Boston Marathon Recap! – The Hungry Runner Woman


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That was tough.  And this is perhaps my longest publish ever, however I’ve so many ideas, so let’s begin.

We awoke at 5:25 am, I took a bathe and bought prepared, and we have been out the door at 6:10.  We walked over to Boston Commons, a couple of 10-minute stroll from the place we have been staying.   I had two bagels, Gatorade, and water on the resort, and we got down to meet my coach and one other good friend.  We dropped our gear baggage off (a dry shirt and sneakers to have after I completed) after which went to the busses.  I left my cellphone with Andrew as a result of I didn’t need to carry something additional in the course of the race.

I sat in entrance of the bus to keep away from automotive illness, and it labored.  In 2022 I sat in direction of the again and felt sick your complete time.

Boston permits you to convey a transparent bag that they offer you on the bus and to the beginning, so I had one with a poncho to take a seat on the grass with, headphones, and gels (I introduced all of my very own as a result of I get nervous about lacking them in the course of the race), gloves and a banana (ate that at 8:30 and a caffeine gel at 9:55).  I additionally carried my Vaproflys and wore outdated sneakers till the race began.

It was very foggy in Hopkinton, and it didn’t begin raining till we reached the beginning line.  I met a brand new good friend who instructed me he would assist me get a 2:4X. I like having somebody to work with, and it simply appeared like all the things would come collectively.  I used to be additionally chilly at first, which was my good race situation.

I stored having this sense that it was going to be the proper day.  I wasn’t working on snow, I had Andrew there supporting me after an incredible weekend collectively, and I had some nice coaching runs main as much as this race.  I believed my hamstring was 100% after taking a number of days off.  It was going to be my day.  I simply knew it!

I began with my good friend and felt wonderful for the primary 3 miles, after which my hamstring jogged my memory that it was struggling.  Ugggg, it was method too early to be feeling one thing like that.  I misplaced my good friend about then as a result of I made a decision to play it extra conservatively for my hamstring to outlive.

The good friend I used to be working with is a PT, so he instructed me to take shorter steps, which helped my hamstring out a bit.  I’ll be entering into to see him subsequent week to investigate my gait and assist me work out why my hamstrings appear to be the primary to go and what to do to strengthen all the things and stop that.

The rain felt fairly wonderful. It wasn’t raining the entire time, however when it was, it felt refreshing.  There have been a number of factors the place I seen the headwind, however general it wasn’t too loopy.  I missed the tailwind that we had in 2022 although ha.

I didn’t understand my necklace was on backward the entire time till I noticed Andrew’s footage.

I stored telling myself that emotions change drastically within the marathon.  I used to be simply needing to heat up, and earlier than I knew it, I used to be going to really feel good once more, and my hamstring would behave.  However, sadly, one thing else bought worse as I went on…  I needed to cease for the lavatory twice (this was a primary for me!) as a result of my intestine was so off.  I wished to cease at each porta-potty I noticed due to my intestine, however fortunately, I solely needed to twice.

My intestine by no means improved, however my hamstring didn’t get any worse, so I used to be blissful about that.  It’s loopy how in 2022, I stored interested by how the hills simply felt so doable and never that large, after which this yr, they felt like they have been endless. They felt like monstrous hills yesterday. I’m constructive that some plates shifted, and new hills have been created during the last yr.

The miles clicked by with each slowing down.  Paces that normally felt ‘simple’ throughout coaching simply weren’t taking place within the second half of the race.  I stayed on prime of my fueling with a gel each 4 miles, drank from my bottle for the primary 9 miles, after which took water or Gatorade from every assist station.

These closing miles have been so arduous.  I used to be attempting each psychological trick up my sleeves, however taking note of my paces turned to only specializing in attending to the end line.  I went from wanting a sub 2:50 to wanting a course pr to wanting a sub 3 to only hoping to complete.  It’s so arduous to look at the factor you dreamed about for months slip away, however it occurred, and that’s simply a part of the gamble that occurs after we join to do that.

I wished to give up so many instances yesterday (and I might have if my hamstring had been getting worse), however I stored reminding myself that I’ve made it by more durable issues in life 100% of the time.  If I may make it by these issues, I may make it by yesterday.

was on the end line ready for me and gave me a 2-minute hug—>  The tightest squeeze that was exactly what I wanted at that second.  I like this girl a lot.

I felt like I used to be again in 2015 once more as I used to be wandering across the streets after the race.  I used to be soaking moist, shivering, hurting, and feeling a bit delusional.  I picked up my bag after which walked over to Boston Commons to me and Andrew’s assembly spot.

Once I noticed Andrew, I began crying.  I used to be having ideas on my stroll like, “Possibly I’m too outdated for my objectives.  Possibly I did an excessive amount of final yr, and my physique is paying for it this yr.  Ought to I cease setting large objectives as a result of it’s embarrassing to come back up quick repeatedly?  Was coaching by the winter that we had value it for this?”

However then I remembered that I may have believed related ideas after I was going for my objective of my first sub-3 marathon.  I had EIGHT years of developing in need of that objective.  What if I had give up attempting throughout these years as a result of I believed these detrimental ideas?  I might by no means have hit it.

I’m not going to take heed to these ideas this time both.

My finest working days are forward of me, and I gained’t cease believing that!

It was such an excellent feeling to get inside and heat once more.

