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Herriman Half Marathon

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Location:

Herriman,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2009

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon: 3:23:54 (10/6/12)

Half IM: 5:44:03 (8/25/12 - course was long!)

25K trail - Buffalo Run (16.5) 2:34:50

Half Marathon: American Fork - 1:30:44  6/23/12

Spectrum 10K 43:42   3/17/2012

Best 5K: Spanish Fork 21:55 05/30/09

Short-Term Running Goals:

Okay, so for 2013 I am going to have FUN! Not that running isn't always fun, but I had a wonderful breakthrough year last year and I want to play this year :) AND get faster! So, my first goal I'm going to put out there is my yearly mileage goal.
It is 2,186 miles from my driveway to my sister (QP's) driveway! I want to spend this year on a virtual trek cross country running those miles. So, that is how far I will run in 2013...from my house to QPs. It will take all year and yes, this is measured on Hwys so it isn't really exactly how I COULD run it, but good enough. 43 miles/week...totally doable, and a fun goal to track how far I've traveled as I go along. Who knows...maybe I'll even run PAST her house :)

I will do more trail runs, Boston, Pacing duties, another Half IM and some other tris. I'm excited for this next year and look forward to having fun with all of you out on the roads, and trails! Maybe bag a few peaks this year too!!

Long-Term Running Goals:


Big Dreams: 5K in 20:2X; 10K in 39:XX; Half in 1:29:XX; Full in 3:15:XX; complete the Rim2Rim2Rim run and not die; Comrades; Iron(wo)Man.

Run for the rest of my life!

Personal:

4 children: twelve, eight, five and baby Fartlek - 2 1/2. Wonderful supportive husband that lets me drag him and the family all over for race after race!

Finished 13 marathons and LOVE running that distance! I'm definitely hooked to the marathon monster and hope to constantly improve my endurance, speed and stay injury free!

I've also found a love of trail running! I hope to keep improving on this front.

After being injured with a broken foot at the first of 2012 I found a tri group and started training with them and am now loving tris! The half IM was harder than I'd ever imagined...and am ready to do it again. I'll earn my bike butt and someday have enough time to train for a full IM.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 322.10
BIKE MILES Lifetime Miles: 1168.40
LUCY MILES Lifetime Miles: 25.25
Adidas Lifetime Miles: 319.66
Orange II Lifetime Miles: 390.41
Boston Mizuno Lifetime Miles: 568.97
Fargo Nikes Lifetime Miles: 500.03
BEANS Lifetime Miles: 755.00
Orange Bostons Lifetime Miles: 527.59
Solomon Trail Lifetime Miles: 363.98
PI Tri Shoes Lifetime Miles: 4.00
Boston Mizuno 10s Lifetime Miles: 140.75
New Orange Lifetime Miles: 157.05
Total Distance
189.90
Orange Bostons Miles: 54.10Orange II Miles: 65.45Solomon Trail Miles: 32.90Adidas Miles: 5.00Boston Mizuno Miles: 6.25Boston Mizuno 10s Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.10

Tuesday Ten with the Newtons. Mike joined us for the first time today and the only downside was that we started late...later than we ever had and he had to cut the course short to get home in time.

I felt pretty strong on the run this morning. I hit the hills with confidence and I think I hit my best time ever on this route: 1:19:10 - 7:50AP. There was also rain and wind which didn't help on the hills (of course we ran uphill into the wind, typical Herriman), but I still was able to push through. I feel like I'm getting faster, but dang it all if I still can't keep up with any running group. I suck on the uphills. I really do. I don't know why I can't run uphill, it kills me! I do it all the time, so I should be good at it, but I can NOT keep up with people my pace on the downhill when we go up. Any suggestions on this issue would be welcome.

Went home and slept. It was lovely :)

AP: 7:50 splits: 8:14, 8:08, 8:50, 8:50, 7:26, 7:54, 7:20, 7:15, 7:12, 7:14, 7:16 (last .11)

Pretty consistent downhill miles and 8:50 on the two toughest uphill miles is good stuff for me...sad, but true.

Orange Bostons Miles: 10.10
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8.60

As Boston nears I realize I've failed myself. I wanted to be faster. I wanted to be stronger, especially on hills. I wanted to hit a goal time, but goal pace seems to elude me. Unless I'm running downhill, which we all know is cheating. I guess that is just what I get for being a poor runner. Anyway, so I figured I'd try a few tempo miles today. Amy put together the route and I put together the workout.

