Delaware Marathon Training: Week 5

It’s hard to believe we are another week closer to Delaware. Training is continuing to go well, although I have to admit I’m having some pain in my left heel that feels disturbingly close to plantar fasciitis. I don’t think it’s anything too serious yet, but I have been making a concerted effort to ice, foam roll, and stretch my calves. I’m going to keep monitoring it and if I need to skip a run or two to give my body a little more rest, then that’s what I’m going to do.

But moving on, here’s how the week went.

Monday – I did my 10 miler, which I included in last week’s recap.

Tuesday – 4 very easy miles. In hindsight, I probably should’ve switched around my rest days to give myself a little more recovery after the 10 miles the day before…

Wednesday – 7 miles on the treadmill. This was supposed to be a hill workout, but as I mentioned in my last post, my EHL tendon on my other foot had been acting up a little (what the he*% is it with my feet???) so I decided to stick to 1.0 or 1.5 on the elevation setting. I did try to make up for skipping the hills by keeping the pace up a little bit (I  alternated between a 9:05 and 8:35/mile pace). This run didn’t feel fantastic, but I think that was more the result of treadmill boredom than anything else, especially since I’ve been hitting faster paces on my long runs and usually feel pretty good on those.

Thursday – REST DAY!!!

Rest Days and Dwight Schrute | 2 Generations RunningMy legs definitely needed this one. I did 20 minutes of abs in the morning and then chilled out the rest of the day and it was glorious.

Friday – 4 miles on the treadmill, 2 at goal pace. I felt much better on this run. The 2 goal pace miles felt solid and I did my last cool-down mile in 8:35, which felt easy and comfortable. In the evening, I took the train home to visit my family and the dogs for the weekend. I hadn’t been home since Christmas, so it was a much needed visit. 🙂

Saturday – My mom and I opted to do our long run on Saturday this week since our running club was having its monthly brunch run on Sunday and who are we to say no to a run followed by a delicious potluck brunch? We headed out for 13 miles together, figuring that I would start with my mom and then head off about halfway through to do some speedier miles. It was cloudy and in the 40s when we first headed out, but after the first couple miles, we both warmed up and the sun came out. It ended up feeling more like an early spring day than February! So weird to think that just the week before it had been -18 degrees (and -30 with the wind chill)! Guess that’s New England for you.

My mom and I ended up splitting up just after 4 miles, when she paused to do a GU. I continued on, dropping the pace down into the 8:30/mile range. I was able to continue this way, except for when I hit the giant hills on my route. I’ve gotten so used to the new, much flatter routes around my apartment that these rolling hills felt TOUGH. It didn’t help that even with the warmth, there were still some icy patches on the sidewalks in shady areas. Around mile 9, I was stepping off the sidewalk to run a short stretch on the street to avoid some ice. Well, I guess I got distracted by the cars on the road, because I ended up stepping directly onto a different patch of ice and nearly went down. I swear, it felt like my body was inches from the pavement. Somehow, I magically caught my balance and continued on, this time being a little more cautious on the icy patches.

I ended up finishing the 13 miles in about an hour and 55 minutes. My pace was a little slower overall than on some of my other long runs because of the hills, but I felt ok with that. I have to admit, I was kind of excited that I was able to run a sub-2 hour half marathon on just a basic training run, when only a couple years that was my big goal for the Oak Tree Half Marathon.

Later that afternoon, I relaxed by first getting my haircut, and then my mom and I got special race day manicures for Augusta!

Race day nails

Augusta Half Marathon NailsThat’s a check mark for GA on my mom’s nails. 🙂

Sunday – 3.2 miles very easy with our running club. My legs felt surprisingly ok on this run, but I was still happy to be taking it easy and running low mileage. Afterward, we celebrated with some awesome food.

Total Mileage for the Week: 32

Motivation Levels: Running strong 🙂

And for a little inspiration, I’ve been listening to the rap song “Me, Myself, and I” quite a lot on my runs lately, so here is a little excerpt-

“Oh, it’s just me, myself, and I / Solo ride until I die / Cause I got me for life / Oh, I don’t need a hand to hold / Even when the night is cold / I got that fire in my soul”. 

