Boston’s Run to Remember

A week ago I ran my first half marathon, a feat which was both amazing and terrifying at the same time.  You see, it is very easy to sign up for a race in February and proudly declare “I am running a half marathon in May” (ya know, when the race is three months away).  It is also very easy to map out a training plan that includes both lengthy runs and Crossfit.

But then May comes along and I suddenly realized that 13.1 miles is no joke.  And that one 10 mile race I ran in March doesn’t count as proper training.  Keeping this in mind it will not surprise you that a week before The Half I felt a range of emotions and barely slept.  I was still recovering from my toe incident and wasn’t loving running at the moment.

Friday I went to the race expo and picked up my number:

It was a pretty low number considering there were over 8,000 runners at the Run to Remember.

I grabbed a beer and some dinner after leaving the expo and then spent that night and Saturday relaxing.  Saturday night I headed to Ali’s “Carb and Hydrate Party”.  There were 12 or so runners there and we hung out, ate some really good food, and drank gatorade.  Ali played hostess and photographer:

I was probably home and in bed by 10.  The great thing was I had NO problem falling asleep!  I had made sure to charge my Garmin and itouch and pack my energy bites and bag for the morning.

The morning of the race I was so damn nervous.  Not the “I can’t do this” type of nervous, but more like the “let’s get on with this nervous”.  Jack and I headed to Boston’s Seaport around 7 am and from the car to the beginning of the race I managed to only use the bathroom twice.

I waited around with Jack and listened to the music as other runners arrived.  My friend Amy came out to take all my pictures and orchestrate her and Jack’s mile 9 spectator/get to the finish line plan.  Eventually Ali and a group of her friends found us.  It really calmed my nervous energy when I was around a group of people who were about to do the same thing as me!

Around 8:00 I headed to line up at the start line.  There were soooooo many people, everywhere!  I had originally planned to start alone and stay running alone, out of fear that I would not want to separate from the group if I started with them, but I found myself lined up right with them anyways.  It was nice to be able to chat and keep my mind off the 13.1 miles I was about to tackle.  I got a couple last minute pictures before the race began:

The first couple of miles was really packed and the pacing varied.  During this time I stayed with Ali and crew and we weaved in and out of the other runners.  It began at the World Trade Center in the Seaport and through Faneuil Hall up toward Mass General then all along Memorial Drive into Harvard and back.  It was pretty cool scenery for a race.  At the first water stop I knew I’d need to slow down so I waved goodbye to Ali and blasted my headset.

I made sure the beginning of my playlist was slower music:

  • “Two Step” Dave Matthews Band
  • “The Sotry of Us” Taylor Swift
  • “Wake Up Everbody” John Legend
  • “Closer” Kings of Leon
  • “Speechless” Lady Gaga
My thoughts were pretty much on people watching.  It always amazes me the different types of people who come together to run races.  I felt pretty good for the first 5 miles or so and was doing my best to keep a 10:30 pace.  My Garmin acted crazy at times (saying I was running 6 minute miles haha) but I was struggling to keep my pace slow.  I still had plenty of miles to go.
By the second water station, which felt a gazillon miles from the first, I had eaten quite a few energy gels and was feeling good.  Thirsty, but good.  The weather was definitely more humid as the day went on and the race continued down Memorial Drive.  Around mile 6 I started to think I was crazy for ever signing up for a half marathon.  My playlist was still on the slower side at this point but included a ton of U2 songs.
Mile 7 was a God-send because my friend Maureen was waiting to run a few miles with me.  The weekend before, at the Harpoon Race, I really helped push Maureen when she wasn’t feeling so hot.  I distracted her and talked a lot and helped her get through.  We devised a plan that would help her pay it forward during my half.  I figured I would need the most support in miles 7-10 and boy was I right.  I really wanted to walk and told Maureen a million times that I would never make it to the end.  I was being a bit dramatic probably.
At mile 9 I was looking forward to seeing Jack and Amy.  I didn’t get a picture of them but they got a picture of me and Mo!
Where’s Waldo?  I am in the pink behind the girl in the blue shirt and black shorts.
At mile 10, where Memorial drive splits to the Longfellow Bridge toward downtown or to Cambridge, Maureen headed home.  Now is when the real race began.  My music wasn’t really helping my mind stay in the game.  At this point I knew that I needed to think positive and try to take in the experience.  Because of the heat and humidity people were passing out all over the place, which led to unsettling thoughts because I was alone.  I passed some time snapping pictures with my iphone.
I made miraculously made it through miles 10 and 11 with a minimal amount of walking and made sure to hydrate with both Gatorade and water at the second to last water stop.  The last 2.1-ish miles in the race took me through Washington St. in Downtown Crossing.  At that point I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience.  I mean, I have heard the term “runner’s high” but this brought it to a whole new level.  I was so relieved to see Debbie, one of Ali’s friends, on Washington St.   We walked and talked for a tenth of a mile and decided that it was now or never- we have GOT to finish this race!
Ali had warned me not to be fooled when we se the bridge to the Seaport, and she was right, there was still quite a way to go.  There were a ton of people cheering.  I loved the little kids who were yelling “You are almost there”  “It is all downhill from here” “YOU GOT THIIIISSSS”.  If that doesn’t give you an energy surge I don’t know what will!
On the downhill I ended up losing Debbie but I saw the finish line and, man, I watned to cross it ASAP.
My brother and his fiance Meaghan surprised me and gave me the little more I needed.  Can you believe I was actually smiling when I saw them?
When I crossed that finish line the time was 2:20:55, which is a whole 10 minutes faster than I thought I’d finish in.  I almost forgot my medal, but got one and vowed to never take it off.  I also swore I would never run another half, ever.  Amy warned me to “never say never”.

