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March 21, 2014

On The Run column: The strange sounds of running


Runners in the back of the pack are less concerned with their race time (although they may have a goal time they’re trying to hit), so things may appear and sound a little calmer. There isn’t the urgency to sprint; these runners may actually be enjoying themselves. In addition to the requisite heavy breathing and panting, you may also hear conversations as they chug along toward the finish line. In some ways, they’re as calm as the elite runners.

If you’re just out for a run by yourself, the sounds are different as well. You may notice differences in your breathing depending on how hard you’re running, how much sleep you had the night before, what you ate or drank the night before, and of course your fitness level. Sometimes when I’m running, I swear I sound like a wheezy old man. Other times, it all comes together and I sound like I’ve got speed to burn.

There’s not much you can do to change how you sound when you run. And unless you bray like a donkey while you’re running, you really shouldn’t worry about it. As strange as it sounds, that combination of noises during a run makes you unique.

Starts and stops:

The North Shore Striders are offering a second bus to the Boston Marathon from locations on the North Shore; the club’s first bus is sold out. The Striders have requested a parking pass from the BAA so the bus will be able to park in the Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton before the start of the race. However, if the BAA cannot find parking spaces to handle the additional bus, the runners on this bus will still get to the starting line, but will be required to switch to a shuttle bus at a point close to Hopkinton, which the BAA will designate. If you have any questions about these arrangements, please contact Anne Pelletier at

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