Gearing up (or lack of) for Boston

Total Miles for the day – 14.5 , 2 runs but more on that later

The Boston Marathon is sub 3 weeks away and I am having minor freak outs!

I know, I need to close my eyes, count to 3 and say my blessings.

I’ve been told that Boston Marathon is huge and to be prepared. B I got my packet in the mail to remind me just how close it is to the race.

Although there are only 9 corrals, it seems there are 23,999 or more runners. B We’re going to get close, real close… Sweating on each other yoga close. B I’ll be in the last corral with other charity runners sadly instead of 4-6 (estimate based on my recent running times). B I am incredibly gracious to be running for the Boston Medical Center; but a small yet very loud part of me is very anxious of the start. B I had a panic attack for several miles at Rock n Roll marathon when I started late due to a broken train with the slower pace runners. B I felt trapped, and myB adrenalineB rushed up! B Although, I think my fear of the crowd and ultimate desire to get away kept me running at a faster pace than what I would normally be running. B Maybe an overwhelming need to catch up to other runners will keep me motivated to run faster!

Now thisB athletesB village thing and the bus thing isB intriguingB and yet frustrating at the same time. B Do I really want to drag my butt into Boston, onto a bus 3.5 hours before the marathon. B I might as well just run there and then run back in that time! B I find this athlete village exciting though. B I am contemplating having Tony (whose taking the day of in my honor ❤ ) drop me off instead. B Decisions, decisions..

I also found this mile by mile guide of the Boston marathon that’s making me pretty excited all over again. B Mile by Mile Boston Marathon Guide B Aside from potential knee pain of going downhill, my lack of gear or skill to know my pace and possibly the dullness of running through framingham and all those other places; the race seems easier than DC. B Maybe, just maybe, if its not insanely hot, and I’m not insanely hungry and cranky from being up several hours before the race, I can PR and go sub 3-24. B I like to dream big, or pretend. B Maybe I’m just on a high from despite having an stressed work day, I have not one but TWO GOOD runs.

Hi good runs, I missed you! B I feel like after DC all my runs have beenB mediocreB at best due to me constantly feeling stressed that I have no time for anything. B Its okay, April 15th is almost here and in reality I only really have one week of work busyness left.

8:29 pace on a 3 incline… My fastest lunch time run yet on that incline. B It hurt, but I knew I wanted to de-stress and I felt much moreB pleasantB as a human being afterwards.

6.9MPH, 8:41 pace on incline 2… I took it as an easy evening run. B I could have gone faster, but I wanted to not over-stress my body so I took it easier than I could have just to get in more final miles. B Overall I felt pretty good about running again.

Also, I’m back on the juice and by juice I mean high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring that can only taste so good from M&Ms. That might be why my runs went so well today.

They stopped having the M&M 240 calorie bags available in the snack closet. B They changed it for something healthier, almonds or something like that. B However, I realized that I can go up to the cafeteria and just raid the frozen yogurt toppings instead. B Although, if you fill up 3 little cups of these, the purpose of portion control might have been slightly defeated.

After my run, I decided Tony needed something special from me for coming home so late, lately. B I emailed him this.

Yes, in our household instead of sexting, we do sweatexting. B And by we, I mean me because I take full pride in the buckets of sweat I produce from just one hour of running.

Do you think you sweat a lot? A little? Just enough?

Do you have a guilty pleasure snack that makes your runs go faster? B Mine are M&Ms. B Milk chocolate M&Ms or chocolate covered acai berries. B Yum Yum.

Warning, this might be a cat heavy post

I had a fabulous running weekend! B As did the cat! B (Yes I need a new belt, but more a new treadmill that’s not as old as the U S of A

My thurday evening of beer and episodes of Desperate housewives was just what i needed for a solid friday run. B I got my usual 6 miles done in 48 minutes for speedword during lunch. B After work my OCD took over and it was driving me nuts that I skipped my 12 miler on Thursday. So I hit the treadmill for the second time of the day. B The people that work there think I’m crazy when they see me chump down a Larabar just so I can B run more miles. B My second run went well. B Throwing back 12 milers on a treadmill is definitely not getting any less boring but definitely easier on endurance. B Try it! B Honestly the first time I ran more than 8 miles I threw up!! B The second time I did a 10 miler I walked miles 9-10. B Yes, being stubborn gets you places no matter what your mother may say otherwise!

On Saturday I was hosting a Fundraising party/Random get together for my Boston Marathon Charity (Team BMC – Liana). B I am running for the Boston Medical Center, and although I do not have a fundraising requirement, I figured I’d do the best I can. And I am pleasantlyB surprisedB by how generous and amazing my friends are! B I wish I took pictures, but I was so stressed about everything being perfect that I had no time to take any. B The evening flew by!

The menu consisted of:

  • Homemade Hummus, Crackers, Veggies, etc. bites
  • VegetarianB ChiliB I made the day before so it could sit in the spices
  • Arancini – Italian Fried Rice balls with cheese and peas (amazing!)
  • Fagache – Something that I’m convinced Tony’s family made up using a pizza like dough with sausage (turkey) andB mozzarellaB cheese. B Think of it like cheesey sausage bread (its not a sandwich like a calzone would be)B

You basically roll out dough, do that, then roll it up in a spiral shape and bake it! B This was the only picture i took the whole evening before I realized I have no time for camera since its 5:30 already and I should probably shower and not be a stinky host.

