Becky Runs Boston

My adventures running in Boston, searching for that runner's chai.


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Week 1 and a Race Recap

More than $1,000 raised towards our $3,000 goal for Sweet Paws Rescue. With 70 days between now and the start of my 3 half-marathon challenge, we’re doing great! Check out the Sweet Paws Rescue Facebook to read the amazing stories of the dogs they’re saving. I hope you will consider a gift to support them! Please visit my fundraising page!

Also, for the runners out there, I highly recommend checking out the United Relay of America. Starting in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, runners will be running across the country. They’ll be in almost every state, so there’s a chance they’ll be running near YOU! If you’re in the Boston area, join me for an 8-mile run from Watertown to Boston. Or, you can always make a gift to support my fundraising minimum for Boston Children’s Hospital!

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This morning I ran the Half at the Hamptons in Hampton, New Hampshire and it was GREAT! I’ve been dealing with knee pain on my long runs and have been going to physical therapy for the last few weeks to work on it. My PT says that it stems from a muscle imbalance in my glutes/hips/core and he says he’s already seeing some improvement. Last week I was able to get to 11.5 miles before my knee crapped out, so I was hopeful that I’d do ok this morning.

Welllllllll instead my knee started to hurt at around mile 4. However, I realized that it felt better while running, not walking. If I went from running to walking, my knee would freak out and stop bending. BUT if I kept running, the pain would decrease and just hurt a little, and more importantly, keep bending and allow me to run. So I kept running. And I figured that at some point my knee would give up, so I might as well run at a faster pace to make up for any time I would lose when I would eventually be stuck walking. Except… that didn’t really happen. My knee held out and I finished in just over 2:12. YES! One of my best times!

 

I’ve been on the Elimination Diet for a week and it actually hasn’t been that bad! The no caffeine and alcohol are a bit annoying (says the girl who went to the Phantom Gourmet Food and Wine Festival yesterday and drank all the wine samples…. whoops? at least I didn’t eat any of the food samples?). Here’s some pics of what I’ve been eating:

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Week 1 Lunch and Snacks – Salads were based off of this Big Vegan Bowl from Oh She Glows and snacks were a super easy chia seed pudding with almond milk, chia seeds, and berries.

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Dinner for a few days was Roasted Chicken with Fall Vegetables based of this recipe from Damn Delicious.

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Another Dinner: Based off a Curried Sweet Potato Roti recipe from my friend Jen. Added shrimp… and way too much cayenne pepper. Still delicious!

 

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Coconut crusted cod with curried cauliflower and kale. I ate almost a full head of cauliflower. And Eric politely asked me to maybe not cook curry several nights in a row. I suppose that’s a fair request. He DID rave about the Coconut Aminos that I cooked the kale in, so that’s a pretty good win.

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Korean Beef Noodle Bowls from Against All Grains, an awesome cooking book from my friend Ash. I LOVE zucchini noodles, and I successfully cooked beef… I think?

 


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My (kinda) first Spinning Class

Before I get into my post, I’m thrilled to announce we’re more than 10% of the way towards our $3,000 goal for Sweet Paws Rescue. With 13 weeks between now and the start of my 3 half-marathon challenge, we’ll need to keep this pace up! Check out the Sweet Paws Rescue Facebook to read the amazing stories of the dogs they’re saving. I hope you will consider a gift to support them! Please visit my fundraising page! TODAY ONLY, gifts of $20 will be matched with $5 – aka, $20 = $25, $40 = $50, $60 = $75. Don’t pass up this opportunity to make an even bigger difference!

Also, for the runners out there, I highly recommend checking out the United Relay of America. Starting in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, runners will be running across the country. They’ll be in almost every state, so there’s a chance they’ll be running near YOU! If you’re in the Boston area, join me for an 8-mile run from Watertown to Boston. Or, you can always make a gift to support my fundraising minimum for Boston Children’s Hospital!

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Ok, why haven’t I been going to spinning classes? They are AMAZING! A few years ago when I was living in Watertown, I belonged to a gym that offered spinning classes. I was pretty obsessed with running, but decided to take an early morning spin class just to try it. And it was awful. I hated it. I was bored and it wasn’t fun. So I actively avoided spinning for years.

After hearing two friends separately rave about Velo-City, I decided to give spinning another chance, and I am SO happy that I did. Their classes have a variety of musical themes that are designed to really pump up the riders and get them excited. It’s a lot of dance music and Top 40 hits and then some great throwbacks. Last night we went to the Top 40 Remix, which was mostly just a lot of Justin Bieber, but it got everyone’s energy up and moving! Some other themes they offer include: Bieber vs. Timberlake, Songs of Summer, Britney vs. NSync vs. Christina, etc.

