I’m now just 4 weeks out from running the Boston Marathon!!!! So I thought I’d talk a little bit about where my head’s at going into my last few weeks of training.
Running Boston- and for the hospital that has supported me through some seriously complicated medical challenges throughout the last decade- has always been a dream of mine. When I started teaching myself to jog back in 2012, I had no idea if I would ever be able to run the way I do now. For five years at that point, all I’d known were limits. I’d had to be so, so vigilant and so, so careful during a time of my life when everyone else was living it UP.
It started with just running down my street in Brooklyn. Then, running the infamous track at McCarren park. Then the reservoir in Central Park, then the loop, then just any trail I could find. Once I moved back to Boston, I discovered the joy that is competing with yourself and just kept pushing myself to achieve my personal bests!
Training for Boston has been a new-and awesome- experience for me. I’ve always been good about logging miles leading up to a race, but Boston requires you to train like a total athlete. I’ve had to embrace hill repeats, strength training, and lots of yoga. My foam roller and I are intimately attached, and stretching is a non-optional nightly activity. I’ve been training on the last 1/3 of the actual marathon course, including the dreaded Heartbreak Hill, and next week I get bussed out 21 miles from the city so I can run miles 5-25 of the course just for practice.
This kind of course-specific training has given me the opportunity to train my brain as well as my body; an advantage few runners get going into a challenging course like Boston. When I ran my first marathon, I found myself feeling rather down and weepy in those last 6 miles. I wasn’t sure I could do it, as I had no idea what the course had coming for me and I had little to no support along the way. But this time around, I have tons of teammates, supporters, and perspective. I know every turn in the road, ever crack in the sidewalk, and every pothole along the last 10 miles of the course. And I know that I’ve trained especially for this. I’ve done the work, and now it’s time to reap the rewards!
I’ve got my last SUPER long run (21 miles!) next weekend, then its on to the taper:) I’m doing a full-out taper this time around, cutting down not only on milage, but also on refined sugar and caffeine. During those weeks, I’m planning to get a sports massage and do a lot of yoga to make sure that everything is where it should be for the big day.
I’m just so excited! The fear and self-doubt that followed me through my first marathon training cycle and through that race itself is totally gone. I’m feeling strong, and proud of myself, and ready for race day.
Now all we need is for all this snow to melt. Have I mentioned we got our second blizzard of 2018 this week? Which also happened to be our third nor’ easter in 10 days? And we’re due for another one this week? My only uncertainties are around the weather. And boy, is the weather uncertain these days.
If anyone out there is going to be watching Boston, let me know! I wanna know where my people are. Also, if you want to donate to my fundraiser, you can do that here.