1 mile warm-up (which was practically straight uphill...so I'm sure you can guess how that went...SLOW!)

6 mile tempo (1 mile downhill, 2 flatish/up; 3 downhill cruise - 7:28, 7:58, 7:52, 7:20, 7:17, 7:25)

1.6 cool down on the uphill back to Amy's house.

I tried to hit goal MP (7:30) for the tempo miles...ha! The flat/uphills killed me. I really want to figure this crap out. The 7:58 and 7:52 miles were SO hard, I had to hold back on the 3 downhill cruise miles to try and get them closer to 7:30. I was chatting and it was easy. What gives? Why do I suck SO bad on the uphill?!? I'm really frustrated with this right now.

It was a good run and I felt like the tempo run was a good solid effort to help lock in MP even if it wasn't spot on for a 7:30 every mile. I know the effort was more than there.

Came home, got ready for the day and went back to bed. Since Boston is so close I'm kind of avoid the Xtraining and weights. Not worth an injury right now.

AP: 8:02 splits: 9:35, 7:28, 7:58, 7:51, 7:20, 7:17, 7:24, 8:53, 8:38 (last .6)

Orange II Miles: 8.60
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Total Distance
8.20

So stinkin' freezing!!! The roads were wet and icy and it was like ice skating...isn't it supposed to be spring?!? I'm sick of the cold, so sick of the cold. My slowest mile was uphill on the pavement, because I was slipping all over the place. Once we got onto the dirt it wasn't so bad. That is saying a lot for this loop!

It was nice to have such a big group and to be able to enjoy the company of others today. Mike joined us again and was in stealth mode as he came up behind me so I didn't warn him about the dip. I heard him fall in the dip :/

It was a nice average run for me on this course 1:11:52 - 8:44AP

Slept afterward. No reason to go to the gym :)

Solomon Trail Miles: 8.20
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5.00

I was supposed to meet Amy at the gym at 9:00...I was a few minutes late, but Amy had gotten there at 8:30 so she was done with her four miles :(

I just ran the track and then the Train/Lose Big group started doing intervals, so I started running with my other friend Amy, I like Amys. She has worked hard on her running and went from a 3:20 half to a 2:15 half! When she was running her intervals she was pushing a good low 8MM. I was so impressed. I've told her over and over again she needs to let me pace her to a sub 2:00 this year. I know she could make it!

So, I ended with 4+ when Amy was done and I finished up my fifth mile. Then I went to the TRX class. I was hoping for mostly arms, but as usually there was a lot of leg work too. I guess it won't hurt me :) Last good resistance workout that will be beneficial for Boston. Can't believe it is so close!
 

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Total Distance
20.00

This run had been in the works for a while now. The plan was to run counter-clock wise around Pineview then up the Ogden course a bit to make it 20 instead of just the 15 around the lake. Miles 6-18 on the course (approx). Amy and Jerry haven't done Ogden before so it was a good preview of the hardest parts for them.

We all met at Chad's house and Dave drove with his bike rack on the back for Jerry to bring his bike. He is still struggling with his injury. It is nice to have him on bike support for our long runs though. We've decided we all need to take turns on the injury wagon to pull support :) 

Marci met us up there and Kim and Scott drove separately. Marci and I were just cruising and enjoying the chat, Scott had some tempo miles planned and Kim was just kickin' it and then the speedies (Amy, Chad and Dave) pulled the front. Jerry would go back and forth making sure all of us were happy and taken care of and to take pictures.

I wasn't going to do the out and back, but I guilted into it. I was ready to turn around and then noticed we were only .3 away from the turn around...fine. Marci and I were regretting it at mile 16 when we knew we could've been done!

Around mile 13-14 the leaders of the Striders half started passing us. We jumped onto the race course (but to the side) so we didn't confuse drivers with runners on both sides of the road. Hopefully we gave some of those guys a push thinking they were reeling in someone...ha! okay, they could probably tell we were super slow compared to anyone leading a race, but still.