The studio is located in a hidden basement off of Newbury Street in Back Bay, and the classes are taught in a dark room where neon colors shine. They provide special bike shoes (man, those are silly looking), and one of the staff members took a few minutes to explain how to adjust the bike for my height and preferences. Within minutes, I was pouring sweat. The class was constantly moving and changing – speed work, hills, ‘jumping’, push-ups, and there were even hand weights! It was one of the best workouts I’ve had in a while, and suffice it to say, I will be back asap!


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Race Recap: 2015 Boston Marathon

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This post took days/a week to write as I processed my feelings/emotions about the day. I hoped that as time passed, I’d feel better about my experience, but to be completely honest, I had a bad race. You can do everything right and everything in your power to feel good and do well, but sometimes there are just bad races, and unfortunately, mine happened to be the biggest race of my life. My boss’s boss said it the best: You train six months for 1 day, and there’s no way to know if it’s going to go as you’ve planned.

The week leading up to the Marathon was great. The forecast was looking ok, I got over my cold, and I was feeling pretty good. I was feeling ready. My friends arrived on Friday night, I got good amounts of sleep, ate well, relaxed, and had fun. The weather forecast began to look less great.

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My awesome spectators ❤ Just missing CC and Clara’s photos!

 

Before the Marathon:

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Part of the team at Boylston, waiting to get on the bus to Hopkinton.

I felt incredibly calm Monday morning. Slept pretty decently the night before, felt rested. Got dressed, ate some breakfast, and Eric drove me to Davis Sq where I got the T to Park Street. I found my team and as we chatted while waiting for the buses, my nerves began to wear off and I actually began to get excited. On the bus ride to Hopkinton, I snoozed a little bit (obviously). The Athlete’s Village was amazing – enormous, filled with runners wearing ridiculous throw-away outfits, garbage bags, and ponchos. We even wore baggies over our shoes to keep them dry. I found my team, sat around, took a trip to the Porta-Potty, and continued to feel calm and happy. When they called out Wave 4, we stripped off some layers, donated some of the throwaway clothing, and headed to our corrals. The rain held off until we were headed to the corrals, thank goodness, because sitting in the rain would have been much worse than walking to the start line in it. I knew it was going to be a wet run, so it wasn’t unexpected as we were getting ready to run. We got packed in like sardines, quickly threw off the last of my throwaway gear – a $3 Target sweatshirt and plastic poncho – and then we were running.

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Miles 1-6:

The first few miles were incredible. The rain didn’t bother me, I felt warm enough. My legs felt good. I was running a slow, comfortable pace around 11 minutes. I saw my teammates and let them pass me, knowing that I was staying slow and steady. I let myself take it all in, listen to the crowds, and was having a great time. I knew that my friends Kim and Erin would be around Mile 2, so I kept my eyes peeled for them. When I saw them, I yelled out and gave them hugs (sorry they were such wet hugs!!) and continued on my happy way. We ran through Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham…. I ran past the Framingham Train Depot and the 10K marker.

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The second quarter or so took me through the rest of Framingham and into Natick. We crossed Speen Street and hit the 15K mark. I still felt decent and excitedly ran under some photographers positioned over the 15K marker (this is the best photo of me from the day… more on this later…). Ran through Natick center and towards Wellesley College. This stretch of the Marathon is renowned for the screaming Wellesley students that can be heard a mile away. These ladies were fierce and had so much energy. They also had some of the best signs listing out reasons why runners should give them kisses (“Kiss Me, I’m graduating!” “Kiss Me, I left the library for this!” “Kiss Me, I’m wet!”… That last one made me giggle for the next half mile). After Wellesley, I ran through the half marathon point… and immediately felt the need to walk. All of a sudden, my legs were so sore and so tired… and I was only half way done.

