Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hi there! It's been a while.

Since I last wrote in, uh, July... a lot has happened! Here's a quick recap...

MarathonMike and I escaped to Nantucket for a weekend getaway in August. We were both training for races in October, so we got to enjoy some beautiful sights around the island on our long runs. 

My big race in the fall was the Hartford Marathon and it was an incredible day. I was full of emotions at the start of the race -- excited, nervous, happy, thankful -- as I remembered the training runs and the people that helped me get to the starting line. I don't think I can start a marathon without being a little choked up. 

It rained and poured the  e n t i r e  time. We waited in the car as long as we could to avoid getting soaked before the race even started.

Luckily, I had the help and support of my Uncle TomR who rode his bike along the course. When I'd catch up to him, I'd pass him a soaking wet layer of clothing and he'd give me words of encouragement. He got the short end of the stick on that one. Having MarathonMike and Uncle TomR beside me as I was finishing my final miles was priceless. I'll never forget that.

My goal was to finish under 4 hours, so I joined the 4 hour pace group and that was so, so helpful. Before the race, I pictured me finding the pace group and chatting it up with my new Marathon BFF, whoever that lucky person might be. Instead, I'm happy to report that I didn't waste any energy talking to the people around me (I know, how rude!) and instead I just focused on staying with the group, no matter what. It worked and I got a 10 minute PR! 

THEN! In November, I received an invitational entry for THE Boston Marathon from the Hopkinton Running Club. THRILLED! EXCITED! ALL OF THE ABOVE! 

I've been using the Believe Journal by Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas to document my training. The book is inspiring and I have to say, writing it down, pen to paper, is so motivating and rewarding. 

One of the first training races I did was the Boston Prep 16 Miler in Derry, NH with some buddies from the HRC. It was a big jump early on in my mileage, but the challenge was worth it. I was happy with my time of 2:22:20 (8:54/mile pace), especially since the hills were totally unforgiving. 

Well, that's about it from the last 6 months. Now it's time to focus on the last half of my training for Boston! 

Up next, Stu's 30K

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