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Way back on January 21st, I wrote about ‘to run or not to run’ the Boston Marathon.

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I said I would train for the Marathon and just take it day by day, week by week…

One thing was for sure, if I wasn’t feeling it, I wasn’t going to run the race. I was going to listen to my body and work with Coach Jorge to make sure everything was A-Ok.

January came and went… then February… then March…

my pace was getting faster, all while running longer… and swimming + biking

I never did more than 35 miles of running in one week… I worked my butt off all winter long…

I focused on where I was weak and did functional strength training for my hips and glutes. As a result, my knee pain that I had back in December has not been back to haunt me.

I have my asthma under control and I’m breathing better.

I feel powerful.

I used my recommendations from InsideTracker to make changes to my diet.  I’ve been supplementing with Vitamin D and Iron. I’m trying to sleep more in order to lower my cortisol levels.

I am happy to report that I have never felt better.  I’m holding paces that I never thought I would be able to hold. For the first time in a VERY long time, I don’t have niggles and aches during every run.  I’m running pain free and FAST.

My run yesterday pretty much sealed the deal that I am going to RUN the Boston Marathon. I ran for 14 miles, averaging a 7:10 pace. The crazy thing is, I felt like I could have gone faster… and longer. Where there is a will, there is a way.

My decision has been made…. one week from today I will be running my 3rd consecutive Boston Marathon!

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I am well aware that running the Boston Marathon is risky… it’s a TOUGH as nails race. But given how strong I feel at this point in time, I’m optimistic that I will have a good race.  The important part will be the recovery after the race. I have a long road to August 16 at Ironman Mont-Tremblant and I need to make sure I recover SMART to ensure a smooth transition into Tri saeaon!

And with that I leave you with this…

Being a dreamer always comes with risk, but you only live once:)

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21 Comments

  • Reply Lee@tri*inspired*life April 13, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    YAY Kristin! Very exciting! You will rock this race! So happy for you!! Most importantly, you have been running pain free, which is such a victory.

    • Reply Kristin April 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you, Lee! Yes running pain free is a victory in itself!

  • Reply Nicole April 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Glad to hear you had a great offseason and are feeling so wonderful! Enjoy Boston!

  • Reply Cassie @ Rural Running Redhead April 14, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Yay! I’m so excited you’re doing it! Have a great race; enjoy every minute!

    • Reply Kristin April 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you Cassie!!! Appreciate it!

  • Reply Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails April 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    YAY!!!! That’s AWESOME!! What a wonderful feeling to have!!! You’re going to have a great race! Looking forward to meeting you at Eagleman, woohoo!

    • Reply Kristin April 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks Phaedra!! It is a wonderful feeling! Definitely nervous ( as always leading up to race day) but I’m looking forward to it!! Can’t wait to meet you at Eagleman!

  • Reply Kristen @ Glitter and Dust April 14, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    YAY!!! You will have to let me know your bib number so I can track you. It sounds like you are in a good state of mind and body – when it all aligns perfectly, things can be pretty magical! Enjoy your taper and race week!

    • Reply Kristin April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Yes I definitely will! I’ll post on the blog too! Hoping for a magical race day. Thank you Kristen!!

  • Reply Desiree April 15, 2015 at 10:10 am

    That’s FANTASTIC!!! I’m glad you running it, but most important glad you are feeling better and training pain free. I long for that day, getting closer. Most important have FUN with Boston.

    • Reply Kristin April 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Desiree!! Looking forward to having fun on the course!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Awesome! Have a great time at the race and take care!

    • Reply Kristin April 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Stephanie!!

  • Reply Kecia April 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Yay!! I’m so happy that you are running it and UBBER impressed with your speedy times 🙂 I can’t wait to cheer you on from a distance on Monday. Go get ’em chica!!

    • Reply Kristin April 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Kecia!! I hope I can set a good pace tomorrow !

  • Reply Leslie @ Triathlete Treats April 16, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Excited for you!!! Good luck!!!! 🙂

  • Reply erin April 18, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Whoop! Big cheers, my friend! You are ready to rock. Go get it!

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