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Kristin

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Currently

I’ve enjoyed reading both Erin and Abby’s recent Currently posts, and thought I would do my own today 🙂

Most of my posts lately have been about the marathon and my IM training. While there is so.much.training, there is also this thing called life and I’m trying to stay above water find a way to balance it all…

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”
― Rumi

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A view of the Boston skyline taken on a lunch walk

 

Bike commuting

This week I made a BIG change in my commute. Tired of sitting in a traffic jam to get to the train station (and paying $7 every day) I figured out an alternative. My friend/ lovely neighbor had an old bike she was no longer using and offered it to me for my commute. It has worked out perfectly and today was my third day in a row riding to the train station. It’s about 7 miles one-way and there’s a locked parking garage for bikes at the station. It takes the same amount of time as sitting in traffic (sometimes less). Not to mention, I’m MUCH happier! Talk about a win-win!

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Loving

My new job at InsideTracker has been awesome so far! Getting to talk to athletes every day doesn’t feel like work:) Also, knowing that I’m helping others reach their best potential is a great feeling.  The best things I can hear are, ‘I’m sleeping better’ ‘I’m recovering faster.’ Love having a job that makes a difference. I’m looking forward to my second blood test next month to see how I’ve improved from the last test!

Slacking 

I’m haven’t been sleeping enough lately. Tisk tisk. I know, I know… One of my goals has been to improve my sleeping habits and I’m finding I’m still not getting enough. I need ‘wind down’ time before bed, and lately that has been spent foam rolling and streching:)

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Trying

The art of balance. Per the above comments, I am figuring out how to balance a new job, longer commute and Ironman Training. Not easy! I’m always up for a challenge, but I’m not going to lie, I’m feeling more stressed out lately. Dinners have been boring (think frozen veggies, grilled chicken, brown rice) and I’m no longer eating before 8:00 PM at night. Most days I train before and after work, hence the late dinner time.  Food prep on the weekends is tough because of long training days… hopefully I get the hang of it soon!

Monitoring

I recently jumped on the  HRV (Heart Rate Variability) bandwaggon and started testing my HRV daily.  I use the ithlete iPhone app and the finger sensor to test. It has been fascinating so far!

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a relatively new method for assessing the effects of stress on your body. It is measured as the time gap between your heart beats that varies as you breathe in and out. Research evidence increasingly links high HRV to good health and a high level of fitness, whilst decreased HRV is linked to stress, fatigue and even burnout.

ithlete measures your HRV, as well as your resting heart rate, every morning during a one minute test. After you have built up a baseline over a few days, the ithletesoftware algorithms compare your daily readings with baseline to determine if any significant changes have taken place. These are reflected in traffic lights for  the day’s training and in a chart to help you track trends. {source: ithlete}

How does HRV help with my training? It’s a way to optimize performance and avoid over training. For example, I took my HRV levels the day after the Boston Marathon and they were SUPER low (55) but two days later, I was back up 84, a sign that I was starting to recover.  The higher the number, the more recovered you are! Looking forward to monitoring these levels throughout IM training.

 

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Feeling

My legs are finally back to normal again, post Boston Marathon. It took a good 10 days to feel like they were ready to work hard again. My body has not wanted to go faster than a 9:00 ish min/mile pace, so I’m listening to it. I did my first trail run of the season on Sunday and it felt fantastic! #trailove

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Suffering

My pollen allergies are killingggg me!! Spring is pretty, but it sure packs a punch when you have allergies. Plus,  allergies coupled with my Asthma have made me a mess… coughing, sneezing, runny nose, etc… enough already! I know you are supposed to ‘limit time outdoors’ and ‘close the windows’ when you have allergies, but I like fresh air too much! You win some, you lose some:)

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Enjoying

The warm weather is finally here in Boston and it feels so good! I forgot how good it feels to wear a sundress and sandals… amazing. With the warm temps (70’s), I’ve starting riding Sydney (my bike) outdoors again FINALLY. I did my first outdoor ride of the season this past weekend and wow did that fresh air feel good!

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Looking

I’m now looking ahead to TRI SEASON and I’m getting pumped up! First race is June 14th, Eagleman 70.3 in Maryland.  I have a feeling it’s going to be here before I know it.  Can’t wait to see what this season has in store for me #DREAMBIG

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Would love to hear about what you’ve been up to, training and otherwise! 

 

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the joy of running in the rain… a Boston Marathon 2015 recap

Here I am, eleven days since the Boston Marathon,  still on a runner’s high… I hear the recovery will take 21+ days.. perhaps the post race happiness will last that long too?!

