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Gratitude. Putting it all into perspective.

Gratitude.

Screeeeeeech.

Crash.

Boom!

Putting it all into perspective.

Putting it all into perspective.

We are okay. Thankfully my husband and I walked away from a car accident uninjured today. Thankfully the kids were not in the car.

My nerves are very rattled (That is a total understatement!). I had a panic attack. The EMT had to give me oxygen. Strangely he was a marathoner too. Knowing this calmed me down and gave me something to focus on. My anxiety is already through the roof as I anticipate running the Boston Marathon on Monday. I have been jumpy for weeks, on edge. My counselor says that this is normal. I am already on high alert.  I am mentally preparing myself to run the same road again through the yellow and blue finish line on Boylston Street.  Last year my reality was rocked to the core ten minutes after I crossed the line as I tried to comprehend the awful sounds that I heard and the smoke rising from the explosions near the finish line.

Today we were okay. The sounds of the accident frightened me and brought me back to Boston. The sound of the truck hitting the back of our car was reminiscent of the explosions last year. I have been unable to erase those horrible sounds.  Sometimes they replay in my head. It all seems so real. With 4 days to go I am uncertain of what marathon day will bring but I am still in need of running the race. I need to run it again to close the loop of healing. I need to feel the strength of running and being surrounded by  the runners and spectators.

Am I afraid. Hell yes. But I will lace up my shoes and I will run. I will just run. I am okay.

The car accident today has been a huge reminder of how much love and strength, support, kindness and good is surrounding me. I am here. I have my family and my friends. I am alive. I can run.

We are okay.

I am thankful.

I am thankful. My life is full of love.

I am thankful. My life is full of love.

On Monday I will run 26.2 miles of gratitude. I will celebrate life and I will mourn for those who were lost.

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart , it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. " –A.A. Milne

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart , it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude. ” –A.A. Milne

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Boston Marathon Race Day Outfit Preview

Boston Marathon Race Outfit 2014

Boston Marathon Race Outfit 2014

What will I be wearing at the Boston Marathon? It’s time to get ready to run, girl run!

If you have run in any type of long race you know how important your race day outfit can be. First and foremost your race day outfit needs to be functional and comfortable.  The last thing that any runner wants to experience when running a marathon is painful chafing (you know the kind that will cause you to shriek in pain in the shower after the race, no thanks!).  Also, you want to choose running clothes that will stay put (no one likes to have their shorts or running skirt riding up as the miles add up.  When choosing my running clothes for a marathon I always test them out during my long training runs to make sure that I won’t encounter any of these issues on race day.

Once I have determined if the clothes are worthy of 26.2 miles the next thing that I always like to consider is the style factor. Hey, at least if my clothes are cute I have a slight possibility of avoiding an embarrassing race day photo, right? When thinking about race day style I look for running clothes that have bright and fun colors, wild patterns, and I definitely want to be running in a skirt.  For some reason I have always loved wearing tall socks (this goes back to my days of Colby Crew way way back in 1999) so the Compression Sock craze (functional yet fashionable!) suits me just perfectly.

I am truly appreciative of Skirt Sports, Bani Bands, and Crazy Compression for providing me with the awesome gear that I will be wearing on Boston Marathon Monday as I run 26.2 Miles from Hopkinton to Boston.

Here is what I will be wearing on Marathon Monday as I speed by on the race course towards Boylston Street. If you want to track me I will be wearing BIB #18384:

  1. Skirt Sports Eclipse Tank in Azul, Skirt Sports Cougar Skirt in Azul, Skirt Sports Sabrina B Sports Bra in Black
  2. Bani Bands Head Band Sequin Purple
  3. Crazy Compression Purple Over the Calf Diamonds
  4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS

It’s time to run down the course and finish that race!

#BostonStrong

#BostonStrong

What is your favorite Marathon Day outfit?

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Boston Marathon 2014. I dedicate this run to you Boston.

Run Boston. Boston Marathon 2014

Go out and run Boston.

Run to be strong.

Run to feel proud.

Run with courage.

Run to feel pain.

Run and let the sorrow wash over you.

Run together and lift each other up.

Run together with powerful energy.

Run and remember.

