Local man thanks training and nutrition to prepare for Boston Marathon

By WKTV News

RICHFIELD SPRINGS, N.Y. (WKTV) - Bill Kosina of Richfield Springs will be running the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon on Monday. It's just one of the many races the 53 year old runs every year. He says his training and nutrition is key to his running success.

Since 2006, Kosina has been qualifying for the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, but it's not his only race he says he averages between 15 and 18 races a year.

He says training is key to his success. He only runs 3 days a week, cross trains, doing anything other than running like biking, the elliptical, or swimming for 2 days and then rests in between. He says this "not overdoing it plan" is key to preventing injury.

"The key is to do it in small increments because if you do it too hard, too fast you'll end up with an injury and then you're out," said Kosina.

Kosina says nutrition is just as important to training for a race. He'll be running the Boston Marathon for "Team BEEF." He says the lean beef protein helps repair muscle mass and has been a big part of his training regimen along with chocolate milk.

"It's a combination of the chocolate and the milk it's self," said Kosina. "Reasearch has shown it does very well for helping rebuilding and I find right away it reduces the soreness the following day."

With his nutrition and training Kosina hopes to be running as long as he can.

"I have runner friends in their 70s I know runners that are in their 80s my goal is to continue to be able to qualify for Boston as long as I can breath maybe 85 - 90," said Kosina.

Bill Kosina is also a Special Education teacher at Richfield Springs Central School.

He's used passion for running to keep Richfield Springs Community Center going. He's directed the Richfield Springs Community Center Walk/Run for 11 years. It takes place this year on Saturday April 27th.

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