Perfect for those long, hard solo runs. 🙂

How was your week? If you’re training, how’s it going? 

 


The Structure of Training

Hey guys, hope you’re having a good week so far!

As I enter the 4th week of training for Delaware, I find myself marveling at just how much fun I am having with running right now. This kind of confused me for a second. After all, marathon training is tough on the body and mind. I’ve been waking up just after 5 am three days a week to get my runs in before work. My weekends have been structured around my long runs, and making sure I get to bed early enough to feel fresh for them.

Sounds like fun, right!?

Jennifer Lawrence GIF But so far, I kind of love it. I actually really look forward to my long runs. I don’t know how I’ll be feeling 12 weeks from now, but right now I’m just soaking up the adventure and the challenge of finally having a goal that’s simultaneously thrilling and terrifying.

Be Fearless in the Pursuit of what sets your soul on fire | 2 Generations Running(Love this saying.)

It’s been a really long time since I actually followed a structured training plan. After running 10+ half marathons, I kind of figured out the lazy way to train – as long as I kept up a long run of 10 or so miles on the weekends, and maybe a little mileage here and there during the week, I knew I could complete 13.1 miles. It worked pretty well for me. On a cold day with a flat course, I was even able to run a PR on that system (the Baystate Half). But it also meant, that I developed a sort of lackadaisical approach to running. If I was tired during the week or had a long day at work, I just wouldn’t run. Any runner or coach will tell you, mileage matters. So I really wasn’t doing myself any favors. I still enjoyed running, but without something to really work for, it was easy to make excuses to skip it.

I’m loving the structure of finally following a training plan again. Now, when I think about going back to sleep when my alarm goes off (because of course, it’s still tempting), I can’t do it. I want to do everything in my power to run my best race on May 8th, and if I skip a run, it’s only making my goal that much more improbable.

I don’t know what will happen on race day and there are a ton of factors outside of my control. With a race that’s 26.2 miles, there’s a lot of time for things to go wrong. But maybe, things will go right and all the training will pay off.

I’m going to keep running as if there isn’t a maybe in the equation.

 


Thoughts on Marathon #3 (Guest Post)

I asked my Mom to write up a few words on her thoughts on training for her 3rd marathon, and here is what she had to say!

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I remember when Nora and I started talking about doing a half marathon, my husband immediately began teasing us that pretty soon we would be planning to run a full. I remember standing by the stove as we cooked ,) telling my husband that I would NEVER EVER run a full marathon…

Ok, so now – as I plan for my third one – he gets to say a big “I told you so!!!”

Baystate Marathon 2015And frankly, I guess I’m a little surprised too. But I’ve been lucky in that my first two marathons have been great experiences, so that it seems only natural to want to keep challenging myself a little bit more each time.

This time, we have the challenge of training through the winter – a new one for Nora and me – and the additional goal (that I almost don’t want to voice) that we would like to BQ at Delaware.

Nervous | 2 Generations RunningSo that adds a little stress to my usually laid-back approach to training – which has always worked out for me in the past.

So what will I do differently this time, with this loftier goal in sight?

I am following the same training plan as I did for Bay State, (the intermediate plan from the Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training) but this time, I will try to really stick to the pace recommendations. Training in the summer, the heat and humidity made this difficult for me, so we will see if the cooler temps will make this part easier. (Of course, I’ve already tried to do some pace runs that have been slowed way down due to icy and snowy roads, so that will obviously be a big factor. (Sorry, Mid-Atlantic States, but I have to admit that I was pretty happy we dodged the big snow storm last weekend!)

Cross Train: I don’t know why, but training over the summer I didn’t seem to have the energy to do much cross-training. I feel like I should try to be more aggressive about implementing some cross-training sessions now but I also didn’t like any of the options offered by the local gyms. No worries.  I will simply be doing lots of Fitnessblender videos on YouTube – which I really like and always find pretty challenging! (Try Kelli’s Upper Body Workout for People Who Get Bored Easily)  The only downside is that I won’t have the option of treadmill runs if the weather suddenly stops cooperating.  (But that’s why I bought so much cold weather running gear for Christmas!)

What will I do the same….

