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Race Week Thoughts

Last 20 miler | happyfitmama.comKailey’s last 20 miler of this training cycle.

Race week is here!

In two days, we’ll be flying the friendly skies for a (very) long time before landing in Hawaii, where it will be sunny (hopefully) and warm (but hopefully not too warm).

My mind is kind of all over the place. Right now, I’m mostly focused on what needs to get done before we leave. So many things especially since it’s the first time Ron and I are vacationing sans kids. My absolutely wonderful parents, are flying in tonight and will be hanging out with the kids while we are gone for the next week.

Since I’ve been preoccupied with all the logistics with that, I really haven’t thought too much about the marathon.

The big question that everyone asks and that is hanging over my head:

Am I ready?

I’m really not sure.

I am not completely in marathon shape. This I know is true. After having to take all of October off from running because of my Achilles and back injuries, I just started to slowly build up my mileage again in November. My Achilles is absolutely fine when I am running. It does feel “pinched” afterwards and other random times. My back is also good. No problems at all. The farthest distance I’ve covered since returning is 16 miles. I felt great during it and felt like I could do more. I’m hoping my body will remember the two 20 milers and one 21.5 miler I did prior to October.

Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still going to be an amazing race.

My goal is to enjoy. Enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the movement of running. Enjoy helping a friend reach her goal.

My number one priority is to make sure my cadet, Kailey, crosses the finish line of her first marathon. This isn’t my race. It’s hers. She’s put in the miles, done exactly as I prescribed for her. She worked really hard while training and I am so very, very proud of her!

If you are interested in tracking us, it’s available through the Honolulu Marathon website. My bib # is 14604.

It’s going to be a crazy, good time. I’m ready to be on the plane already. I’m ready to meet the other teams from Saucony 26 Strong that are running Honolulu.

I’m ready to run.

5 Lessons from Spectating a Marathon

spectating a race

Last Sunday, I spectated the Baystate Marathon.

The marathon I was supposed to be running.

I have never spectated a marathon before. Or any long distance race for that matter. I’ve watched a couple of 5k’s. That’s it.

I’ve always been the runner.

Being on the other side of the road, I got to see a lot more. When I’m running, I usually have blinders on. I’m in my own space. I don’t notice the faces of the other runners as they push their aching bodies towards the finish line.

I’m in my pain cave.

As a spectator, I saw pain, grimaces with each step and tears. But I also saw smiles, joy and relief of knowing they did it!

5 Lessons Learned from Spectating a Marathon

1. Race day outfit matters! Don’t wear an old ratty, stained shirt. There will be pictures after all. You worked your ass off to make it to the finish line and most likely you’re going to look like hell. You owe yourself to at least look like a little effort went into your attire.

2. Cold weather + singlets = bloody nipples. I have never seen more bloody nipples in my life. And it wasn’t just a little bit of blood soaked shirts. It was a lot. And they were all on males. I was in agony just looking at those poor guys. I’m sure they learned their lesson – band aid up boys!

3. Runner’s won’t stop, can’t stop for anything. Kailey and I almost missed seeing Mariette running into the finisher’s chute because of a woman that had blood running down her leg. We couldn’t help but stare as she trudged by us. I’m not sure exactly what it was from but I’m guessing her shorts were rubbing on her inner thigh the whole 26.2 miles. There was a large chunk of raw skin in that area. At least it was cold enough that maybe she was numb?

4. Some people make it look so easy. You gotta love the guy or girl who comes trucking into the finisher’s chute at a blazing speed with what looks like little effort and absolutely no sweat on them at all. Seriously, how do you do it?

5. Marathons are freakin’ hard! It’s easy to forget that running 26.2 miles is not something that can be done by everyone when you see the smiling race reports coming through your social media feeds. It takes endurance. It takes heart. It takes guts. No matter how well your training went, it still is going to be hard work to make it through those miles. It’s kind of like childbirth – you swear you are never going to do it again but then you forget about all the pain and agony in a month or so. And then you sign up for another.

Have you spectated a marathon? What did you learn?

2015 Boston Marathon with Team Stonyfield

Another Mother Runner Run shirt -

So the “something else coming up” that I mentioned on Monday?

I’m so very happy to announce that I will be a part of Team Stonyfield for the 2015 Boston Marathon!

Say what???

I still can’t believe it.

I’ve always said that the first time I ran Boston, I wanted to qualify on my own. I get how prestigious it is. I know that it takes months (or even years) of hard work and dedication. It’s like the Olympics for ordinary runners. I was hoping Baystate would have been that race this year to get me my BQ. Well, that’s not happening now.

But imagine my shock and surprise when I get an email in early September asking me to be a part of Team Stonyfield. My coworker and I were walking back to an educational seminar after lunch as I checked my messages. I stopped dead in my tracks and repeated “Oh My God!” at least ten times. She thought something was wrong with my kids. Nope. Just an unbelievable moment.

How could I turn down such an amazing opportunity?

It was a no-brainer. I’m sure at least 99% of the people who have not earned a BQ but were asked to run, would do the same thing as me. This will just intensify my dream of earning my own BQ.

And YES I will get it!

Stonyfield Greek Yogurt |

Stonyfield is the official yogurt sponsor for the Boston Marathon. As you may know, I am a huge fan of their products, I’m a Stonyfield Yo-Getter after all. I ate it for years before kids. It was also the first taste of yogurt my kids ever had. I love that it’s a local New Hampshire company but I also love their company practices in farming, agriculture and giving back. When I see Stonyfield, I feel confident that my family is getting the best quality organic product with no funky stuff involved.

Marathon training officially kicks off at the end of December. I’m super excited to have Megan Searfoss (Run Like A Mother) to work with on my training plan. Anytime I can have someone tell me what to do, I’m all for it. They do the thinking. I’ll do the doing. I tell too many people what to do already!

The funny thing is the day before I got the email about joining the team, I had told Ron that I was really looking forward to running plan free for the winter. The universe wasn’t listening. Something I’m very happy about.

And I’m choosing to ignore the Farmer’s Almanac prediction of a horrible winter. But if it is, I’ve been there before. I still remember my first ever 20 miler almost two years ago on the morning of an ice storm. Ice skates would have worked out better than running shoes but I got it done then and I’ll get it done again.

I’m warning you now that pictures like this will be happening more frequently.

Running in 10 degrees - happyfitmama.comBring on the lashicles, browsicles and cheeksicles!

I’m truly honored to be representing Stonyfield as part of this amazing journey with other strong, fierce mother runners.