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 almost laughed out loud when I wrote the title of this post. Why? Well there’s a reason I haven’t been sharing my training for my first half marathon of the season, Boston’s Run to Remember, which is now less than two weeks away. That’s because the training has been pretty much non-existent. I’ve had some serious issues getting my momentum and consistency going. I had a couple of good weeks but then something work or school or travel related has come up and has totally taken over. Or I get lazy, or a combination. Basically I want you to know that no matter how many years you’ve been running, this isn’t a cake walk. It takes hard work and butt-kicking and consistency and if you’re having a hard time getting into your groove, know that I’m right there with you.
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.
I can’t remember a time when I’ve looked back throughout one particular year and thought to myself, “Wow. This year is the one to beat.” But 2013 has been that year for me. Both from a running and personal perspective, I’ve worked hard to make some moves and it still sort of blows my mind that it all happened in the past 12 months.