Food and Drink: I’m continuing to consume lots of ginger and drink ginger tea for its anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve been so lucky about avoiding injury that I’m really nervous that this time things will change. I get panicky every time I feel a weird little twinge in my feet and I quickly run to the fridge to peel more ginger.

2 Generations Running(What I’m hoping to avoid..)

Socks: About midway into the last training session I discovered wearing compression socks really helped, so I will be wearing them all winter, which will actually be easier than wearing them through the summer – which always resulted in some strange looks, or at least questions.

Stretch and Roll: I was super diligent about rolling and stretching after runs and I realize I have to continue to do that, especially as I seem to feel a little stiffer after running in the cold.

Chilling Out (And this one’s not about the cold.): Whether I’m running or cooking, I am too often finding myself agonizing about paces, comparing methods and theories, and worrying about the difference between a tempo vs a strength run –  and texting Nora about my fears and questions.

[I do get a lot of these texts, but I don’t mind!!]

So I think that this time around I am going to have to work especially hard at remembering that, whatever happens, I need to continue to be grateful for the fact that I can run – whether it’s a marathon training run – or just a few miles with a friend. My twingy feet and legs and all the wonderful parts that keep doing what they are supposed to be doing to enable me to move like this are huge and wonderful blessings – that I will not take for granted.

Baystate Marathon 2015So let’s continue the journey!


My First Boot Camp Class

Ahhh TGIF everyone!!!!

TGIF | 2 Generations RunningI may or may not bust out these moves on the elevator when I leave the office this afternoon.

On Monday, I went to my very first boot camp class with one of my coworkers. She had found a Groupon online for 5 weeks of unlimited classes at a very reasonable price. The gym offered tons of yoga, spin, and boot camp classes throughout the day making it super easy finding classes that worked with my schedule, and it was conveniently located right near a T-stop that’s on my way home. Even  though I had just begun my training plan at the time, this all sounded so awesome that I just couldn’t pass it up.

Monday was scheduled to be cross-training (and rest day sort of), so I headed to class with my friend after work. I’d had kind of a rough day and I was seriously looking forward to working up a sweat. The instructor was super friendly as soon as we walked in, and got us started right on time.

There were only 5 or so of us in this particular class, so it wasn’t crowded at all, which I was happy about since it was a pretty small space. The instructor got some great music going and then had us rotate between 6 stations every few minutes. It was basically 30 minutes of high intensity interval training (needless to say, not exactly a rest day!). I thought the 30 minutes was going to feel short, but I was pretty tired by the end and my arms were ACHING!

Rope ExerciseWe did this rope exercise which I’ve always thought looked super bada$$. I never realized how tiring it is though! My shoulder blades and back are still recovering.

The other stations included spiderman crunches, TRX-style jump squats, resistance band walks, planks, toe taps on a medicine ball, reverse lunges with a shoulder press, and ladder grapevine runs.

Boot Camp Classes

It was awesome! But not surprisingly, I was sore the next day and I was even more sore 2 days later when I had a 5-mile hill workout scheduled. So that’s my problem. I think this class is a fantastic workout and great cross-training, but I’m worried that it might negatively impact some of my hard running workouts. I thought about going to another class Thursday night, but I have a tempo run scheduled for Friday morning and I really didn’t want to make that any harder than it’s already going to be.

My plan is to try to talk to the instructors (they seem super friendly and approachable) to see if it’s possible to modify some of the moves to put less stress on my legs, since I’m already getting that with the runs. My other worry is that I might injure myself on some of these higher intensity moves that my body isn’t used to. I CAN’T GET INJURED!!!!!! I get panicky just thinking about it.

Next week I’ll be traveling for 4 days anyway so I’ll be taking an impromptu break from these classes anyway, but my plan is to get back into them (with modifications) when I come back.

Do you do any type of HIIT training in addition to running? Ever tried a boot camp class? 


Friday 5: My Top 5 Bucket List Races

Ah, look at me posting so diligently this week! I think the marathon training must have me just hyped up about running, blogging, and LIFE IN GENERAL! 

So Excited | 2 Generations RunningHopefully not though.

