Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has been preparing for today’s Boston Marathon for about a year, but as a coach in the SEC, finding time to train for such an endeavor can be daunting.
How does a college football coach find the time to train for an event that demands being in peak physical condition?
“You just kind of pick and choose your days where you have a little bit of free time,” Mullen said, according to the Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner. “Fortunately, Boston has always been a dream — to go run the Boston Marathon. On the calendar for a coach, it hits at a very good date.”
The world’s oldest marathon is underway, and you can follow Mullen on his quest to complete the 26.2-mile course below:
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Mullen’s wife, Megan, recalled the moment he got his sponsorship to run, claiming he had his running shoes on two days later and has kept up with it “ever since.”
Mullen ran almost daily through the summer and into the fall. With the rigors of an SEC schedule, workouts couldn’t last longer than six miles. That is until the season concluded and opened up the requisite free time needed to continue his training.
“I got up New Year’s morning and got 13 miles in,” Mullen told the Clarion-Ledger. “That was kind of my first start.”
Then offseason workouts saw Mullen getting up at 7 a.m. and running up to 10 miles.
Mullen’s training has since peaked at just more than 20 miles, which he reached on Easter. That leaves just six miles to go.