You guys – in less than one week, I will not only be a marathoner times 13, but also a BOSTON MARATHON FINISHER! It already feels so surreal, so I can’t even imagine what race day will be like. But – I bet it will include lots of goofy grins, emotional tears, and “is this actually real life” moments from the minute I step off the school bus to Hopkinton all the way to making that final turn onto Boylston to cross that famed finish line. I get goosebumps just thinking about it, and I can’t wait!
Well – I do sort of have a little Jesse Spano moment going on this week as well.
If you read any of my other previous posts, I don’t think I’ve made it much of a secret that my spring training hasn’t been stellar. Training for a spring marathon is always very tough for me. Every year, I swear I am done with spring marathons (but somehow I still keep coming back for more!). The lack of daylight, constant cold, and threat of snow, makes it tougher for me to stay motivated to run. I sort of just want to stay curled up in bed with a good book and a glass of wine until the sun comes out. This winter, however, was especially difficult for me. Right I finished the Dopey Challenge this past January, I had a surgical procedure to correct my deviated septum. It was absolutely worth it in the long run, but it took me some time to recover. February brought a nasty cold that took me out for two weeks. I did have a decent month of mileage in March, and sort of felt like I’ve been getting my legs back under me finally. Too bad I don’t have another two months to train!
While I am nervous for this course (Newton Hills!) and the fact that I will be a solid back of packer for this one, I really just plan on taking it as no-pressure, long slow run to take in all the excitement of the course. It is very likely this will be my only chance to run Boston. I don’t see a BQ in my cards (unless I somehow can keep running the same exact speed for the next 30 years!) and the charity fundraising minimums are so daunting. I want to savor every moment of this amazing experience.
And life after Boston? I am planning on running the half marathon during the NJ Marathon weekend as part of the BibRave Pro team a few weeks later. I would love to race the hell of it and surprise myself with another sub 2 half, but the reality is I am in not the same shape as I was this fall, and another PR (or close to PR time) is probably unlikely. I am just going to let myself recover from Boston and go in to that race with an open mind, and just see what happens. After the NJ Half Marathon, I plan on wrapping up my spring race season, and looking forward to triathlon season!
How is your spring training and racing season going? I’m linking up with the lovely ladies on Tuesdays on The Run