We stopped at the corner in Eden and waited to see the first 3 females come in and many other guys we knew. I love cheering at races! Then we took on the last hill of the course and our finishing push to 20 miles. Chad and Dave took off and I just hung back and enjoyed Marci's company :) The last mile we decided to push it as hard as we could. I hit a 7:26. I was impressed with my effort despite the miles, I guess I do have a little speed in these legs...but it was still a downhill mile!

We took pictures, jumped in the party van and headed home. 6-7 hours for a 20 mile run, but it was somewhat Ragnar-esque. We all got our 20 miles in and a good chat/bonding time in the stinky van, plus it didn't cost $300 and 4 days of our lives!! :)

AP: 8:12 splits: 8:35, 8:16, 8:14, 8:04, 7:58, 7:54, 8:22, 8:40, 8:07, 8:06, 8:03, 8:09, 8:18, 8:00, 8:06, 8:19, 8:40, 8:17, 8:22, 7:26 TT: 2:43:56

Orange Bostons Miles: 20.00
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6.25

I was going to meet Amy at the gym, but this morning it dawned on me that Craig was actually home and I didn't have to take Adam! I could run outside!! Score. So, I ran to the gym to say hello to Amy :) After adding up my group run/pacing miles this week I should only do a total of 12-15 miles M, W, F - stink. Did I ever mention how much I dislike tapers? sigh...it'll be worth it though, right?!?

3 miles to the gym, all downhill: 8:09, 7:24, 7:12 - just cruising :)

walked the track with Amy for a bit, chatted and then took off home

3.25 miles all uphill home: 9:09, 8:07, 7:41, 7:46 (last .25) - It obviously took me some time to warm back up and get moving on the uphill.

TT: 49:32 AP: 7:57

Got home and did planks/pushups, arms and hips X3 - tried to get my hubby to do it with me...not so successful.

Boston Mizuno Miles: 6.25
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Total Distance
10.50

Tuesday Ten with the Newtons. I was bound and determined to make it up the hills with a good pace. I need to get better on hills. I suck on hills. But, I did it today! Best AP I've ever had on this route. 1:18:46 finishing time with an AP of 7:46. Felt great about this run. Good things to come for Boston! 

Orange II Miles: 10.50
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5.00

First stroller run of the season because I wanted to sleep in. Ugh. I think Adam gained 30 pounds over the winter! Just five miles and an AP of 9:17...I need some work on the stroller runs!

Orange Bostons Miles: 5.00
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8.20

I'm assuming I did the Shaggy Mountian loop and forgot my Garmin. The FB post says I did and since I'm spending time catching up 2 months...I don't really remember. blah. I need to keep up on my blogging!!!

Solomon Trail Miles: 8.20
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3.00

I love texting! Amy and I usually exchanged texts about workouts. This is how I know I did 3 miles at the gym and half of TRX class :) 

Orange Bostons Miles: 3.00
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Race: Herriman Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:50:00
Total Distance
13.20

Pacing the Herriman Half with the famous Kelli! I've been waiting a long time for this race. All around the roads I run every day. I know this course like the back of my hand and I got to pace with Kelli. Even better. 

The race started uphill out of Butterfield Park...ugh. Then we went up the Cove hill, Since I suck at hills I was sucking air and feeling like I wasn't going to finish! But, I let Kelli take over the chatting and then on the downhill finally started cruising. We held a great even pace on the downhill so that when we hit the last crazy uphill  we had some banked time. We had a few people running with us and it was just a great group! When we hit the yucky uphill after Chevron Kelli was able to keep pace and I pulled about 10-20 feet back as I struggled up that beast. On the downhill I finally caught her again and then we were together until the end. It was interesting how we'd started together and for the most part stayed together the entire time, but how different our garmins were! 

We saw the finish line and it was a lot further away than I had anticipated. Kelli hadn't seen the finish line and thought we could sail into the finish. I started picking up the pace and she thought I was crazy...until she finally saw it. We crossed in exactly 1:50:00! Woot  woot! Despite the tough course and long course and different garmins we crossed perfectly. It was a great race and I loved hanging out with so many fun people! I certainly hope they keep this race and don't change it. There are way too many downhill courses! We need a good honest course to race on. This is good as a Boston trainer too with the uphill toward the end. I can't wait until next Monday!! But, I do hate tapers....

