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:
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.
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.
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.
I love this photo because Cabo’s lady beard is really glistening in the sun.
(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.)
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.