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.

 

 

 

 

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!

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 16

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Only 4 more weeks to go before race day!

This has been an exciting week with lots of Boston related packages and a run on part of the Boston Marathon course!

Packages – I got my Runner Passport, my finishers jacket (I’m not touching it/wearing it until I finish the marathon), and my Boston Bound shirt! I’ll share pictures of these once we get closer to the marathon.

Boston Marathon Course – On Sunday I got to experience the first 20 miles of the Marathon course. The course itself was really nice and I really enjoyed the new scenery.

Here are the runs I completed this week:

Monday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 32:16
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood

Tuesday

  • Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Time: 53:29
  • Course: Treadmill

Wednesday

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

Thursday  – No Running, Bootcamp only

Friday – No Run

Sunday

  • Mileage: 20 miles
  • Time: 3:43:21
  • Course: Boston Marathon Course (first 20 miles)

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Boston Bound: 20 Miler

Currently writing this while on my way to Boston!

This is my first of two trips I’ll be making to Boston (all marathon related). I’ll be here all weekend to run the 20 miler with my fundraising team, The Mass General Marathon Team, to spend some time with my friends, and to explore more of this great city.

My next visit to this city will be Marathon Weekend, where I’ll be joined with my former college roommates who will be cheering me on while I run the marathon. I can’t wait for this reunion!

I am very anxious, nervous, scared and excited to be going to Boston. 20 miles is A LOT of miles to run and , but during this run I’m hoping to throwing all those feelings away and really focus on why and who I’m running this for.

All the hard work I put into fundraising and running isn’t just for me – it’s for all the family members I’ve lost to cancer, it’s for my grandmother, my great aunt, and my godfather who just went through his first round of treatment. I’m also running for the kids fighting cancer at Mass General Hospital, their families, the doctors and researchers who are working hard to one day find a cure for childhood cancer. My family and these kids have inspired me to run 26.2 miles; now it’s time to inspire them in return, so they can continue to fight this disease.

I’ve trained for many weeks, gotten up early for my long runs, and I’ve experienced the first 7 stages of Kelly’s “10 Stages of Training for a Half or a Full Marathon”. Now it’s time to trust the training, run the 20 miles, and get ready to run the marathon because compared to the struggle these amazing kids go through, running 26.2 miles and training through winter is nothing!

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To learn more about my fundraiser you can visit my fundraising page HERE.

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 15

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Last week was rough but this week was so much better. Long run was an easy 13 miles nothing to hard, easy start with the last 4 miles at Marathon Goal Pace.

Less than 30 days until Boston!

Monday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 33:05
  • Course: Treadmill

Tuesday

  • Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Time: 54:28
  • Course: Treadmill

Wednesday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 32:56
  • Course: Treadmill

Thursday – No Running, Bootcamp only

Friday – No Run

Saturday

  • Mileage: 13 Miles
  • Time: 2:22:15
  • Course: Palo Alto & Stanford Neighborhood

 

 

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 14

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I’m back! Back home and back to my routine.

Super long run this week, didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, but at least I finished right?

Monday

  • Mileage: 4.7 Miles
  • Time: 57:54
  • Course: Stanford Dish

Tuesday

  • Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Time: 55:13
  • Course: Treadmill

Wednesday – No Running, Bootcamp only

Thursday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 33:12
  • Course: Treadmill

Friday – No Run

Sunday

  • Mileage: 18 miles
  • Time: 3: 37:12
  • Course: Palo Alto and Stanford Neighborhood

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 13

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I did a terrible job of training this week. Didn’t get a chance to get ANY short runs in. Life, travel, and other things got in the way.

Goal for next week is to get back in my routine and try to make it through ALL the runs.

Here’s the only run I got done this week:

Saturday

Giants 10K

I’ve got 6 weeks left before marathon Monday. No more excuses, time to buckle up and finish strong!

 

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 12

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This was a rough week. I got sick and missed all but one of my short runs. However, this might have been perfect timing because my right knee has been a bit sore and some rest this week has helped.

I didn’t feel 100% yet on Saturday, so I took Saturday off and pushed my long run to Sunday. This week’s long run was long, 16 miles is no joke, it was hard physically and mentally, but I made it!

Here are the two runs I got done during week 12:

Monday

Sunday

  • Mileage: 16 miles
  • Time: 2:48:17
  • Course: Palo Alto and Stanford Neighborhoods

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BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 11

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Foam Rolling…I very much dislike it, it’s what I call the necessary evil. I’ve been avoiding it all though my training because it’s one of my least favorite thing in the world, but time has come to start using it again. I’m not using everyday, although I know I should be, but for now we’re meeting every other day.

This Saturday I also participated in a trail run. Since my long run this weekend was 15 miles I went ahead and signed up for the half marathon and then ran three miles once I got home.

Here’s what my run looked like for this week:

Monday

  • Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Time: 54:21
  • Course: Treadmill

Tuesday

  • Mileage: 3.83 Miles
  • Time:47:48
  • CourseStanford Dish
  • Notes: Took advantage of the hills on the course and did some hill repeats.

Wednesday

  • Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Time: 55:57
  • Course: Treadmill

Thursday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 33:15
  • Course: Treadmill

Friday – No Run

Saturday – two separate runs

  • Mileage: 2.16 Miles
  • Time: 24:00
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood

Sunday – Gentle non-running cardio at the gym

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 10

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Wohooooo! I’ve made it past week 10!

Not going to lie, when I checked my calendar last Monday I sighed in relief. My long run was only 10 miles, but next week I’ve got a much longer run 15 miles. Time to start mentally preparing for that!

I also missed two boot camp days. I’ve been having some rough time sleeping and I can’t get up at 4:45 AM to get to the workout at 5 AM. Hopefully I’ll get some rest this weekend and make it to ALL classes next week.

One last Boston update – a few weeks ago I shares that I had received my confirmation email for the #2018BostonMarathon. Well, Thursday I came home to this:

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The official piece of mail or as I like to call it my “Golden Ticket” to Boston.

Here’s what my running week looked like:

Monday

  • Mileage: 4 Miles
  • Time: 45:48
  • Course: Treadmill

Tuesday – No Running, Bootcamp only

Wednesday

  • Mileage: 4.10 Miles
  • Time: 46:49
  • Course: Treadmill

Thursday

  • Mileage: 4 Miles
  • Time: 45:06
  • Course: Palo Alto neighborhood

Friday – Day Off

Saturday – Gentle non-running cardio at the gym

Sunday

  • Mileage: 10.01 Miles
  • Time: 1:43:02
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood
  • Feelings: I’m adding this in because this run felt AMAZING and was AMAZING! I also broke two personal records, my 5K and 10K times! This was 10 miles, 8 at marathon pace.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!