  • Homemade apple blueberry turnovers that Tony’s mom made

I also had a salad that I completely forgot to serve! B And some other sugary delights. B Wine, beer and etc. B I think the evening went quite well! B I wish I was alert enough to take pictures of my first gathering I have hosted as an adult that didn’t involve beer pong. B I’ve fund raised $828 out of my goal of $1,000 for the charity.

The cat did some pretty nifty tricks to show of on Saturday:

But wait, this wasn’t enough….

Cirque Du Soleil you got nothing on Jack Meower!

My compression socks finally arrived. B I sold out (to myself) and ordered some pink overpriced compression socks. B I’m not sure they particularly help, but I find them quite comfy to wear around the house when the weather dips in the negative. B Plus they’re PINK!!!

Sunday, I was relaxing on my couch with a slight resentment towards my lost hour of sleep. B The cat agreed:B

Tony did not agree with my plans for the day:

I guess skipping your long run in favor of sleeping on a couch is not something an individual who was just fundraising for a marathon should be doing. B So I kicked my butt off the couch and and made it out the door. B (P.S. anyone else email their significant other even though they’re FIVE feet away in the next room)B

It was actually a lot hotter and I had to take my hoodie off and wrap around my hips. B I stuck to an average 8 min pace for about 18 miles. B I don’t know the spilts or exact details because my phone decided it no longer needed battery life 4.5 miles from my house (maybe I shouldn’t have played all those Temple Run games in full brightness mode). B So I had a very boring 4.5 mile run which motivated me more to run faster so I can stop being so bored! B I didn’t realize how dependent I am on my phone/facebook/podcasts/music when I’m out running 2+ hours. B I don’t know how those silent runners do it. B I was shocked when I found out I ran the 18.5 miles in 2 and half hours. B I guess those 6 miler speedworks on the treadmill are work. B Legs are a little bit sore from trying to balance but I wear this soreness with pride. B It signafies I didn’t just zone out and take it easy!

My DC marathon is in 5 days and as you can see I decided to skip the taper. B I did cut back on mileage but I think I want to use the marathon as a tempo run for Boston Training. B I did the math and I have to run 8 minute miles to qualify for Boston in 2013. B While I don’t think I’m at this pace yet, it does seem more reasonable the more running I do. B I know, I’m such a tool!

I also checked the weather for DC and it’s currently predicting storms for Saturday. B Meeep! Whimper!! Dear weather gods, please don’t let it be true!!!!

Do you think I should taper before DC even though my Boston marathon is four weeks after DC and I probably have no time for DC taper before my Boston taper would start? B People with marathon experience, I need advice!!!

How should I prepare to run 26.2 miles in potential ran? B I know I should def carry extra socks. B I might also use my older sneakers. B Any other advice? B Meep!

Every runner has those moments where you hop on the treadmill with a plan and you realize at mile 3, you did not fuel enough or correctly…

That was my situation this evening.B B As the mileage went up to 4, I went over my options.

1. Stop, shower and go home

2. Stop, run to my cube, inhale a Fiber One Bar and continue

3. Keep going for another mile

Out of stubbornness, or realization that due to Tax Season this may be my last week of having enough time for workday longish runs, I kept going.B You know what?B 5 miles slowly turned into 6, which led to 7.5 and then to 9.B At that point, I took a minute walk break every .75 miles and before I knew it, I saw 11 miles on the counter.B Yes my heart rate was off the charts compared to my normal pulse, I felt clammy and cold, but I survived and as far as runs goes it wasn’t that worst I had in a while.

I know what I did wrong today; I skimped on my lunch.B I did a normal person portion sandwich instead of a giant blend of Liana wants to run 14 miles post work portion.B I ate too much oatmeal for breakfast and wasn’t really hungry for lunch.B However, by 5:30 my metabolism burned through everything.B Post run 1.5 granola bars were consumed at record breaking pace.B I think hungry stray cats eat slower than me post run.B Upon getting home I followed with a big bowl of veggie, tempeh and pasta.B I think I lacked the green stuff in my diet for the day.B My tummy feels complete at last, my pulse returned to normal.B B My legs feel great and ready for my run tomorrow.

A summary of my runs, I went double duty today

Lunch Time Run

5.6 miles – 3 incline – 49:39 – 6.8MPH

Post Work Run

11 miles – 2 Incline – 100:33 – 6.6MPH

Why the double duty?B Sadly, Boston Marathon and US Tax filing deadline happen around the same time.B That means within a week or two I’ll be pulling some late nights at the office.B I was thinking of trying to see if I can run 14 miles at 5AM, but I don’t think I can handle that with my sleep pattern and the hour long public train commute to my gym/office.B Moms/Dads and all you early risers always make me gasp in awe when I hear how early you run.B So my current plan is to try to go double duty, build up mileage and build up a tolerance for running while tired.B Then focus on true distance and speed during my weekly long runs instead.

Have your ever trained for a race during a busy work season?B What was your plan?