Anyways, I was thinking it was about time I got back to participating in the Friday Five Link-Up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia. As it would happen, this week is a “Free” week – so basically, I get to pick the theme! In keeping with my current mood (i.e., super jazzed about running),  I thought I would share my 5 bucket list races. I don’t know when these races are going to happen, all I know is that I NEED to race them someday (probably after I win the lottery or something and have tons of money to spend on race entry fees.)

  1. The Boston Marathon. I think this one almost goes without saying and I’ve documented my dream of running Boston someday on the blog before. It’s the biggest marathon there is in the running community and there is something almost odyssey-like about the quest to run a BQ. Top 5 Bucket List Races | 2 Generations Running
  2. The Chicago Marathon. I watched the documentary, Spirit of the Marathonright before I ran one of my very first half marathons and I was almost entranced I found it so inspiring. The movie follows the training of a group of 5 runners preparing for the Chicago Marathon – a group ranging from an elite (Deena Kastor) to a 1st time marathoner. If you are a runner and haven’t seen Spirit of the Marathon yet, you seriously need to check it out. From the moment I watched the movie, I knew Chicago was a race I would want to run (at some point).
  3. The Philadelphia Marathon (or Half Marathon). Philadelphia has always seemed like one of those super cool cities and a fantastic place to visit for a race. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful course with plenty of crowd support (just like Boston and Chicago). Maybe these big races just appeal to me because most of the races I’ve done have been on the smaller side? I don’t know, but either way Philly is on the list.
  4. California International Marathon. CIM only recently got on my radar after hearing Amanda Nurse, a guest on the Running on Om podcast talk about her successful attempt to qualify for the Olympic trials there. Amanda ran her first marathon in 3:26 but was able to carve her times down to her current 2:40 marathon PR. It was so incredible listening to her talk about her running journey on the podcast and it just made me really want to also run this race someday!
  5. Grandma’s Marathon (Duluth, MN). I figured it was probably worth including one smaller race in this list, and Grandma‘s has always seemed like an awesome race to me. I remember seeing Alison’s photos on her blog from when she ran the race and thinking it looked absolutely beautiful with much of the course along Lake Superior. I’m pretty sure I want this to be our Minnesota race when my mom and I look to cross off that state!

So there you go! A lot of miles and fun packed into those 5 races. And who knows, maybe I’ll end up crossing one of these off my list in 2016! 🙂

Friday 5 Link-Up

Make sure to check out the link-up to for other fun posts!

If you had to pick one top race to run, what would it be? Have you ever run any of these races? How were they? 


Tips & Tricks for Winning at Winter Running

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone’s shortened week is off to a good start so far!

Wellness Resource Wednesday | 2 Generations Running

Since I’m finally getting back into a regular blogging routine this week, I thought I would get back to my regular Wellness Resource Wednesday posts (sort of). As we head into January and the heart of the cold, nasty winter months, I thought I would share some of my winter running tips. Winter running is not my favorite by any means, but I think I’ve gotten to the point where I am not scared off by cold temps or crappy weather (as evidenced by Saturday’s run obviously). When I decided to sign up for a spring marathon, I knew I was setting myself up for some tough marathon training through a New England winter, so I figure I might as well embrace the situation as much as possible! Nevertheless, I’m still hoping praying for a mild winter.

Tips and Tricks for winning at Winter Running

1. Do a quick warm-up indoors. You’ll want to minimize the amount of standing around in the freezing cold you do before you get running. Try some jumping jacks, high knees, and a few walking lunges to get your blood flowing. I always feel extremely stiff at the start of a run in the cold, but a quick dynamic warm-up easily solves that problem for me.

6 Miles | 2 Generations Running2. Plug your GPS watch in for a minute or two just before you need to use it (even if it’s fully charged). How much do you hate standing around outside in the freezing cold waiting for your GPS watch to find satellites? It sucks.

Tips and Tricks for Winning at Winter Running | 2 Generations Running^You, standing around waiting for your GPS to find signal.

And it defeats the whole purpose of the nice, little dynamic warm-up you did (if you followed Tip #1!) When you plug your watch in, it automatically finds a satellite connection, and it’ll maintain that connection when you unplug it and immediately go to use it. I learned about this from listening to the No Meat Athlete podcast, and I’ve been following this tip religiously on all my runs lately and it works great!

