Some thoughts before running the Boston Marathon



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.


Longest run of the training cycle-24 miles with 10 miles at MP or faster.

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.


CPTC team photo post club champs 2015

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.


One response to “Some thoughts before running the Boston Marathon

  1. I’m so excited to cheer for you on Monday, friend!!! You’ve worked so hard and I just know you’re going to have an incredible race!

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