Orange II Miles: 13.20
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Taper week. One week out from Boston. So, I decided to swim! I got a great swim lesson from the amazing Erin and I hope to incorporate her coaching suggestions into my swim to help myself be able to race faster in tris! I like swimming...I just hate getting wet and dealing with the chlorine :/

Arms at shoulder width

reach long

look at bleachers/windows on breathing

keep arm under ear when breathing, dont drop it too quickly.

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Total Distance
8.50

Decided that instead of doing my typical taper that I do I figured I'd do my normal Tuesday and Thursday runs which will equal what I normally do and then a quick run in Boston on Saturday and call my taper good! So, I was going to do the Tuesday ten, but with a few people (including Chad) dropping out we decided to meet at Amy's, run a little early and pick up Kim along our way and just do 8.5. It sure is nice having a female around to run with! Nice easy 8:19 AP and even got to see a crazy deer right off the side of the road, but it distracted us from Dave honking to say hello on his way to work. Good thing Kelli didn't come with us :)

Orange II Miles: 8.50
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8.25

My last Shaggy Mountain before Boston. Had just enough time to run and then get to my flight. It was nice to have Kelli and Scott with us, a treat we rarely get. Luckily, for me, Kelli wasn't feeling well so I could almost keep up with her...not on the uphill, but the downhill :) 

Got my kids up and dropped off at my moms and got to the airport at just the right time to meet Susie in the security line. It was a wonderful treat to be able to be on the same flight with Lowell, Susie and Terry. I love the flights to Boston! So many runners on their way to running a dream. The flight was uneventful and I started working on Becca's blanket for her beautiful little Naomi coming soon. The blanket had to make a trip to Boston since Becca couldn't be with me this year! 

Got to the hotel and had a good dinner at Chipotle then just settled in for the night. A long day of traveling. Brett (my roommate) comes tomorrow night!

Solomon Trail Miles: 8.25
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0.00

Oh the Expo...the Boston Expo! I spent way too much money, but I was just in love with a lot of the Adidas clothes. Such an incredible experience. Saw Beth and Rossy at the booth and got to sign many things and be apart of picture collages and meet Katherine Switzer...oh heavens. SO much!!!

Oh, I almost forgot!! We went to the 2013 memorial display in the library before hand and it was incredible. So many tears and as I walked past the finish line for the first time I couldn't hold back the tears. SO many emotions. I'm not sure I could even describe them all. 

After the library we went to the Old South church. Kelli had told me about the scarf project and I needed one. I didn't just want it, I knew I needed it! I went straight there and asked for one. There were many volunteers handing them out. I was in tears and thanked them for their sacrifice and told them how much it meant to me to be apart of the love and comfort they were spreading. My scarf had a tag telling me the name and residence of the maker. It was a Bostonian! Someone that attends Old South Church. Oh man! I was beside myself. Later Susie and TJ told me that there were cameras recording my reaction and speaking to the people, but I didn't really notice them. It was very important to me to be wrapped in the love and courage that so many had sent from afar. 

Lunch at the mall after getting our packets, more expo and then a stop at the grocery store to grab a few supplies before heading back to the hotel. A late dinner and then we made a late night trip to the Airport to get Bret. It was SO cold!!  I looked silly in my capris and and beanie and sweatshirt. Lots of laughs as we got abandonded by the buses at the pick up area and then no one would stop for the crazy dressed lady! Then we finally got on a bus and Lowell couldn't tell that the lady chatting with us was a lady...oh dear, it was much too funny to bear!! This kept us up (and the excitement of getting Bret) until 2-3AM. 

Needless to say, I didn't get to the morning shake out run Saturday with Bart Yasso like I'd wanted :/ oh well, sleep was more important.

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More Expo, shopping and walking. Wihout looking at pictures the days all kind of run together. But, getting to meet Katherine Switzer at the expo was incredible!!! I also got to hang out with Lisa and mom (Laura) and chat it up and I got my flip flops (Oofos) that I have now decided I love! I went with Bret to get her packet and they had sold out of some of the nicer Boston jackets I'd gotten the day before. I was SO happy I'd sucked it up and paid what I had despite the high price tag. 