Jack and Me 🙂

A FB status update was also in order

World's Best Spectators

Ali and Me

Amy (the photographer) and meeee

I went to my parents house for a cookout after showering up and drank a few cold beverages and ate a TON of food.  They even got me a cake!
I topped my night off with a stop by at Ali’s post race BBQ, by the time Jack and I got there we had a chance to recap the race (again) and hang out for a bit.
It was a long day….
an awesome day….
a day I want to happen all over again soon.  (As Amy said…… 😉 )
The. End.

 

 

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Beat dat Beat: a no fail way to make a great playlist

They always say not to try anything new on race day, and while I know they are talking about wearing a new pair of sneakers or eating a new food, I am going to extend that into trying out a brand new playlist.  Now, I know what you are thinking: massive, bloody blisters and pooping your pants are pretty severe consequences compared to simply not liking a song- and I totally agree.  But if music motivates you to run, keeps you going, and pumps you up the way it does me then having a carefully built playlist will make any run seem more enjoyable and add to your racing experience.

Here are my tips to making a killer race-day playlist:

1) Consider why you are running.

  • I think it is most important to think about what you are running for.  My playlists on a “regular” run vary from slower paced music like John Mayer to music with a faster pace like anything Black-Eyed Peas.  If I want to run slow I listen to slower music, if I want to pick it up I listen to faster music.  I usually am not running to beat/create a PR or to win so I let my playlist take on the natural progression of a run: start off slow, build up power, then cool down.  The website JogTunes is an awesome resource to find the BPM (beats per minute) of songs.  You can use it to taylor a playlist to whatever you want your pace to be.

2) Scope out some new music on the radio.

