Deciding to try to Qualify for Boston

I’ve always said and thought that you really have to ‘want’ to try to qualify for Boston. You have to really want to train for it and put in the time to get there. When I ran my first marathon, the qualifying time for my age was 3:45, which was a solid 10 minutes off of my PR and I never had the desire to try to qualify. When they bumped the times up and my new qualifying time was 3:35, I accepted the fact that I would probably never qualify and I was okay with that, I didn’t have the desire to run Boston, I didn’t want to qualify. I was happy with my 3:55 and breaking four hours because that’s what I really wanted.

Something happened at a track meet back in February of this year. I was running around on the infield with some of my athletes and I saw one of the coaches from another school wearing a Boston Jacket and I had this really weird feeling of wanting to qualify so bad, which I never had before. It was like one of those movie montages where life flashes before the characters eyes but for me, it was all the training I was doing with the team, My Santa Clarita Race, where I raced the second half of the race and ran faster than I thought I could, the time 3:35, and the jacket. As I’ve said many times recently, I was not practicing what I was preaching to my kids daily at practice. I wasn’t actually pushing myself in my own running as I tell them to do daily. I realized at that moment I WANTED to qualify for Boston and it seemed crazy that now I wanted it, but how do I make it happen?Deciding to qualify for the Boston MarathonI had a solid base of half marathon training mileage and I was looking forward to Mountains to Beach because it gave me the perfect amount of time to test out doing ‘shorter’ long runs (No 20 miler! Yay!) and more quality runs during training. I wanted see how this Marathon went especially with my bathroom issues and to help come up with a plan to train in the Summer for a Fall Marathon. Training for a Fall Marathon would give me 2 months to train instead of one like how I had for M2B. I also truly believed I needed to be running 7:15-7:30 pace comfortably to make sure I could run that hard for the entire race. I was running around 8:30 comfortably and 7:45 pace on my hard runs and that was pushing myself and with stop light breaks, bathroom breaks, stretching breaks. I put together a training plan for M2B and training went decent with one rough week. I really envisioned myself finishing in 3:45, which would be super exciting, because it’s a 10 minute PR and under 4 hours again!

I fully had the intention to try to qualify at Long Beach in the Fall. I was just starting to tell a few family members and the kids I coach. I knew the course, it has a special place in my heart and I ran my fastest time there. It’s in the fall, by my birthday and I figured it would also give me the right amount of time to train to get down to running a little bit faster more comfortably. I was excited about Long Beach! I knew I would be able to do it there.

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If you haven’t heard… It’s NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!

So just in case you missed all the social media buzz about it or are living under a large rock, it is National Running Day! I run so therefore I’m celebrating! Here are a few ways to take part, give back and plain old just have fun on the run.

Out for a Run

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26 Strong with Saucony!

26 Strong Program with SauconyI’m super excited to announce that I will be a part of the 26 Strong Program with Saucony! When KSwiss discontinued my shoes that I was running in last fall, I struggled to find a pair of shoes for my apparently super sensitive feet. I ran in a few different brands and within 2-4 miles of running in shoes, if they weren’t going to work, my toes started bleeding. It’s so strange and discouraging because I wanted to find a shoe that worked for me. I finally tried out the Saucony Guide 7′s and after a few runs with them I realized that I had found a winner! My feet were happy and I’ve put over 815 miles on 3 different pairs of Guides since I started running in them.

When Saucony reached out to me regarding the 26 Strong program, I was both honored and flattered! I love their shoes and this is an awesome opportunity to train a ‘cadet’ to their first marathon. I immediately thought of one of my best friends, Nina, and her little sisters Andi and Natalie. They all love to run and we had talked about running a half or full together at some point, but it was a lot of talk and no action. I thought working with any of them would be great and we could all run a race together. Andi was excited about the possibility of running a marathon and before I knew it we were talking about training plans and picking a race!

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Healthy Dogs = Healthy Owners!

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As many of you know, I run with my dog George frequently. I love having him as a running partner and was quite a proud mama at our last vet check up, when she said he is in incredible shape and it was great I was running so far with him. She even said I ‘go above and beyond keeping both our dogs healthy.’ It may also have to do something with the fact that I brush their teeth and bathe them once a week too. That’s why when Purina® Dog Chow® Light & Healthy contacted me to share some tips about keeping your dog fit I wanted to share them with my fellow dog loving and running readers. If you want to check out Purina® Dog Chow® Light & Healthy, you can with this coupon.

Did you know that people who exercise with their dogs reported to have a healthier weight? A few fun tips and trips to start working out with your four leg friend

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Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race Report

What a crazy day! I still can’t believe that the Mountains to Beach Marathon went so perfectly and am in shock! Let’s begin with pre-race activities. I spent the day before the race at CIF Finals for our Track team where we had a few athletes running. I tried to stay sitting for the most part except when cheering :) Unfortunately, our season ended there. I drove up to Ventura to meet up with Mary Kate. I was spending the night with her before the race and she was nice enough to pick up my bib for me while I was coaching.

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race RecapOnce I doubled checked that I brought everything I needed, we walked around Target for a bit and then went to Yard House for dinner where I had a beer sampler, as I did before the Santa Clarita Marathon (the last faster race I’ve run in a LONG time) and had sliders for dinner. I laid out all my clothes and was as prepared as I was going to be!

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