Now for the entire tangents:

*It’s an excellent day to have a nasty day if Kipchoge additionally had a nasty day, ha.

*I LOVED having my hair in braids for the race (my first time!).  It stored each hair out of my face, which was a lot appreciated.  Andrew, nonetheless, didn’t love them as a result of he mentioned it made it a lot more durable for him to search out me.  He mentioned he can normally inform it’s me from far-off by the best way my ponytail swings, so possibly I’ll do braids for small races the place it’s simple to identify me and ponytails for giant races;)

*Even with out the hamstring and intestine points, I don’t suppose I might have gotten my objective of two:49 yesterday… I felt so off general.

*It was my 2nd quickest Boston time, so I’ll go forward and have a good time that.

*I cherished my outfit a lot.  Nothing chafed (IN THE RAIN), and it felt so comfy the entire method.  Outside Voices isn’t sometimes a model I might take into consideration working a marathon in, however wow, their shorts and tops work nice for the marathon.

*My splits (DO NOT PACE A MARATHON SIMILAR TO THIS ONE haha)–> 6:20, 6:17, 6:19, 6:17, 6:31, 6:27, 6:29, 6:36, 6:38, 6:40, 6:47, 6:35, 6:47, 6:50, 7:05, 6:37, 7:15, 7:21, 7:01, 7:15, 7:47, 7:01, 7:50, 7:05, 7:13, 7:33, 7:38 tempo for the final .45.   I simply stored my watch working in the course of the toilet breaks.  I went out quick, however I believed I used to be ready for these forms of paces!

*I’m not sure if the brand new Vaporfly is best than the 2s. It was too moist to have the ability to inform, however I can’t wait to strive them on a dry day.  I completed the race blister free with blissful toes, which is a good signal.

*I put one headphone in for a number of miles after which took them out once more for the top of the race.  I wanted a distraction, and it was useful.

*Coaching this yr was tough in Utah.  Many exercises have been skipped or modified, and I feel if I had to do that coaching cycle once more, I might have hit the treadmill extra on these days to nonetheless get within the paces I wanted.  With Andrew’s new job, I feel I’ll most likely be on the treadmill a bit extra!

*It’s an excellent factor I like the coaching a lot when races don’t go how I would like them to.  I like the miles and my group a lot.  Additionally, these coaching cycles construct on one another.  So, even when the race doesn’t produce the specified outcomes, the work doesn’t disappear and can present up for the subsequent coaching cycle.

*I missed coaching on the paths due to the snow this yr.  Trails achieve this a lot for me mentally and bodily, and I missed having them as a part of my coaching block.

*One other factor I believed so much about after I was struggling was that I’m not going to have the ability to do that eternally.  Sometime, I’ll miss the harm I expertise within the marathon. I’m going to overlook pushing myself to those limits, so I’m going to embrace it.

*We study a lot about ourselves in these races.  It’s loopy to pay cash to get a peek into who we’re on the core, however I’ll preserve paying cash to do it.

*On the downhill, I stored repeating, ‘Nostril over toes’ to myself to keep away from sitting again into my stride.  It helped me to recollect to let gravity assist me down the hill.

*I can’t wait to get again on the Peloton once more.  I want to determine the way to get that again into my weekly routine.

*On the Athlete’s Village, I noticed a person carrying a field of Fortunate Charms and munching on them as he walked round.  It made me blissful.

*I’ve by no means needed to cease to make use of the restroom throughout a marathon till yesterday (my sixteenth marathon).  I needed to cease twice (and never simply… oh, that will be good to make use of the lavatory, it was like EMERGENCY I have to cease now) to make use of one, and I want to determine what on the earth went fallacious.  I ate mainly the identical because the earlier yr of Boston, and I had zero points then!  I ought to have taken an Imodium earlier than the race.  Edited: Lauren jogged my memory I used to be on an antibiotic final week, so possibly that brought about GI issues??

*Time for per week off of train and nonetheless lengthy I want for my hamstring to be 100% once more.

*I believed so much about working calm main as much as the race.  I really feel my finest and most free after I run calm, and I need to do this this yr.  So anytime I had ideas main as much as the race that brought about my physique to tighten up anyplace, I might redirect them to ideas that made my physique loosen up.  It appears easy, however it took me 37 years to acknowledge what ideas made my physique tense.

*The crowds and volunteers at Boston are my favorites.  The cheers I bought from web buddies made my coronary heart so blissful.  One thing about trying into the eyes of the wonderful spectators alongside the best way made the entire expertise so value it… the lengthy runs on contemporary snow, the 80-mile weeks, and the speedwork that harm so dangerous.  The connections made between completely different runners alongside the best way (a man put out his fist for a fist pump as he handed me, and I swear he transferred some power to me with that) and seeing the wonderful volunteers and spectators out within the rain and chilly attempting to assist folks they don’t even know… It’s stunning and so very definitely worth the 1000 miles I put on this yr main as much as Boston.  I’m so grateful for a way working brings us all collectively.

*I’ll study to sometime not get on a 5-hour flight proper after the marathon… that harm.

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Anybody else that raced over the previous few days… How did it go for you? 

In the event you have been following anybody yesterday, how did they do?!

Ever had GI points throughout an enormous race????  What brought about it for you?

Have a spotlight in your working this yr?



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