Two awesome things about running

Two awesome things happened yesterday, The Boston Marathon and my first day back to running, post injury.

First let’s talk about the Boston Marathon. Meb Keflezighi was amazing and finished in 2:08:37. He looked strong throughout the entire thing in my opinion and I was wholly impressed. Rita Jeptoo won for the ladies after trailing Shalane Flanagan for most of the race. Jeptoo finished in 2:18:57 setting a course record for her third win.

One of the most interesting things about this year was that all four of the top female finishers broke the previous course record and I think it was in large part due to Shalane Flanagan who set a pace early on that forced everyone to bring their a game. It made for quite an exciting race and I enjoyed every minute of it.

And here is an interesting tidbit, did you know that all four of those finishers will also receive a $25,000 bonus for breaking the course record, in addition to the prize money? Not bad, huh?

I love the Boston Marathon as I think most runners do. When I first started running I soon became so in love with the sport and the Boston Marathon became one of my goals. In those early days, I wanted to run it for the simple reason that it seemed unobtainable without a ton of hard work and a lot of luck. The course is very hilly and quite a challenge and I put it on my bucket list, but I liken it to Studio 64 back in the day. Everybody wanted inside because not everyone was allowed to go in. You had to be chosen and when you have to be chosen, it makes you want to get in all the more.

As I continued to run over the years, my feelings about Boston changed but not my desire to get in. I just wanted it for different reasons and I’m still working on it.

If you think you know all about Boston or how difficult it is for the average runner, watch this episode of Nova. I think you’ll find it not only interesting but also inspiring.

And if you want to get an insight into the mind of a runner during a marathon, this should do it:

And now, let’s talk about me. I ran 3 miles yesterday. It took me over 33 minutes and my max pace was only 9:06 but it felt so good. I’m still not totally pain-free and my pace is pretty slow, but that’s something I’m working on with flexibility and strength training, and it will take a little more time but I’m running again and for right now, that’s all that really matters.

Did you watch the marathon today? Have you ever ran the Boston Marathon?

The secret to running a marathon

Happy Friday! Don’t you love Fridays? I do. I usually take Fridays off from running and make the day a shopping and treasure hunting day, when i can, but not this Friday.

I am running a race on Sunday and I wanted to take a rest day before the race so I made today my long run day and I’m taking tomorrow off. Of course I only ran 8.5 miles today because it was crazy hot, so I don’t think that counts as a long run especially since I’m now officially in training for several half and a few full marathons starting in about 10 weeks. In any event, when my body says, ‘lady i’m tired, take a break’, I do. I did. It’s done. I’m moving on.

Speaking of training, I’ve been wearing Brooks PureFlow2’s since late April and let me just say, I love them. They were becoming worn though and I was seriously afraid of an injury so my Mom, (bless her heart), decided to award me with an early birthday present.

Brooks PureFlow 2

Now I have 3 pairs! Those are my old ones on the left. I’ll be using those for short runs and walks. I’ve already started using the new ones for training. Now if I could just deal with the heat a little better, I’d be all set because the secret to preparing for and running a marathon is …….

Kryptonite! Kidding.

The secret is the long run. Why the long run?

  • The long run provides the endurance you need to complete a marathon.
  • The long run strengthens your heart.
  • The long run strengthens your leg muscles.
  • The long run teaches your body to burn fat for fuel.
  • The long run also helps you develop the coping skills that will pull you through when you hit ‘the wall’ and you will hit it.
  • The long run will also help you improve your speed.

I usually love my weekend long runs and I’m really focused on getting back into that routine. They make me happy and when I’m happy, I do my happy dance….It looks sorta like this:

my happy dance

Okay, maybe mine looks a bit worse.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get in a long run and then tell me about it.

How far is your longest run? How often do you do a long run?