Enjoying these moments

“we’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are”

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22 MILER DONE!! done… finished… finuto… over with! I will never EVER ever in my entire life have to run that distance again until marathon monday!! then really, never again… EVER! ever. the happiness that brings me is off the charts. I am welcoming the next 3 weeks of tapering with a big huge hug. I could not be more thrilled with how my longest run went. it was definitely challenging but a huge reminder of how incredibly lucky I am to be a part of this day. getting dropped off in hopkinton was surreal. well, the scariest part of the day is actually being the car driving out to the starting line knowing that you are going to be running the entire way back. no ride… just running – that’s kind of scary. it’s a long ride.

there were more people at the start line in hopkinton that I have seen at some smaller races I’ve done. lots of busses carting charity teams… people waiting for porter pottys, news cameras, groups of runners similar to us snapping pictures & taking it all in. I was really nervous happy. the run itself took us just under 4 hours. I did not listen to a single second of music (aside from whatever the cheering fans were playing in their front yards). I really hope I can run the entire marathon without headphones. I know there are going to be so many spectators and I don’t want to miss a single second of the yelling and cheering and drunk people of boston. we thought a lot about how we are going to break down the race… last year i thought of it as 4, 10K’s then with another two miles tacked onto the end… this run we really focused on getting through to the next town. every time we saw one of those street signs was a mini celebration between the 3 of us. it also took us a few miles to remember all 8 towns that we actually touched. hopkinton, ashland, framingham, natick, wellesley and newton were the ones we hit on saturday – all that was left is brookline and boston!

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I have always believed in the power of positive thinking but this long run is what really proved it to be true. i usually hit a wall around 15-16 miles – just anything beyond that distance is too much for my body. everything starts to hurt – and I mean everything from my toenails through to my shoulders… just pain all over. it sucks and I still don’t know why people would really want to run marathons all the time. just don’t get it! any time I wanted to drag or quit or take a walk break I made a conscious effort to say outloud to myself or the girls “i’m feeling good”. and they would respond the same. that simple statement helped more than I could imagine. to hear myself say something positive in a time where I was definitely feeling less than okay is what made all the difference. I truly believe this was able to convince myself to move on. the body believes what the mind says… I know this mental strength is what will get me to the finish line in three weeks. If I hit coolidge corner feeling as run down tired as I did last year I will simply convince myself otherwise. After finishing 22 and feeling good I know I will make it across that finish on the 21st… such a cool feeling.

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I spent the rest of saturday and half of sunday indulging in absolutely anything i wanted to…  piled all of my favorite foods on at once. those burt calories were hard earned and i’ll be damned if I was going to let them go to waste. bring on the cadburry eggs, spinach dip, angry orchid’s and buffalo chicken nachos. based on my stomach ache yesterday I probably won’t be doing that again any time soon

tonight we are going to get our shirts screened with the awesome design sharon came up with. this weekend is a 15k followed by an 8 miler next weekend. I promised to wear my taco costume if we could raise another $1,500 to Mar’s charity… I half hope we raise $1,450 just so I can avoid my promise… 🙂

oh! we also got our runner passports and everything else in the mail this week too! photo below

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that first step out the door

is always the hardest.

it’s been a successful first three weeks thus far. the 8 and 9 mile long runs each saturday morning were in the front of my mind for months before training even started. now that they are behind me i feel much more relaxed and confident in this training season. it has been beyond great reconnecting with my running buddies/girlfriends during those runs & i am actually starting to look forward to the next 16 weeks that remain.

with christmas & new years behind me including an abundance of cheese, crackers, and dips, my focus has shifted to myself completely – a healthier mind and body. tracking everything that goes in and out can be daunting but i know i will be thankful for it when i step up to the start line feeling my best. i found a lot of joy in those first two long runs around boston. the first to beacon hill and back – stopping on the way back to take a group photo at my favorite view in the city. i find that this helped all three of us slow down and enjoy what we were doing and why we were there…

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the next 9 miles was just two of us but we made an effort to do the same. stopping in the middle of the mass ave bridge which was about our halfway point of the run- it was great to take a moment and soak our surroundings & take some more pictures. i will never get sick of that view, regardless that i see it every single day on my commute to and from work. it brings up a different emotion when you are on foot as opposed to riding the T or being in the car… i feel small. i feel proud that i can train in the city i will run in. i feel proud of the other runners griding it out on saturday mornings. i want to know who they all are. i want to know why they are running. i really want to be friends with them… but that’s probably a little weird.

the following weekend i ran in the somerville jingle bell 5k – i love this race. just about everyone is in a festive holiday costume, ready for their free beers by 10am (mainly my friends). i enjoyed running with some new and old friends, listening to the crowds and conversation around me for those 3 miles. music is definitely a big part of my life whether running or relaxing, but i am sometimes amazed at how great company and good conversation can pass the run much more quickly than the songs. i am looking forward to the months of continued bonding i will have with my friends during training this year.

ImageOn a sidenote, I am thinking of keeping a separate album of all of the picturesi take throughout training & create something with them once we are closer to the start date… i’ll have to start brainstorming now. i’m a sucker for a group photo or good motivational quote. 

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