The best feeling is when you race a successful race, knowing you could have done even MORE, but held back. Let’s just say I am pumped up for Tri Season!

If you want to check out my pacing from the race, I posted about this last week.

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My third Boston was my best Boston. No doubt about it. 

This year was something special.  I didn’t want the race to end. I wish I could bottle up how I felt for 26.2 miles and remember it forever. The entire 26.2 miles I smiled, I had goosebumps… not  only because it was cold, but because of the energy of the people cheering me on!

Go Kristin Go! You Got This! Great pace! Look at her go! She’s flying!

I had so much FUN! This is what racing is all about people: HAVING FUN! I don’t know how many times I shouted ‘woooo!!!’ into the crowds, while pumping my fists into the air.. my arms were even sore post race for raising them in the air so many times and giving high-fives. I can honestly tell you I have NEVER had as much fun in a race as I did during the 2015 Boston Marathon. This is why I run, this is why I race.

Here is a little recap of how the days went down leading up to the race:

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Thanks to Kebby from Coeur for the sweet note!

Saturday before the race.

This year, my brother’s girlfriend, Sam was running  and they were in town from Chicago… She also BQ’d and is a speedster! The day started with attending the Boston Marathon Expo where we picked up bibs and purchased our official marathon jackets.  I picked up my bib right next to legendary triathlete, Karen Smyers. I took this as a good omen! Since it was wicked crowded, we didn’t stick around for very long!

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After the expo we took some pics near the finish line!

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Saturday evening

A nice carb loading dinner with family! As much as I wanted a glass of wine, I passed.  I know there are plenty of people who drink red wine before a race, but I always get nervous doing so!  Plus, I’m not a big drinker and my tolerance is literally one glass of wine and I’m good to go, ha.

Sunday morning

A 20 minute shake out run with Sam followed by a  BIG Carb loading breakfast! Give me ALL the pancakes! Then it was time to relax and put my feet up for the day.  I’m a huge advocate of not being on my feet much the day before a big race… less is more!

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Sunday came and went, and before I knew it, I was getting all of my stuff together for race morning.  So much thought had to go into my outfit this year, given the conditions.  I had never ran a race in the rain before (expect for IMMT in August, but it was warm). I took to social media for questions about what to wear and this was helpful! Given the inclement weather, it was really hard to know what to wear/bring/throwaway.  I packed a TON of warm clothes + dry shoes for after the race, knowing that I would be wet and cold!

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boston proud.

If I could sum up how I feel about my race on Monday at the 2015 Boston Marathon it would be…
I feel PROUD. 
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Three days post Boston Marathon, I am still on a runner’s high… wow, just wow.. WHAT a day! It was one of those days that made me feel so lucky!  My body carried me 26.2 miles with heart and courage, through the rain and freezing cold…. I DID it! I PR’d! As a girl who has been running most of her life, I just had the race of my life. 

Official time: 3:19:06

(Marathon PR and Boston PR by 5.5 minutes)

I will do a more detailed recap of Boston + lots more photos.. but for now I just wanted to share how it all went down. The third time was a charm, Boston #3, you were incredible!!

I personally have never felt stronger.  Dare I say the Boston Marathon felt effortless?… well it kind of did. Besides my quads feeling tight, which I partially blame on the cold weather, the race was flawless for me.  I did just what I planned to do.  I wanted to go faster, but I held back. I crossed the finish line feeling like I could have done more, but I was happy I didn’t. I was calm, cool and collected despite the nasty elements.

I started out slow… and got faster as I went.  I actually did Negative split! I zoned in on my 7:30 ish pace from the start.  I kept this pace (which varied a bit) throughout the race.  I was consistent and smart about my racing.  My overall average pace was a 7:36 min/mile and this felt easy.  Given my average heart rate of 136 bpm, versus last year 7:48 pace at 148 avg bpm, I can say I’m wayyy fitter than I was this time last year.  I know cold temperatures can affect heart rate, but I also know I am more fit. 136 bpm for me is considered borderline recovery heart rate.  Wow. Crazyness. To know I was capable of going even FASTER than 7:36 avg pace, is pretty freaking awesome.

Here is a breakdown of my pacing via Garmin Connect graphs…

Total Elevation gain: 925 feet

Total Elevation loss: 1,299 feet

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Third Time’s a Charm

 

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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!!

Dream big!!

xo

 

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thumbs up!

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.

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