Aaron Kessler lives and trains in Los Angeles. He’s been trying to qualify for Boston for several years and finally made it in 2022.

How was your training leading into the race?

My training was the most consistent I’ve ever done leading up to a race. I worked with my coach and made sure the workouts fit into my schedule, working full-time and two young kids at home. I generally did five runs per week where three of them were easy runs, one was mid-week speedwork and on the weekend I’d have a combo long run with speedwork mixed in.

Did the V.O2 app provide benefit to your training and racing? If so, how?

The integration with my Garmin watch is effortless and makes it super easy to follow my coaches workouts.

Talk to us about the race! How did it go? What were your goals going into it and did you meet them?

I’ve been trying to break the elusive 3-hour mark in the marathon. Back in November, I achieved a 3-min PR running 3:01 but missed getting under 3. For Boston, I increased the pace during my speedwork. The race in Boston went perfectly, smooth and in control for the first 21 miles getting through the Newton Hills, then I was able to pick it up for the last few miles. I negative split the race by a few seconds and my last mile was the fastest of the race. I finished in 2:58:14.

Did anything unexpected happen during your training or race?

Not really, this was the most consistent training I’ve ever been able to do.

Who is your coach?

Dylan Belles

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