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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Giants Race: Scottsdale 10K

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Scottsdale 2018 – 10K Race

This was my first time in Scottsdale for the Giants 10K race and my mom’s second.

On Friday We flew from San Francisco at 11am and arrived in Phoenix around 2:30pm. We rented a car and made our way to the hotel.

We stayed at the Comfort Suites, nothing real fancy, but we weren’t needing anything extraordinary. My mom and I worked on a real nice itinerary which kept us busy through out the entire weekend. The room was nice and had all the needed amenities and it had a two pools, a jacuzzi, and complimentary breakfast, plus it was only a 7 minute walk from the Stadium (the starting line of the race) and 10 minutes from Old Town Scottsdale.

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This year there was no expo.I was bummed they didn’t have an expo and so was my mom.  The last time she came to the Scottsdale race they had a real nice expo with many vendors and activities. All they had was the packet pick up and they sold some merchandise (shirts, shorts, and hats) outside the stadium.

I ended up purchasing two shirts (the two on left) and the one on the right came in our race day packet along with our bib.

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We had to make a last minute change to our flight out from San Francisco so we didn’t get to Scottsdale until late in the afternoon. However, next year I would love to come earlier to catch a game and to hopefully see more players!

This year I got to see and meet Brandon Crawford and Javier Lopez.

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Saturday morning was race day! My mom and I woke up early to get dressed . nd ready for the race!

It was about 45 degrees when we walked over to the starting line and then got much hotter through out the race, by the time we got back to the hotel it was already 71 degrees.

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This was a really small race, not many runners, but I really enjoyed it. This was like an old school race, meaning there were no corrals. It was also really nice to run in a race where I didn’t have to swerve and run through people during the first two miles.

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The course it self was pretty nice, we ran next to the stadium, next to a gold course and through parts of a neighborhood. The 10K runners did two loops, the final loop we did with the 5K runner/walkers.

This is what the course looked like:
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Before going to bed on Friday nigh I looked up what my previous 10K times were on Athlinks. My best 10K time was way back in 2006, my time was 1:09:04 (11:09 pace). I made it a goal to set a new PR and I did it! I totally crushed it! 2018 Results say I finished the race with a time of 56:29 (9:06 pace).

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After celebrating my new PR I walked over to get some water and my first Scottsdale Giants Race medal and our Scottsdale Bobblehead.

Overall, I had a great time running my first Scottsdale Giants Race and I can’t wait to come back next year for another fantastic race!

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Trail Run: Chabot – Redtail Ridge

The Chabot – Redtail Ridge Trail Run was my second Inside Trail Race

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(click HERE to read about my first one)

Inside Trail puts on great races, and this one was no different.

This weekend my long run for Boston was 15 miles, so I signed up for the half marathon and then figured I could run the remaining 2-3 miles when I get home.

I felt more confident this time around and it definitely has to do with the amount of training I’ve been doing for Boston. I haven’t done much “trail practice runs” but I’ve been doing more running and hill repeats which helped.

Here’s what the half marathon course looked like:

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and let’s not forget the elevation gain:

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The trails were extremely well-marked and the aid stations well-stocked. As for the course, there were at least 3 very tough climbs with other small rollers interspersed. The terrain was mostly wide, well-maintained trails with a short gravel portion after the first aid station and paved trail to bookend the race (reminded me of Sawyer Camp Trail).

I didn’t get a chance to take many photos, I was to focussed on finishing, but here are some photos of race day.

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What do you think? Should I sign up for another one?

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!

 

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 9

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Week 9 is DONE!

It’s been a busy week with late night runs, but I’m very proud because I got them ALL DONE!

Earlier this year I applied for the  Palo Alto Citizens Police Academy and two weeks ago I was found out I was accepted! This is a 8-week course designed to foster increased understanding and communication between community members and the police. We had our orientation on Monday and our first class on Wednesday. Orientation ran from 6:30-9pm and our first class ran from 6-9pm and guess what I did after? I went for a run! Monday and Wednesday were both very late nights, but all worth it because the class is an incredible learning experience. I’ll share more on the course later on.