Can't remember where we went to dinner, but it had to have been good. I loved all the places! Oh, and we went to the first German pub the first night. SO yummy!! Red cabbage sauerkraut, bratwurst, weisswurst....oh heaven! Since Craig had been in Frankfurt for the 10 days before I came (we passed like ships in the night while I was in Boston and he was in NY flying home) I was really craving German food. It was SO good!!!

I really had an incredible time with Lowell and Terry and Susie and Bret. I made friends for a lifetime that I already knew I had :) Sunday was just a treat to top off the experience....

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Okay, I've been horrible about keeping an accurate daily log. It was all just a blur...until Sunday. Suffice to say that we had good food, lots of good friends, shopping and incredible experiences. So, I'm going to now skip to Sunday. Like I'd mentioned before, because of picking Bret up Friday night I didn't run Saturday morning like I'd intended. Sunday...onto Sunday.

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Again, no running. I was a little worried about not running, but figured I was on a good taper, right? When we woke up, the Easter bunny had visited and left us a trail of peeps through the hotel. How fun!! Lowell had seriously packed almost a full suitcase of peeps just to surprise us. I am so blessed to have Lowell and Terry (my two running dads - they are exactly my dad's age and my dad never saw me run...I started after he'd passed. Actually, Terry is 3 days younger than my dad!) in my life and to spend incredible experiences with them. 

Our intentions for Sunday were to go to the blessing of the athletes at Old South Church. They have 2 services at 9 and 11. Then, we were going to go to Sacrament meeting at the Boston ward that our hotel was in at 1:00. This was Easter. I was SO excited for the blessing. Last year it was an incredible service and I knew with the scarf project and last years events as well as the holiday, I just knew it was going to be unforgettable. When we got there at 9:30 there was already a line of at least 50 people for the 11:00 service! WOW! We took turns waiting in line, because it was cold...so cold! I was really worried, because I'd brought lots of spring clothes and it had been so cold and it just kept getting colder and colder. My special tank and outfit that I'd ordered and the company special sent my skirt TO Boston because it wasn't going to get to me at home in time...I wanted to wear it! But, if it was going to be 35 degrees I'd freeze. Anyway, small worries on a great day. 

We finally got into the Church and got our seats, they were perfect seats. The service was incredible. Oh wow was it incredible! When they had the volunteers come out for the blessing of the athletes with the scarves it was so moving. You could truly feel the love and courage that the community was sending as a blessing to all of us. Especially after last year. Having the strength to come back and not let the darkness take over. It was palpable how much the city put on the athletes to bring back this celebration, to rescue it and to restore the glory that is Boston. I was so glad that I had taken the time to go and to participate.

During the service, Bret had gotten a text that it was Stake Conference at 11:00 and that there were no LDS services at 1:00, but she had talked to the bishop a few weeks earlier and he'd said yes they were having services. We thought maybe it was a different Stake or something so we decided to go and try and attend LDS services anyway. We took the train and walked about 1/2 mile to the church and as we got there, we couldn't see any cars or people crowding in and going to services, so we knew that it had been Stake conference and we'd missed it. While we were discussing what to do now, a family came out of the church. Heidi Neuffer and her family had made the same assumption we had and tried to attend services at 1:00...with no luck. She said that a Bishop and his counselor and their families were inside cleaning up and offered to do sacrament for them, but knowing it was a holiday and they'd already been through services we wanted them to be able go home and enjoy the rest of the day with their families. As we were discussing this 3 girls climbed out of a taxi...again wanting the 1:00 services. They'd come straight from the airport. Then another 4 people came. We finally decided that since there were so many of us now that maybe they'd still be willing to do the sacrament. 

We went inside and asked and they were gracious enough to comply and continue to serve us despite a day full of service, away from family anyway. The service was short and sweet. Opening prayer and song, Sacrament, closing song and prayer. But the spirit in that room was immense. I've never felt it so strong. All the glamour and beauty of the church during the Blessing of the athletes was incredible. But that day I learned that I don't need a full orchestra, orators, stained glass, beautiful voices or any of the pomp to feel the spirit. The spirit was so strong in that simple service and simple building that there wasn't a dry eye in the audience. We all were just simply moved by the generousity, compassion and spirit that attended that meeting. That is something I cant ever deny. I won't. That day my testimony grew. I was excited for the pomp and circumstance, but the simplicity of the spirit was what I needed. I'm grateful that Bret was willing to go despite knowing it was Stake conference, becaue this was an experience  I will always treasure. Even if it did make me miss my kids and family even more. I needed that. Even if that was the only reason I went to Boston this year, to experience that, it was worth it. 

