Friday, April 12, 2019

Boston Bound

I got my news kicks and I am ready to run Boston....or am I?

I cant believe Boston is coming up next weekend. You think you have so much time after you qualify to train and prepare for this big event, and then just like that it sneaks up on you.



Since there is so much time between when you qualify until race day there are many obstacles that may arise. Luckily
injury was not one of them. But there were plenty of other things such as career change, some sickness, and some other events that were very time consuming.  

I don't feel like my training is where it should be. Since qualifying I received my dream job that has a very crazy schedule so of course I don't have a strict training regimen that some may have. I just run when my schedule allows. In addition, I teach group fitness classes so on days that I teach, I'm tired after class and just don't feel like getting out for a run. After the holidays were over I was planning on cracking down the beginning of the year, but then I got a sinus infection that I could not kick, so therefore I barely ran the whole month of January.

Before you know it, February came and so did another obstacle. I went to Body Flow training. After training I had two months to practice to submit a video for my certification. So again, running took a back burner while learning Body Flow since it was very time consuming. 

March came and I was half tempted to run the Shamrock full marathon or at least the half just for a training run, but I just wasn't feeling up to it and opted for the short 8k instead. 

Even though I have never had a strict training schedule for my marathons, I at least like to get a 20 miler in, and unfortunately I did not this training round. I will just have to hope that my other longer runs and cross training at the gym will set me up for success on race day.

If you've been following my running journey for awhile you know that I did run the Boston Marathon in 2013. Luckily I was able to finish but I am hoping I will have a better after race celebration as we all know that it didn't end well that year. 

This year my parents are able to be a part of the weekend. In addition to visiting the awesome Expo we have some other events planned I am looking forward to. 

When I found out that I did get into Boston, I told myself that I was just going to go and enjoy the race and not worry about my time. And that is exactly what I am going to go. I am doing it for the experience. I pray that we have better weather than the runners did last year at the race. Crossing that finish line will be such an accomplishment in itself and having my parents  there watching me this year means so much. 

What has been the longest run you complete in a marathon training cycle?

Do you know anyone else running Boston this year?  -L



30 comments:

  1. Right now Monday’s not looking great, but I bet it changes. It almost always does! Just definitely be prepared for potential wet weather.

    Our coach used to say that you can definitely do a marathon with just a 16 miler.

    That’s awesome that your parents will be there! Hope you thoroughly enjoy your race (and love the kicks).

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    1. Thanks Judy! I think I will be just fine not getting a super long run in too. Right now it is looking a bit warmer than it has but still rainy.

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  2. Have fun in Boston!! For me, just being there would victory enough ;-) My goal with each marathon training cycle is to get a 20-miler in, but there have been a few when it just didn't happen (due to erratic schedule conflicts). Hope the weather plays nice!

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  3. I don't think training every goes as well as we would like, but some cycles we face more obstacles than others. I hope you have a great time in Boston!

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  4. Have a great race Lacey! It'll get hard but it's nothing you can't handle. Just soak it all up and enjoy!

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  5. I hope you have an amazing day and soak it all in! Good luck Lacey

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  6. I bet you'll do better than you expect! You crushed the Shamrock 8K and you're a good pacer. Sometimes the break from the long stuff helps more than it hurts.

    When I lived in NYC and ran Boston, my training was usually less than stellar. I always ran well and close to my BQ times. I think my body needed the rest in winter!

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  7. I have several friends running Boston! I hope the weather is good for you guys too! I will be watching from my bed- took the day off so I could watch the race.

    For my marathon training cycles I did Hansons one year (so longest was 16 miles) and then Higdon the second year (longest was 20 miles). I felt better prepared with the second training cycle, but then again I skipped a lot of training runs the first go round. And I got sick for 6 weeks the second go round so each cycle has seen less training than I wanted. Hopefully you have a good race!

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    1. I hope my training was enough. I guess we will see. I guess it doesn't how much you train you still cant predict the weather.

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  8. I see so many people running this race, and it makes me want to try to qualify someday! I would have a lot of work to do, and I think you have accomplished so much by just by going. I'm sure you will have a great race!!

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    1. Thanks Lauren. Just to be there is awesome regardless of what my time will be.

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  9. This is very exciting. can't wait to hear how the race goes.

    I've never done a full but I hope to in Nov. I plan on ONE 20 miler but we'll see if it happens.

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    1. I think one 20 miler is a good distance for your first marathon.

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  10. ah so many of my team NUUN friends are running Boston! I've qualified a number of years but yet to afford the trip! You know things like a new baby came into play! What is your dream job?! That's excited and exhausting I bet! The longest I have run in the past during training was 23 miles. This training cycle as a new momma x2 I only went up to 21.

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    1. I am a flight attendant. 21 miles is still awesome with having two little ones. Good for you!

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  11. I'm so excited for you and hope that you have a great race, and great weather.

    It's funny - sometimes when I feel under prepared for a race, I actually have a pretty good race and then when I train well, I have just an OK race.

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    1. That seems to be happen with me lately at races. Let's hope this goes the same way.

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  12. Good luck in Boston! I wish I was running it this year, but, sadly, no. The shoes are super cute! Hope the weather is better than last year! :)

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  13. Thank you! Anything had to be better than last yr.

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  14. Best of luck with the race tomorrow - I'm following you on Instagram and love seeing all the fun running-related posts!

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  15. It was so exciting to follow along with your Boston journey, Lacey! I can't wait to hear about the race! Congrats!!

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  16. I read this post after the Boston Marathon so I hope all went well. I know the weather was better than last year so that's good. :-)

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  17. Definitely looking forward to your recap of the marathon! I’m sure you did fine. You didn’t have the long runs but it’s not as if you were not active!

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