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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Support Sweet Paws Rescue!

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Best Friends.

I’ve been placing hints on my last few posts that I was up to something. I’m finally ready to make the announcement. In honor of my upcoming 30th birthday, I’m raising money to support an important cause.

Sweet Paws Rescue is an organization that rescues dogs from across the South and finds them loving homes in New England. This is the organization that brought Annabelle into our lives, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Sweet Paws Rescue is a Massachusetts registered non-profit 501(c)(3) “shelter less” dog rescue that was founded by Cynthia Sweet in 2011. The rescue is run by Cynthia and a team of amazing fosters & volunteers all across New England. SPR also teams up with a close network of seasoned and reputable rescue women in Alabama & Mississippi to help provide aid due to an overpopulation problem in the South. In return, this network of women works diligently to create awareness, educate the next generation & reform legislation. If you were to follow them on Facebook, you’d read about their amazing, life-saving efforts. Every week, their good works inspires me. Every day, I’m thankful they exist and that they saved Annabelle’s life.

 

How do I plan to raise money for Sweet Paws? Through running, of course! My original goal was to complete an ultra-marathon before I turned 30. That isn’t happening. As I get ready for my first PT appointment to get my knees checked, I know that my body just doesn’t love the marathon distance, let alone the ultra-marathon distance. I’m hopeful that one day my body will learn to love it, but for right now, I have to work with what I’ve got.
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LET’S GO FOR A RUN!

Recognizing this, but still wanting to do something that challenged me, I reached out to my new friends at Mainly Marathons. This group puts on awesome sounding multi-day marathon/half-marathon/5K races that encourage individuals to race everyday for a 5 or 7 day period in a different state. The New England Series is conveniently the week after my 30th birthday. If you look at their website, they’re offering everyone a FREE race this year, so I asked if I could have the first race of the New England Series. They said Yes! I then asked if they would partner with me by providing a discount on any other races in the series, so long as I was fundraising for a cause. Again, they said Yes!

So here’s the plan:

 

On Sunday May 15, I’ll be running a half marathon in Maine.

 

I’ll run another half marathon on Tuesday May 17 in Vermont.

 

And on Thursday May 19, I’ll run a third half marathon in Rhode Island.

 

That’s right. 3 half marathons. 3 states. 1 week. While I not-so-secretly wish I was telling you that I was running the entire series, that would be way too much stress on my body and my wallet, as I would have to travel from state to state, stay in hotels, eat out, etc. This way, my body gets some much needed rest and I get to sleep in my own bed. And, these are three new states, helping me towards a life goal of racing a half marathon in every state.

 

Did I mention that this is also 100 days away? I have a LOT of mileage to start adding in to my schedule! Luckily, thanks to Sweet Paws Rescue, I have Annabelle as my training partner on most of my runs. $1,000 per half marathon seems like a reasonable goal, don’t you? Please help me raise $3,000 for Sweet Paws Rescue through this half marathon challenge!

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