PATEROS Local resident Marcell McArthur has competed in races and marathons around the country, but for him, running is a lifelong love.
“It’s a passion, a hobby,” said McArthur, 40. “Originally, it stemmed from my youth. I just knew that I enjoyed it and later in life, after my dad in 2005 had passed away, it actually became more of a passion to get out on the trails. It became a release.”
He said part of his inspiration to continue running is his 7-year-old daughter, Pearl.
“Hopefully she knows that Dad’s not just an old guy someday and was actually out there doing something cool,” he said. “She’s actually a really good little runner, but she’s … more into ballet and horses right now.”
McArthur runs nearly every day, from shorter distances of six to eight miles to routes up to 22 miles.
Daily runs are planned in advance, but full marathons – 26.2 miles – require more extensive planning and training.
“I have a notion of how the progression of my week’s going to go and I have a general outline of what I’m going to do over the course of about 20 weeks leading up to the marathon,” McArthur said. “I usually end up at 60, 65 (miles) a week … when I peak in training, I might be 75.”
Preferring dirt trails to pavement, McArthur said some of his favorite places to run have been in Winthrop, Eugene, Ore., and among the redwoods of Humboldt County in California.
“It’s a unique experience because you’re not just simply traveling, you’re experiencing it with all these other people, so that makes it pretty exciting,” he said.
Along with about 30,000 others, McArthur recently ran in the Boston Marathon. His decision to compete was driven by the first anniversary of the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200.
“If you’re an avid runner, Boston crosses your mind,” he said. “If there’s ever a time you want to make a showing of a meaningful time to be in a place, that was it.”
He said he wasn’t nervous before the marathon, which had more security than the year before.
“I think that’s the whole point, is to not be afraid,” he said. “If anything, from what I understood from the other people there, the energy was just exceptional.”
Due to sudden health concerns he had to pull out of the race about four miles from the finish line.
He started having difficulties at mile 17 or so and pulled out five miles later to prevent serious problems and a long recovery period.