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Oh goodness were these miles tough. My next check point after the half marathon was Mile 15 at the Wellesley Community Center. I continued walking on and off, and began to feel a blister forming on the side of my ankle where my sock was rubbing. Luckily, right before I hit the Wellesley Community Center, a bunch of elderly women were passing out sticks with Vaseline on them! I grabbed one, stopped, and slathered it all over my ankles – which kept me blister free the rest of the race. I ran another hundred or so steps to the Wellesley Community Center and tried to stretch my legs out and get them back for the next 10+ miles, but they weren’t having it. After I passed the WCC, I began texting Sarah and Eric to get a sense of where they were – hoping they were close. My wonderful friend Jess had offered to drive them to a couple different spots so they could see me run by – and they were waiting for me just past Mile 17. I did my best to run to them, walking a bit as I crossed the bridge over 95 and ran by Newton Wellesley Hospital. Eventually, I was on the lookout for them and ran slowly so they wouldn’t see me walking. And then there they were. And I was so happy! Until they reminded me I needed to keep running…

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Miles 17-24:

And then I was in the Newton Hills. I’ve never been one who hated running hills. I like the rolling up and down. But after the extreme downhill from Hopkinton, and the overall exhaustion I was feeling, my legs weren’t having it. I began to walk again, until I saw my teammate Cassie. Rather than let her pass me, I decided to try and run with her for as long as possible. She and I had struggled through the Newton Hills during our 20 miler, so I knew we were probably going to be tackling them at a similar pace. After the first hill, and maybe midway through the second one (of 4), I began to walk and let her go on without me. My Coach Andy found me soon after, and we walked/ran together while he tried to diagnose what was going on. I was eating right, I was hydrating right, I started out SLOW, but my body just wasn’t interested in performing. He gave me a pep talk, and sent me on my way to tackle Heartbreak. Regardless of how shitty I was feeling and how much pain I was in, I decided that I was going to run up Heartbreak and not stop. And I did. And that was a great accomplishment. But then my IT Band gave up. And it felt like a spear was jabbing into the side of my knee after running more than a few steps. This was the beginning of the #SoloShuffle, which I continued to do until the finish line.

photo 4 (2)As I headed towards Boston College, I was surrounded by college students again. Again, the energy (the drunken energy?) was fierce. They were screaming my name, cheering me on with all their power, and I couldn’t handle it. I saw my friends again (minus Eric who was racing to the finish line) and all the emotions started to bubble up. As soon as I said goodbye to them, I was crying. My friend Julia sent me a text to give me her location, and as I began to respond to tell her I was nearing her old apartment just past BC, my phone turned off. My hands were so cold and wet that I didn’t want to take my phone out of its plastic baggie, so I just kept running and figured I’d see her. With all the emotional crazy, I think I read her text as Cleveland Circle, when in fact she was at Coolidge Corner (let’s be honest, I get them confused in real life, too), and when I didn’t see her at the first one, I got extra emotional thinking I’d missed her. I continued the #SoloShuffle and combined it with the ugly sobbing (if you want to see some hilarious/unfortunate race photos, please feel free to check mine out).

JuliaHugAnd then I heard someone screaming my name and running towards me in a pink rain jacket – JULIA! This was the most emotional moment – I was at mile 24 or so, in horrendous pain, and an emotional basket case – I don’t know if I was crying because I was in pain, or because I was having a shitty race, or because I had put in all this work for 6 months and was not doing as well as expected – but some of it was definitely thinking about Granny. In the weeks leading up to the Marathon, our coaches reminded us over and over that we needed to remember why we were running and who we were running for. So, I also sobbed thinking about how much I missed Granny and Poppies, and that no amount of training or running would bring them back.

 

Miles 24-26.2:

After a sobbing hug from JKP, I kept up with the #SoloShuffle. I shuffled through Kenmore, through the tunnel, and all of a sudden, I was turning right on Hereford, and left on Boylston. There was no more #SoloShuffle as I headed towards the finish line. Once I was on Boylston, there was only running (albeit, slow running). I saw Eric on my right screaming my name and blowing me kisses – luckily I had the strength to blow him some back. Then I saw him RUNNING down the sidewalk to meet me past the finish line. I think I may have blacked out at the Finish Line because I have no memory of crossing it. Apparently they said my name and that I’m from Somerville.

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Crossing the finish line.

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Post Race:

photo 3 (2)Once I had passed the line, I saw Sarah, other Eric, and Elizabeth. I think they were cheering for me and taking pictures and asking me questions, but all I wanted was to get my medal and my foil blanket. They were so great and didn’t even seem to mind that I had no interest in chatting. Maybe I gave them hugs? All I remember is walking down the Finish chute for blocks before getting my medal and blanket. Eventually, I was able to turn right off of Boylston towards the family meeting area, where Eric was waiting for me. As soon as his arms were around me in a hug, I was sobbing again. When I was done crying for the umpteenth time, we walked (I hobbled) to our Team’s meeting area in the Boston Park Plaza, another few blocks away.