  • When I listen to the radio I usually am listening for new (or new to me) songs that could be potential candidates.  Often times I find that hip-hop and rock songs have a great beat to them and I can imagine my feet moving with it.  Usually I end up You-Tubing the entire song and deciding if it is worth putting on a playlist.
3) Ask for suggestions.
  • Asking other runners for playlist music is a great idea.  One thing you may find, however is that their taste in running music doesn’t suit yours.  I always accept song suggestions or CD playlists and give them a try.  My friend Amy had once given me a playlist that included The Kings of Leon who I don’t really care for, but they ended up being a great running band!
4) Put the songs in an order that build up your pace gradually and carries you through the end of your run.
  • When racing you need to hold yourself back from going all out at the beginning.  Slow and steady wins the race!  Choosing music that will keep you moving at a slower pace is one way to help prevent you from the starting-sprint.  You spend a lot of your time at the beginning of races (especially longer races) weaving in and out of crowds and taking in the environment so pick music that will help make this part of the race less frantic.
  1. Dave Matthews “Two Step” (super long)
  2. Kings of Leon “Closer”
  3. The Killers “Human”, “Read My Mind”, and “All These Things I Have Done”
  4. Timbaland ft. Katy Perry “If we Ever Meet Again”
  5. Mike Posner “Cooler Than Me”
  • When you get about halfway through the race, and you start picking up your pace, make sure that your playlist does the same.  I like music that I can listen too, and possibly sing to, but haven’t heard over and over.  I try to stay away from “ear worms” that will never get out of my head as well.  No one wants to be singing
  1.  Akon “Beautiful”
  2.  Katy Perry ft. Kanye West “E.T”
  3. MGMT “Time to Pretend”
  4. Ke$ha “Blow”
  5. Craig David “Insomnia”
  • And don’t forget to add in those Power Songs.  You know the ones that make you feel invincible?  Putting these towards the end of a playlist, when I am more likely to need a boost, and turing them up LOUD really gets my feet pumping.  Finish line here I come!
  1. Eminem “Till I Collapse”
  2. Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
  3. J Lo ft. Pit Bull “On the Floor”
  4. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind”
(I had to keep my suggestion to 5 per section because I would be writing this post forever!)
5) Try it out!
  • Once you have carefully selected and placed songs on they playlist take it out on a training run with you.  I mean, you wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive right?! 😉  Sometimes songs just don’t fit the playlist, don’t hold your interest, or aren’t good “running songs”.  Many songs I have put on playlists during races immediately bring up racing memories (mostly good, some bad) after and sometimes they even get me motivated to go for a spontaneous run!
I am writing this post because I am currently beginning to piece together my playlist for this week’s race: Boston’s Run to Remember.  This playlist is going to have to be pretty hefty because I imagine the 13.1 miles to take me about 2 1/2 hours!  I need suggestions folks!

Question:

What are your beginning of the run songs? Pump you up songs?  Power songs?  

Harpoon 2011

Good morning peeps!

I woke up a lot earlier than normal today so I have the luxury to post before I leave for school.  It would be great if I could get up in time to do this every day, and while it may be a possibility this summer, or maybe even next school year, it is just a random occurrance for this year.

Breakfast today is a Van’s waffle sandwich with chunky peanut butter and a half a banana.  I had run out of waffles and was eating bagels for breakfast until today.  I enjoy bagels on special occassions like staff breakfasts or on vacation but I don’t personally care for them every morning so I am happy I stocked up on waffles.

I don’t eat breakfast until I have my coffee and settled myself into school for the day.

On Sunday I ran the Harpoon 5-Miler to benefit the Angel Fund.  It was a few weeks earlier than it had been in the past.  They actually changed the first-come-first-register policy that had me scrambling like a lunatic to get to a computer when registration opened to try to get a spot (the same process that you go through when trying to get concert tickets).  Last year I actually got put on the wait list and eventually ended up getting a number. PHEW.  This year registration was a lottery and they encouraged groups of friends to sign up as 6-packs (get it).  I liked this idea because it really encouraged teams to create names (and t-shirts/costumes).  Our team was split into three 6-packs and we were the “Ultimate Beer Runners”.  I got shirts printed up by my friend Bodner and they came out awesome!  You can design the shirts online and he will print them!  Check his company out here.

Before heading to the race I laid out all my stuff the night before to be sure I was all set to go in the morning.  I packed flip flops (which I didn’t end up bringing), my number, my t-shirt, etc.  I also ate a blueberry Clif Bar for breakfast.

My number was 3909.

When we met everyone at the brewery I gave shirts out and we headed out 0.25 mies to the start line.  There were so many people we actually started behind the “walkers” sign.  Good thing timing began when you crossed that “start” line (not that I wasn’t running for time or anything, I actually didn’t wear my Garmin).  I ended up finishing in just about 46ish minutes, which put me in a really good mindset for next Sunday’s race.  I felt great running, though I wish I had used the bathroom before beginning the run.  Mo and I kept pace together and chatted the whole time, which seemed to make the time pass much faster.  We actually ended up missing the first water stop because we weren’t paying attention!

After crossing the finish line and finding our teammates we headed to the beer line.  Every runner got 2 free beer tickets with registration, and if you are a friend of Harpoon (which I am) you get an extra beer.

I had a few Harpoon Whites through the course of the day.

I also ate a TON of Cape Cod chip samples.  The salt and vinegar are sooooo good that I actually bought a bag yesterday to bring with my lunch for the week.  Good marketing Cape Cod Chips 😉

Though it got quite chilly once the sweat started drying and the sun went in I hung out with Amy and Mo for a couple of hours post-race.