3. Wear the right gear (and layer up!). I’m pretty sure this tip appears in every single article and blog post that’s ever been written about winter running, but hey, it’s true. For Christmas, I received the Women’s Under Armour ColdGear running leggings, and they are seriously fantastic. I’ve gone on some rainy, cold runs wearing these and my legs always stay warm and dry through the whole run.

Women's UA ColdGear Running Leggings | 2 Generations RunningThese are also on sale right now! I’ve also heard really great things about the Brooks women’s Seattle Tights, which are waterproof and windproof… but also $165, so if that’s out of your price range, the Under Armour pair are a good option.

4. Pay close attention to the weather/temperature forecasts. In particular, pay attention to patterns in your own preferences. For example, I find that if it’s 32 degrees out or warmer, I don’t need to wear gloves. My hands might be a little cold starting out, but I would rather experience that than getting too hot and having to carry them for the rest of a long run. If you go on a run and find yourself sweating through your base layer, long-sleeve top, and heavy running jacket, make a note of what the temperature was, and remember to adjust for next time. A great rule of thumb is to plan on it feeling 20 degrees warmer than it actually is while you’re running. So, if the temp is in the 50s, I would probably wear shorts and a t-shirt because I know it’s going to feel like 70s.

5. If it’s raining or snowing, put your electronics in a plastic baggy to prevent them from biting the dust. I’ve killed an iPod on a particularly rainy run before, and there’s nothing that makes a gross run even worse than when it ruins an expensive piece of electronics. Or else, you’ll wind up trying to “fix” it.

Tips & Tricks for Winning at Winter Running6. Don’t forget – everyone in their cars driving by is thinking you are the ultimate bada$$ out there in the snow and rain, getting in your run.

Tips and Tricks for Winter Running | 2 Generations RunningWhat are your tips for winter running? What’s the WORST weather you’ve ever experienced while on a run? Would you rather run in very cold temps or stay indoors and hit the treadmill?


Goals for the Marathon Training Cycle

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I hope to get out of this marathon training cycle. Obviously, I have a time goal in mind for May, but that is months and months away. I also don’t want to feel like my success is 100% contingent upon achieving that specific time because I know there are factors COMPLETELY outside my control (the weather for example) that will play a huge role in whether or not I hit my fastest times. Yes, the time goal is probably my main focus, but I want there to be other criteria where I can step back and feel proud of what I’ve accomplished.

Since I am only just beginning the 16 week plan, I thought it would be good for me to lay out what those other goals are.

Goals for the Marathon Training Cycle | 2 Generations Running

  1. Run some new half marathon PRs along the way to Delaware. I was able to run my current half marathon PR at Baystate off of pretty low mileage and what can only be described as less than structured training. But I felt fantastic during that whole race. Looking back, I wonder if I felt a little too fantastic. I think I might have left a little too much gas in the tank and I’m looking forward to being even more aggressive at the Augusta Half Marathon in February. I’m also considering signing up for a local half marathon the weekend of my birthday in March as a little birthday present to myself. My plan would be to use that as a hard tempo run for Delaware (and if there’s a PR involved in that, even better).
  2. Run higher mileage (but stay healthy). I feel like I’ve beat this to death on the blog, but getting injured while training for the Rochester Marathon was horrible. While I was still able to run the race, missing so many long runs definitely had a negative impact on my performance, and it was not a pretty race. The plan I am following has me running higher mileage than I would typically be running this time of year, but I’m hoping my body will be able to handle it. I’m going to do my best to keep everything running smoothly (pun intended) by getting back to stretching and foam rolling, even if it’s only for 5 minutes when I get back from a run. I’m also really focusing on core work as part of my cross training.
  3. Improve my nutrition. Like pretty much everyone else, I probably ate a few too many cookies and desserts during the holiday season. But, I’m getting this under control again. After reading some positive reviews online, I picked up the Paleo Diet for Athletes, which I’ve really been enjoying. The recipes are pretty basic, but that’s good for me since I’m limited in the amount of time I have for cooking. I’m not going strict paleo, but I am trying to reduce the amount of refined carbohydrates I eat (i.e., pastas, bread, crackers, etc…) Instead, I’ve been eating A LOT of sweet potatoes as a way to get the carbs in that I’ll need for running.
  4. Squeeze in as many runs as I can while traveling for work. I have a lot of work trips coming up in the next few months, some for as short as 3 days at a time, some for up to a week. The hours on these trips won’t be the standard 9-5 either. Instead, I’ll be waking up very early and finishing late in the afternoon or evening. I know I will be tempted to skip runs, but I am going to do the best I can to not let these trips derail my training. If the hotels have treadmills, you can bet your a$$ I’ll be getting up at 4:30 am to get my run in. It would be too easy to use my job as an excuse for missing runs, and I care too much about the end product to let that happen.
  5. Avoid marathon burnout. Yes, I know this goal is far less concrete than the others, but I think it’s important. Right now, my motivation is literally off the charts. If there was some way I could run a marathon tomorrow, I think I would do it (though I doubt it would be advisable.) I don’t want to lose this feeling of excitement. I’m hoping by keeping up reading my favorite running blogs (and maintaining this one of course!), listening to my favorite running podcasts, and by watching the Olympic Trials (the LA marathon on February 13th) that my motivation will stay where it is, if not grow.