The rest of the afternoon we relaxed, I attempted to be in the Utah picture at the finish line, but everyone went about 50yds away from the finish line and I couldn't find anyone and missed the picture...blah. Whatever. It was still good to see many of my local peeps and chat a bit. 

Then I met the group at Fillipios. The mafia grandma! Oh so good. We then went back to the hotel and got ready for the next morning...the big day. Oh man. Nerves setting in! I had a small breakdown and Terry and Bret were incredible to listen to my whining and help me through my missing of my family and overall crazy. I'm so grateful for wonderful friends and the people in life that support me and help lift me at my lowest. Thanks :)

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Race: Boston Marathon (26.219 Miles) 03:31:37, Place overall: 9824, Place in age division: 1740
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26.20

The day! Oh how long I'd trained and waited. I was hoping for a 3:20...that was my A+ goal. Under 3:30 would be the next goal and certainly doable. I hadn't really planned on much else. I knew I could do this. 

We got up at a decent hour for a race and boy had the temperature changed. It was warm. I was worried about being too cold...ha! Bret and I got on the buses together and actually met up with Lisa just as she was getting on the bus. They had a seamless bag drop and checkpoint and loading for the buses. No lines, no nothing. It was seamless. it truly is incredible how well Boston takes care of 35,000 people! 

We got to the athletes village, got settled in to a spot and chatted. Lisa and I were planning on running together and we both had similar goals, but knew that we didn't need to stick together if one was feeling it and took off or feel bad for doing it if the other was struggling. This year they had you congregrate at the HS then walk down to the corrals and the start line. They must've held us back too long, because despite getting to say hello to Hill Billy runner (which was SO great to see him again this year!!!) we spent too much time there and weren't even in a corral (and we were in the middle of the group) when the gun went off for our wave. AACK! So, we jumped in the closest corral (6, I think) and just went through the lines until we got to the start. We still had stop and gos until we got there, but getting to that start line was amazing! It was go time. 

I had a problem. I started and although I'd had a nice taper...I think it must've been too much of a taper. My quads were just feeling tight and sore by 1K...getting to the 2K mark seemed like forever. This race was NOT starting how I had hoped and dreamed. The easiest miles were getting harder by the kilometer. I kept my brain quiet as it told me this was going to be torture. I got through to mile 5 and finally loosened up a bit, but still didn't feel right. At mile 8 I asked Lisa where we were, knowing I wanted to be at 1:00:00 or just over. I think we were almost 1:03, ugh. Well, now it is time to just suck it up and deal with what the day was giving me. This included heat. My arm warmers came off at mile 2, if not before. The cold had been around for so long this spring and even in Boston the past few days that the high 50s were feeling a little hot...and with a race that starts at 10:30, it never gets cooler. 

It was really nice having Lisa beside me. We didn't talk much, but we had each other to kind of pace off of and have as a support. I've never raced with someone before. But, Lisa and I are so equally matched in our pace that it was perfect. A small pull when you needed it and then you could return the favor for the other at times. Matt Shoemaker from Logan picked me out of the crowd (the tall blonde girl with braids is easy to pick out) and unfortuantely I didn't recognize him. Luckily Lisa saved my butt! :)  

The crowds were incredible. Smaller than I remember with Paul, but more solid. There was a solid force out there. You could feel it. It was different from last year. This was the "I've got your back, thanks for having ours!" feeling. The crowd wanted you there and was proud to have you and proud to be supporting you. Signs that read "YOU are the true hero" I didn't really feel like a hero for simply running a marathon, but to them I knew they felt I was. We were taking back the streets of their city. They appreciated our sacrifice. We weren't just athletes, we were their heros for being willing to come back in droves and show the world that we will not be stopped. Good always conquers evil and runners are persistent as crap and we won't be deterred, even by bombs! 

