I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! It feels like it was so long ago now. I spent my Sunday morning on Memorial Day weekend running my second Boston’s Run to Remember race. Last year I ran the half marathon and it was hands down my favorite half to date. This year I was definitely struggling to get my training into gear in time for the race, and as a result I decided to switch to the 5 mile race instead. I was bummed at first because I’ve never had to downgrade or back out of a race before, but I knew I needed to be smart and not risk an injury, especially with the Chicago Marathon on the horizon. I have to say, the experience of running the 5 mile race has me thinking I may do the 5 mile instead of the half marathon again next year. Let me break down why… Continue reading
I have some exciting news, I managed to make it through the Chicago Marathon lottery and be selected as a runner this October! I actually didn’t plan on running a marathon this year, after my first one last fall I was pretty content with just riding out this season with a handful of half marathons and some 10ks. Then one of my closest friends, Ashlee (who was also my relay partner for the Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler), decided she wanted Chicago to be her first marathon this fall. I couldn’t pass up the chance to run Chicago and celebrate Ashlee’s first marathon with her, so I threw my name into the lottery. How we both managed to be selected out of 70,000 entrants is beyond me but I can’t wait for October 12, and there’s some serious training to do before then!
On a much different and more somber note, I can’t write a post on April 15th without recognizing what this day meant a year ago, and how the Boston and running communities have changed since. The morning of April 15th 2013, I was interviewing runners at the Boston Marathon starting line. For some this was one marathon of many, for others this was their first, and I was so incredibly excited for them. That joy and excitement for them that morning quickly changed to fear and angst later that day. I have friends who were affected and family members of friends who were affected on April 15th, as many people do. Thinking back on that day, that entire week really, it feels surreal, like a dream almost. Now we’re a year later, and it’s inspiring to hear how so many of the victims have been able to make unbelievable amounts of progress since they were injured, injuries that are both visible and those that are not. Their strength is something I honestly can’t fathom.
I can’t really watch the footage they’re replaying on the news and I don’t really want to revisit all of the emotions from that week. I’d rather look ahead, and you better believe I will be out there this coming Marathon Monday, cheering on the runners of the 118th Boston Marathon!
Ok, I know I’ve been totally slacking in the blog department for a few months. For the most part it’s been the off season and things haven’t been that exciting. I did go to Martha’s Vineyard for a race and, shortly after, California where I got a serious dose of spring fever during morning runs in 50 degree weather. But all in all it’s been mostly routine gym sessions and maintenance-distance runs with a few yoga and barre classes mixed in between.
But off-season no more! I’m struggling starting to transition back into training for my first half marathon of the year, the Boston’s Run to Remember held in Boston during Memorial Day weekend. I ran it for the first time last year and it quickly became my favorite half marathon for many reasons. I’ve never run the same half marathon more than once (except for that one time the Allstate Boston 13.1 half marathon fit perfectly into marathon training), so that should say something.
Last year’s Run to Remember race was so well organized and was so meaningful. Not only does the race honor Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers, but also last year’s race was additionally meaningful given the events that had taken place just over a month prior. Sean Collier had registered for the Run to Remember last year, and race officials made sure it did not go unnoticed. Each runner was given a special bib dedicated to him and there was a tribute at the start of the race. The kind of stuff that gives you goose bumps and reminds you why you run, and value the fact that you are able to run.
If you’re in the Boston area on Memorial Day weekend, I highly recommend taking part in this race. Not only is the race well-managed and run along a great course, but the additional meaning behind the purpose of this race makes it worth it in itself.
The Allstate Boston 13.1 half marathon was this past weekend. I ran this race last year, so I had a sense of what I would be working with. My overall impressions last year were that this race was organized very well and getting in and out of the race site was very easy, the course was on a super flat road along the ocean which can be pretty, yes, but I personally found it more boring. After running along the water (which makes up the bulk of the course), there were a couple of trails that definitely weren’t big enough to accommodate the number of runners trying to get through, but overall a good race. I’ve never repeated a half marathon race before, but the timing was right this year to get a half in as part of marathon training and this race worked out for my training schedule.