Tomorrow I’ll be running my third consecutive Boston Marathon.
Two years ago was my first Boston and my first marathon EVER. It was 2013, the year tragedy struck our city and our race. Having run the race that year, and being from Boston, it’s something that I will never forget. It took weeks for me to feel happy about my accomplishment that year, I just couldn’t think about anything else than the awful events that happened. I ran the race in 3:28. I ran a smart race, doing a ‘negative split’ and running my second half slower than the first half. This is the ideal way to run Boston.
Last year, 2014, I made an emotional decision to run the race, when physically, I shouldn’t have been running., I was even told by my coach and doctors not to run the race. I had horrible plantar fasciitis and running made it unbearable to walk after. I took five whole weeks off from running smack in the middle of Boston marathon training. I continued to bike and swim. but this alone did not and could not prepare me for the race. I barely did any long runs and I only picked running back up in March, after taking a lot of time off. Last year’s race felt really good until about mile 16 when I hit a serious wall. My legs just weren’t ready to run the mileage. I remember my quads seizing and I had to walk at every water station from miles 16-26 #painful. I somehow managed a course PR and ran 3:24. My first half was 1:33 (TOO FAST) and I did the opposite of a negative split… this is not what you are supposed to do:)
This year… I feel the best I’ve ever felt before. If all goes well, tomorrow should line up to be a great race! The weather looks, um, not so pleasant. But that’s ok, I’ve trained in the cold, the snow and the rain. I’m pretty much ready for anything mother nature sends my way. I will have fun out there no matter what! It’s supposed to be in the low 40’s to start, with rain beginning shortly into my run. Boston has a late start and I’ll be starting around 10:30 AM. The rain is supposed to continue throughout the entire race, getting steadier and steadier as we go. Along with the rain, it will be nice and windy… well it’s a good thing I won’t be on my bike!
My strategy for tomorrow is to have a ‘safe race.’ The goal is to finish feeling like I raced well, knowing I could have given a little more. I have a long road ahead of me and IMMT is my ‘A’ Race 🙂
If you’d like to track me… my # is 13114
I START at 10:25 AM from Hopkinton !
Here’s how to track me:
Sign up by texting my bib number (13114) to 234567 or download the BAA Boston Marathon App and search my name or number.
You can also track on baa.org on race day!
Thanks for all the virtual cheering… it means the world to me!!