I can’t believe that in 2 days I will be running the Boston Marathon! Eek! I am a mix of excitement and nerves. I have been training for this moment for months and in a few short days I will get to put my training to the test.
This training cycle was a strong one. I had good workouts, long runs, and races in preparation for the big day. I also had some bad workouts, but they only fueled me to work harder. I ran a
few many 20+ milers and some of those runs included 8-10 miles at marathon pace in the middle to help me get “comfortable” running that pace when I was tired. I woke up at 4:30 am to run before work more times than I would have liked, but it was what I needed to do in order to fit in my training. I did workouts on the treadmill dreadmill when I was traveling for work, which I absolutely despise, but being away was no excuse to miss a workout. I put in the mileage week after week. I am ready.
I am so incredibly grateful that I am healthy and able to run. At this time last year I was suffering from an injury and couldn’t run without pain. I had to take a month off and come back slowly. Thankfully I recovered and was able to run the NYC Marathon last fall, but I wasn’t fully back to where I had been before the injury. I feel extremely lucky to have had the training cycle that I did and to be able to participate in the race on Monday. It really is an honor to run the Boston Marathon.
I feel so fortunate to have the most amazing running buddies who also happen to be my good friends and teammates. I wouldn’t be the runner I am today without them. They have inspired me more than they know, training their asses off and PRing in their goal races. I hope to follow in their footsteps.
Speaking of goals, I have a few for Monday. First, and foremost, I want to enjoy the race, soaking up everything along the course. In terms of time goals, my A goal is to run 3:18 or faster. My B goal is to run under 3:20, which would still be a 45 second PR and my C goal is to run a course PR, which would be under 3:28. It is definitely scary putting my goals out there, but go big or go home, right?! This will be my fourth time running Boston and I hope it is my best one yet.
Regardless of what happens on Monday, I am proud of how this training cycle went. I spent countless hours training-long runs, speed work, tempo runs, oh my! I have no regrets. I know that I worked as hard as I possibly could have and that in itself is an accomplishment.