Okay, I cannot stop coming up with things to tell you about from this last week so here are just a few more. Oh, and on Monday I will post my complete training log leading up to Boston!
*There isn’t much better than feeling genuine support from other women. Women that want you to succeed and truly hope for the best for you. I’ve thought a lot about the friendships I have found through running, and while jealousy/comparison is a route that can be taken, the strength and goodness that comes from women supporting women make me want to cry. My running friends have taught me this over and over again. Cross-country for the elementary school started a few weeks ago, and it is something I want to help teach them… When you work with each other and rise TOGETHER, your potential is unstoppable.
*I am SO glad we had our goodr glasses for the race. I do not understand how so many people were not wearing sunglasses, my eyes would have died.
*Don’t mind my oversharing of Lauren this week ha… It was her most documented race, and she was so shocked to see Andrew repeatedly throughout the course. He just kept popping up and yelling our names!
*That follicular phase of the menstrual cycle is gold for racing. I really want to LEAN INTO whatever different phase of my cycle I am in. Being able to race at this point in my cycle felt like a dream hormone-wise, and I want to keep leaning into training harder during the follicular phase and letting my body rest more during the luteal phase. I cannot control what phase I am in as far as racing goes, but I can try and choose some key races for when I am in the follicular phase. I see it all as a beautiful thing now, and knowing more about what is going on in each week of my cycle makes me grateful. Here, here and here are my favorite resources about this.
*I saw a man store a gel in his visor because his pockets were too full. Brilliant.
*Another brilliant idea was these inflatable seats that people brought to the athlete’s village. You were only allowed a small bag into the village, but they blew these up and were comfortable for the wait.
*During my first Boston experience (where I was going for a sub 3 and finished in 3:12), I took my first gel at mile 15. Too late. Way too late, and there was no coming back from that, and I had a terrible second half of the race. On Monday, I took my FIFTH gel at mile 16. I’m telling you, fueling your race is everything, and I need a shelf in my pantry for Maurten gels now.
*I got an email from Boston with all of the signs that friends/internet friends made for my race. I feel so lucky to have you guys in my life.
*The Boston Marathon commented on Molly Seidel’s post about dropping out of the race—> “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” It gave me goosebumps.
*A man said to Lauren and me at mile 14ish that we looked too happy and fresh to be running the paces we were running. Deena Kastor’s advice did so much for my running… The more I smile and enjoy the FUN of running/racing, the faster I go.
*Two Garmin pictures. My watch still doesn’t believe in my goals. This was taken on the plane ride home AFTER the marathon.
*The Vaporfly Next%2 helped me with my cadence during the race. My cadence has never been this quick throughout a marathon. I think the biggest plus about the shoes for me is they set me up from the feet up with really good form the entire race. I need to sell my car to keep up with paying for these shoes because I am officially addicted to racing/workouts in them. They make running even more fun.
*I don’t remember where I saw this quote, but I fell in love with it… “Don’t let anyone rent space in your head unless they are a good tenant.” I thought about it during the race, and I wasn’t going to let negative thoughts take up space in my head… Only the thoughts that were overpaying their rent would be allowed ha.
*I officially think the carb depletion doesn’t do anything for me before a marathon besides making me the grumpiest person ever. I added more carbs leading up to the race (especially on Sunday… so many bagels), and I loved not cutting carbs.
Favorite running sign you have ever seen during a race?
-I saw so many along the way that I told myself to remember to tell you, but I forgot them all… so many of them made me smile.
Do you wear sunglasses when you run?
Any thoughts from your runs lately you can tell us about?
Any running partners/friend/family member that really supports you?