I left the brewery around 1 and when I got home I was DYING to take a nap.  I had woken up with a headache that played hide and seek on me throughout the whole race.  I drank a ton of water before lying down and it seemed to help.  When I woke up (headache free) Jack surprised me with a pizza from Santarpios.  It is no Reginas but it hit the spot.  I actually was SO hungry I had 4 slices.

Today is going to be 80 degrees and I am thinking that means Bootcamp will be held outside.  I am actually wearing a dress to work today because I have a feeling my classroom is going to feel very sticky.  My hair is actually already frizzing.

Happy Tuesday!

~L

Sam Summer, Aquarium, and Doyle’s, Oh My!

I had a pretty amazing weekend.  Hung out with friends and family, enjoyed many tasty beverages, ran 5 miles, got an awesome sunglass tan.  Sunglass tans rock 🙂  Unfortunately it doesn’t photograph too well, I still look winter-pale, so I’ll spare you a picture!

Friday I headed to the mall to find a dress for a wedding next weekend.  I got a black dress from White House Black Market and a pair of kick-ass purple heels from Charlotte Russe.  I feel like these shoes paired with that dress create a pretty bold statement, and even though my right foot barely fits in the shoe, I am going with it!  I will also be sure to pack a pair of Old Navy flippies 🙂

Friday night I met Amy for dinner at Max and Dylan’s.  It was pretty crowded with a random assortment of after workers and post-opening day-ers.  Many of them were already drunk and rowdy.  We situated ourselves at the bar and I had two glasses of Sauvignon Blanc.

Dinner was buffalo chicken mac-and-cheese.  It was amazing, though slightly on the spicier side than usual.  I ate most of the pasta and a couple of pieces of the chicken.

After dinner we headed to the Warren Tavern where we met up with Ali.  We all hit it off and chatted most of the night away.  It is amazing how easily the conversation flowed considering the first time we ever met was Wednesday!  I pretty much ended up spending the entire weekend with her.  Well, we didn’t hang out Saturday, but I think we shared the same post-Friday-fun feeling all day (if you know what I mean).

Saturday I was up and at ‘em (though very hungover groggy from my Friday night festivities) to get my eyebrows done.  Embarrassingly enough I was feeling way to crappy to make it to bootcamp (sorry Tristan!), so I headed to the New England Aquarium with my cousins and brother instead.  First thing we saw were the penguins, then some turtles and a whole bunch of fish.  There wasn’t much to do there (thank god teachers get in free), so we were in and out in about an hour and a half.

After we all headed to the Black Rose for some lunch and some beers (gag).

We shared the spinach and artichoke dip, but it was nothing to write home about.  Very salty, not too creamy.

For lunch I got the most adult thing on the menu: a diet pepsi and a grilled cheese.

On the walk home we stopped at Max and Dylan’s to sit outside and have a couple of beverages.  I love outdoor eating and drinking.  It is seriously the best part about warmer weather (well, besides the beach).  I enjoyed 2 blue moons while we were there.

Sunday was a blast.  I ran the Doyle’s 5-Miler in Jamaica Plain with my friend Maureen, Ali, and her friend Julia.  I love running in groups because chatting the time away goes by so much faster than listening to music!  Let me tell you, it was perfect race weather!  Slightly breezy and just warm enough.  I ran in my new Nike Dri-fit pants and gray t-shirt.  I also ran in a hat but it was so hot I wish I hadn’t.

Before I left my house I devoured a Clif bar.  This is my go-to pre-run food.

I saw runners with numbers up to the 2,000’s and on such a narrow path, many points at the race got congested.  I got stuck behind many strollers and slower runners which was so frustrating.  I was not trying to be a speed demon by any means.  I wanted to go at a comfortable pace where I could still enjoy the experience.

Of course I sprinted which I got to mile 4, forgetting that a mile is still pretty far to go.  At that point I just wanted it to be over with!  When I finished I got into the free beer pandemonium that was going on outside the bar .  It was kind of stressful.  When one of our friends got to the front he just kept handing them back to us.  I ended up with two Sam Adams’.

Mo and I enjoyed them immensely while we waited to meet back up with Ali and Julia.  I also met up with mi familia.  My cousin Carney, her husband Mark, and my cousin Brendan came out (with a cooler).

I got hungry around 2 and went inside to order a pizza.  While I waited I enjoyed listening to the live Irish Band play.  They were amazing- people were dancing and singing at the top of their lungs!  I brought the pizza outside for others to enjoy too!