Run fast or run slow.

Breathe deeply.

Embrace each other with kindness and carry each other along.

It will be ok to cry.

Let the emotions cover you.

Feel the energy of healing together as we move down Boylston and cross the line.

Together we will run Boston as one.

Finish Line at the 2013 Boston Marathon

Finish Line at the 2013 Boston Marathon

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5 reasons to LOVE spring running!

Dare I say it? “It’s SPRING!”

Hopefully by saying this I won’t have jinxed it and caused the most epic April blizzard . . . But since spring appears here to stay let’s talk about 5 reasons to LOVE spring running!

Mud. Mud. And More Mud!

Mud. Mud. And More Mud!

1. MUD! Don’t you just love getting a little “pig pen” dirty on a run? I love the smell of the fresh spring mud when the earth is starting to come alive again. And there is nothing better than splashing through a giant mud puddle just like a kid!

2. BIRDS. They are finally coming back to greet me on my runs again. My favorite is the red-winged blackbird cheerfully singing their song from the tree branches as I speed along. Which bird is your favorite?

Hello there running friend!

Hello there running friend!

3. Running with bare legs! Yes, my legs are out of hibernation after the long cold winter and unless it gets wicked cold again it is time for skirts!

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

4. Daylight. Plenty of daylight. It’s time to put aside the flashing vests and headlamps (unless you are running a night relay) and to run in the late afternoon daylight. Let the sun warm your spirit!

Soaking up the sun!

Soaking up the sun!

5. Racing! Yes! First the Boston Marathon and then hopefully a lot more racing fun. Keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t end up in a boot like last year.

Not exactly the footwear I hoped to be wearing last spring after the Boston Marathon.

Not exactly the footwear I hoped to be wearing last spring after the Boston Marathon.

Happy spring and good luck this spring! I can’t wait to hear about all of your races!

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Motivation Monday: #WhatsYourWhy? I run for Strength.

#WhatsYourWhy

#WhatsYourWhy

#WhatsYourWhy

As the Boston Marathon draws near I have been training hard, working to keep my body and mind strong and healthy and thinking a lot about what running this marathon means to me.  I am working hard to focus on the positives of what this marathon will bring for me and my friends and family, the running community, the city of Boston and our country. I have gained incredible strength in the year since the tragedy at Boston occurred last year. I will need not only physical strength but inner strength, courage and resolve to be in the moment at the race and to just run.

I was very thankful to be given the opportunity to share why I run when I was asked by ProForm (The Official treadmill of the Boston Marathon) to share my, #WhatsYourWhy. I hope you will read about why I run and find some new motivation and inspiration on all of your runs.

Please read more on the ProForm BLOG about my why–I RUN FOR STRENGTH

#WhatsYourWhy?  Please share your why on twitter by using the hashtag #WhatsYourWhy and also tag me @organicrunmom and @ProFormFitness. We’d love to hear more about why you run!

Last 20 Miler Complete for Boston Marathon training. Let the taper begin!

Last 20 Miler Complete for Boston Marathon training. Let the taper begin!

I hope you have an inspired run today!

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Official Boston Marathon Runner Passport

The Boston Marathon nerves are kicking in!

The countdown is on the Marathon Monday and things just got REAL! My official Boston Marathon Runner Passport came in the mail yesterday! This means its a definite go as I know hold the keys in my hand to getting my race bib and timing chip for the marathon.

Boston Marathon Runner Passport

Boston Marathon Runner Passport

I must admit, I am officially NERVOUS!

Time for some easy spinning.

Time for some easy spinning.

Thankfully my illness is clearing out and last night I was able to get back on the workout train. It felt great to do a nice 30 minute spin on my bike and I am hoping to get in some actual road mileage this weekend. It was originally planned that I would run the Eastern States 20 Miler like last year but that plan has gone out the window.  My body still needs rest after this terrible bout of Bronchitis so I don’t think traveling this weekend would be a good idea.  I am not sure what distance my coach will plan for me this weekend but I am definitely chomping at the bit to get back to training!

Here I am at the finish line prior to the Boston Marathon 2013

Here I am at the finish line prior to the Boston Marathon 2013

Happy running and racing this weekend! Make it a strong one!

