On My Radar: Boston Edition

I’m publishing this post super late because I finally made a very important decision and I’m now ready to share it. Keep reading to find out what I’m doing…

My trip to Boston this past week was amazing. I had a great time with friends and an incredible race day (I’ll be sharing recaps of my trip next week).

Here’s a little sneak peak of the Marathon – thanks Adidas for this video!

I’m now back home, unwinding and preparing for my next races. I’ve got the Giants Race, a 10K in Sacramento tomorrow and the Big Sur International Marathon (Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge) next Sunday! Yes. I am running another marathon. I got an email this morning saying they have some extra slots and that I had been accepted to run. How am I feeling?!? I’m super nervous and scared but I’m ready for this challenge.

I’m also mixing things up a bit. This week I’ve been on such a Boston Marathon high. I’ve been reading so many incredible stories of runners and their journey to and from Boston. On this weeks On My Radar I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite ones.

Here’s what has been on my radar this week:

ONE // Cancer Survivor Fights Hypothermia, To Finish Boston Marathon After Midnight

This such an incredible story of pure determination. It took Mary Shertenlieb more than 13 hours to finish the Boston Marathon, but even after her lips turned purple and her body shook with chills, and medical tent nurses urged her to quit, she knew she could finish. She ran to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and had already met a $15,000 fundraising goal, but once news spread about her unusual marathon path, donations kept coming. She has since raised more than $41,000.

TWO // 85 And One Of The Last Runners On The Boston Marathon Course

85 and running Boston…she’s just as much a winner as Des Linden! Katherine Beiers didn’t let the the near-freezing temps, heavy rain, and furious winds stop her from completing her race. She was the oldest finisher last year and this year.

THREE// Boston Marathon Hero, Carlos Arredondo, Runs Boston For The First Time 

Remeber the man in his cowboy hat who was photographed aiding survivor Jeff Bauman after the 2013 Boston Marathon attack?! That was Carlos Arredondo and this year he ran his first Boston Marathon to raise funds for the Arredondo Family Foundation, an organization he and his wife Mélida started to help military families prevent military-related suicide.

FOUR // Wedding at Mile 20 

Susie Eisenberg-Argo and Dave Comstock didn’t experience the Boston Marathon like most runners. They ran, got pelted with rain, and shivered from the cold, but they did something during the race that no one else did, they got married.

FIVE// Runner Plan Boston Marathon Re-Run – Boston 2.0

I saved this story for last because it’s my favorite. Alyssa Maglione is on the MGH team with me, we started the race off together, but at mile 6 she was ushered off course. On Thursday, she shared on our teams Facebook page the heartbreak and  feeling of defeat she was feeling. But when something get’s hard and sad and frustrating, you get back up and finish what you started. On April 29th she will run Boston 2.0 – a second attempt at the Boston Marathon course – with other runners who suffered from hypothermia and had to drop out.

 

 

 

 

Laying Out The Game Plan

A little over five months ago I began training for the Boston Marathon which is TOMORROW!!

How am I feeling? So excited. A little nervous. Restless. Sluggish. As prepared as I have ever been. Wishing I had a few more long runs under my belt. Totally confident. A bit anxious. Dying to run this race already! And that’s just what I thought in the last hour.

I’ve been reading all about the course and trying to mentally prepare for this big race. Part of mental process of preparing for this race is coming up with how I’m going to approach the course.

This is how I’m approaching the marathon course:

  • 5 miles downhill .  I’m not going to waste these seconds, but I also don’t want to blow my legs.
  • 10 miles flat .  Here I hope to find my pace and stick with it, keeping my heart rate low and emotions calm.
  • 1 mile easy, 2 miles hard (three times). Past runners have told me that this race really begins at mile 16 because mile 16 is downhill, then miles 19 and 22 are also downhill, but each are followed by two difficult miles. With that said, I plan to attack these in pieces, hitting the downs and maintaining control going up.

The Boston Marathon is here and now it’s time to hold the vision and trust my training.

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BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 19

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The Boston Marathon is in 2 DAYS!

Tapering went well this week, didn’t run too much because I was prepping for my trip and traveling, but I feel ready for this race!

At this point I’m a little concerned about the weather – it’s not looking pretty, but I’ve brought some extra gear to keep me dry through out the course.

Here’s what I did for my last week of training:

Monday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 32:57
  • Course: Treadmill

Tuesday

  • Mileage: 5.42 Miles
  • Time: 1:14:06
  • Course: Stanford Dish
  • Note: I walked from work to the Dish, ran the Dish, and walked back.

Saturday

  • Mileage: 5K
  • Time: 37:59
  • Course: BAA 5K Course
  • Note: Took it easy during the race and ran with friends.

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On My Radar

It’s been a super busy but also very exciting week. I spent most of my week getting ready for my Boston trip and wrapping up some projects at work and at home.

