At first glance, Ty Lanahan's 3-hour, 4-second finish in the Boston Marathon eight days ago is a fairly respectable showing.
Lanahan has been running for only a year and a half, and not until this year has he gotten his marathon training log up to 80 miles a week.
But considering what he has done in the last half year -- in the Marine Corps Marathon, in the Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon and the London Marathon -- his statment, "I only ran through Boston with some friends," is not idle boasting.
Coming on the heels on the London Marathon, in which he ran a personal-record 2:43:49 on April 12, Lanahan could afford little else but to run through Boston.
"I've done nine marathons, but I've really only raced a couple of them," says Lanahan, 35, who is doing postdoctorate work in molecular biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
In the Marine Corps, he did a 2:49:12 and in the Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon a 1:19:43.
Lanahan got his start in running when local runner Tom Luby took an interest in him, encouraged him to come out to the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Wednesday night track workouts and told him he should enter some races.
"Usually, I do track work once or twice a week and a long run on the weekends," says Lanahan, who hopes to run the Twin Cities Marathon in the fall. "The marathon has turned out to be my best distance."
NOTES: Saturday's 5K Run for the Homeless at Roland Park Country School has been canceled. . . . The 14th annual Congressman Goodloe Byron Memorial 15K Run will be held at Mount St. Mary's College on Saturday at 10 a.m. The 9.3-mile course runs from the Mount campus through the Blue Ridge Mountains that border the campus. For information, call race director George Gelles at (301) 447-5330. . . . Dave McCormack, 31, of Falls Church, Va., was eight-tenths of a second over four minutes in Wednesday's Main Street Mile, sponsored by the Westminster Road Runners Club. Jennie Novak, 18, a senior at )) Frederick High School, was the first female in 5:07.5. There were 243 finishers. . . . Robert Yara and Maureen Hall won their divisions in Saturday's Boys' Latin Fastbreak 5K. There were 251 finishers. . . . Brad Uhlfelder and Laura Fiedler were tops in Sunday's Clyde's American 10K at Columbia.