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High Five Friday {Boston Marathon}

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High Five Friday is here!

3 days people. T-H-R-E-E days! What seemed like it was eons away is now becoming real. I still can’t believe I’m running the Boston Marathon. The past week has been a roller coaster of ups and downs of emotions. At times I even forget that I’m running a marathon. Others, it’s all I can think of. I’m excited, nervous and just ready to run!

Since I’m having a hard time concentrating on one thing right now, I’m just going to give you the highs and lows of the week so far.

Highs of the week:

My parents are here! This is the first time they have spectated ANY marathon. The whole logistics of navigating Boston with an extra 500,000 spectators has them a little nervous. Especially when it comes to wrangling my kids. Would leashes be appropriate? At least they’ll have Ron with them. He’s an old pro at spectating.

My race day outfit is set! I’ve sweated in my Stonyfield singlet on multiple runs with no weird chaffing issues. The weather forecast keeps changing every 2 seconds (and driving me nuts), but I’m 99% sure I’ll be wearing my Saucony Bullet Tight Short. The big pockets are perfect for stuffing my Huma Gels in.

Boston Marathon Expo! I’m heading down with a group of friends to the expo Friday afternoon. I can’t wait to shop and to just soak it all in.

Lows of the week:

I dropped a frozen burrito on my foot. Seriously. Only I would have the bad luck of getting a huge bruise on the top of my foot days before running 26.2 miles. Thankfully, it does not hurt or impact my running at all.

Arch/heel pain. On Tuesday I wore flip flops all day. It was the first time I’ve worn them since Hawaii. Later than night, the arch and heel of my left foot started to hurt. Ugh, really? Flips flops cured my Achilles Tendinopathy back then. I thought it was all good? I did the usual stretch and ice. I also did the KT Tape thing. It’s feeling better and I have sworn off flip flops till after Monday. It’s a good thing I have a vast collection of sneakers.

My first gray hair. Really? I don’t even know what to say about that. Not cool. Not cool at all.

This weekend is going to be full of fun and all things running. It’s practically my dream weekend! On Sunday Team Stonyfield is getting together for the first time. I’m so excited to meet the whole team, but especially THIS GIRL after over 3 years of being bloggy friends!

You can keep up with all my adventures this weekend and on Marathon Monday by following along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Ready or not, here I go!

Boston Marathon Training {Week 13 & 14}

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7 days, people. S-E-V-E-N DAYS!

The last two weeks I’ve kept it easy. At the beginning of the taper, my right knee wasn’t feeling so good. The hay is in the barn so I knew taking it really easy was the best idea. BTW – If I got paid a $1 for every time I’ve said that in the past two weeks, I’d own a barn. And hay. After Eastern States 20 Miler, I took 3 days off from running to really make sure everything was good. It did the trick and I’ve been free of knee pain ever since. What a marvelous feeling!

I’m feeling good and ready to run just so I don’t have to hear one more person ask me “Are you ready?” or “Are you nervous?” Please, please do not ask runners this before a race. Why? Because you just made them nervous.

Here’s the rundown of the past 2 weeks of Boston Marathon training.

Week of March 30 – April 4 (27 miles)

Monday: complete rest

Tuesday: Easy 50 minutes on bike trainer

Wednesday: 60 minutes on bike trainer, core/hip exercises

Thursday: Easy 6 – knee GOOD! P.M. Yoga

Friday: 7 miles – 2 mile w/u, 2 miles @ GMP, 2 miles at 1/2 marathon pace, 1 mile c/d. Core/Hip exercises, strength training

Saturday: A.M. Yoga, 14 miles on the hilliest route I could think of just to practice downhills one more time.

Sunday: A.M. Yoga

Week of April 5 – April 12 (32 miles)

Monday: 50 minutes bike trainer, core/hip exercises, strength training

Tuesday: Easy 6.25 + 6 x 20 sec strides, P.M. Yoga

Wednesday: Easy 5, core/hips, strength training

Thursday: 10 miles – 2 mile w/u. 8 x 800s @ 10k pace, 400 recovery, 2 miles easy. P.M. Yoga

Friday: Rest

Saturday: A.M. Yoga

Sunday: 10 miles w/ 6 inadvertently at GMP. I guess that pace just comes naturally now. :)

On tap for this week is easy miles, staying hydrating/fueled and finalizing my race day outfit. Friday afternoon, a bunch of us are heading down to the Expo. Woohoo!

Things are getting REAL now!

My Top 5 Running Moments

We all know that not every run is THE BEST run ever. I definitely have my “I hate running” moments. Of course, just like a bad day, you tend to forget about those bad moments and only remember the good times.

Amanda recently posted her top 5 running moments. It got me thinking. Could I narrow it down to just 5? That’s tough. There’s something great about every run.

Here’s what I came up with today. I’m sure it’ll change tomorrow!

1. Reach the Beach Relay – Even though I crashed and burned during my first leg, I had an amazing time running with new and old friends. Who knew running in the middle of the night on no sleep could be so fun? Team #islagiatt is already registered for September with 2 vans reserved for 12 stinky runners.

Team #islagiatt group 1 | happyfitmama.comReach the Beach Relay Leg 1, Leg 2, Leg 3

2. Honolulu Marathon – How could this NOT be on my list? It’s Hawaii after all! It was even more special helping Kailey cross the finish line of her first marathon. From the crazy long plane ride, meeting all the other Saucony 26 Strong Teams, the unique expo and race, to hiking up Diamond Head the day after. It was definitely a memory that will never fade.

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3. Vermont City Marathon – You never forget your first, right? This was supposed to be my big marathon debut. It actually turned out to be the marathon and trip from hell. What could go wrong, did. I swore I’d never run another marathon. But the bad memories faded. Don’t get me wrong, I still remember every single one. At least now I can laugh about it!

VCM Marathon - happyfitmama.comYou can also read about the trip from hell Aftermath.

4. Seacoast Half Marathon – This race was my first half marathon and my first ever real race. Why start out with a shorter distance, right? Last year was the first year in a very long time that I did not run it (stupid injuries!). I’d have to say my most memorable year of running it was 2012. It was the first year where I really got into training for it and had a goal of going sub 1:50. That race showed me that I can improve my running with hard work.

seacoast half marathon 2012 - happyfitmama.co5. Mother’s Day 5K – Some races aren’t about your finishing time. This race meant a lot to me because it was my kids first official race and the first race that we ran as a family. It was the best Mother’s Day present to see the joy on my kids faces as their little legs ran free. Although I will admit that it really bothered me to see my finishing time, especially because it was part of a race series. Oh well, I took one for the team on that one. It was worth it!

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What are your top 5 running moments?