Vacations, sniffles & celebrations

There really isn’t a heck of a lot to catch you up on with my week post-Boston. After the marathon, I was pretty much a lump on a log for the majority of every day….and it was my April vacation. Catching a mean head cold was NOT part of my spring break plans…but oh well. At least it didn’t come DURING training! Although having a major head cold arrive on the day of the marathon I had been training for isn’t exactly perfection, either. 

Anyway. My sweet husband took last week off with me too. I don’t think he was ready for spending most of his break doing things solo, poor guy. He did a lot of gardening while I managed to go through about 5 boxes of tissues. 

This past Saturday was the first day that I woke up and felt like the cold was FINALLY leaving my body. I could see straight and hear too!! It’s amazing what a little NyQuil and a good nights sleep will do for you… I finally got outside to help with some planting& went for a great run. 

   

 

   

Sunday was family Sunday fun day!!!!  I was beyond excited to have everyone at my house for a late lunch. I hadn’t had a chance to see SIL since MONDAY —-we had previously envisioned a glorious photo shoot with our matching medals, jackets, & finishers smilers. That vision was thwarted by the freezing rain& a few other random details. 

So SIL & I got a great mini photo shoot in my backyard. We are silly!   

         

So ridiculously blessed to have this girl as my sister!!!

I think I might be the only person who saw pictures on IG from this past weekend and was super jealous that I wasn’t racing. Particularly that I wasn’t there at Big Sur.

It really made me want to enter the lottery for the Boston To Big Sur Challenge! The lottery doesn’t open until October, so…I’ve got some time to think about it!! Seeing the pictures of all the springtime races just makes me THAT much more excited that the nice weather is (basically) here!! Hooray, sunshine, summer runs, & swearing for no reason ( all things I have dearly missed)!


I hope you had a great weekend! Fill me in on some randomness! Or tell me about your favorite run so I can live vicariously through YOU!!!! 



My recap of the 119th Boston Marathon!

What a difference a year can make! I took a look back at my logs for what my goal was for last year’s Boston…I wanted to pull a 3:30. How ironic that it happened this year, and in terrible weather conditions! I like running in the rain…I say it all the time. But, I think after yesterday, it will be a little while before I head to run out on a cold, wet, rainy day.

Boston is a hard day for me (I know its hard for everyone for different reasons, I’m not trying to steal the “hard” from anybody here). Its hard to get up at 5 and not start running until 10. It’s hard to be in a car for an hour and wait for a few more until I start. My body doesn’t like waiting one bit. I find myself getting really stiff and way too in my own head. The waiting game really takes a toll on you!! Last year, I left my house at 5 am and didn’t start until 11:20…that was a LOT of waiting around!!!

This year I fared better-I started at 10:25, and left the house at 6:15. My father in law ( SHOUT TO YOU FIL, you ROCK!) has driven me into the city every year for the past 4 or so years. My husband used to take me, but my FIL is a limo driver and knows the ins and outs of the city. My husband DOES NOT, and our day used to start with me crying and getting dropped off far away from the bus I needed to be on and nearly having a panic attack that I wasn’t going to get to Hopkinton. Not exactly my preferred way to start the day…This year, with SIL along for the ride, I felt confident that we could find our way to Hopkinton–>this meant a little extra time to sleep in..that helped A LOT. Last year i got up at 4 am to leave by 5!! AH!!!!! THATS JUST SO EARLY!!!
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We made it to Hopkinton by 7 am..sooo early! I hadn’t planned on being there until 7:45-8, but oh well. We were bused by shuttle from an exit off of 495 to athlete’s village. From there we were able to navigate ourselves to the areas inside that we would be waiting at. It was soooooo hard to leave SIL and I cried when we parted ways!!!

With three hours to kill until I started, there wasn’t much to do..I played on my phone….responded to some well wishes….and watched the starts of the elite women and Wave 1. The time did move quickly (but still not quick enough!)

Suddenly, I found myself in my corral and about to start. It was all really, really surreal. You spend so much time prepping for the race that sometimes the actual race doesn’t feel “real.” At least for me it really didn’t! I was VERY VERY COLD at the beginning of the race. So cold that I didn’t take off my shirt until mile 3, and even then I tied it around my waist because I didn’t want to regret tossing it(but i did by mile 7ish because its wet-ness was annoying me).

I stayed at an extremely conservative pace for the first few miles. The rain didn’t start until maybe mile 4? 5? I began to pick up my speed & I felt really, really strong. I thought I could still PR even with the wind & the driving rain. Every single mile went by SO FAST. I realize that this was my fastest Boston, but still, the way the miles were ticking on by was pretty great. I wasn’t cold until probably mile 17…this was when I also started to slow down a little bit. From a mile to mile standpoint, I really don’t remember a heck of a lot of the race- it’s really weird. I’m going to bullet point some of the things that happened (in no particular order, sorry folks):