It’s going to be a challenging 16 weeks, but I’m ready for it. 🙂


2015: Our Year in Running

Can you all believe that 2016 is basically here?? I don’t know where the time goes!

Happy New Years | 2 Generations RunningIn the spirit of a very attractive Leonardo DiCaprio, let’s toast to a new year and take a look back at all the awesome running that happened in 2015.

Some stats:

  • 956 total miles run (probably a bit more than that from runs I forgot to log)
  • 3 half marathons completed (2 for my mom)
  • 1 marathon run (Baystate for my mom)
  • A lot of 5ks run (from the Lowell Good Times Series over the summer)
  • 2 age group wins (for both my mom and me in the Good Times Series again!)
  • New PRs in the 5k, half marathon, and marathon for both me and my mom! My mom went sub-2 hours for the first time at the Providence Half.

2015 running mileage, Map My Run | 2 Generations RunningIt was a pretty awesome year. Winning the Good Times Series by one point is probably my all-time favorite running memory EVER, and I was insanely proud that I was able to shave 45 seconds off my 5K PR.

The Lowell Good Times SeriesThat win was a huge confidence boost for me, and I went into the Baystate Half Marathon ready to be more aggressive than I had ever been in a half marathon before. While I was nervous that I was going to crash and burn at the end of that race (I’m not used to starting out at 8:15/mile), I actually got stronger, running my fastest times for miles 10-13 for a 5-minute PR. Watching my mom finish the marathon and shave roughly 30 minutes off her previous time was icing on the cake.

Baystate Marathon 2015Here she is going into the finish, still looking strong after 26 miles!

Injury-wise, there was nothing too serious in 2015 (thank god). I seem to remember having some slight runner’s knee at one point, but it went away quickly with stretching. My mom remained strong throughout marathon training and was able to reach race day 100% healthy. We also started strength training on a more regular basis, especially after I discovered Fitnessblender videos!

2015 was also the year we got to meet one of our running idols, Meb!! This was after we won the lottery (for entry into the Falmouth Road Race).

2015 Falmouth Road RaceTaking selfies with Meb, like the pals we are.

In 2015, I walked in my graduation and symbolically entered the real world.

grad_2So far so good – I actually managed to get a job doing what I wanted to do (planning races), I moved out, and I completed 2 obstacle course races! I even managed to convince my mom and brother to join me for one!

Fenway Spartan Race | 2 Generations RunningWow, writing this post and just looking back at it all makes me realize just how fantastic 2015 really was. I am so excited to get started on 2016. Who knows what the Augusta Half and Delaware Marathon will hold for us, but I feel in my gut that it’s going to be good.

2 Generations RunningLet’s get running.

How was 2015 for you? Any big goals going into 2016 (fitness or otherwise?)

 

 

 

 


Marathon Fever

So, I hinted in previous posts that I was wrestling with a difficult running decision lately – to run a spring marathon or not to run a spring marathon. That is the question.

