Boston Marathon Inspiration & Catch Up

Somewhere over the last two weeks my motivation has started to sag. Between never ending sicknesses, some serious stuff going on with someone close to us (how’s that for vague blogging?!), and an injury my husband suffered, it’s been difficult to want to run, let alone to want to write about running. But this long weekend is the Boston Marathon weekend and it is impossible to live so close to Boston and not feel the energy surrounding the race!
IMG_8317-524x393The “No Stopping” signs are already up, my Instagram and Facebook are filled with pictures at the Expo, and I’ve downloaded the app to track numerous friends and bloggers who are running. Despite the excitement of surrounding the marathon, it was forever changed by the bombings that took place in 2013. The weather this weeked has been incredibly gorgeous – sunny, blue skies, warm air – just like it was on Marathon Monday in 2013. It’s impossible to think about the race and not also think about the people whose lives were affected and those who lost their lives.

There was a doctor, Natalie Stavas, who was running with her dad when the bombs
went off. When she realized what happened she sprinted towards where the explosions occurred to help people who were wounded. I saw that she is running again this year. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer whose leg was amputated below the knee after the bombing is also running this year. These two women were interviewed extensively after the bombings and I had so much admiration for their courage. I have them in my tracking app and hope to be able to cheer them on as they run by. There’s also a local woman, Carol Chaoui, who is battling two different kinds of Stage 4 cancer and is running the race. She’s someone I have consistently seen out running since I started training for my first marathon 3 years ago and helps put on the Turkey Trot that I ran in November. When I saw her face featured in a Runner’s World article on my Facebook feed, I was shocked to see the accompanying headline. To see her out running and pass her on the street you would never guess that she is battling two Stage 4 cancers. There are so many incredible and inspiring people who take part in the race and make it such an amazing race to spectate. Even if you never run the race yourself, I highly recommend spectating along the course! It’s an energy unlike any other.

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Road closings and lines of port-a-potties – a sure sign of the Boston Marathon!

Last year’s Boston Marathon inspired me to enter the Chicago Marathon lottery and gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get back to running on a regular basis. A year later and I feel like I’m not just getting out there and logging the miles, but (mostly) loving running again. Hopefully this year’s race will have the same motivational impact as I finish out the last 6 weeks of training for my half marathon.

Weekly Training Recap: April 4 – 17

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FullSizeRender-29At this point I don’t remember too much of the details of each run, but there’s the data if you’re interested. I’d had a weird niggle in my ankle/heel so I was trying to rest it as much as possible and ran mostly easy paced runs for the week. L was still sick so I was running mostly on the treadmill and getting caught up on Making of a Murder on Netflix.  My husband worked from home one day so I was able to run my tempo run outside and it felt much better than my previous one. Bonus: I didn’t get the same brutal headache afterwards that followed my last tempo run.

 

 

Weekly Mileage: 33.3

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This week I had a mini panic that my race is actually coming up quickly, and that I need to really be getting all my workouts in. Up until now there’s been a feeling of the race being far enough off to catch up on missed workouts. Not so much anymore. I was mostly-ish successful. After running a new 5k PR in March I adjusted my training paces. This week was the first time I had to run a tempo run at the new pace on the treadmill and 6M at sub-8 min miles seemed scary to me. So I decided to go with 8:07 pace and it actually felt really doable and just slightly easier than tempo pace should. I did skip one of the tempo miles since I ran this one at the gym and was running out of time that L could stay in kid’s care. My long run this weekend was an angry run. I don’t know why I was in such a bad mood, but I think the anxiety and tiredness from what’s been going on caught up to me. I also ran at noon so it was super busy on the roads and every texting/aggressive/just not paying attention driver annoyed me. At mile 9 I turned off the main roads and the newfound quiet instantly put me at peace – and my endorphins were starting to kick in – so at least the last mile was a calm, zen, happy place mile! FullSizeRender-30.jpg

Weekly Mileage: 35.35

To all those running Boston this weekend – good luck and enjoy! Anyone else spectating? And happy running to all others too! 🙂

 

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8 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Inspiration & Catch Up

  1. I swear you get faster every week, lol. If those are the paces you throw down when you’re stressed and unmotivated I’d love to see what you can do when you’re fired up! Haha!

    Did you change your time goal? I noticed you’ve been doing all your long runs faster than your plan prescribes.

    Keep at it! Motivation, like everything else, is ebb and flow. The mark of a good athlete is to work hard not just in the flow but push through the ebbs as well. You’re doing great!

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    • Thanks, Hanna. LOL, I go back and forth between feeling like I’ve become stronger and feeling like I’m going to leave my best runs in training. I’ve never run paces this fast for my long runs so we’ll see how it goes. I already am thinking ahead to a fall marathon so I figure I can test out this plan on my spring half 🙂 I’m hoping to run an 8 min/mi pace for the half which would put me at 1:45.

      I should have read your comment before my speed work session this morning! I totally bailed on it after the first 1 and 1/3 repeat 🙂 Hope to be back at it tomorrow!

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      • 1 and 1/3? LOL. Honestly though, the line between pushing just hard enough and pushing too hard is really, really fine. It’s just a judgement call, and like any judgment call, we don’t always know if it’s right or not. I often wonder if I’m wussing out sometimes, but in the end, you already have so much hard work in the bank. I’m excited for you, I think you can crush a 1:45!

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      • Lol, yes 1/3 and the 1/3 was already 1/2 of my original plan so really, what 1 and 1/6 😉 Ha!
        It is really hard to know when to push and when not to. Sometimes I know I could push through (though doesn’t always make me finish), and other times it feels like I can’t. Thanks for the encouragement, Hanna!

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  2. Your training is paying off though, despite a rough couple of weeks…your pace is really getting faster and you are crushing those all-important training runs. Hope that your hubs injury gets better that’s just the worst. I’m coming off a marathon high this weekend having ran number 7 yesterday!! Enjoy Boston tomorrow and hopefully it get’s your week off to an inspiring start! You’ll be more than ready by your race day.

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