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.

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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!

 


Happy Holidays + My Moment of Fame!!

Hello there! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying getting ready to ring in the New Year!

I had a great time catching up with my family, going for some runs in the old neighborhoods, and playing around in the snow with Brady. 🙂

2 Generations RunningOne of the best surprise gifts came for me a couple days BEFORE Christmas. I’ve become a big fan of listening to podcasts on my easy runs (kind of like having a very chatty friend along for a run!) and the Runners World podcast is one of my favorites. Well, a few months ago, I had run into David Willey, editor-in-chief of Runners World at the Fenway Spartan Race. I had checked him in at registration, recognizing him partway through the process and realizing they were recording the podcast at the time! Ever since then, I’d been eagerly waiting for the Spartan Race-themed Runners World podcast episode, wondering if our little encounter would make the cut!

Runners World PodcastWell, it did! I had just finished my run and was stretching on my deck when I realized I WAS IN THE EPISODE!!! I couldn’t help but break out in a big smile (as uncomfortable as I was hearing how high-pitched my voice sounded). My dad later commented that he looked out the window and saw me grinning like an idiot and couldn’t understand what kind of ‘Runner’s high’ I was experiencing.

Smile! You're in a podcast!If you want to listen in on my little moment of fame, you can fast forward to minute 53:20 of the Runners World podcast episode 34, “The Spartan Way”.

Do you listen to podcasts? While running? Do you have any New Years plans? I’m thinking of running a 10k on New Years morning (one of the very first races I ever ran!)


The Runners World Classic: Race Recap Pt. 1

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What a weekend!!

Runners World Classic Race Recap 2016As evidenced by the above photo, my mom and I had A LOT of fun this weekend. A couple years back, my mom and I had done the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon which is also put on by Runners World, so this weekend felt kind of like a running flashback.

Heartbreak Hill HalfThrowback to a selfie after the Heartbreak Hill Half!

Friday afternoon, my mom came up to my apartment to stay for the weekend. We had fun cooking and watching a little TV, keeping things low-key in preparation for Saturday’s early morning. The 5k started at 7 and we still had to pick up our bibs beforehand.

Merrimack College in North Andover was a great, easy location for the races. We had no problems getting there and parking was a cinch (despite my alarm somehow failing to wake me up Saturday morning so we were a little later than we intended.) We grabbed our bibs and shirts and took a minute to check out the expo. One of my ONLY complaints about the event would be the T-shirts – I love the color, but I was bummed that they were cotton! I’ll still wear it, but it would have been nice if I could have worn it out on runs.

Runners World Classic Race Recap 2016Not a great shirt, but not the worst….

The expo was also very small – I think there were 2 vendors, apart from Runners World! I was super stoked to see Sarah Marie Design Studio there (check out her website if you haven’t heard of her!!) I had actually just ordered one of her “Netflix and Treadmill” tanks, and me and my mom both decided to buy some new running tanks (I got “Positive Vibes, Negative Splits” – love that slogan!)

Finally, it was time to head out and do a little warm-up and stretching before hitting the 5k. My mom was also running this one.

Runners world Classic Race Recap 2016My plan was to push the pace a little bit on this 5k. Knowing that I also had a 10k and half marathon ahead of me, I had no intentions of trying to PR, but I wanted to put in a decent effort. Right at 7 am sharp, we lined up in the starting corral and were off!

The first mile was pretty congested and just took you out through the college campus so not super exciting. Mile 1 – 7:49.

Once the congestion had cleared, I was able to pick it up a little more. I tried to stay in tune with my breathing and exertion levels, not wanting to get caught up in the excitement of the race. Even so, I was surprised when I ran a 7:27 for mile 2 (this was mostly downhill so I think that was the real explanation).

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There was more climbing between miles 2 and 3 and my pace slowed a bit to 7:48 for an average pace of 7:38 per mile. Official time – 24:04. A pretty good time, but obviously well off from my PR of 22:29. I was happy with how I did, but I wasn’t even going to check the results because I figured there was no way that time was going to earn me anything. Thank goodness my mom and I just happened to walk by the results kiosk!! SOMEHOW, I got 1st in my age group!!

