There is so much to be thankful for this year. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to coach. I love coaching so much and it really brings me so much joy, even on the hard days. I am so thankful for a wonderful, supportive husband who loves me unconditionally, even when I’m acting crazy. I’m so thankful for our freedom we have in this country. It’s not a right and people fight for us to be able to do what we most of the time take for granted. These past two months have been difficult for me, because I was dealing with an injury but I, knock on wood, seem to be over the hump and making a slow comeback and I’ve never been more thankful to run. I’ve really realized that it allows me to clear my head, helps me be creative and an overall better and happier person to be around. I’m thankful for my health, for the ability to run and the improvements I made on the running front this year.
I’m thankful for those who believed in me. In order for me to run faster, my kids believed in me, B believed in me, the coaches I coach with believed in me and it helped me believe in myself. I was so inspired by the entire team to push myself harder than I ever have before all because I told them to do the same. I still think about the magical day when I qualified for Boston and how special it was to me. At the end of the day, I crossed the finish line alone, but it was through their encouragement, inspiration and love that I could mentally get there. I can’t wait for all of them to cheer me on virtually while I run Boston next Spring. Knowing that I have them all rooting for me means so much to me and the fact that B will be there is icing on the cake.
It’s a day to celebrate all of our many blessings. On my run this morning I just reflected on so many different amazing aspects of my life and my heart swelled with gratitude. I truly am so grateful.
I finally put a countdown on my phone to the Boston Marathon to keep myself on track and it’s only 150 days away from today! Once I received the information that I was officially in for Boston 2015, I immediately started talking to B about our trip there. I know that a lot of my upcoming posts will be about our trip there and training for the marathon as I’m pretty sure this is a ‘one-time-thing’, I do want to remember all the details. There were two things I really wanted to do while we are there. Eat Boston Creme Pie and go to a Red Sox Game. The other important thing is also running the marathon! While we were planning out our trip, I had to keep reminding myself that the race is on Monday, not Sunday. I know that on Sunday I want to keep it pretty low-key and make sure to go to bed early. When we were choosing our flights, we looked up the Red Sox schedule and decided to head to a game on the Friday when we are in town. We were planning on flying out on Friday and staying longer into the following week after the marathon, but it seemed that it wasn’t working out that way so we are going for a few days before the marathon and leaving the day after.
We looked at a few different hotels and found the best deal on Expedia and I’m excited to say that our trip is officially booked! We are staying at the Omni Parker House Hotel which is right by the Expo and finish line and I later found out they are KNOWN for their Boston Creme Pie. I’m so excited to try it! I had to think about B and what he will be doing while I’m out running the race as well. I know he will be able to snag a good spot by the finish line because our hotel is so close which will be great! We can also walk to the Expo.
It’s hard to figure out what else we want to do when we are there since I know I don’t want to be walking all over town when I have to run a marathon, but I still want to have fun and see things that we normally don’t get the chance too. Our activities are also very dependent on what the weather will be like while we are there as well. I’m already hoping it will be warm!
As for now through December, I’m planning on running 3-4 miles, M-W-F, and running 5-8 miles, depending how I feel on the weekend. I’m still wearing my boot nightly and icing and taping my foot daily.
150 days and counting!
Well, my best friend is officially married and now our CRAZY fall is finally winding down. The holidays seem like they will be a breeze this year! Something that has gone on the back burner recently is running because I didn’t have any extra time to get in any running or working out. Sometimes life happens and you just need to go with the flow. I’m thankful for the fact I was able to enjoy all the fun events with no pressure of missing a run or the pressure of sticking to a schedule. This past weekend was so beautiful and there were so many great memories.
As for what’s next… I have been thinking about it for a while, but I have to get back into shape and finally kick my Plantar Fasciitis to the curb. After coming back from Mexico at the end of July, I knew my schedule would be packed with tons of events including bridal showers, traveling, finishing up the cross country season and weddings so I wasn’t worried about eating healthy, and keeping to a strict schedule. I was just planning on training Andi and getting through the City of Oaks with running when I could fit it in. Unfortunately, I got injured and decided that taking time off would help me heal faster than trying to run through it. It worked out perfectly because my schedule was much more packed than I imagined.
Though I haven’t been running as much, I’ve still been doing what I can for injury recovery and prevention and the short runs I’ve done lately have been feeling good. For the rest of the month of November and December, I’m planning on keeping most of my runs shorter, between 3-6 miles and then doing a few longer runs on the weekend, around 6-10 miles. After December, I know I’ll have to slowly ramp up my longer runs to start training for Boston but keeping my mid-week runs shorter will hopefully keep my PF at bay and keep me sane at the same time.
So this weekend, I had big dreams of crossing the marathon finish line with my cadet Andi at the City of Oaks Marathon as members of the #26Strong Team. Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. As you know, she’s recovering from a stress fracture and I’ve been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis. Neither were expected and both were pretty discouraging. Instead of looking at the negative though, I am still excited about heading to one of our favorite cities in the world and will be running the half instead of the full. Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still always exciting to run a race, especially in a new city. Andi is determined to run the half as well, but I honestly don’t want her to run to prevent further injury and to have a full recovery before she starts training for a full in the new year. I feel responsible for her injury and want her to get to 110% before she starts to run again.
With the work she put in towards the full, she is now even more determined to run a full! She is planning on running one next year, which I hope to run with her as well. She worked really hard while training and I am so proud of her, even though she has a hard decision to make. To know that we both won’t be starting the full together on Saturday is disappointing, to say the least.
It was also really hard for me to make the decision not to run the full because I felt like I was letting down the entire #26Strong Team. While they are all training, both my cadet and myself are trying our best to recover. Two years ago, I would have made myself start the full and pushed through it with little training because of the guilt I feel about not doing it. But this time, I know that my health is important and even though I feel bad, it’s no reason to push myself to run 26.2 miles. What is it proving? Nothing. Though I really wanted to run the full, my sights are obviously on Boston next April and I don’t want to do anything to injure my foot more.
I am changing my bib to the half at the Expo this weekend. I know it will be a great race for me because I’m so excited to be able to be back running again and feeling mostly injury free. I have been doing so much for my foot lately and am so thankful that I’m feeling almost 100% again.
This medal will definitely be bittersweet, but I’m more thankful than ever for running injury free.
After this weekend, I plan on taking a few more slow weeks getting back into the swing of things before I start training for Boston come January.