First off, a HUGE congrats to all the runners who completed the Boston Marathon on Monday! Running 26.2 miles is hard enough as it is, and add in today’s warm temps and wind, and it takes it to a whole new level. You are all the embodiment of Boston Strong. ♥
I made my way over to the finish from my office around 12:30 in the afternoon. It was chaotic and a little bit stressful dealing with all the crowds. Nevertheless, I found myself feeling inspired and more determined than ever to run Boston. The whole experience has me even more excited to run Delaware in a few weeks too! I have a good feeling about this marathon. 🙂 I think you could say I have a touch of Marathon Fever.
But after Delaware, I’m really looking forward to putting in some work in the shorter distances – meaning half marathon and under. I mayyyyyyy even already have a race planned – the Runners World Classic Half Marathon in North Andover, Mass! Ahh, I’m so excited!!
So how the heck did I end up signed up for another half marathon before I have even run my full marathon? Well, you may have noticed a new logo on the sidebar of my blog – I am now a Bibrave Pro ambassador! Bibrave.com is a website that runners can use to review races – and to check out a race they are considering signing up for. Basically, it’s the Yelp of the running world. I’ve been writing reviews of my races for years now, so I recently started putting my reviews on Bibrave. Considering that my job involves planning races, I think I have a pretty good perspective on what it takes to plan a great event. 😉
Through my ambassadorship, I get to try out different races and running products, and the Runners World Classic will be my first one! I LOVED the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon when I ran it 2 years ago and I’m psyched to be doing another Runners World event. The cool thing is that it’s not just a race – they have a 5k and 10k in addition to the half, as well as a full day’s worth of seminars on different running topics. For a whole weekend, you can 100% immerse yourself in running. In case you need one more reason to register, Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon, will also be directing this event. Can you tell I’m geeking out right now?!
It’s only 2 months post-marathon, so it might not realistically give me enough time to recover and then train for a half marathon PR – but I might give it a shot anyway. I ran a 1:45 in Augusta, but I can feel that 1:40 calling my name! Even if it doesn’t happen at this race, that’s what I’m hoping to work on this summer.
This weekend will be another crazy work trip for me (which means tons of time on my feet, but no running unfortunately). Once I’m back, there will be nothing between me and running Delaware. I’m stoked.
Did you watch the Boston Marathon? Do you have any races planned for the summer yet? Want to come run the Runner’s World Classic with me??? 🙂