Runners World Classic Review 2016

017bcf9865b7156ac8cca84c6ffc94e0da7d30d6ecThis was a big surprise for me, and I was pretty darn excited about it. I think this glass is going to be getting a lot of use. 😉

I had about an hour to relax and then it was time for the 10k. By this point, the heat and humidity were really beginning to ramp up. I decided to think of this as just one of my regular training runs – I was going to take it pretty easy and finish when I finished.

Runners World Race recapI finished the 10k in 54:55, with an average pace of 8:46/mile. A little faster than I normally go on an easy run, but I felt pretty comfortable throughout so I went with it. There were plenty of water stations on the course, which was a good thing because the sun was really beginning to beat down in places along the course (temps reached the low 90’s in North Andover that day). At the finish, volunteers gave out sponges soaked in cold water – AMAZING!!! It definitely felt like DMSE Sports (the company putting on the race) had taken the forecast into account, adding some water stations, the sponges, and plenty of medical staff to keep everyone safe.

It felt great to be officially done for the day and I happily stocked up on plenty of the post-race foods (I had been really good about not eating much of anything in between the 5 and 10k). There was a great selection of chips, granola bars, yogurt, Yasso bars (probably my favorite post-race food!), and Tazo chocolate. The official finisher food was a single hot dog (though you could opt to buy a second one). I’m not a big hot dog person, but it kind of hit the spot after 9.3 miles. You also got a ticket for 1 free beer and they had a choice of Coors Light and Blue Moon. After missing the champagne toast at Delaware, it felt nice to finally get to take advantage of my drink ticket!

For the next hour or so, my mom and I hung out, walked around, and checked out the celebrity mile.

Runners World Classic ReviewThis included Runners World editor David Willey (up front in the blue in the photo), Adrienne Haslet (Boston Marathon bombing survivor), Dick Hoyt (of Team Hoyt), Bill Evans (the Boston police commissioner), and many more.

After the Celebrity Mile was over, my mom and I met up with a running friend to check out the seminars. What better way to celebrate spending your whole morning running than to follow it up with afternoon discussions on running? 😉 The first seminar was called “Getting the Most from your Machine: How to Become your Fastest and Healthiest Runner”. This one was led by Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon,  and Bud Coates, a 2:11 marathoner and 4-time Olympic marathon trials qualifier. This discussion was a little more anecdotal, but it was pretty cool getting to hear these incredible runners describe their experience with running, injuries, and training.

The second seminar was led by 2 physical therapists on how to keep running injury-free. This was another fascinating presentation as we discussed why so many runners get injured, and how the regulations of the health care system contribute to that. I don’t remember the names of these speakers, but both were physical therapists in the Boston area and very engaging speakers. They also stayed around after the talk to answer questions, so my mom was able to get some advice on some nagging hamstring issues.

By that point in the day, my mom and I were wiped out. We decided to skip the last couple seminars which were similar to ones we had seen at the Heartbreak Hill Half and headed out in search of iced coffee.

Stay tuned for a recap of Sunday’s half marathon!

 

 


Our Next Big Race/State

Happy Almost End of the Week to you all!

As most of you know, my mom and I are trying to run a marathon or half marathon in every state. So far, we have 11 down. I’m psyched to say my mom and I have our next state picked out for this summer!

State #12  – UTAH with the Hobble Creek Half Marathon!!

My mom and I picked this race/state for a few reasons. Most importantly, the timing of it was perfect. My mom and I will be running the Runners World Classic in July (if you want to race this one with me, you can use code RAVE for 10% off the registration fee!), but we didn’t have any big races lined up for August. I will be in Utah for work the week of August 13th, so I looked around for some half marathons in the general area the following week and found Hobble Creek. It sounds absolutely AWESOME –

“The Hobble Creek Half Marathon was started by two elite runners and USATF members in 1994 with a vision to create a course that would be both a record breaker and a great tune-up for the St. George Marathon… The course is beautiful and fast with rolling hills and is a great place to set a PR (Personal Record) or tune up for a fall marathon. The race is known for its fast course, flowers for women, and Elite 100 medals.”