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Monday night ice bath, featuring three 5-lb bags of ice.

The hotel was filled to the brim with happy runners who had showered and changed and were enjoying their congratulatory beers. Once I finished taking a shower and getting into dry, warm clothing, I began to feel like myself again. Sarah and other Eric’s flight got delayed to Tuesday, so we headed back to Somerville where I ate a bowl of delicious fries and an enormous burger topped with onion rings… and a beer.

 

 

Final Thoughts:

After a week of processing, there are a few things I know to be true:

1. I’m glad I did this. I’m glad I applied to be a part of the LLS Team; I’m glad I chose to honor the 5th anniversary of Granny’s death this way; I’m glad I dedicated the last 6 months to training and fundraising almost $10,000 for LLS.

2. I’m proud of myself. I’m proud of 6 months of balancing what felt like a second full-time job; I’m proud of all the early Saturday mornings I spent running outside in the worst Boston winter of recent history; I’m proud of myself for finishing my first marathon.

3. I will run another marathon. In the first few days after the Marathon, I said that not only would I not run Boston again, but that I wouldn’t run any other marathon, ever. A week out, I know that I’m a better athlete and runner than what showed up in Hopkinton last week and I want to prove it to myself by running another marathon in under 5 hours. I still don’t think I will run Boston again. The day is so special and meaningful, and I think I would rather support other runners by volunteering during the day along the route or just by cheering on my former teammates (who already plan on running again next year).

I am so thankful for this experience. I am thankful for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who do such an amazing job supporting 100+ runners in their training and fundraising. I’m thankful for my two coaches Andy and Sarad who helped me transition from a half-marathon runner to a marathon runner. I’m thankful for my amazing teammates whose stories and mission moments kept me going when the winter felt like it would never end or when I needed a reminder of our mutual goal to end blood cancer. I’m thankful for my most wonderful family and friends who supported me with love and donations, helping me to raise almost $10,000 and keep me sane these past 6 months. I’m thankful for my extra special friends who came and cheered me on during the marathon – or sent me supportive texts and emails in the days prior. And I’m most thankful for my boyfriend Eric – my #1 supporter. After 6 months of my waking him up between 5-5:30 for pre-work runs and talking incessantly about nothing other than the marathon, training, and fundraising, I assumed he’d be ready for me to take a break. Instead, he turned to me a few nights ago and said “You’ll run Boston again, I know it.”

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has raised $978,942 and we’re trying to hit $1 million. If you haven’t yet had a chance to donate, I hope you’ll consider helping us hit this incredible milestone as we fight and cure blood cancer.

#SomedayIsToday #WeRunTogether

 


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Five (Gear) Things Friday

Happy Friday! This past week I’ve been having a lot of fun with gadgets and gear and I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you!

1. Fitbit – The Fitbit has changed my life. Not only does it tell me how many steps I take and sync to Weight Watchers to give me activity points, but it has a SILENT ALARM CLOCK. This is a life-changer. For years, I’ve been waking Eric up between 5 and 6am so that I can workout and run in the mornings – an hour to two hours earlier than his own alarm. Now, the Fitbit buzzes softly on my wrist to wake me up – and lets him keep sleeping.

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I apologize for how blurry this is – it’s really the most beautiful jacket you’ve ever seen. Especially when placed next to my medals.

2. Boston Marathon Jacket – Is there really anything else I need to say? It arrived in the mail this week and after trying it on to make sure I got the right size, I promptly hung it up and I will not wear it again until I’m done running the Boston Marathon. I might ask Eric to hold on to it while I’m running so that I can wear it on my way home from Copley Square. It’s beautiful and I finally get to be one of *those* people who wear their Boston Marathon jackets year-round because, why not?

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Oh so cozy… which oftentimes ends up being oh so sweaty.

