Monday, April 28, 2014

Boston Marathon Weekend

I know you are all waiting to hear about my race but honestly that was not he highlight, it was truly an amazing weekend: friends, food and running. Honestly the weekend was much more important and fun than the race (more on that tomorrow).

Friday: As we had done in the past we flew in early Friday as usual and after a quick lunch we hit the expo and wow it was already crazy on Friday. I of course hit up the marathon gear and bought a shirt for O and my jacket.

After the expo we got our scarf and blessing at Old South Church. Check out this great scarf project! Then of course dinner...gluten free pizza, yum!

Saturday: Busy day! Matt and I took a walk to watch some of the other BAA races then walked through the Memorial. Wow, what an emotional exhibit. It was amazing to see the support worldwide and knowing how runners are united everywhere.

Shoes left at the 2013 marathon as a memorial to the bombing victims.
Then lunch and best salad I have ever had! Vlora Boston had a great vegetarian/vegan/gluten free menu and options for meat eaters too. Kale salad with beets and squash, yum! Then my weekend highlight, look who I met! Listening to him talk was great, he is real and shared so much about how he perseveres through tough runs and mentally survives tough races.
Saturday was our group John Kelley run!

Sunday: The day to relax, hit the expo for the 2nd time and get my KT tape and arm sleeves that I thought I'd need for race day, wow was I wrong! On my way back I walked past the finish line and it was eerily quiet as everyone soaked in the emotions and memories of past races.

Next up amazing lunch with friends, another Boston gluten free recommendation, Davio. The best gluten free gnocchi I've ever had and they were so knowledgeable about the food and able to adapt to diet needs. Then an evening to relax, fuel up for marathon Monday and attempt to sleep as the guy in the room next door thought having loud conversations on speaker phone was a great idea at 1am! I bet he was sorry at 5am when I was watching TV and getting ready to go!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In the midst of madness

Yes, it is that time again...taper madness has hit! Somehow this time it managed to hold off until 5 days before the race to show itself. Wednesday and a massive snowstorm (Over a foot of snow) in April brought out the best of it.

  • I spent Wednesday walking around with a tight sore calf that I of course imagined every possible scenario for.
  • There is some GI virus going around and I saw a patient today who had been vomiting so now every twinge and I swear it is about to hit me!
  • I got home after a 1 1/2 hour drive in the snow and attempted to hit the treadmill for 30 min run, I was tired, my legs were not feeling it and I had a 4 year old who wanted to constantly ask questions and hurry me along so she could run. I got over frustrated with my bad run and may have thrown a little tantrum when things kept going bad. Ugh! 
  • I still haven't packed and have a busy day ahead and getting myself worked up.

Deep breath, I can do this. Good thing I have an appointment for acupuncture tonight, that should relax me, remove any leg fatigue and make me feel better. Back away Taper Monster. I'm going into Boston with no plans to PR after injury and poor training conditions but I keep hearing others tell me how ready I am and that I'm set to PR so I rethink things. I need to get out of my head and relax.

4 days to go!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Goldy's for our anniversary!

For the 2nd year in a row our anniversary celebration (a day early this year) began with a 10 Mile race at the place where we first met and started dating almost 16 years ago! Yikes when did I get so old?!
It was a rainy, windy morning and thanks to our attempted short cut we arrived a mere 7 minutes before race start! I guess less time to stand around getting cold and wet! Quick bathroom stop and we got to the start right as the gun went off. I knew I needed to run smart and just wanted to run marathon pace and comfortable. I spent the first few miles dodging people, inching my way up past the pace group 11:00, 10:30, 10:00, 9:30 and finally 9:00 until I found an open space to run. Then came the hills! This is the worst part of the brutal winter and training on the treadmill, I'm not used to wind and hills! I mean be honest we all know to change the incline on the treadmill but does anyone go beyond 2% for long runs?!

I was finally at mile 9 and flat ground, decided to pick it up a little until I came near a parking ramp and a cop was attempting to get a car to pass before I came through, too bad they waited and decided to go at the last second, making me stop to avoid being hit! Even worse these were runners from the 5K, come on pay attention! The cop was not happy with them either!

Finally safe and crossing the finish line...1:18:15 Not a PR but I wasn't planning on it. I did make my goal of a comfortable marathon pace run! Then it was time for O to run, once again we were not allowed to run with her, she insisted she could do it by herself! I just love seeing her run with such a huge smile on her face, enjoying every second of it! Wow, she can teach us all something. 

