Boston Marathon Race Weekend Part 1

I’m not sure where to start. A thank you feels most appropriate…

Thank you MGH! Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime. I really found my inner warrior through this entire experience: fundraising, training, running the Boston Marathon in THAT monsoon like weather on Monday, and crossing the finish line. I am forever changed, for the better, and in ways I cannot even fully grasp yet. There’s no doubt that MGH , provided me with the best marathon experience!

Also, Thank you to everyone who tracked, texted, commented, called to support me on what was, without a doubt, one of the most important days of my running life until now. My mind is always blown by how many people believe in me.

Day 1 – Thursday

I left Thursday morning from San Francisco and landed in Boston just before 6:30 pm. Molly picked me up from the airport and made a delicious dinner, roasted chicken and veggies with her homemade sauces. Yummmm!

Day 2 – Friday

I think this was the first time that it really hit me that I was finally getting my chance to run Boston.

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There’s something about finally getting to pick up my bib # that made it feel real.

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At the expo we were handed posters with all the runners names on it.

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After the expo, Jamie and I walk to By Chloe for lunch. She had the Quinoa Taco and I had the Spicy Thai and we shared the Kale Artichoke Dip. The Kale Artichoke dip was soooo good.

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After lunch we met Molly at the Boston Public Market.

Molly is an incredible cook, so whenever I visit I like to buy the groceries and have her cook our meals! By the way, Molly’s been on the Food Network and has occasional cooking classes at the Boston Public Market, she’s also got a great Instagram page.

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Next we went to Faneuil Hall.  Jamie and I also were looking for some Red Sox gear. We bought tickets for the Friday night Red Sox’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. This was Jamie’s first ever MLB game and my first Red Sox game.

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Fenway was incredible, it’s not like any ballpark I’ve been to. And we got great seats for only $25!

Day 3 – Saturday

On Saturday morning we ran the BAA 5K!

 

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This was probably the easiest 5K I’ve ever completed. The course was really smooth (no hills!) and so much fun! There were many people out cheering and we got to see some of the elite runners run towards the finish line.

We also got to run over the Boston Marathon Finish line!

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After the race we Jamie and I got our medals, shirts, and we met Jessica, another sorority sister who went to brunch with us.

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We hadn’t seen each other in a while, last time I saw her was during my last trip to Boston in 2016. We had a great time catching up during brunch at the Brownstone.

After brunch, Jamie and I walked down Newbury St. to the Tracksmith Trackhouse. Another runner I met during an Uber ride mentioned they were giving out some free merchandise to those who were running the Boston Marathon, so we went to pick up my free gear.

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…and on our way to the Tracksmith we came across this mural!

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Billie, another sorority sister, joined us Saturday night. She drove from NY to spend some time with us and stayed for the marathon.

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Day 4 – Sunday:

This was a pretty mellow day. We didn’t plan much because I wanted to stay off my feet, so we slept in, had brunch at the house, and had a lot of chocolate at the Taza Chocolate Factory.

We took a tour of the factory, learned how the company started, how they grind their chocolate, and tried many samples.

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After the tour I went to my team’s Pasta Dinner at the Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center. I had some pasta, dropped off my post marathon bag, and met some of my MGH teammates. We also heard some inspiring stories from MGH patients and runners. I then went home and laid out my gear for the morning, and was in bed around 9.

Friends, we’re just getting started!  I hope you had fun on my first four days in Boston!

Happy Monday

 

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.

If you or anyone you know would like to be included and/or help with water stops, medical tents, or any other ideas to assist, please let visit the Boston Marathon 2.0 Facebook page.

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!