I headed home around 4 and I was BEAT.  Jack picked me up some food from Kowloon but I was too tired to even eat it.  Ok, I managed to eat a few chicken fingers, fried wontons and broccoli.  But I literally, I went to take a nap at 4:30 and didn’t get out of bed until this morning!  Guess I needed to recover before taking on this last week of school before April vacation!

Phew- that was my weekend.  I got to start blogging on the weekends!  I think this Friday I will instate a “5 Word Friday/Saturday?Sunday” so I can keep ya up-to-date in a more timely fashion.

Crossfit is outside tonight!  Woop woop!

~L

Black Cat 10 Miler

This morning I was up super early (for a Sunday at least) at 5:30 to head up to Salem for the Black Cat 10 Miler.  I was kind of nervous to be running 10 miles, since I had never run that far before, but I had been told that if I can do 7 then I can do 10.

I had a Clif bar on my way up.  The Clif Bar has been my main source of pre-run fuel for as long as I can remember, and I figure if it is not broke don’t fix it!

Right before the run started I had 2 raspberry Power Bar Gel Blasts.  These things are sooooo tasty!  I nibbled on a plethora of energy chews throughout the race, every half hour or so.  The gel blasts are my favorite, but I have grown to like the taste and texture of the Shot Blocs too.  I am not sure if that is the “right way” to use the gel blasts for energy, but it worked for me today.

The race started at 8:00 and for the few minutes before it started to drizzle.  Thankfully that cleared up and the temps stayed warm throughout the run.  Except for the occasional breeze, the weather helpd make the run comfortable.

The course was kind of hilly and took us through Salem and Marblehead and back.  There were plenty of water stations throughout the course, including a GU station at mile 5.

There were also lots of spectators cheering us on and cars beeping to show support.  It was pretty cool but I never really know what to do.  Sometimes I clapped with them, sometimes I gave a thumbs up, sometimes I said “Thank you”, sometimes I did nothing at all (that didn’t feel right at all).

Amy and I ran together.  We chatted, walked, I dumped the sand out of my shoe, etc throughout the duration of the race.  Running with a friend and chatting is so fun!  It made the 10 miles go by faster and made the race part of it seem like less of a big deal.  We both had the same mentality: it was a Sunday long run where we got a t-shirt and medal as a prize 🙂  Not having a time goal or pressure to beat a personal record makes it much more stressful and as I runner I am not at that point yet.  I am running to go the distance, whether that be an 8 minute pace or a 20 minute pace!

Around mile 8.5 Amy and I split up and I pushed myself to see how fast my legs could take me.  On the last mile and a half I averaged around a 9:30 minute mile.  I definitely could NOT maintain that pace for a longer distance than that, I would have totally lost steam if I had tried!

I finished with an (unofficial) time of 1:58.  Not bad!  A personal record!  I had my Garmin on but I didn’t download my last run and when I hit start at the beginning of the race, it started where I left off.  I had no clue how to reset it!

After Amy and I headed to the Tavern on the Square.  They had a delicious looking breakfast buffet AND they were serving beer at 10:30 a.m!

I started with a Harpoon Raspberry.

and then I had a Wachusett Blueberry Ale.  It tasted like Trix cereal.  Yum-o!

I also had a buffalo chicken pizza with ranch dressing.  It wasn’t too buffalo-y and the chicken seemed as if it had been cooked the night before.  I picked it off and ate three pieces of the pizza anyway!

Tomorrow starts my official half marathon training.  I am doing Boston’s Run to Remember in exactly 12 weeks!  Keeping a proper training schedule while doing CrossFit will make me feel very confident when it comes to the 13.1 miles.  During the 12 weeks I want to also focus on hydrating and fueling properly.  Got any tips to share with me?

 

How do you handle spectators cheering you on during races?  Do you clap with them?  Say thank you?  Bow and curtsey?  Ignore them? I have never been a race spectator but I am thinking that if I am in Boston this year for the Boston Marathon I am going to check it out and cheer the runners on.  Can you believe I have lived in Boston all my life and have NEVER spent a Marathon Monday in the city?  Shame on me!

~L

 

 

 

 

Hello HAL!

How is everybody’s “Jersday” going?

Anyone else looking forward to seeing what shizzt goes down on “The Shore” tonight?

I figure that since I still have a few hours to go, I’d get to planning out my training for my half marathon that is coming up in 12 short weeks.

