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Not the Boston Marathon Recap I Wanted

Boston Marathon Boot  happyfitmama.com

Say hello to my little friend.

Prior to the afternoon of April 20th, this was going to be a Boston Marathon recap full of excitement, celebration and tears of joy.

Rather, I have no race recap but lots of tears.

At mile 6, one of my worst fears came true. I got intense ankle pain out of nowhere. It wasn’t an ache. It was radiating pain that went down into the arch/beginning of my heel. I tried to walk it off. I tried to stretch it out. It wasn’t going anywhere and just got worse with every step.

At mile 8, as much as I wanted to keep going, I knew my race was over.

I’m disappointed. I’m angry. I’m sad. I feel bad for having my family make the trip to watch a race in the freezing cold, pouring rain and then not even get the chance to see me run by.

I’m f*cking pissed off. You know what also pisses me off? When I’m trying to write f*cking in a text and it auto corrects to ducking. Really?

Why on this day? At this race? At this time?


I’m distancing myself from social media for a bit. While I’m so extremely happy for everyone who had an amazing race, it hurts way too much to see it. I need some time to wallow in my grief of what was supposed to be my “IT” race of the year. I had huge expectations for it and to see those expectations disintegrate within minutes, is quite painful. Yes, I know it could have been worse. Yes, I know I have a lot to be thankful for. Yes, I know it’s only running.

But it meant a lot to me.

Thank you for all the kind emails, texts, tweets and Instagram messages. I truly appreciate the concern. I just need some time to lick my wounds.

Boston Marathon Training {Week 13 & 14}

Boston marathon training week 13 & 14  happyfitmama.com

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!

Boston Marathon Training {Week 11 & 12}

Boston Marathon Training Week 11 & 12  happyfitmama.comTaper time has begun! I’m really taking this taper easy. I don’t want my knee to even be an issue in 20 days. Fingers crossed that it just needs a little down time.

SO here’s the rundown on the last two weeks of Boston Marathon training!

Week of March 16 – March 22 (48 miles)

Monday: 50 minute bike trainer, PT/core exercises, weights

Tuesday: 10 miler for my birthday (3+7=10) + 6 strides

Wednesday: Easy 5 miles, PT/Core exercises, full body weights

Thursday: 10 miles – 2 mile warm up, 3 at 1/2 marathon pace, 3 a little faster, 2 miles cool down. p.m. yoga

Friday: REST

Saturday: 18 miles – Boston Marathon preview run

Sunday: Easy 5 recovery miles, yoga

Week of March 23 – March 29 (43 miles)

Monday: 50 minutes bike trainer, PT/core exercises, weights

Tuesday: 10 miles – 2 mile w/u, 5 x 1 mile w/ 2:30 recovery in btw (7:40, 7:35, 7:35, 7:35, 7:30), 1. 8 mile c/d. p.m. yoga

Wednesday: Easy 5 miles, PT/Core, weights

Thursday: 10 8 miles – cut short because of knee pain at mile 6., p.m. yoga

Friday: REST

Saturday: a.m. yoga

Sunday: Eastern States 20 Miler

My peak week was definitely not as high mileage as I was hoping for. I really wanted a 22 miler but the logistics of the race (and my knee) just didn’t allow it. Oh well, the hay is in the barn, right? It’s time to rest up for the big show.

How’s your life in running/fitness right now?