Erie…BQ or Bust?

 

 

Less than one year ago, I ran my first marathon. At this time, I said I’d only run one. It was painful. Difficult. Rough. Long.
Yet, I wanted more. Boston. Why not?
Over 700 miles run…over 80 days of 4 a.m. wake up calls.
Dark, cloudy mornings…
Rain, wind, and thunder…
Oppressive heat and humidity…
Hills (oh the hills!), speed work, tempo runs…
Finding the time…
Blood, sweat and tears…
Fear…
Doubts.

Sunrises
Shooting stars
Hitting the pavement as the world sleeps
Sound of footsteps beside me
Laughter
SVR track workouts
Stupid, “punny” jokes
RIT group runs
Feelings of success after nailing a workout
Confidence
Focused.

You all have given me a plethora of positive memories to carry with me over 26.2 miles. When I begin to hurt, when the defeating voice pops into my head, I will think of the fun I’ve had over this training cycle.
I will….
  • remember running around Handley as you ran your first track workout.
  • remember running and listening about the infamous fowl attack.
  • think of running from Winchester to Woodstock with you.
  • think of sharing a glass of wine and pizza with you after a tough run.
  • remember running 14 miles through the streets while kicking a ball with you.
  • think “the floor is lava!” and want to jump onto the nearest ledge.
  • remember sharing in your successes and in your failures.
I do believe things happen and people are brought into your life for a reason. Being surrounded by those who challenge and push me to my limits (and beyond) has changed what I once thought possible.
Do I have what it takes?
One shot, one opportunity to seize everything I’ve ever wanted in one moment. Will I capture it, or just let it slip?
I’m not foolish; this will not be easy. No matter how well the training goes, the race itself is a blank slate. Anything can happen.
The mental battle will rage, my muscles will fatigue, I will have to push through.
Even if I do not BQ, how could I fail? Overall, I’ve won.
To all who comment on my workouts, my social media posts, and cheer me on from the sidelines, thank you.
To those who have taken one step with me along the way, thank you. Getting to run with you at group runs – whether you are in the front or the back of the pack – you’ve inspired me to keep going.
To my teammates, who have seen me at the crack of dawn, no makeup on, sweating, dirty and on the verge of puking (or passing out), thank you for never leaving my side.
To my coach, thank you for the guidance, having the ability to know when to pull me back, push me ahead, speak the truth (“it’ll hurt in the marathon too”) or say nothing at all. It’s been a training cycle full of highs and lows, but we made it to the end.
To my family and husband who have supported my crazy goals, thank you. Thank you for the breakfasts, dinners, and whatever else has been needed so I can train.
Although I will be 300 miles away, you all will be with me every step of the way.
Am I ready? Yes, more than ever. My time is now.
This week has been tough. Allergies, poison ivy, heavy workload; obstacles. The marathon is a monster. Anything can happen Sunday. Besides qualifying, having fun is one of my big goals – I want this to be a memorable experience.
I’ll see you on the other side of the finish line!

Back in Action !

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
― Dean Karnazes

Hey all! Sorry for the delay in posting. Since Richmond, it has been a few busy weeks with work and I’ve been pondering about what I would write next.

Ohh, before I go on, here’s my finisher’s certificate!

richmond

After Richmond, I was definitely on my runner’s high for at least a week. As you know, the last few miles of the race were tough with cramps/spasms in my legs and my quads were sore for a few days. Looking back, I should have rested for a little while longer but I thought a little jog will help loosen up the muscles. Or, I was just stubborn (my husband is probably nodding his head). I do have to say, runners are awful about #1 resting when needed and #2 stretching!

Any way, I have been battling an annoying IT band since. In the last two weeks, I’ve been able to only train maybe twice a week – I finally gave in to give my leg more rest and focused on HIIT as well as a lot of foam rolling and stretching.

In between all the resting, I did jump in two 5ks. The Thanksgiving Day 5K was great with family and friends – finished 1st in my a.g. with a 21:09. After the race, I felt so great I headed out on a 9 miler with friends the following Saturday – yeaaaah, probably should have rested a little more! Strangely, I felt much better during the race than during training runs.

This past weekend, my son and I did the first race of an 8 part winter series. Conditions: approximately 37 degrees, 14 mph winds with gusts; wicked! The theme was “Beat the Clock” but unfortunately I had other commitments after the race I needed to accomplish, so we headed out at the hour mark start. Course was out and back; and we ran into the wind for the first half. Coming back after the turnaround point was great – less wind and I was able to see so many running friends – love all the support. Finished sub 21 – slowly working towards my 5k goal time.

Right now, I am planning on the Winter Series, a spring half marathon and wondering what else I would like to do. A few girlfriends and I discussed the possibility of JFK50 next year, but there was a little wine involved, haha. I think doing it together with no goal time would be a great experience.

I was also accepted as a 2017 Honey Stinger Ambassador since my last post. Since I run so early, I usually sleep in until the last possible minute and don’t have time to eat breakfast before I hit the pavement. However, I really enjoy eating a Honey Stinger waffle before I go. The chews are also great fuel during those LSD runs. If you haven’t tried them yet, you should!

Enough catching up for today – but I want to stress to my fellow runners (and a reminder to myself!) to stretch. Before races, I see many runners warming up; going through dynamic stretching – but after – rarely see anyone cooling down or stretching. Same with training runs – we are all guilty. We finish, and especially now that it’s cold, jump in our car and head to the nearest coffee shop.

Take a few minutes, whether right after your run, or later at home, to stretch!

Why is stretching after important?

  • Can help reduce muscle soreness – start to move lactic acid from the  muscle.
  • Help prevent injury.
  • Increases range of motion.

There are still some mixed reviews on the importance of stretching. However, I feel I can place more load/stress on a stretched, loose muscle than when I’m sore and tight. Do what works for you!

Chat soon,

TRM