coaching the team is a great motivator since he often runs with the team as he supervises their workouts. For the Steamtown race, he had a lot of support from the cross country team since they were at the event, helping pass out water to the runners at the mile 3 stop.
“It’s awesome in a race like Steamtown to see familiar faces along the course,” said Nebzydoski, who appreciated having his team there for support.
Although this is his fourth time qualifying, 2019 will be the first time Nebzydoski will actually participate in the marathon. Previously, he did not participate due to the challenges of preparing for a spring marathon. The drastic weather fluctuations that take place in NEPA is an example of these obstacles. Proper training consists of embarking on 15-20 mile long runs in March.
While qualifying for the marathon has not always been a goal of his, Nebzydoski says it has grown on him. He stated that the longer he’s been running, the more he has appreciated the historic significance of the race. Since the Boston Marathon is one of the few in the country that requires a qualification, Nebzydoski said that he would like to have the experience of competing in one of the country’s most historic races at least once.
To anyone who may be thinking about running or training for a marathon, Nebzydoski has some words of advice.
“Proper training is the key. 26.2 miles requires fitness, endurance, and mental focus. I recommend finding some experienced runners and train with them.”
As the race approaches in 2019, the Raider Reader wishes a good luck to Mr. Nebzydoski.
The Raider Nation will be cheering you on every step of the way!