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