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Peak marathon training and now I am sick.

Healing Tea

Healing Tea

I can’t be sick. I am training for a marathon.

Peak training time when you are a marathoner is exciting. As you see the miles climb to your maximum distance before race day the possibility of running 26.2 miles becomes realistic. The daunting 26.2 mile distance seems within reach. If you are like me and many long distance runners you begin to almost hold your breath during peak training because if injury or illness happen at this time it seems way too close to race day.

Last week I finished an awesome 21 miles and although feeling physically strong I definitely felt a bit off during the run. On Sunday I began to realize why this was perhaps not my best run . . . I was about to get sick! As the week wore on my health went downhill. My energy was totally zapped and as for running mileage for the week my total was zero. By Friday I was at the doctors office after several sleepless nights of horrendous coughing. Ugh! The doctor confirmed it. Viral Bronchitis. Thankfully it was not pneumonia. The best course of action was lots of rest and I was given some cough medicine and an inhaler to help manage the coughing so that I could get some sleep. I spent the entire weekend in bed with absolutely zero interest in lacing up my running shoes.  All I wanted was the comfort of my warm bed, some snuggles from my kids, some chicken noodle soup and lots and lots of hot tea.

It is so hard to be sick and being this sick at the peak of my training has me feeling a bit nervous. Thankfully I got sick during a “rest week” and my coach has encouraged me to continue to rest and to just take things a day a time. According to the Mayo Clinic its ok to exercise when, “symptoms are all above the neck.” This means that until things clear up in my chest I need to take it slow. The last thing I want to do is to start up to quickly before my body is ready and become even sicker. I am thanking my lucky stars that the marathon is still a month away.

I guess this is all just my body’s way of telling me it needed some rest. Here’s to better health and happy running!

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21 Miles

I am thankful for my friends. Thank you for sharing the run with me.

I am thankful for my friends. Thank you for sharing the run with me.

Peak training, friends, and lessons learned.

The miles are adding up.  These are the miles that matter before the Boston Marathon. This weekend I put in 21 tough miles with my friend Jenny (a former Adventure Racer) who inspires with her endless smiles and positivity and strength both inside and out. It was her birthday yet it was a gift to me to have her by my side training to help me in my Boston Marathon journey. I am so thankful for all of my friends and family near and far who are such an important part of my journey to run 26.2 miles at the Boston Marathon this year. Running is a solo endeavor but it requires the support of many in order to be successful.

We ran 21 miles on snow covered roads, up many hills and on gorgeous (although perhaps too soft) snow mobile trails. It was 21 miles of running and sharing our stories and challenges with each other. All of it, every step making us stronger along the way. The run started strong up hill for 3-4 miles until we hit the snow mobile trail.  It was actually in the 40′s on Saturday which was a perfect running temperature however it made it feel as though each footstep felt as though you were landing on a Tempurpedic mattress.  We definitely got a strong leg workout for the next 4 or so miles on the snow mobile trail as we struggled with this  soft snowy surface.  Returning to the pavement was a welcome break for our tired legs and our pace quickened again.

21 miles. Each mile makes you stronger.

21 miles. Each mile makes you stronger.

I definitely failed with nutrition and hydration for this run. I needed to do a better job pre-loading my system with adequate nutrition prior to the run. I have been having a hard time keeping up with my caloric needs with the high volume of training during peak training.  I also managed to not bring enough nutrition or hydration on the run either so was feeling a little “bonky” by the time we got to around mile 12 or 13. I struggled for a bit around the 13 mile mark of the run but with Jenny’s support and encouragement was able to push through and after eating something and finishing off my Skratch Labs Hydration Mix I started to feel a bit better. It has been so cold here lately I underestimated how much more I would need in terms of fluid intake when the temperatures rose so “high” (ha!). I was thankful that this was just a training run and not race day. That is why we train, right? Having Jenny there to help me through this point was such a positive. Jenny is an incredible athlete and I even revealed to her that I sometimes feel intimidated when I run with her (it’s that competitive inner-self).  She is an amazing athlete although humble and quiet about her successes and she reminded me that we all have our strengths and our weaknesses, and our good days and our bad days. In telling her this I felt somewhat relieved (and perhaps a little bit silly).