I flew out yesterday and arrived just before dinner. Apparently I brought some bad weather because it was nice out before I arrived and it’s supposed to get nice again on Thursday, the day after I leave…😔

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Here’s what’s been on my radar:

ONE // Mason Ramsey Gets Huge Surprise On ‘Ellen’

Millions of people around the world were captivated by a video of eleven-year-old, Mason Ramsey, yodeling his way through the an Illinois Walmart store including Ellen DeGeneres. On Tuesday, Ramsey told Ellen his dreams are to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and go to college, and the TV host had a couple of huge surprises for him…watch his performance on for the big reveal.

TWO // SNL – Nike Women’s Ad

This fake commercial from ‘SNL’ perfectly sums up my relationship with leggings. I’ve bought leggings with visions of training for a marathon or finally making it to that early-morning spin class… but let’s be honest. Leggings are also the perfect comfy pants for hanging out at home and doing absolutely nothing.

THREE // Runner to Run the Boston Marathon Backwards

In my opinion training for the Boston Marathon has been a challenging and rewarding experience, it requires a great amount of commitment and dedication. However, Loren Zitomersky was looking for a greater challenge because he’s decided to run the entire race BACKWARDS—toe to heel!! He’s got a great story on why he decided to run it this was and I’m super interested to read how he does on the course come Marathon Monday.

FOUR // Wild Wild Country

I just finished watching the Wild Wild Country series on Netflix this past weekend and I got super into it. I had troubled getting through the first episode. But wow. Every episode after (there are six in total) gets crazier and crazier. It’s absolutely one of those “stranger than fiction” scenarios.

FIVE // One-Liners with Barnabas and Madeline

These two mastiffs have become Insta-famous. They are the cheesiest couple, and I can’t get enough of their one-liners.

Boston Bound!

Writing this while on my way to Boston!

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(my shirt if from LiveLoveTriDesigns)

We’re now in the single digit countdown to the Boston Marathon with only…

4 DAYS TO GO!

I am so WICKED excited to be experiencing one of the greatest marathons of the world and if you know me, than you know my bags have been packed since last week!

My thank you notes have been mailed out, our itinerary is finalized, and I’m finishing up my Spotify playlist for the race right now.

It all begins tomorrow morning – I’m heading to the expo, picking up my bib and some marathon goodies, and then I’m off to do some more exploring of the city with some friends.

Can’t wait to share more of my Boston Marathon experience with you all later this week.

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 18

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This was a relaxed and easy week tapering. I did have a little bit of set back – I got a cold over the weekend and was not feeling well at all Tuesday. I took Tuesday and Wednesday off to rest and I made my Thursday run shorter. Instead of running 5-7 miles on Thursday I had to cut the run shorter because I still wasn’t feeling very well.

I completed my last long run on Saturday, split it between Palo Alto and Stanford. I took it easy, ran at marathon pace, and it felt good.

Monday

  • Mileage: 3.25 Miles
  • Time: 32:58
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood

Thursday

  • Mileage:  4.16Miles
  • Time: 50:49
  • Course: Stanford Dish

Friday

  • Mileage:  3.67 Miles
  • Time: 37:32
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood

Saturday

  • Mileage: 8 Miles
  • Time: 1:25:13
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood and Stanford

On My Radar

Happy Friday, friends! Thought I’d share some highlights from this week:

  • The Boston Marathon is 9 days away and I leave in 6 days! I’ve been fighting a cold this week but I’m still tapering and hoping this cold will go away before I take off to Boston.
  • My next adventure has been booked! I’ll be traveling to Alaska in July with my sorority little, Delaney. We’re traveling to Anchorage, Ketchikan, and we’ve planned some stops in between. If you’ve been to Alaska and have any recommendations please send them our way!
  • Giants Race shared a new running event, 60 For 60. It’s a virtual event, so anyone can participate. All you have to do is run 60 miles before the before the All Star Break (July 13th). Have I mentioned the size of the medal?! It’s huge!

Here’s what’s been on my radar:

ONE // 7-Year-Old Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

This is such an amazing story and I am so impressed.  At age 7 this little girl climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with her mom to honor her late dad and she made history! She’s the youngest girl to climb all 19,341 feet. If you’re wondering, yes this is something I already have on my bucket list.

TWO // A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2… on NETFLIX

I absolutely loved the Lemony Snicket series growing up. Such quirky, sad stories that were highly entertaining. Not going to lie, I loved the movie too. I watached Season 1 and liked it, but Season 2 is so much better (and it’s longer)!

THREE // ASICS x Liberty Floral

ASICS and Liberty Floral just realized a collection and… I’m obsessed. My workout clothing/shoe collection has grown to a size I never imagined it would and I am loving these Liberty Floral sneaks!

FOUR // Boy With Cancer Took Picture With MLB Star Reunites With Him 13 Years Later

Every baseball player has a story of what made them fall in love with the game, the  story of Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Devin Smeltzer is a bit more unique.

FIVE// Astronauts Answer 50 Of The Most Googled Questions About Space

This is a fun video of  6 NASA astronauts answering 50 the most Googled questions about space such as; Does space ever end? How much the space shuttle weigh? Can birds fly in space? How much money do astronauts make??

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 17

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While in Boston I took all my time exploring the city and didn’t so any of my weekly runs, so when I came back home I had a lot of catching up to do.

