The Malaskis met at Aquinas College, where they ran cross country and track.
Kaitlyn comes from a running family. Her younger sister, a grad student at the University of Michigan, just ran her third marathon. Her aunt, Julie Boss, who lives in Traverse City, previously ran Boston. She had two brothers who ran at U-D Jesuit.
“I followed suit,” she said.
For Brent, this will be his seventh marathon. His personal best is in the 2:44 range. For Kaitlyn, this will be her fifth. She ran a 3:17:42 in the 2012 Bayshore. Neither expects to run those type of times in Boston.
“Typically, I have a time I want to hit,” Brent said. “This time I’m going to go with the flow. I might run with Kaitlyn since I haven’t been running as much as I would like. I’m not going to go out as fast as I normally do.”
A difficult winter, given the cold and snow, impacted training. And for Brent, the nature of his job makes for long days at work, starting about mid-January.
“A lot of it is you don’t want to get behind (doing taxes),” he said. “You want to get it done early on before you get slammed right about now.”
The Malaskis try to do a couple training runs together each week. Most of the time, though, since Brent is a faster runner, they train at different paces.
Kaitlyn altered her training methods from past marathons, but is pleased with her fitness level.
“I scaled down the number of runs I was doing,” she said. “I focused on quality mileage. Typically, for the Bayshore, I would run 55 miles a week. This year (for Boston) I peaked at 46. Instead of six runs a week, I’m doing four and then cross-training twice a week.