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Friday Favorites – Boston Marathon Edition

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What a week!

I think I spent the majority of my week reading Boston Marathon recaps on blogs, Instagram, Facebook or anywhere across the web. So many amazing stories of pluggers and pure grit!

Here’s a few of my favorites:

The Story of Sarah Sellers’ 2018 Boston Marathon

Are you curious about who finished second in the women’s race?  I think the whole world wants to know more about Sarah Sellers.  I find it so awesome that she refused to upgrade to first class on her flight home to Arizona. And that she had to be home by Wednesday for her shift at the hospital.

Bill Rodgers Wanted Yuki Kawauchi to Run Boston

We can thank Boston Bill for getting Yuki to run Boston. Did you know that Yuki holds MANY records like the most marathons world record for sub-2:20 marathons.  He’s at 79 and counting.

The Story Behind the One of the Last Runners on the Boston Marathon Course

Eighty five years old and her favorite post race recovery choice is a beer.  Is it no wonder she finished on Monday?  The picture of her from the Globe is simply amazing.  I want to be like Katherine when I’m 85.  #goals

Volunteers Brave Elements to Keep Boston Marathon Runners Hydrated

I can’t forget the volunteers because a race can’t happen without them.  I think the volunteers were even more heroic this year than ever.  Tying shoes for runners that couldn’t feel their fingers. Cheering to boost moral. Showing up to get it done.

An Unknown Woman Gave This Runner the Raincoat Off Her Back

Losing faith in the human race?  Spectate a marathon.  How cool is this?  I hope the two connect!

What are you loving this week?

Have you read a fav story about Boston this week?  Leave me the link!

Workouts for Your Best Half Marathon

Workouts for your best half marathon | happyfitmama.com

Welcome to another month of Run It!

In case you missed it, here’s what we covered so far this year:

Winter Running Tips and Essentials

How to Stay Sane on the Treadmill

The Best and Worst Racing Advice for Runners

Essential Exercises for Common Running Injuries

Hydration Tips and Tricks for Runners

Summer Running Tips

Rave Runs

Mental Workouts for Runners

This month the topic is workouts for your best marathon whether it’s a half or a full. It’s fitting since we just kicked off fall racing season with the Berlin Marathon last weekend. It seems like there’s a half or full every weekend through the rest of the year.

Since I’ve run more half marathons than marathons, I’m going to focus on a half workout.

Here’s a fun workout that I’ve used in the past for half marathon training for myself and  my athletes.

Try this workout for your best half marathon happyfitmama.com

For any distance runner, there are 3 key ingredient workouts that should be done each week:

Long Run

A long run is the back bone of any distance runner’s training.  Long is relative – it could be 8 miles or 30 miles depending on the distance your are training for.  The purpose of a long run is to build endurance.  With each week, your long run increases (unless there’s a cut back week) and hopefully, the distance becomes more manageable. Most long runs are done at an easy pace but advance runners may throw in goal paces or a fast finish.


Tempo runs are meant to help the body flush out lactate that builds during hard exercise.  Again, super useful for any distance you are training for. In doing tempo runs in training, your body gets used to running at faster paces for a longer period of time without building too much lactate.  A tempo run is usually at a comfortably hard pace

Specific Workouts

To get better at running fast, you need to run fast.  That’s the basics of specificity in running.  For half or full marathon training, the last 4-8 weeks of training is the time to get your specific workouts in. Specific workouts are usually for the more advanced runner rather the beginner. In specific workouts you may be running at goal race pace for

Workouts for your best half marathon | happyfitmama.com

Here are even more workouts for your best half or full marathon from a few of my running friends. Click on the picture to take you to their post. And don’t forget to Pin awayso you have a stash of valuable running info to reference whenever you need it.


Laura September Workout


6 Amazing Half Marathon & Full Marathon Workouts


6 Best Half and Full Marathon Workouts - Run It


VITASeptemberWorkoutLinking up with Coaches Cornerand Wild Workout Wednesday.

What are you training for right now?

Half or full marathon – which is your favorite?


Thoughts on the Boston Marathon

Thoughts on the Boston Marathon | happyfitmama.com

In 5 days, the Boston Marathon will commence.

A race that every runner knows about. A race that even the non-runner knows about.

I’ve been thinking of Boston a lot lately.

Maybe it’s because it seems like everyone is asking me if I’m running this year.

“Everyone” meaning all of my patients who remembered me running two years ago or people who I just meet and find out I’m a runner. When you live an hour away from Boston, everyone and their brother knows about Marathon Monday.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked in the past month, I would be a freakin’ millionaire.

Of course, the majority of the people asking me are not runners and have no idea that you need to qualify, run with a charity or a get a bib from a marathon sponsor (like I did from Stonyfield).

There’s also the question – “Have you ever run Boston?”

Simple question with a very complicated answer. Usually I answer with “yes but no” and then rehash all the ugly details.

A friend told me I should just say yes because I did train for it and I did cross the starting line.  I even have a finisher’s medal. Read THIS story if you are wondering how that happened.

But, to me, I did not run Boston.

Boston Marathon Finish LIne | happyfitmama.com

Maybe I’m thinking so much of Boston because my Sugarloaf Marathon training was cut short last month. My whole goal for training for Sugarloaf this year was to BQ so I could run in 2018. Training was going really, really well and I was allowing myself to think that I might have a viable shot at a BQ.

Well, Sugarloaf is not happening this year. In fact, I’ve been doing some soul searching trying to determine if I even want to try to run a marathon again.

It’s ironic that I am now contemplating if I have another marathon in me. Last year at this time, I was in the same place although I was not injured at the time.  While I have forgiven myself for what happened, I still have these thoughts on Boston.

It’s definitely a love/hate relationship between the marathon and I. The only reason that I would even think of doing a marathon again would be to make it to Boston.

I love the vibe of Boston. After experiencing it all two years ago, I want it again. If you have ever been, you know the whole weekend leading up to the race is electric. The expo. The history. The symbolism.

Thoughts on the boston marthon | happyfitmama.com

When you get to the Athlete’s Village, the electricity continues. And all along the course, it’s nothing but one big party.

But I don’t really love the marathon distance.  I love the training but not the actual race.  In fact, I haven’t had a really good experience with the race part.

As for my body, can it handle the distance and or the speed? Obviously I don’t have a great track record with marathon training.

Last year when my social feeds started filling up with non-stop pictures and updates from the marathon weekend, I had to take a break from it all.  I was happy for all of my friends who were there but it all just made me very sad.  I was extremely jealous and angry.  I wanted to be there again so badly.

Thoughts on the boston Marathon | happyfitmama.com

This year, I’m not jealous.  Ok, I am jealous.  But definitely NOT angry.  This wasn’t my year. I’ll be truly happy tracking all of my friends running and glued to the TV watching while I’m at work…or at least trying to work.

As for next year, I can’t say it will be my year either. My window of qualifying for 2018 is short.  There’s not that many races around here before September. And there’s also the status of my pre-stress fracture injury.  I’m not sure when I’ll be back to running yet.  Maybe it’ll be in 2 weeks.  Maybe it’ll be in 2 months.

My heart was broken at Boston but it had nothing to do with Heartbreak Hill. I still feel like I need to go back to have closure. To make it right. To finish what I started.

I’m not giving up on my BQ dream just yet.

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday, Coaches’ Corner, and Thinking Out Loud.

Have you run Boston?

Do you think I’m nuts for still wanting to go back?