I have been asking myself why I am so overly excited to run Boston this year?! A few of the reasons include—> It has always been on my bucket list, I am beyond excited to be a part of something so big, I can’t wait to see the area via my running shoes, I have worked hard to qualify and it means a lot as a runner to be part of this event… The 119th Boston Marathon!
I think the number one reason I am more excited than ever to run this race has to do with what happened four years ago. Four years ago I was also very excited to run the Boston Marathon. My siblings got together to purchase my plane tickets (I was on a teacher’s salary supporting my husband at the time through school and didn’t have a dime to my name), I was registered, I was training like crazy, I set some big goals for myself and I was all ready to go and race. The only problem was that I was in a pretty unhealthy place in life.
At the time I didn’t know it but now looking back I realize that I was controlling my food/exercise to the extreme to cope through some pretty tough stuff that I put back in my subconscious and refused to think about. I didn’t have a period for awhile because I was so underweight. I was running away from so many problems that I just wasn’t taking care of myself. I thought that thinness would equal love but it just didn’t. I ended up with two femoral stress fractures (man, those hurt) just a few weeks before the race and I was devastated.
It was an extremely hard time for me not only because I was missing out on my dream race and in a lot of pain but also because I couldn’t use running to cope with what was going on and I started feeling and realizing things. I am glad it all happened the way it did (now I am… back then I wasn’t) because after getting a bone scan during this time and finding out I had Osteopenia, I realized it was time to change my health both mentally and physically (ps I got my bones back to normal after gaining weight, muscle and increasing my body fat % about 8 months later and pregnant at about the same time too and I have continued to be at a healthy weight and cycle).
I guess to summarize it, that was just a hard time of life for me and I guess that is why I am so excited about Boston in just 28 days.
Four years later and I am excited to get to the Boston startling line to celebrate. To celebrate that I am there, that I am healthy. That my life took a dramatic turn for the best after a few years of really struggling. That I run now because I love it. That I have been able to share my training/racing/life with you guys. To celebrate that my Brookers is an amazing little human and that she brings a ridiculous amount of happiness into my life.
I am just overly excited to spend 26.2 miles, from Hopkinton to Boylston St, celebrating the changes that have come along the way over the last 4 years.
Just a few highlights from my Sunday!!!
Little girls in dresses. They just melt my heart.
After church we set up a huge cereal bar for everyone. I brought the chocolate milk and Golden Grahams.
Cereal, such a wonderful thing.
Almond butter and banana toast. Always a highlight.
When I got to my mom’s house she had a bag of chocolate covered cinnamon bears waiting for me.
And the fluffy rolls that she made for dinner stole the show.
Boston Training Week #12!!!!!
Monday: 10 total. 5 trail miles @ 9:05 average pace and 5 treadmill miles @ 8:34 average pace.
Tuesday: 10 miles @ 6:56 average. 10 pick-ups @ about a 5:48 pace.
Wednesday: 10 miles @ 8:21 average pace.
Thursday: 9 miles @ 7:06 average pace. Wave tempo. Two mile warm-up and then 5 x .5 @ 6:30 pace followed by .5 @ 7:03 pace. Two mile cool-down.
Saturday: 16 outside @ 7:39 average pace!
55 total miles
Who will be running Boston this year? Do you know what wave you are in? Can you believe it is so soon?
Best thing that you ate this last weekend?
Tell me about any good workouts that you had last week!
Favorite toast toppings?