Boston Bib Number and Tracking Info

Here we are! This is it! 3 days away from THE Boston Marathon, and I’ll tell ya what, there’s something special about this one. I’m really excited!

I gotta hand it to you, though. From all the tweets, comments, FB messages, emails, calls…. it’s insane how proud you make me feel. YOU are the reason Boston feels like a big deal. Supporters like YOU lift us up. I can’t even say how much your encouragement means to me. 

I’ve been asked for my tracking info (which honestly, kind of makes me feel kind like a rock star), so here it is!
- My bib#: 13470
- Click on THIS LINK to get Athlete Tracker/Alerts via text or email

I’ll be thinking of each of you as I cross a mat, knowing that you’ll be cheering from afar. I love that feeling. You’ll be with me in spirit!

Alright.

Time to get down to it.

The personal stuff.

I won’t say I’m not nervous about the terror from last year. I can’t say the fear hasn’t crossed my mind. I might hold my breath running past the flags and down Boylston. But I will definitely say a prayer for the lives affected that day. And appreciate the strength of our running community.

In terms of fitness, it’s important to me to reflect before each marathon. I’m feeling fit… right about where I was last year. I trained differently this time around (less intensity, but more consistency). I haven’t been doing the Boston 2013 speed work, but I’m one year wiser. I’m mentally prepared for the insane wall of runners, and the brutal hills in Newton. So it’s a crapshoot. In fact, my A-Goal is exactly the same as 2013.

A-Goal: Sub 3:20. Yes, this terrifies me. No, I’m not sure I can pull it off. But I’ll be damned if I don’t run my legs off to try and chase after it. It’s on my list of 28 Before 28They say if your goals don’t scare you, you’re not setting them high enough.

B-Goal: Sub 3:24:13 and a new PR :)

C-Goal: Don’t cry and/or whimper your way through the finish line, mumbling nonsense about “never running a marathon again”. You are a runner. You know you’ll be back for more.

So here I go! I’m shipping off to Boston! Cheers! See you on the flip side! :)

Magic in those 26.2

This afternoon, on my way in from a lunch break run, I was stopped by a friendly coworker. He asked me how far I went and I told him a light 2 miles, that I was tapering for a marathon on Monday (I probably didn’t need to include the second part of that sentence. But it’s marathon week! How can you not?).

“Which one?”, he asked. “the Boston marathon”, I said.
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He asked how many marathons I’ve run before, to which I humbly responded, 6. This will be my 7th.
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And then he said something that caught me off guard. He reacted by playfully saying, “Oh, well, then this is nothing for you. No big deal, right?”.
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To me at least, no matter how many of these bad boys I’ve run, marathons will always be a pretty big deal.

There’s magic in those 26.2 miles.

They do something to you. They harden your soul. They give you perspective. They teach you self discipline. They teach you about pain. And happiness. A raw, unapologetic, emotional high that can only come from hard work paid off. I wouldn’t call that no big deal. I’d call that pretty dang special :)
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Maybe it’s taper week, gettin’ me all sappy and nostalgic, but I’m really proud to be running Boston this year. I’m proud that I made running a priority in the midst of starting this crazy new job. I’m thankful to my legs for giving me an injury-free cycle. I’m honored to be a part of the magic again this year. Of The (118th) Boston Marathon.

And I can’t wait to get to that city!
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Per usual, stay tuned for my pre-race Bib Tracking Info and Marathon Goals post! That’ll go up soon for sure! Thanks everyone (especially dad/mom, Aunt J, RB, Sam, Mel, PK, KP, NC… to name a few) for your added interest in my tracking info. I won’t let you down!

Top 5 Reasons I Should Probably Be Able to Complete Boston on Monday

I’ve been quietly putting away the miles since the beginning of the year and I feel a little sad about it all. Not about the training, but about the blogging!

I kinda wish I had blogged more. I wish I had something to refresh my memory on a training cycle well executed. So here I am, trying to get analytical, to hopefully convince myself that I’m worthy of Boston on Monday. That I’m ready. That I can do this thing.

Top 5 Reasons I Should Probably Be Able to Complete Boston… 

1.) Consistent Training:
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Okay, I totally nailed this one. Remember my January goal? Not sure what wizardry happened, but the habit stuck. And because of it, my legs have never felt better. Every day this year has included a run :)

Last Thursday (4/10/2014) marked my 100th day in a row. Another milestone that passed, quietly. So today, I’ll shout it. I HIT 103 RUNS-IN-A-ROW TODAY! I’m not sure when the streak will end, but I’d like to keep going if I can. It’s been a lot of fun.

2.) Long Runs:

Three 20 milers worked out well again this year. They all felt solid. Each ending faster than they started, kinda like a tempo (last miles ranged btwn 6:40-7:20 pace). I remember feeling strong and confident after each of my LRs this year, which I can’t say I felt last year. So that’s cool.

3.) Health: 

All aspects of my body feel pretty good, I’d say. I weigh less today than I did in January. Winner. I started getting monthly massages. Heavenly. I spend way too much at Lush because I’m obsessed with bubble baths. I love my nightly cup of tea. I have a happy, appreciative relationship with running. All good things.

4.) Mileage: 

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Okay, so I ran more miles-per-week in 2013, but 2014 was still slammin’. I’m down with 30-50 mile weeks. That’s kind of a sweet spot for me. Not too heavy, not too light. 2013 was intense, but 2014 was more about appreciating what I could do and not stressing about what I hadn’t.

5.) Race day outfit:
Cabo was very excited to see me model my outfit.
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I love this photo because Cabo’s lady beard is really glistening in the sun.
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(We’re dog sitting for some friends this weekend. That’s Lillie. She’s the best. Cautious but curious. I’m pretty sure we’re not giving her back because she’s so adorable.)
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If nothing else, I have a totally sweet singlet to race in. I like to reward myself with a new one before every marathon and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s bright. It doesn’t chafe. What more could you want?

So with that concludes my Top 5 Reasons I Should Probably Be Able to Complete Boston. She’s a gnarly course though. I remember the pain she caused me. Those Newton Hills. They are no joke, man! The last 5 miles were an eternity. Whimpering through the finish line. Oh geeze. Why do we do this to ourselves?

Because we’re runners.

And we love it.