3. Awesome Saucony Gloves – I am loving these gloves. I got them on sale at City Sports and they are incredibly warm. No more numb fingers in the morning! The fact that they are bright pink helps, too. And they have a blinking red light that you can attach that is charged with a USB. These are some fancy gloves – and they only cost $20!

photo_5[1]4. YakTrax – If you live in New England, then you’re probably aware that we’ve seen a bit of snow in the last week. Team in Training practice was cancelled on Saturday so I decided to venture outside in the snow and try out my YakTrax for the first time. Overall, I was incredibly pleased with how they performed. I felt more confident running over the slippery and powdery snow than I would have in normal sneakers, I think. The only slightly annoying part was that snow would clump together in the coils of the YakTrax, forcing me to stop and pick out the snowballs under my feet. I wasn’t able to make it 11 miles like my training plan told me to, but I got through 9 miles, which I call a success. We’re getting a little bit snow right now and tomorrow morning, so I have a feeling I’ll be running tomorrow’s 13.1 miles with them on.

roadidwatch5. Road ID – Have I mentioned how much I love my Road ID? I got one last year after fainting in a BBQ restaurant while eating lunch. (OK fine, the real story is that immediately after getting off a flight from BOS to RDU, I gave blood with friends and even though I was hydrated and had eaten a good amount of food, I fainted at a BBQ restaurant an hour later). Some runners wear their Road IDs only while they’re running, but I wear mine 24/7 for running and fainting purposes. It has contact info for Eric and sister, explains that I faint sometimes, and that I have an allergy to penicillin. After wearing a too-big medium sized black band, Sarah got me a smaller teal band that is way cuter and fits much better. Road ID is also a super awesome company that is sponsoring the Dobie Dash 5K for LLS! Not only are they providing real race bibs to the first 50 people that sign up, but the first 50 people will be entered into a raffle to win $15 Road ID gift cards (3 winners will be chosen). Sign up for the Dobie Dash today for your chance to win a super awesome Road ID like mine or another piece of their super awesome running gear and apparel!


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3 Months until the Boston Marathon!

This morning as I was running to the Tufts University outdoor track for my track workout this morning, I realized the Boston Marathon is 3 months away. You could also say it’s 90 days away. This is getting so real, so fast.

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Sarah and I after our chilly run on Saturday.

It’s been a month since I’ve done an update on my training and fundraising for the Boston Marathon and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since my last update, I’ve done two team runs – 6 miles and 9 miles – and I’m slowly getting to know some of my teammates. This upcoming Saturday, after we run 12 miles together, one of my team mentor’s is taking a group of us out to brunch where I’ll hopefully get a chance to get to know more of my teammates. I’ve had to miss a couple practices, too. After the 9 mile run, I managed to get really sick, which kept me away from the following week’s 10 mile run. And this past weekend, Sarah was in town. This worked out in my favor though because instead of running 11 miles with my team in single digit degrees (negative degrees with windchill), I was able to run 3.5 miles on my own and 7.5 miles with Sarah a little later in the morning when it was warmer.

I’ve started doing real hill and track workouts. My neighborhood is perfect for both considering I have access to the Tufts University outdoor track and the hills around Tufts provide a great hill workout. I met with a personal trainer last week and have signed up to do strength training sessions with him once a week for the next month or so, and I’m pumped (haha) to get stronger, which will make me a stronger runner. AND, Sarah introduced me to Yoga with Adriene and I’m excited to start incorporating (FREE!) yoga into my weekly routine. The videos are as short as 15 to 30 minutes, which is perfect for me, and apparently there’s even an office yoga, which could be a great short break to the work day. We did about 45 minutes of yoga on Sunday, and my abs are still sore from all of that fun.

My ankle is still a little sore, so I’ve been icing it about once a day, either after my runs or at night before bed. I’m trying to be as attentive as possible to how it’s feeling, to make sure I don’t over do it. But, overall, despite recovering from an injury, 2 week illness, and slower pace, I’m pretty pleased with how training is going.

My fundraising is going so well and I’m so thankful for everyone’s support. To date, I’ve raised $5,549.20 towards my $7,500 goal. I’ve officially surpassed the minimum of $5,000 necessary to run the Boston Marathon, and now I’m pursuing my own personal goal. Through Yankee Candles, I was able to raise more than $450. I hosted a pizza fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen that did better than expected and raised $150. Right now, I’m taking registrations for the Dobie Dash 5K for LLS, a virtual 5K run or walk. Registration is $30, and at least $20 of that will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All runners/walkers will even get a custom medal for participating. So far, 11 people have signed up and although it would be amazing to get 100 people and raise $2000, I would be thrilled to get even half of that. Sign up today and tell your friends to sign up, too!

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Buy some raffle tickets and win a trip to Cancun. This is the view from the hotel’s beach. You’re lucky I can’t win the trip myself because I would absolutely go back there! 4 raffle tickets for $5 or an arm’s length of tickets for $20!