I love routine and I love plans, the only problem I find with myself is that it takes me forever to sort through my plans to make a routine! 😉

I have three colored markers to help me:

  • Green= Crossfit
  • Red= Running
  • Silver (not pictured)= everything else (because my life needs to involve more than the two above!)

Today I printed out Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training for the Novice Runner.  I dated each of the 12 weeks until the race and marked my four upcoming races.  This plan couldn’t be more perfect because my Half Marathon falls on the very last Sunday of training! Not only that, I got excited at the prospect of the Week 9-12 runs because that is when the spring-y weather will be around!

Hal’s plan keeps running/rest/cross training/strength training to specific days each week:

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
1
Stretch &
Strengthen
3 m run
2 m run or cross
3 m run +
strength
Rest
30 min
cross
4 m run
2
Stretch &
Strengthen
3 m run
2 m run or cross
3 m run +
strength
Rest
30 min
cross
4 m run
3
Stretch &
Strengthen
3.5 m run
2 m run or cross
3.5 m run +
strength
Rest
40 min
cross
5 m run
4
Stretch &
Strengthen
3.5 m run
2 m run or cross
3.5 m run +
strength
Rest
40 min
cross
5 m run

Any days that call for “strength training” or “cross training” I am going to do CrossFit.

My 12 Week Training Plan will look kinda like this:

  • 3-4 days(ish) Crossfit
  • 4 days(ish) running
  • 1-2 full rest days

Now I am working on getting all the dates, daily mileage, and stuff into a monthly planner.

I already messed up once, so I am actually working in my second planner (I hadn’t perfected my color system in the book above).

I am not going to stick to the plan exactly as Hal planned it because I do like the flexibility of arranging the runs around the weather/time of day/mood.  Fridays are sometimes when I love to run most and Mondays I can find myself dragging. However, I will do my best to spread the running days out to prevent myself from getting bored with running and will also try to only have to double up with a CrossFit and Running Day two days a week.

And of course listening to my body is *key*.  I mean I need to give it what it needs so it will take me those 13.1 miles.

This is real deal planning!  A Half Marathon is no joke, and I am only now realizing how big of an undertaking training for it is!  EEEK!


“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” Tom Landry

 

What long term goal have you set and how did you planned to meet it?  Did you look at the larger  picture or take it day-by-day, week-by-week? Inquiring minds want to know!

~L


 

It is Amazing

It is amazing what a vacation can do for my motivation!  I need to keep that thought in my bag of tricks when I feel lazy (I can always use a good excuse to get away).

I am currently signed up for 4 races from now until Memorial Day weekend! This is good because on May 29th I am going to be running my longest race yet: a half-marathon!  Yup, that is 13.1 miles.

I started training for it a while ago by taking a 12 week plan and extending it to 24 weeks.  Well, that didn’t workout so well between the snow storms and the vacation I was forced to do too much treadmill running.  After a while (last week for instance) I really couldn’t get myself to run more than three miles.

I figure that the race this Sunday will be the official start of my 12 week training for my Half Marathon!  Truth be told- it has to be because the race is exactly 12 weeks away.

Race 1: Black Cat 10/20 Miler/ Sunday, March 6

10 miles

Race 2: An Irish Race/Sunday, March 13

5k

Race 3: Doyle’s Road Race/Sunday, April 10

5miles

Doyle's Logo

Race 4: Boston’s Run to Remember/ Sunday, May 29

13.1 Miles

 

Unfortunately for me Sunday’s weather is supposed to be rainy.  WHDH reports, Sunday: Mostly cloudy with rain likely during the afternoon, evening, and overnight. Highs in the 50s!! Gusty winds late day -esp. on the Capes/Islands.” Hopefully this means that the race, which starts at 8 a.m., will be over before the rain and wind starts in the afternoon.  I guess I will just have to run like Speedy Gonzalez to outrun the rain clouds!

(SOURCE)

I’ll fill you in on the runs with some race recaps and shortly I’ll post my 12 week training schedule.  I may be crazy, but I feel like 13.1 miles is a totally do-able distance.

I am super excited.

Can I get a Woop Woop?!

How do you feel about running in inclement weather?  In regards to racing, will you run a race no matter what the conditions are? I don’t mind a little windy or a little drizzle, but down pours and wind gusts intimidate me!

CrossFit tonight and tomorrow is Thursday!

Until later

~L