1. I signed up for another challenge, the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak. The plan is to run at least one mile from Memorial Day through Independence Day (39 days). So far I’ve been running for four days, three loops around the school in front of my house. I have to change up the route because I am getting dizzy from running the same loops.
2. This Sunday is my race in San Diego. So that means not one but two medals!
3. Another perk of running the race on Sunday is an invitation-only to the upcoming new movie “Spirit of the Marathon II”. Very excited about it! Are you planning to see the movie? I know it will be showed at various theaters on Wednesday, June 12.
I registered for this race in November of last year for $45. Great deal right? The host hotel, The Seaport Hotel, was sold out so I searched for weeks for an alternative hotel. I was put on a waiting list for The Seaport Hotel and decided to stay at the Hyatt Harborside. On Wednesday afternoon I got a message that there was a room available for me. That made me very happy.
I arrived in Boston on Saturday morning. It was a gloomy day. Luckily my room was available so I left my suitcase in the room and went to the expo which was across the street from the hotel. Not too many vendors were there but I bought a running skirt and two shirts. I paid $30 for the skirt and one of the shirts. Great deal!
There was a dedication for Officer Sean Collier.
The course map.
I was up at 6am on race day. I love staying at hotels in which the start line is right across the street. In my race packet there was a note letting us know that security was going to be tight and that we would be searched. I understood the reason behind it but it just felt weird.
There were so many people and everyone was happy and excited about the race!
It was really crowded at the beginning of the race. About 3/4 into it, I took off and passed a group of Marines. So handsome! 🙂 I made it my mission to finish before them. We ran next to the Charles River. This part of the course was mostly flat, calm and peaceful. We passed a group of police officers cheering and giving high fives to the runners. The turnaround point was past Harvard University. Such a beautiful campus!
As I turned around to head back I saw the Marines pass me up. Darn! I could not keep up with them. By then I had eaten one GU, drank plenty of water and Gatorade and was already tired. I had some pain on my right side and was chafing in my chest area. I found a medical tent and rubbed some vaseline to help with the pain.
The last 3-4 miles we ran through Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, and Boston Common. We passed the “Cheers” pub and laughed when I heard someone asked “Does everybody know your name?” By then the sun was out and I was a little warm but knew I was close to the finish line.
At mile 12, I saw the group of Marines and cursed myself for not keeping up with them. They were cheering the runners and that motivated me to keep on running. As I turned on Congress Street I knew I was even closer to the finish line. Another turn to Seaport Lane and I could see more people cheering. I could see the finish line! I ran as fast as I could and was finally done.
I went inside the World Trade Center to get some water and my medal. There were boxes of Zico coconut water and people were taking one bottle and others a whole box. I drank one bottle and took two more for the trip home. I got my medal and was about to walk out when I saw the group of Marines. I noticed they were just getting their medals. I realized that when I saw them earlier they hadn’t crossed the finish line. They were waiting for the rest of the group in order to finish together. That brought tears to my eyes.
It was a great race. I had a great time and loved every minute of it.
Done. I had another meeting after school on Tuesday so I ran instead on Wednesday. I felt really good throughout these workouts.
Thursday – Yoga
Done. Another 1.5 hours of hot yoga. This time it went much better for me. I remembered to take my mat, long towel to cover it, and hand towel to wipe the sweat off my face. This time I drank a big bottle of Gatorade prior to the class and I did not feel like I was going to pass out.
Saturday – Half Marathon
I ran the Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon on Sunday. It was a GREAT race! I loved every minute of it. I always get chills when I listen to the national anthem and today was just even better. There was a dedication for Officer Sean Collier. He was the 4th person killed as a result of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
Total miles ran this week is 18.33.
Upcoming race is the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon on Sunday, June 2nd. Finally, I will meet the FANTABULOUS Rebecca Massie from Run Like a Girl, and Mean It! She has a great sense of humor, runs super fast, and is supportive and dedicated to her students. If you don’t follow her blog, make sure to do so because you will love it. I told her that my goal is to cross the finish line before her. Note that she is running the full marathon and starts at 6:15 am. I will be running the half and start at 6:45. Did I mention that she is a speedy runner? Wish me luck!
1. 10 days to go till summer break. My plans this summer are to run, eat, and drink. Also, to relax and not think about work at all. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my 10 year old nephew as well. He is the cutest little thing and I just adore him! We already have a list of things to do this summer.
2. I signed up for the Disney Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, January 11-12, 2014. The challenge is a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. Yes, I am goofy. I have not ran a marathon since the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon, March 4, 2012. Time to dust off that marathon training plan. If you’ve done this challenge, please send me your thoughts and advice.
3. Do you like Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter? Then you will LOVE MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Almond Spread. They’re both delicious and the nutrition values in both are very similar. The biggest difference is that MaraNatha has less sodium than Justin’s. Try it and let me know what you think.
I arrived in Portland on Saturday morning and my friend, Julia, picked me up. Julia and I went to high school together and I had not seen her since graduation. We went to lunch and then to the expo. For some reason this was smaller than previous RnR expos. Plus, it seemed like it was missing a few other vendors. Oh well, no big deal. I only bought two pairs of socks and that’s only because it was “buy one and the other is 1/2 off”. I also signed up for StrideBox which is a monthly subscription that delivers an assortment of products to runners.
It rained Saturday so I was worried it would also rain on Sunday. The gods must have heard me complain throughout the race in Nashville that they decided to be nice to me. No rain on race day!!
I made a STUPID rookie mistake. Remember how I mentioned that I bought a new Garmin watch? Well, I turned it on but I forgot to press the button to locate the satellite. So as I crossed the start line I pressed the button and it began to locate the satellite while I was running. Of course that did not work so I had to stop for a couple of seconds and then took off. I was mad at myself! How could I have made that mistake?!?!?!
The course was blah. The nicest part was running through the residential areas. So pretty! I remember at some point we went through warehouses and it smelled horrible!! There was so much crowd support. I loved it!
As I crossed the finish line I had no idea of my time. I did not think it was a PR but one can only hope right? I got two medals at this race. One for finishing the race and another one for completing five races in the series. I’m a Rock Star!
Later that evening I found out my finish time was 2:23:43. Yes, I am pleased with it.