My last fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at Flatbread Pizza in Somerville. In addition to Flatbread Pizza donating a couple dollars of *every* pizza purchased on Tuesday to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I’ll be hosting a raffle and silent auction featuring restaurant gift certificates, themed gift baskets, and a 4 night/5 day hotel stay in Cancun. For those of you in the Boston area, you won’t want to miss this. For those of you outside of the Boston area or unable to attend, I’ll be arranging a way for you to buy raffle tickets and win prizes, even if you’re not there in person. I won this same Cancun trip in a raffle several years ago and it was amazing! Save the Date – more details to come!


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Boston Marathon Training Begins!

All of a sudden it’s December 1st and the first day of training for the Boston Marathon. What?!

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

The Boston Marathon is also exactly 20 weeks away. Is it just me or does 20 weeks sound SO close whereas 5 months sounds a lot farther?

Because I like to organize and plan things, I created my marathon training plan as soon as I was accepted onto the team. Since them, I’ve made some adjustments and I think I finally have the perfect training plan. Because of the continued ankle healing process, I’m happy that long runs start at 3 miles, allowing me to slowly work my way back up. Yesterday I ran 5, just to see how it would go and it felt pretty good but it was definitely a little sore this morning. Nothing horrible, but definitely something to be aware of as I keep working it.

Here’s the training plan in a nutshell:

Monday: Rest Day (except for days like today where I need to make up for a food-filled weekend!)

Tuesday: Track or Hill Workouts

Wednesday: Bike (or Harvard Stadium with November Project when my ankle is back to 100%)

Thursday: Run

Friday: Bike

Saturday: Long Runs with Team!

Sunday: Recovery Workout (Run or Bike or Walk)

I also plan on incorporating two days of strength training (and am always looking for good hand-weight-based workouts, so send me your favorites!) and one day of yoga. Yoga will probably be an additional workout on Tuesdays or Thursdays (depending on my class schedule) and strength training will probably be on the bike days. It’s intense, but I’m SUPER motivated to follow the plan! And knowing that I actually have one real Rest Day helps!

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Or, in the words of Michael Scott, a Day of Chillax

 

Today is the start of an awesome adventure, and I can’t wait to see how it goes! I can’t imagine how fast the next 20 weeks are going to go, but I’m excited to share with you all how it goes! You can also keep track of my progress here!

What suggestions or tips do you have for a first-time marathoner? Reply in the comments!


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I’m Running the Boston Marathon!

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On April 20, 2015 I will be running the Boston Marathon as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. April 2015 will also mark 5 years since my grandmother’s death of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was one of my closest friends and biggest cheerleaders. To raise critical funds that will support the research and treatment of these horrible cancers in her memory is an incredible honor. My goal is to raise $7,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – and I need your help!

As many of you know, Marathon Monday has been my favorite day of the year since I moved to Boston 10 years ago. The way the entire city and its suburbs come together on this one day to cheer on one of the greatest athletic feats is inspiring – even more so since the horrible bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Thank you to the many of you who checked in on me on Marathon Monday, throughout that week, and on Friday while I was in lock-down in my Watertown apartment, within a mile of the manhunt.

For the last year and a half, I have trained for half marathons and raised funds for the MS Society’s Thanksgiving 5K and the One Run for Boston. I know I can run 26.2 miles, and I’m positive that with your help, I can raise $7,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – all you have to do is click here for my fundraising website.
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FAQ
How can I support you and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?
Great question! First of all, THANK YOU for supporting me on this amazing journey as I honor my Granny’s memory in the best way possible. Second, please visit my fundraising website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/boston15/rsolot

I gave a donation, but I want to help more – what can I do?
Thank you! A huge help would be if you could share my blog with your own friends, family, and co-workers. If you’re in the Boston area, I’ll be hosting a few fundraising events and would love for you to join in the fun. And, regardless of where you might live, I have plans to host a virtual 5K race – more information to come!

How can I keep track of your progress?

Follow me here on my blog at runnerschailife.wordpress.com, on Twitter @beckyjoysolo, or Instagram @runnerschailife.

Wait, don’t you live in Boston? Will you be training all winter at the gym?
Yes, I *do* live in Boston, but no, I will not be training indoors. Last year, I quit the gym and decided to learn how to run in the freezing cold for exactly this reason. I knew that I desperately wanted to run the Boston Marathon, which means training outdoors. Last winter, I successfully ran outdoors through the freezing rain, snow, and ice – hitting temperatures as low as 2 degrees aka -12 degrees when you account for windchill. Team in Training will host weekend long runs, so that will be extra motivation to get out there, rain, snow, sleet, or shine – let’s just hope this winter is a little less freezing cold!