After that point the run began to feel “easier” again. This is where having strategies to deal with the distance comes into play. When I am running a longer distance I never think of the run as a whole. When I run 20+ miles I break it into smaller pieces, a beginning, middle and end. After the run got tough at miles 12-14 I started to remind myself that we just had a bit over 10K left to run. 10K is one of my favorite distances and it definitely feels like a manageable distance to run. That is one thing that I actually love about running a marathon because once you have run the first 20 miles all that is left is the last 10K and I know that I can rock that part of the run.  That’s how the run felt on Saturday too! Jenny and I attacked the last few hills and tried to not let the tightening felt in our legs from all of the hills impact our stride.  Finally reaching the top of the last hill we knew the downhill would lead us back to Jenny’s house and so we ran and it felt more relaxed and the last three miles were fun (if you can call 3 miles at the end of 21 fun)!

3:33 for 21 hard miles. Yes!

3:33 for 21 hard miles. Yes!

I was so thankful for this run and the awesome gift of my friendship with Jenny.

I have many friendships that have become closer because of the miles spent together. These are the miles that are the most important and that will carry me along the course on April 21st in Boston.

I am so thankful for my friends for running with me.

Tell me about your last crazy long run! 

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Celebrate Strong Women Role Models Today for International Women’s Day!

Celebrate Strong Women Role Models for International Women's Day!

Celebrate Strong Women Role Models for International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Today,” is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future” (Source: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/).

Kathrine Switzer the original Marathon Woman is a strong role model for women in athletics no matter what age and for women everywhere . Katharine Switzer is know for pushing the rules at the 1967 Boston Marathon to become the first ever female finisher of the race.  She was even challenged on the course by a race official who was determined to keep the race an all-male event.  She finished the race and has gone on to be a strong voice for women in athletics everywhere and was responsible for pushing to have the Boston Marathon officially allow women entrants in 1972. Switzer was also the creator of the first women’s only road race. By breaking through gender barriers and challenging the limits of women in athletics Kathrine Switzer is the biggest reason that I am able to run in the Boston Marathon and her perseverance and drive is something that has inspired women to go after their dreams and to accomplish goals that were once seen as something that only males could do!

I hugely grateful for having had the opportunity to meet Kathrine Switzer at the Boston Marathon last year.  She makes every dream seem possible!

Who are some of your female inspirations?  Take time today to thank them for how they inspire you and celebrate women everywhere!

Here are some female bloggers who inspire me every day to get out and run and to shoot for the moon:

Shoot for the Moon

Shoot for the Moon

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Less than 7 weeks until the Boston Marathon

Yikes! Only 7 more weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Yikes! Only 7 more weeks until the Boston Marathon!

Time flies when you are freezing your buns off training for the Boston Marathon! Last night I received this e-mail from the B.A.A. “WHAAAAAT less than 7 weeks left!!!!” I got super excited about the upcoming Boston Marathon but also got my mind racing thinking about running another marathon. I am a planner in life. I like to have everything mapped out and I don’t like change. When you run a marathon you can’t plan for everything . . . it’s kind of like life that way. On race day you have to relax and let go of everything that you can’t control and just focus on the run. However being a planner (somewhat of a control freak?!?) as race day approaches I plan everything out literally down to which underwear I will be wearing and what I will be having for breakfast and as a possible snack before I run. It’s an exact science really. If you have run a marathon before you know exactly what I am talking about . . . if not you probably think I am crazy but that’s ok.

Thankfully I have seven more weeks to train, to get stronger physically and mentally, to practice my nutrition for the marathon, to try out my possible marathon day outfits (I don’t want chafing on race day after all), to plan my pre-race meals, to visualize my race, and to get in my final big mileage. After all the biggest part of a running a marathon is the journey along the way!

It's all about the journey. Let it go and just run.

It’s all about the journey. Let it go and just run.

Then on race day when the training is complete all that will be left to do is to trust my training, to embrace the moment (no matter how emotionally challenging it may be this year), and to RUN!

Are you getting ready??? I’ll see you in BOSTON SOON!

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