Hobble Creek Half Marathon Elevation ProfileThat’s my kind of elevation profile!!!

We are registered for the race, flights and hotels are booked, so it is definitely happening! Eeek, so excited!

I was so thrilled with my PR in Augusta in February, but that course had a couple of big hills in it that definitely cost me some time. I think Utah might just be my new chance at a half marathon PR. 🙂 My mom is coming out to meet me a few days before the race, so we will also get to do some sight-seeing and make a little vacation out of it.

In the meantime, I’m sticking with my speedwork routine (did 2 x 2 miles at half marathon goal pace today and was ecstatic at how well I handled it!) and just trying to work my long runs back up. I’m not really following any formal plan for these half marathons, but I am trying to incorporate lessons learned from previous training cycles.

Sunny early Runs | 2 Generations RunningSunny early morning runs are my favorite

**Random sidenote – My big toenail on my right foot finally came off today (it got absolutely wrecked in Delaware)!! I will probably have a regular toenail again in about 9 months… Just in time for me to probably be ready to register for another marathon. 😉 I will spare you all the pics because I have a feeling none of you want to see my gross runner’s feet.

Have you ever been to Utah? Any recommendations for places/sights to see? Do you have any racecations coming up this summer?


Looking Ahead

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I am feeling really optimistic and excited about this week. Something about the weather finally warming up and having the flexibility to do all the workouts and runs I want. I liked the structure of my marathon training plan, but it got to the point where I almost got sick of doing the runs because they felt forced. Like I had to try to stick as closely to the plan as possible or else. Now that Delaware is behind me, I’m excited to play around with some speed work and really get back into cross-training.

I also have a few shorter races already on the calendar!

Run All the Races Meme(Current mood.)

First up, is the Boston Run To Remember 5-Miler this Sunday. I’ve never actually run a 5-mile race before, so yay for an automatic PR!!! I’m looking forward to pushing myself on this one(within reason – no more trips to the ER anytime soon!). I really want to work on my speed this summer, so I think this could be a good race to just gauge where I’m at.

The following weekend, my mom and I will be running the AIDS Walk and Run 5k Boston. The course is right along the Charles, in an area where I sometimes run after work. It’s a really beautiful area, as evidenced by this photo I took a few months ago.SunsetAnd then of course, there is the Runner’s World Classic in July!!!! I know I mentioned that I would be running the half marathon here a few weeks ago. Well, surprise!! I’m actually doing the Hat Trick! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Runners World events, the Hat Trick refers to running all 3 of the races they offer over the weekend – the 5k and 10k on Saturday, and then the half marathon on Sunday! This will be my first time ever trying the whole 3 races in 2 days thing, and I’m psyched. I have to admit though, I don’t think that this will realistically lead to a new half marathon PR, which I had originally been hoping to go for. I haven’t really figured out what I want my strategy to be for the weekend – Do I try to race the 5k or the 10k? Or should I take both of those easy and be more aggressive on the half? Thoughts, anyone?

My mom and I are also toying with the idea of a race in late August that would cross off another state for us… We haven’t finalized any plans there though, so I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

Couple of reminders – If you’re looking for a new hydration belt for summer, I highly recommend the SPIBelt H2O Venture Series (Read my review for all the details here). Use code nora10 at checkout for 10% off and free shipping from spibelt.com!

If you’re local (or even if you’re not) and interested in running the 5k, 10k, or half marathon at the Runner’s World Classic you can still sign up! Use code RAVE at checkout for 10% off.

Have a great week!


Yasso 800s, Burpees, & Bear Crawls (Oh My!)