We also happened to have pretty hot winter weather this weekend. I slept in on Saturday, went for a run around 9:30 am and boyyyy do I regret sleeping in. I was finishing up my run around noon and its was about 70 degrees already! It was a HOT run. I took two water bottles in my Nathan Hydration Belt and I had to stop once to fill it up.

Sunday was also very busy! I got up early, went grocery shopping and got all my meals prepped for the week. Once that was done I headed over to my aunts house to watch the Super Bowl. I passed out my Super Bowl Square sheet (congratulations to my four winners and to the Eagles), and we celebrated my uncles birthday.  I’ve got to say, I wasn’t very impressed with this years Justin Timberlake’s Half Time Show, but I did enjoy watching some of the ads. I shared my favorite one’s on my previous post.

I also want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to my MGH Fundraising Page. To everyone who has donated, participated in Super Bowl Squares, and who have bought Tamales THANK YOU!!!

Here’s my workout for Week 9 (We’re halfway there)!

Monday

  • Mileage: 4.25 Miles
  • Time:49:35
  • Course: Late night on the treadmill

Tuesday – No Running, Bootcamp only

Wednesday

  • Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Time: 57:02
  • Course: Late night on the treadmill

Thursday

  • Mileage: 3.60 Miles
  • Time: 37:24
  • Course: Treadmill

Friday – No Run

Saturday

  • Mileage: 14.4  Miles
  • Time: 2:50:12
  • Course: Palo Alto Neighborhood to Stanford and back

Sunday – Super Bowl FUNDAY!

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Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 8

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This week has been super busy, but in such an great way!

My first fundraiser was a success! I sold 228 tamales de cambray (made with mixed vegetables and shredded beef), for $2 each and I sold out within 24 hours! Thank you so much to everyone who purchased and supported my cause.

I had so many more requests come through after I sold out so…I’ve decided to make  more! I’ll be making cooking more in February (more details to come soon).

Last week I said I was no longer running on the treadmill, well that failed. I ran on the treadmill all week.  I was avoiding the rain. With the Flu going around I’m not taking any chances.

Here’s what I did this week:

Monday

  • Mileage: 4 Miles
  • Time: 47:58
  • Course: Treadmill

Tuesday – No Running, Bootcamp only

Wednesday

  • Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Time: 59:50
  • Course: Treadmill

Thursday

  • Mileage: 3.5 Miles
  • Time: 43:03
  • Course: Treadmill

Friday  – Day Off

Saturday

  • Mileage: 12  Miles
  • Time: 2:29:11
  • Course: Sawyer Camp Trail

Sunday – Hike at Land’s End

BOSTON MARATHON: TRAINING WEEK 7

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83 Days until the Boston Marathon!

My body has been sore this past week, but all in a good way! I’m finally back at bootcamp and now I’m back in my running + strength training routine.

This past week I’ve also received some great Boston News.

1. I received my Marathon Confirmation of Acceptance, which means my entry into the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2018 has been accepted! Woohoo!

2. My friends and I have successfully signed up for the Boston 5K! The race is two days before the marathon, so I plan to take it easy, running and possibly some walking.

I’ve also made a new goal for the rest of the training: no more treadmill running! I’m tired, bored, and done, so I’m calling it quits with the treadmill and hitting the road for the rest of my training (weather permitting).

Monday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 35.51
  • Course: Treadmill

Tuesday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 35.51
  • Course: Treadmill

Wednesday

  • Mileage: 4 Miles
  • Time: 44:34
  • Course: Treadmill

Thursday

  • Mileage: 3 Miles
  • Time: 37:12
  • Course: Treadmill

Friday – Day Off

Saturday

  • Mileage: 9 Miles
  • Time: 11:52:29
  • Course: Neighborhood

Sunday – Gentle non-running cardio

Weekly Miles: 22