It’s finally here! It’s Boston Marathon weekend!
Tomorrow we will load up the car after I have obsessively compulsively packed and repacked my race gear several times in hopes that I don’t forget anything and we will head to Boston! I have to admit even though I have some heavy emotions that still wash over me sometimes, I am feeling nervous yet extremely excited. When I ran in 2013 I knew that I would have a good race. This year I have many of the same feelings. I am very happy looking back on my training from this marathon training cycle because I met my goal of following my training plan from Coach Denise as closely as possibly with only a few minor bumps (sinus infection, and calf adhesion) along the way. We were absolutely blessed in New Hampshire with gorgeous weather almost every weekend except for the one which sent us back into an arctic deep freeze. While the skiing season was not a winner here in New Hampshire it was perfect for anyone training for a spring marathon. I hardly had to layer up for my long runs and many of these days we were graced with sunshine. Not having to worry about freezing my tail off while running ,I was able to run my best and put 110% into each and every workout. The addition of bootcamp to this training cycle has me feeling new strength that I lacked in previous years. I did most of my running on my own this time by choice. I decided that in order to maximize the benefits of my long runs I would need to stay focused on my pacing through each and every mile. I love running with friends but sometimes the pacing goes out the window when we get caught up in conversation or sometimes it feels harder to hit paces especially with fast friends. With a goal of breaking 3:30 in my sights I knew that I needed to do a lot of hard work solo, and a lot of the work that I needed to do was mental.
Running Events, Race Expos and Running Friends
Now, the work is done and it’s time to celebrate running at one of the most awesome running events, the Boston Marathon! I have a lot of amazing things happening this weekend leading up to the race that I cannot wait for.
- First of all I am so very excited to have some fun family time with my husband and kiddos in Boston and staying in a hotel which is always fun with the kids.
- I am also so very excited about some of the many running friends that I will get to see this weekend including Sarah and Natalie. These two speedy ladies are such an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to run “with” them at this iconic race. Hopefully we can meet up at the Race Expo!
- In addition to friends I will be attending an inspirational running meet-up with the 261 Fearless Ambassadors to meet with Kathrine Switzer the original Marathon Woman
- I am also going to attend a Runners World Shake-Out Run and North Face event on Saturday evening.
- Sunday will include brunch with #TEAMStonyfield (Sarah, Megan of Run Like a Mother, Mairead from Stonyfield and all of the other Stonyfield runners)
Inspiration for your Boston Marathon
- A very thorough course description from Chris Russell of the podcast Run, Run, Live
- Check out the inspirational Boston Marathon Documentary 60 Second Trailer!
- If you are aiming for Negative Splits in the marathon then I say go for it! and check out the great advice from my friend Allie of Vita Train 4 Life who wrote all about it on Runner’s Connect this week!
- Everything Boston Marathon from Competitor.com
- And this lizard just cracked me up because this is what I feel like I will look like when I am running because I am soooo excited!
My Personal Aid Station from Hyland’s Leg Cramps, the Official Cramp Relief Partner of the Boston Marathon
Hyland’s Leg Cramps, the Official Cramp Relief Partner of the Boston Marathon generously sent me my own “Personal Aid Station” to help me with my Boston Marathon. Take a peek at the cool running gear and products that they passed along to me.
- Hyland’s Leg Cramps Ointment and Hyland’s Leg Cramp Tablets to help relax foot and leg cramps (homeopathic and Made in the USA)
- Headsweats Signature Baseball Cap
- Feetures! Elite Light Cushion Socks
- Mini Clif Bars, perfect bites to carry on a long run!
- Polar Water Bottle for hydration!
All of this gear will come in handy on what is predicted to be a hot and sunny spring day for the Boston Marathon! Thank you Hyland’s Homeopathic!
Share your current racing inspiration with me. What would you have in your personal aid station for a big race day?
p.s. In case you missed it take a look at my marathon Monday race day outfit complete with a sweet #TEAMStonyfield race singlet and new Cascade Skirt from Skirt Sports!
Happy Boston Marathon Weekend!