At mile 15 I went to the side to get a drink and Lisa stayed in the middle. Then I lost her. We'd seen Teena fly by just a mile-ish before and I noticed she was walking and drinking, but I guess I lost track of Lisa there. I looked behind me, I didn't see her. I couldn't see her ahead either. Shoot. I was on my own. After mile 11's confession of "I'm going to say it. I don't feel good for mile 11!" I was pretty bummed to lose my companion. I did know that mom (Laura) was going to be at mile 16 on the right side. So I stuck like glue to the right side and searched faces. Lisa must've been in front of me, so I figured I'd see her saying hello to her mom. I couldn't see her, searched and searched. No one, nothing :( I kind of gave up at that point. I knew I was alone, tired and done. I was either going to finish or not...I was going to finish. My pace wasn't horrible to that point and the hills were ahead. Sometimes it is the steps you take alone that make you who you are. 

I kept my head high. I was determined to conquer the hills. I'm not very good at running hills, so this was my chance. On the rollers that become heartbreak, just at the bottom a guy was waving in the crowd and stepped in a man-hole rut/hole. He wobbled then fell right in front of me! I couldn't help but stop and help him up on his feet. He was okay and didn't even have road rash. We both set off running together again and he seemed okay. As I pushed up the hill I kept imagining Chad just ahead dragging me up just like a couple weeks ago when I was determined to conquer my 10 mile route hill. I just kept going and pushing. I knew when I got to the top that I'd have just 3 miles of downhill to go to the finish. I could do this. Hang on girl.

The last few miles of downhill were incredible. I finally was able to get back into a groove and I pushed past many that were walking or falling into a shuffle. I knew I was far off my 3:20 goal after the half and 20 mile splits, but I thought I still might be able to gather enough to finish under 3:30. When I got to the 40K mark I, for the life of me, couldn't figure out how fast I can run a km. I deal in miles, not km. So I had to wait until I hit the 1 mile mark...unless I ran a 6mm I wasn't finishing under 3:30! So, I just kept pushing and thought "at least I'm going to BQ in Boston!" Which isn't easy from what I understand, so I was pleased with my effort. As I turned onto Boylston I had decided to run down the left side of the road so that I could honor the bombing sites as I ran past them. But, then I heard my name. Over my right shoulder. What? I turned...it was Lisa!!! I told her I couldn't believe I'd caught up. She said oh no, I've been chasing you for 10 miles! LOL! I thought she was in front of me and I was in front of her. I was SO happy to have her with me as I finished this journey. With tears in my eyes I grabbed her hand and said "I'm SO glad to have you here!" We ran the last quarter mile together and finished at the exact same time. It was incredible. A perfect finish to a great race. 

We wandered through the finishers area getting our cool blankets (which we were both too hot to wear!), medals, water, food...then after we got our Dole fruit cups a guy pulled us aside and asked to take our picture with the cups, because we looked quite a bit happier than the rest of the crowd. HAHAHA! So, we got to be models for the Dole people...awesome. The drop bags were SO far away. By the time we got almost there I was done walking. I decided to just leave it until I picked up Lowell and Terry and Bret and we all met there. All I wanted was my flip flops, but I was okay. I visited with Lisa, Julie and Laura when we found her for a while, then I got a hold of Susie and took off to find a way across the finishing area to get to her. 

Trying to get there I was asking a couple officers where I could cut through. I ended up having a good converstion with them and they asked me "why do you look like that and everyone else looks that they do?" I just had to laugh. They apologized for not being able to let me through and I told them I wanted them to do their jobs and I was grateful they were there not letting people through to protect us! I finally found Susie and we chatted and waited for Lowell and Terry. We were down the finishers area past the finish line and so they called when they finished and I walked against traffic to see them. After my emotional breakdown yesterday I felt so close to Terry and having this be his last marathon and he ran the first 10 miles with me my first marathon. I gave him a great big hug and then Lowell. Terry and I walked together while Lowell visited with everyone and it was so great and emotional. I love those guys! My two running dads. I'm so stinkin' lucky!

On the way to the drop bag area I saw a fire hydrant open and spraying into the street for the runners. I was SO excited! I'd always seen kids playing in them in movies and I always wanted to as well! So Terry sat down and took my picture as I ran my victory lap through the fire hydrant in Boston. A capstone to a terrific day. We gathered our drop bags and Lowell, of course headed to McDonalds for a bacon cheeseburger. I really didn't want McDonalds, so I visited while they ate then I stopped at Clover (an organic vegetarian local place) to get a bite near our hotel. Oh, that place is yummy! They even let me pay only the sweaty $5 cash I had in my pocket instead of the $7 the menu posted. The people of Boston LOVE marathoners! I was grateful for their hospitality. 