That evening Matt and I were able to head out for a nice dinner and celebrate our anniversary the way most people do. Yes, I admit that running for our anniversary the past 3 years may not be the norm!

Time o rest up, pack and plan for the next race...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Another 5 for Friday

1. It is truly amazing what good weather does for my running! Oh my shorts and a tank on Monday and I was smiling the entire 8 miles. The other thing that comes with great weather for me is better eating. I'm on day 5 of being back to great food choices and plan to stay like this the next 10 days until Boston, with the exception of Saturday for our anniversary dinner.

2. I woke up earlier this week to an email that I was nominated as a top health and fitness blog! Thanks to whoever nominated me! Now I need your help, take 5 seconds to click the link and Vote!

3. Yesterday I was interviewed for a story on the Boston Marathon! I hope I don't look like a complete idiot when it airs, am I the only one who comes up with the perfect answers after the fact? This and all the news coverage has really brought back last year's race in full light. I know it will be an emotional day when I cross the finish line.
2011 and 2012 medals
4. Tomorrow I am running a 10 Mile race and hoping the forecast of thunderstorms is wrong! Finally 40s for race time temps and they are saying rain, yuck! Matt and I will run the 10 Mile and O the kid's race after. She's been "training" and this past week has requested to go running 3 times anywhere from 1-2 miles. I think she's ready for more than a kid's race distance!
5. I've been slacking on the real pilates and yoga workouts except the short session I do in my office but today I finally got back to pilates. The good news my core is actually stronger than when I used to do this, but the bad news I'm even less flexible! Yikes, I wasn't sure that was even possible. With a marathon 10 days away and cutting back on miles this is the perfect time to get it back in my routine

Happy Friday! What are your fun weekend plans?  A race, anniversary dinner and early Easter celebration for us.

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 things for Friday

What a week of craziness, the weather has gone from beautiful to nasty and we are all ready for Spring to really show itself! 

1. Look what I got! I love my ProCompression socks and when I saw these last week I knew I needed to add them to my collection. I think these will be perfect Boston Marathon socks! Speaking of Boston just 17 days until race day.

2. I had a great run! After last week and feeling less than wonderful about training and my ability my body stepped up and pulled off an amazing 22 miler on Sunday. I took it easy and enjoyed the weather: 40-50s and sunny. I even ran a negative split, I never do that. Although it did help that I started into the wind and finished with a great tail wind. No it was not my fastest run but mentally I needed this. It was mostly pain free until after when my hip decided to spasm on me, luckily a session with the sports chiro for soft tissue work and acupuncture and I am back.

3. This was Sunday...Gorgeous, 60 degrees and sunny. Perfect day outside to ride bikes, grill and just enjoy the thought of nicer weather to come.

4. And this is today!..10" of snow fell overnight and there is more faling. No I am not amused at all. I got the joy of driving home in this last night. The roads are awful and my commute today will not be pleasant. Really this would have been a perfect February day, temps in the 30s and fresh snow but April, no thanks!

5. I'm having some crazy thoughts...Debating changing up my running completely and running a 50K trail race in July for variety and to do something new. I'm just trying to decide how this would fit into marathon training and whether it would negatively effect me as I a hoping that this fall marathon is the one to knock my PR down! The marathon is 17 weeks after the 50K and I was planning an 18 week training, really thinking Hansen's it will be (thanks Dawn!). So this would be week 1 of training. Anyone added in long races as part of marathon training?

So happy it is Friday! Enjoy the weekend, Any fun plans? Me running of course and work. 1 week until my next race!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Fling Virtual Giveaway #14in2014

Can you believe it is April finally? After a long, cold winter let's hope this is the start of better weather and a real spring! What better way to celebrate than the Spring Fling Virtual

Earlier in March we put on our running shoes and headed outdoors for the 14 in 2014 Spring Fling Virtual Race! Great photos, PRs, first time distances, rainy weather, snow and the first 14 in 2014 virtual race complete. 

Congrats to all of the finishers!

The giveaway is a celebration of running and spring! Not just spring on the calendar. I mean a celebration of being outside, blue skies, sunshine, and warmer temperatures.
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Let's hope this race was enough to bring on the spring weather, good luck to everyone and way to kick of spring and 14in2014 virtuals.