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend! We had a lot of rain and generally gross weather last week, but it cleared up just in time for the weekend so my mom and I were both able to squeeze some great runs in!

We kicked off Saturday morning with some speedwork at the track.

Track1I tested out a new camera timer app I downloaded by taking a pic of my snazzy Asics. 🙂

I did the same workout I had done the last time, except I managed to NOT wimp out this time and did 6 repeat 800’s instead of 5. 🙂

Fun fact I just learned about Yasso 800s – if you do 10 sets (so that means 10 800-meter repeats with a 400 meter jog in between each), take the average time in minutes and seconds and translate that into hours and minutes to get an idea of your marathon finishing time! So for example, if you do your repeats at an average of 3 minutes, 30 seconds, your marathon finishing time should roughly be 3 hours, 30 minutes. The runner geek in me finds this pretty cool.

Fascinating | 2 Generations RunningI had heard of Yasso 800’s before, but I never knew this detail about them! Needless to say, I plan to keep doing this workout and gradually increase my sets up to 10. I did ZERO speedwork before my last marathon, so I have no idea how accurate this would be for me (it varies by individual), but I really want to experiment now. I came across this factoid on Sunday while browsing through the newest addition to our running library –

Runner's World Big Book of Marathon TrainingMy mom picked this out to help as she begins training for marathon #2, the Baystate Marathon. I’ve only just started paging through it, but so far it seems like a pretty awesome resource! It has beginner, intermediate, and advanced training plans for both half marathons and marathons. My mom and I will both have to read through it some more, but I’m definitely thinking this one will be worth a review here on the blog!

On Sunday, I went for a nice, quick 3-miler followed by some burpees, bear crawls, and lunges in the backyard. I’m just going to say it – I hate burpees. I basically never did them before and now I kind of wish I could go back to the state of blissful ignorance where I didn’t really know how hard they are, but given that I’m doing a Spartan race in 2 weeks,  it seemed like a good idea to semi-prepare for it.

2 Generations RunningAnd this GIF pretty much sums up how I’m feeling about that.

After that, I went with my parents to take Brady and Keeper to a nearby field where they can run around and swim in the pond. I cannot begin to put into words the excitement/love Brady has for these outings (he sounds like a crying baby when he realizes where he’s going). As always, he had an absolute blast jumping into the water and chasing his tennis ball.

Brady swimming | 2 Generations RunningSo overall, a pretty great weekend for running and being outdoors! God, I love the summer. 🙂

How was your weekend? Did you run? Anyone else have a dog that LIVES for swimming and tennis balls?


Heartbreak Hill Half Part II

Do you need to catch up on Part I? Read it here.

On race morning, my mom and I got up at 5:50. Neither of us slept well the night before, as somehow our room ended up being even colder than it was the night before! My mom had covered herself with a towel and her jean jacket as makeshift blankets, but I don’t think they were all that insulating.

Luckily, we had taken preparations to ensure we got some coffee in the morning. 🙂 We had discovered a nearby Dunkin Donuts the day before, so we each got an iced coffee with no ice (so that way the ice wouldn’t melt and water it down), and stashed them in the fridge. Paired with our bagels with almond butter and raspberry jam, it was a perfect pre-race breakfast.

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After gathering our fuel belt, GU’s, and bibs, we headed out to make the short walk to the starting area. We stretched a little, and then separated to go to our respective pace groups. My mom wanted to go with a pacer set to run a 2:00 time, and I decided to try my hand going with the 1:50 pace group. I think we were both a little too confident coming off our PRs from the Iron Horse Half!

When the horn sounded, we headed out and I did my best to keep sight of the 1:50 sign my pacer was carrying. This came out to being 8:25 minutes/mile. Too fast. In hindsight, I wonder why I thought it was a good idea to try to run a pace I had never run in a half marathon before over a hilly course and on a particularly hot day. Well now, I can tell you from personal experience  – it’s not a good idea.

