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Fairfield Man Runs a 'Marathon' Most Days

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Most days can be a marathon for Fairfield’s Matthew Day. They are not the 26.2-mile variety — like the New York City Marathon in which he will run on Nov. 6 — but they are tests of endurance.

On a typical day, the 38-year-old runner begins running at 5:30 a.m. He then hustles to catch a 7:15 train to work in Greenwich. When he returns around 12 hours later, he is greeted by wife Katie and his four children, who are all under the age of 7 and include a baby born in June.

“It can be a bit of challenge to get it all in,’’ Day said. “You add a newborn to the equation, it gets a little bit crazy.”

That seems like an understatement. One thing Day can count on as he prepares for his maiden trip through the five New York boroughs is experience. He has run 12 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times. He got into New York via the lottery.

“It’s one of those things where I was always looking to run it,’’ he said. “I was always on the other side as a spectator, drinking a few beers. I figured I’d do it someday.”

Day’ said he has drawn some inspiration from “A Race Like No Other,” a book by New York Times writer Liz Robbins in which she follows several runners mile by mile through the marathon.

Day, a graduate of Fairfield Prep, started running marathons after college. He was living in California at the time. He ran his personal best, 3:09:37, in the Silicon Valley Marathon in California in 2000. He has completed the Los Angeles, Bay State and Marine Corps marathon, but took several years off.

With his limited training time, Day has used a P90X conditioning program that combines strength training, yoga, plyometrics, stretching and cardiovascular routines. “It’s really good for strengthening your core,’’ Day said. “I’d recommend it to any marathoner.”

With his training virtually completed, Day can now focus on the race. He has already qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2012, so there is no pressure to meet that goal.

“You always have Boston qualifying in the back of your mind,’’ Day said. “I’ve always had trouble trying to take it easy and fully enjoy the race. I’ll probably take it out fast and pay for it later.”

View profiles of more Main Street Connect communities running in the New York City Marathon by visiting our websites in other Fairfield County towns.

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