Well, I think this past weekend may have been a turning point (and not just for me). Let me back up a little first though. Saturday, I decided to go out and run long again after my success running 9 miles at the Mill Cities Relay last week.

Mill Cities Relay 2015 Race ReccapI decided to aim for 9 miles again, and I threw in a few challenging hill repeats along the way. My average pace was generally around 8:30/mile, with some slower splits on the miles with the hills and on my warm-up/cool-down miles, so I was pretty pleased with the effort. I’m still slightly in shock that I’m in a place where I can run sub-9 minute miles consistently over a long run. Part of me wants to keep building on this and see just how far I can get. And then part of me says, But what about the snow/ice/freezing temps that have GOT TO BE coming eventually? So, that’s been the root of my indecision I guess – the practical part of my brain arguing with the crazy idealist in me.

After my morning run on Saturday, I went home so that I could go to our running club’s holiday brunch run the next day. It’s always a well-attended event because this is when our club awards 2 runners waivers for entry into the Boston Marathon (the BAA sends our club 2 entries as a thank you for promoting running in the New England area.) You have to apply for the waivers and my mom and I had not applied, so we knew we weren’t going to get it, but we still wanted to go and support the club. Watching the waivers being awarded got me really excited. And now, I have to admit something (even though it’s kind of terrifying) – I really want to run the Boston Marathon someday. (and I want to do it by qualifying.)

Boston Marathon My mom’s marathon time at Baystate this fall was great – she beat her previous time by 30 minutes, and now she is only 16 minutes off the BQ time needed for her age group. I KNOW with the right conditions she can get it. I’ve only run the one marathon (the Rochester Marathon), and my time there is WAY OFF where it would have to be for me to qualify for Boston.

Rochester Marathon | 2 Generations RunningBut, I really don’t think that first marathon reflects where I’m at with running now. When I ran my first marathon, I was coming off an injury and I was just not running the paces that I’ve routinely been hitting lately. If Baystate is any indication, I think I could go sub-4 in a marathon now. And maybe, (and that’s a very strong maybe) with the right course and conditions, I could qualify for Boston. I know some runners work on this goal their whole life and don’t qualify, and so it’s incredibly nerve wracking to admit that this is something I want. But I also like a challenge. I’ve never been the type of person to just enjoy coasting by. And since I’ve moved to the Boston area, it just feels like fate. How can I live in the city that hosts the world’s premiere marathon, and NOT at least try to run it?

So, I *think* my mom and I will be signing up for a spring marathon. We’ve been scouting some potential options and looking for where we can get some new states crossed off. Nothing is finalized, but I think we both caught the marathon fever this weekend. One thing’s for sure, if we do end up registering for a spring marathon, you’ll be hearing about it on the blog!

Good thing I asked for a thousand running-related gifts for Christmas.

How was your weekend? Have you ever had a HUGE goal that you didn’t know whether you would actually be able to achieve?

 

 


Hello December

OMG, and just like that, it’s December.

Merry ChristmasI totally slacked on blog posts this week, let’s just say life was a little weird. However, I did get in some great runs!

On Tuesday, I went to a free fun run hosted by a running club in the area that I’m thinking of joining. It was a small turn-out with temps in the 30s, but I ended up having so much fun! I had been feeling a little bit anxious about going – I wasn’t going to know anyone there and it was so dark and cold out that I almost convinced myself not to go. Well, I’m so glad I did go! I talked to a bunch of different runners and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I even made plans to run a fun Christmas tree run in Boston with one girl who I spent a long time with chatting about marathons and lost toenails. 🙂

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The rest of the week contained some strength training, Fitnessblender videos, and a 4 mile treadmill run at goal pace. I say goal pace because I’m running a race this weekend! My mom, brother, and I are all running on separate teams at the Mill Cities Relay with our running club!Stu's 30K Relay Recap.My mom has run this race before, but it’s going to be my first time and I’ll be running a 9.5 mile leg. I feel relatively trained for it. I’m hoping to run around the same pace that I ran at the Baystate Half Marathon (8:16/mile), but I also haven’t been doing as many long runs lately, so I’m not sure how that will go.

Anyways, that’s my quick check-in for the week! I’ll have some better posts coming your way next week. 🙂 Have a great weekend!