We’re only two weeks away from Boston and now that I’ve completed my longest run, 20 miles, it’s finally taper time! Runs are going to get shorter and shorter from now. Yayyy!

Here are the runs I completed this week:

Wednesday

  • Mileage: 3.23 Miles
  • Time: 32:16
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood

Thursday

  • Mileage: 6.4 Miles
  • Time: 58:23
  • Course: Stanford Dish

Friday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 31:41
  • Course: Treadmill

Saturday

  • Mileage: 12.87 miles
  • Time: 2:42:14
  • Course: Treadmill

Along with all the running I missed at the beginning of the week, I had a very large stack of mail and many packages waiting for me, like this one:

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My 5K bib and participant guide and the Adidas Adizero BOSTON 7 shoes!

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14 days to go until Boston!

On My Radar

I’ve been back home for a few days now, but I’m still catching up on work and sleep. I still haven’t unpacked and I’m not sure if I actually will since I leave for Boston again in less than two weeks!

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Another fun picture from our ski trip at Wachusett Mountain.

ONE // Run on Dunkin’ – Saucony Running Shoes

The slogan is ‘America runs on Dunkin’.’ But soon America can run in Dunkin’. Dunkin’ Donuts rolled out a pair of sneakers just in time for the Boston Marathon. The shoes are already sold out right now, but will be available online on April 3.

TWO // Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet Cheetos 

I’m obsessed with Bon Appetit’s Youtube channel. Claire is my favorite chef on there because she’s so scientific and persistent. I think I’d give up after try number two, but she just keeps going and going until she nails it. Watching her make gourmet Cheetos was fascinating!

THREE // Pixar’s New Short Film Bao

Incredibles Two? Chinese representation in animated film? Female director? Dumplings? What more could you want?!?

FOUR // Adoption Day Photoshoot Features Everyone Involved In The Process

Millie Holloman may be the only one who signed the papers to make her foster daughter her adopted daughter, but that doesn’t mean it was a solo journey. In fact, her “adoption day” photoshoot included just about everyone in her life that was involved with the adoption process — and the result was absolutely awe-inspiring.

FIVE// UCLA Gymnastics

I love watching gymnastics videos– especially college gymnastics. If you’re not tuning into UCLA’s Youtube videos right now, you should. Katelyn Ohashi is a Bruins, and she’s been killing it in the college competitions. Pretty exciting stuff!

Things To Do in Boston (Pre-Marathon Trip)

During my first visit out to Boston, I visited a good amount of the touristy attractions (the Boston Pubic Market, Faneuil Hall, Harvard University, Boston University, Freedom Trail, Thompson Square, and more). We had driven to most of the locations, but had not taken the time to take tours or really explore the area, we were on a pretty tight itinerary, so for my Pre-Marthon trip I took my time and really explored the different attractions. It was exciting to see everything and play tourist again in such a historic city.

Here’s what I saw during my last trip:

Boston Public Library – As a fan of architecture and photography, the Boston Public Library was one of my favorite activities on this weekend trip. The Library’s Reading Room and European-inspired interior courtyard were unbelievably photogenic!

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Beacon Hill – This has got to be one of the most adorable suburbs on the planet. Just look at these cobblestone streets and super cute doorways! I must have taken about a million photos in the hour we spent wandering around.

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Eataly – There are sit-down restaurants, fast-casual dining options, bars, cafes, a wine store, cooking classes, and tons of retail options, featuring imported Italian items as well as plenty of local products.

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Boston Common – This is like the Central Park of Boston. It’s a huge grassy area where people hang out, and I’ve been told that it’s especially nice in the summer.

Boston Public Garden – Right next to Boston Common is the Boston Public Garden. It includes a gorgeous lake where you can take a ride on a swan boat from April-September, and it has a super pretty bridge to walk across.

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Custom House Tower – I skipped the Skywalk Observatory and paid $5 to see all of Boston from the top of the Custom House Tower. Fun fact – this was one of Bostons first skyscraper and is the 17th tallest building in the city.

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Harvard University – What is arguably the most prestigious university in the country is an easy 15 minute subway ride on the Red line from downtown Boston. Even though I’ve toured Harvard before, it was still an interesting walk the second time around.

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New England Aquarium – It’s on the moderate size of aquariums.  The layout is different from any of the aquariums I have visited.  It is very user friendly and easy to get to all of the attractions.

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Fenway Park – Baseball is, by far, my favorite sport. I have been to Citizens Bank Park, AT&T Park, Alameda Coliseum and a handful of other less iconic stadiums. Fenway Park has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I finally got there!

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Boston Marathon Starting Line – in Hopkinton

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Boston Marathon Finish Line – on Boylston St, Boston.

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Wachusett Mountain – We went night skiing for the first time and I really enjoyed it.  What I loved about this mountain is that while some may look at it as an “easy” mountain, it’s actually pretty large and challenging enough to satisfy most skiers.

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I would whole-heartedly recommend Boston as a travel destination. I loved the rich history, the beautiful New England foliage, the architecture and the food. It was a wonderful place to visit and I can’t wait to go back!