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The first mile was mostly downhill, but I still felt like I was pushing it, and I knew pretty early on I wasn’t going to be able to maintain that speed (I did the first mile in 8:26, yikes!). My usual strategy is to start a little slower in the beginning of a half marathon to let my legs loosen up and to conserve energy, and then to try to gradually get faster over the course of the race. That’s what I did in the Iron Horse Half and it worked like a charm. I should have stuck to what I knew for this race, but I somehow thought that getting another PR would be simple – I just had to stick with the pacer!

By mile 5, I was exhausted. I had drastically underestimated the course. Everything I had read talked about how Heartbreak Hill was the last of a series of 3 hills, and was not even particularly steep. This had led me to believe that the course had only 3 hills total. I guess I didn’t think about how the course was an out-and-back loop, so any section that was downhill one way, ended up being uphill the other way! By this point I had completely lost sight of the 1:50 pacer, so I let go of the idea of PRing, and tried to enjoy my surroundings. I got high-fives from a gorilla (or at least, a man dressed in a highly convincing gorilla costume!), and little kids. I also pulled out my phone and snapped some pics while I ran!

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It was very, very hot though, and eventually, I started taking frequent walking breaks. A lot of runners were doing the same. There were a whole bunch of runners who would pass me while I was walking, and then I would start running again, and I would pass them walking. This back-and-forth passing kept up for pretty much the whole second half of the race.

Just after mile 9, I came running around a corner to find paramedics and an ambulance helping to transport a runner. I hope he ended up being all right! It’s so easy to push yourself a little too hard and in the really warm temps, it can end up being disastrous. I tried to remind myself of that every time I felt guilty for walking.

FINALLY, just around the 2 hour mark, I passed the 13 mile marker, and knew I was almost there! The crowd support through the BC campus was fantastic, and I pulled out my earbuds to take in all the cheering, music, and energy as I ran my tired legs to the finish. Official time – 2:06:00. Well off from the 1:50 time I had been thinking about, but honestly I was happy with it. Over that course and in that heat, it was actually a pretty darn good time.

My official results

My mom's official results

My mom finished just a few minutes behind me in 2:09, and we flopped down in the shade with our Gatorade, water, and post-race food to trade stories. She had given up on staying with her pace group too, and we laughed at ourselves together for thinking that had been a good idea.

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Well, live and learn right? There will be plenty of half marathons to try to PR on(I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we still have quite a few states to check off!). What’s most important is to run your own race. Know what strategy works for you, and stick to your guns. We thought it would be cool to try out the pace groups (the Shamrock half was the only other race we’ve done that’s offered them), but we should have trusted our own experience. Still, Heartbreak Hill was a fantastic race and weekend! Runner’s World did a great job organizing it, we learned a lot, and had a whole lot of fun. What more can you really ask from a race?

shirtA really nice shirt. There’s basically no point to doing a race if they don’t give you a shirt. 🙂 Luckily, the shirts were great too.

Hope you had a fun weekend!

 


Heartbreak Hill Half Part I

What a whirlwind weekend!

The weather was absolutely gorgeous!

The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon and Festival was so much fun and a really incredible experience. It was, as I put it to my mom, like “going to running camp”. We stayed overnight Friday and Saturday in the dorms at Boston College. It was very nice for a dorm room, but the beds were certainly not the comfiest, and our room was freezing, despite the warm temps in Boston. Weird.

Our common room area

We drove into Boston on Friday afternoon and after checking into our room, headed to the expo  to pick up our race packets and check out the vendors.

We even picked up a little souvenir for one of our biggest fans!

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The rest of Friday afternoon we had to ourselves since all the running seminars were scheduled for Saturday. We went to Brio Tuscan Grille, a nearby Italian restaurant. My mom and I split the field greens salad to start and it was delicious! We followed that with some generous servings of pasta, which were also very good.

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On Saturday, the 5K and 10K races took place, but we weren’t running either of those, so we were able to sleep in a little bit before the seminars began at noon. When we woke up though, my mom and I were faced with the pressing difficulty of having NO AVAILABLE COFFEE! The horror!! So after showering and getting ready, we found the closest Starbucks and made the fifteen minute walk over.

