Boston Marathon Weekend 2017

Hello and happy Marathon Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend. As expected, mine was packed with running. If I wasn’t actually running, I was hanging out with runners, listening to runners give inspirational talks, or shopping for running stuff at the expo. 🙂 It was a lot of fun.

Happy Dance I had Friday off from work so I slept in and went for a nice relaxing 45 minute run.

2 Generations RunningThis past week I felt so solid in my runs. Even my easy runs were on the ‘fast’ side of the easy spectrum. Despite some digestive issues Thursday evening during my workout (*Note to self: Don’t eat Chipotle for lunch when planning to run after work.), my paces were right there where I wanted them and I felt fast.

In the afternoon, I went to the expo for a little bit before hitting up a yoga for runners class. In some ways, I’ve been glad I’m not running on Monday since I was on my feet A LOT walking around the expo and jumping around to different presentations/seminars. It’s been a ton of fun, but not what you want when you’re about to run 26.2 miles.

After the yoga for runners class, I hung out at the Runners World Pop-Up store, to hear the presentation on how to run your best Boston. No, I’m not running it this year, but I definitely see this race in my future, so I figured it would be fun to get some tips. Ryan Hall was one of the speakers for this seminar (did you know he ran 2:04 at Boston in 2011?!?) He was SO funny and interesting to listen to. He joked that he likes to think of Boston as really only a half marathon since all the downhill sections are “free miles”. That got a good laugh. 🙂

On Saturday, I had the BAA 5k in the morning, which I had been REALLY excited for. While it was a cool race and I’m glad I did it, it was not quite what I expected. My plan had been to do 30 minutes easy as a warm-up before the race before using the race as a workout to do some 7:30 miles. Well, I guess I forgot that the race had 10,000 people in it. By the time I finished my 30 minute warm-up and got over to the corrals, they were already packed with people.

BAA 5kI jumped in where I could, but within the first mile, I realized there was not a shot in hell of me running a 7:30 mile. The streets were narrow and I was bobbing and weaving around walkers and slower runners. It was still cool getting to experience running part of the Boston Marathon course.BAA 5kCitgo sign!

So lesson learned. Don’t plan a workout for races where you know it’s going to be overcrowded. The shirt and medal were super nice though, so that was a nice little bonus.

BAA 5kAfter the race, I made my way back to the Runners World Pop-Up to take in a couple more seminars. First up was a discussion from the First Ladies of Running – this panel included Bobbi Gibb, Sarah Mae Berman, and several others.

Runners World Pop-Up

It was so amazing listening to them talk about getting started running races when it was still seen as improper for a lady to break a sweat (they also used to say a woman’s uterus would fall out if she ran too much. LOL.) Next up, was a presentation by Kathrine Switzer to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of her first running the Boston Marathon.

I have to say, I think I have a new running idol. (If you want to learn more about her story, I highly recommend listening to the Runners World podcast interview with Kathrine). She was so funny and just amazing to listen to. I was so inspired listening to her talk about how she went from a 4:20 marathon to a 2:51 through hard work and training (especially during a time when running was seen as such a bizarre hobby for a woman).

If I wasn’t excited to start marathon training  again soon, I sure am now!

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready to watch the marathon today!


Why I Signed Up For A Coach

Hey there, hope everyone’s 2017 is off to a good start so far!

Let me warn you in advance – I have a feeling this post is a little bit rambling, but I’ve been wanting to write this for a while and at a certain point, I think you just have to hit publish. So bear with me on this, I promise I’ll get to the point. Eventually. 🙂

When I was little, I randomly decided I wanted to learn to play the violin. I don’t remember what precipitated this decision, but once it was made, there was no changing my mind. I was fortunate enough to have a family with the resources to make learning a new instrument a viable option, so a few weeks later, I had a child-sized rental violin and my own private teacher. It probably became apparent after the first 150 or so renditions of Hot Cross Buns that I was no musical prodigy, but my parents still encouraged me to practice and continue with the lessons.

And so I did for roughly 10 years, only stopping the private lessons when my schedule became overwhelmingly hectic with school, college hunting, athletics, and various other extracurriculars.

Now if my parents knew I wasn’t going to be a professional musician after all the Hot Cross Buns performances, I probably figured it out a few years later. But I still enjoyed learning each new skill and steadily improving as a violinist so I stuck with it.

Now this is a running blog, and not a music blog, so I swear there is a connection here (that I’m getting to) and not just taking you all on a leisurely stroll down memory lane. I did say this was going to be rambling, didn’t I? 😉

2 Generations Running. Long Jump.(Fun throwback pic to my long jump days!)

In 2008 (I think?), I signed up for track and field in high school. Of course, back then I thought 3 miles was a death march of a run and the 400 meters was my “long” event. 4 years ago, I ran my first half marathon and realized that I was actually physically capable of running double-digit mileage and so began my “distance running career”.

First Half Marathon | 2 Generations RunningLike with the violin, it’s been pretty clear from the get-go that I will not be going to the Olympics for any form of running event, 100 meters up to marathon. But I enjoy races and running, so I have stuck with it anyway, steadily improving as I figured things out along the way.

Delaware Marathon Race Recap | 2 Generations RunningWe both placed in our age group, despite having rough days.

A few months ago, I started hearing about coaching from several different resources (Runners World did a great podcast on the topic of coaches for the average runner and Bibrave also did a Twitter chat on the subject). I had never really considered coaching for myself before because I was new to the sport and able to steadily improve doing my own thing. But as my goals have gotten bigger, I’ve realized a little bit of guidance/support might not be a bad thing.

When I was 6, my parents didn’t set me down with a violin and a page of music and hope for the best – they got me a teacher because they had the resources to make that possible.

Now that I’m out of college and working, I have my own resources. And I’ve decided to put some of that towards a running coach. I love the sport and I don’t see myself deciding to quit anytime soon, so I feel like it’s a worthwhile investment. Training and reaching goals brings me a lot of happiness, and I know a coach will help me blow those goals out of the water.

After a lot of consideration, research, and cost comparison, I signed up to work with McKirdy Trained, a group of 11 coaches formed by head coach, James McKirdy. I had reached out to James with a few questions before I signed up and was very impressed with his honest and friendly approach. The very next day I signed up to work with the coach, Mary Johnson (who also has a fantastic blog – It’s A Marython).

2 Generations RunningI signed up in November and so far, I’m really enjoying the experience. I’ve done a lot of different workouts and run a lot of easy miles. I’ve been in the base-building phase for my March half, but things are certainly going to pick up in January and February. I’ll be running higher mileage than I ever have for a half marathon before and I know there are going to be some killer workouts, but instead of being afraid, I’m so excited.

So here’s to a new year filled with new running friends, fast races, and big PRs! 2017, I have a good feeling about you. 😉