After being lazy and hanging out at the hotel and getting showered, we went to Legal Seafood and I had a great dish of pan fried kale with greek yogurt and peanuts. Yum. Almost as good as the steak and shrimp :)

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Great recovery day! I honestly don't remember what we did :P so silly, but I don't. I do remember it was sunny, but a little overcast. Bret wanted to go to a few things downtown and the library memorial before she returned home in the afternoon. Then Lowell and Terry took her to the airport and Susie and I went to lunch at a great pizza place. I love the local and good food flare that is taking place in the restaurants in Boston. I loved sweet potatoes on my pizza!! 

After a rest at the hotel and a light dinner there we headed to Fenway park for the Yankees V Redsocks game. how much more epic can you get?!? We didn't have seats together, but they were in a close vicinity. We tried muscial chairs to move from row to row trying to stay under the radar and together. I also got my Fenway Brat that I'd been craving since last year!! 

A run away game and the rain helped us duck out a little early, but it was still a great time at the ball park. When isn't a game at Fenway a good one?!? We got to sing Sweet Caroline and that was the topper to the evening. 

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I wanted to go running in Harvard...epic movie scene running. But, after a report Tuesday night that a girl had been attacked while running in Harvard, but she'd fought him off thankfully. Either way, I wasn't going to go running alone and Terry and Lowell weren't interested in joining me in the rain. So, another day off. 

My running dad Terry and my stand in mom, Susie, and I went to Harvard to walk around while Lowell did business on his laptop and packed. We followed an incoming freshman tour around and we felt like we fit right in. I only wished I was going to Harvard! But, we had a good time learning and creating our fun family history :) 

We headed back to the hotel, packed and headed to the airport. Got a bite to eat and got on the plane to head home. I was excited to get home, but sad to see the journey end. Even with a rainy day to send us off. Of all the days of weather we had while I was there I would've chosen Monday's to run. It was a perfect as it would've gotten. A great trip! 

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Ran the Shaggy Mountain route, slower than usual, but I still finally got out after the marathon. A good shake out run is always nice! It was good to chat about Boston and to hear Chad applaud me for my final 5K push and not slowing down. I worked hard those last few miles and it was nice to have someone else notice. 

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I don't remember what I did and I don't have a text to Amy about it either :) But, I was supposed to meet her there to run 4 and I think I ran 2 slow and walked with a friend, but I don't remember so I'm going to say 2.0 and call it good :)

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A nice rainy run with Amy. She convinced me to do a 14 mile downhill route with her. Of course it was raining, but at least it was mostly downhill. She met me at my house after doing 6 before and then we were off. A decent steady pace. Craig picked us up and we were both freezing, but we had a nice run and chat. An 8:25 pace after Boston isn't too shabby. I'll take it on fatigued legs. I really enjoy Amy's company and that she forces me out of the door when I'm not always ready for it! Oh and my new Boston rain jacket? loved it!

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Got some TM/track miles in with Amy at the rec center. A lovely little stroll around for fatigued legs!

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Tuesday Ten with the Newtons. Nothing too fast, but an 8:16 pace isn't too shabby either. I was chasing Kim speeding down Main St to the finish. A great day out with the group.

 

Ended up buying 6 little chicks while Adam was in speech class due to a great priced hen house! I'm excited to finally have chickens!! Everyone picked one. 

Foghorn (Craig's)

Colonel (mine - for colonel sanders, because she is a white chicken)

Duckie (Lauren's - looks like a duck)

Chickula (David's - he is a silly boy!)

Fuzzy (Nathan's - he was the first to know which one he wanted and her name!)

Brownie (Adam's - he was also adamant on the chicken and name)

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An early morning run with Amy. Just a nice easy pace 8:21AP around the city. Didn't go back to bed after showering. I was having too much fun hand feeding chicks :)

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Orange Bostons Miles: 54.10Orange II Miles: 65.45Solomon Trail Miles: 32.90Adidas Miles: 5.00Boston Mizuno Miles: 6.25Boston Mizuno 10s Miles: 26.20
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