Successful in our coffee quest!

 

After getting our coffees, we headed over to the start/finish area in time to see the end of the 10K and the Eukanuba 2-Mile Dog Run!

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This was absolutely the cutest. The race directors were also really good about ensuring the safety of all the dogs, given the warm temps. They filled big tubs of water and had the owners get their dogs soaking wet before the start of the race, and were advising owners over the loudspeaker that it wasn’t the day to “put the pedal to the metal”. Even so, some of the dogs sure seemed like they wanted to gun it!

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After watching the start of the dog race, my mom and I headed over to a seminar all about running for women. It featured four speakers – including Shalane Flanagan! For those who don’t know, Shalane is an elite long-distance runner who won the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics for the 10,000 meters. In this year’s Boston Marathon, Flanagan ended up placing 7th, after leading the pack for 19 miles. I was so excited to hear her speak.

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She didn’t disappoint. She was funny, down-to-earth, and a pleasure to listen to. She talked about how hard it hard it had been for her to lose the Boston Marathon this past year, but how the winner Rita Jeptoo had thanked her at the end for setting such a fast pace. Shalane’s response? “Thanks, now you owe me a glass of wine.” Hehe. She also mentioned going on a donut binge where she ate five donuts during a meeting with her trainer. Her advice was not to do that though! All the women were great speakers and so fun to listen to. It was inspiring to hear how much running meant to these women, and how it had helped them through times of crisis in their lives.

My mom and I also went to a seminar on sports nutrition, given by Nancy Clark. She was very informative, and definitely gave me a lot of ideas about things I can do to improve my diet! One of the things she said NOT to do was what she called “crescendo eating”. This is when you eat a small breakfast, but end up starving by dinnertime and overeat as a result. She suggests breaking up your food for the day into 4 small meals so that you’re eating every four hours or so. This is best for sustained energy (very important for endurance running and athletes in general) and hunger control. I ended up buying her book, Food Guide for Marathoners. I’m still browsing through it, but I’ll be sure to post a full review once I can explore it in more detail!

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After the nutrition seminar, I went to a seminar on fitness blogging (it was a busy day!). I got to meet some of my favorite bloggers, including Julie fromPBFingers. The panel of bloggers included Katy Widrick of katywidrick.com, Matt from No Meat Athlete, and Karla from Run Karla Run. They definitely gave me some ideas for sprucing up my blog, so don’t be alarmed if my site looks very different in the coming days!

My mom and I then went for an early dinner, because we were hearing Sarah Reinertsen speak at 7. Sarah was the first woman amputee to complete the Ironman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, topped off with a 26.2 mile run).

We wanted to stay nearby to make sure we weren’t late, so we grabbed some Mexican food for takeout at El Pelon Taqueria, a restaurant about five minutes away from BC. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about eating Mexican the night before our race, but it was delicious and didn’t cause any problems on race day (thank goodness!).

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My mom and I both got the fish tacos and a side order of rice and chips and guacamole. It was all so fresh and authentic-tasting! If you’re in the Chestnut Hill area, I highly recommend checking this place out!

A little before 7, we headed over to hear Sarah’s keynote speech. Again, she was wonderful to listen to. At just over 5 feet tall, she was this tiny ball of energy – so dynamic and with such a powerful story! She talked about having her leg amputated due to a tissue deficiency at the age of 7, and not knowing how to run and play with the other kids. She talked about a soccer coach who wouldn’t let her scrimmage with the other kids during practice, and instead made her kick a ball against the wall by herself. This was all part of what fueled her to run marathons and eventually to compete in triathlons, including the Ironman!

 

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I bought her memoir, In a Single Bound, and was even lucky enough to get her to sign it after her speech. I certainly have my summer reading cut out for me!

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Race day recap coming soon!

P.S. – Props to you if you read this whole post! It was another long one 🙂