  • I took GU at miles 7, 12, and 17. At 17 my hands were so cold that they wouldn’t function very well. I couldn’t even rip the tab to open my GU & had to suck it out of a little bitty hole. I slowly sipped that one until mile 24. I typically will take 4 GU during a race- If I had a 4th GU yesterday, I would have puked.
  • I didn’t do any Gatorade. I didn’t train with it and I never felt like I needed the extra sugar to boost me up so I did just water. I didn’t stop at a single stop. I have to give myself some major credit for not stopping and managing to actually swallow the water (instead of the usual snorting it up my nose) 
  • I treated Boston like I always do-high fived and hugged as many kiddos as possible. After all, I was wearing a Children’s singlet….you’ve gotta represent the shirt in a classy manner! And I love seeing the kids out there. They were incredible!
  • It wasn’t that windy until I hit Heartbreak. Man i got cold on those hills. I wanted a blankie. Or a heater. Or to jump in a hot shower. Cold, Cold, Cold.
  • It helped to be in a faster corral. It helped a lot. My start time was earlier, and I had a lot of people around me running my paces. It was really good.
  • I didn’t stop at all…even though my stomach was rumbling and i FELT like I could GO to the bathroom…I did not. I just wanted to finish and get the hell out of the rain!
  • I will be forever impressed that there were as many spectators out there as there were yesterday. I saw Soooooooooooooo many people that I knew, it was GREAT!!! Special shoutouts to one of my blogging friends that I saw out there : Courtney!! I got to see her & got a high five from her right before I climbed the hills! And I saw my cute coach Lauren at mile 24..that was awesome to see her and hear her screaming my name!!!
  • Heartbreak was not hard at all this year. I’ve never worried about Heartbreak & I’ve always said that it isn’t a hard hill-its positioning in the course is the only difficult thing. I don’t mind hills, but I also don’t seek them out, either. At one point I forgot that I was even on Heartbreak and it wasn’t until I saw the “Heartbreak is over” balloon at BC that i realized it was all done. I do a decent amount of hills in my regular running, so I’m pleased that they were quite simple. The only reason I slowed on the hills was because I was F-R-O-Z-E-N. It was so weird- my skin hurt and it felt like someone was giving me one of those stupid Indian Sunburns that kids used to do when I was little. FREEZING.
  • I never hit a wall. My last Marathon (Baystate 2014) I think I felt defeated pretty quickly…Maybe by Mile 15-16? I never felt that yesterday. YES, I was cold, YES, I was soaking wet on every single part of my body…But I felt really, really good. My spirit never broke. There were times when I wanted it all to just slooooow down because it was flying by all too fast. (but then I would get a reality check in the form of a gust of wind and realize that this ISH needed to END)  I know that I could have pushed it alot harder if I wasn’t also so cold. I’m NOT a cold weather running gal…Give me heat & sunshine any day of the week!! At my last Marathon, I NEEDED my friend Erin to jump in with me and help me finish. Yesterday, I felt really good all by myself. It was weird and awesome to feel that.

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Before I knew it-The whole race was over! It took me a little while to find my friends and by then, I was frozen and visibly shaking. I guess I could’ve gone into the medical tent, but it really didn’t even cross my mind. I knew my girls had a bag of warm, dry clothes for me, fresh compression socks, and new sneakers. OMG. Wet socks are the WORST THING EVER. I changed at the Westin at the Children’s Hospital area…It was lovely to do this! Normally, i don’t change. I just thrown on a sweatshirt & pants and carry on with my day. This year was the first year that I’ve ever been SOOO COLD afterwards that i NEEDED to be out of ALL of my clothes ASAP.

When I turned on my phone post race- I couldn’t believe how many text messages, facebook posts, and emails that i had! I loved the hard core stalking and it was just as fun for me to hear about as i’m sure it was to be doing the stalking!!!

I’m really, really happy with this time. It’s not a PR & its not the goal i wanted/that my coach thought I would hit, but I never walk into Boston without expecting to be knocked down a peg or two from all the things that happen during the day. This was a fantastic “course PR” for me. 48 freaking minutes! (Previous PR- 2013, projected finishing time 4:08.) Pretty great! With the downpouring rain, wind whipping in my face, and being really cold for about 9-10 miles—> I’m pretty darn happy about this.

And, like I said in Tuesdays post : BQ’ing at Boston FOR Boston is pretty freaking amazing! :) One item down off the bucket list! 

One thing is for sure-I felt SOOOO STRONG yesterday that I have zero doubts in my mind on whether I can accomplish a sub 3:10 marathon (and someday, a sub 3:00). I know I have a lot of potential left to tap. If the weather had been better yesterday, I think I would have had a PR day for sure! It was a terrific day and I have zero regrets about anything that happened.

Sadly, I didn’t get to see SIL finish. :( I’m still pretty sad about that. I’ll spare you the really long story and just tell you that my original plan was to stay and wait for her to come through. There was a little confusion between my brother in law and I after I finished, and it turns out that I wouldn’t be able to get to the finish line to see her because the finish line areas were all blocked off, and SIL’s family had special bleacher seats that you needed an ID to get into & had passes with their names on them. I would have had to wait in the family meeting area alone (my friends couldn’t stay because one of them was catching a plane this morning to warm, sunny Florida!!!) So i ended up by going home with my girlfriends and stalking her hardcore on the app to see where she was! She is doing FANTASTIC today and I’m SO PROUD of her finish! You can read her recap here…its amazing! In hindsight, its probably a good thing for my body that I didn’t stay. Even in warm dry clothes – I continued to shake until I got into the shower, & woke up with a ridiculously sore throat and head cold Tuesday morning.

Here are some great shots of SIL!!!!

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I said this on my facebook but it is really worth mentioning again too: it takes alot of people to train for a marathon. It isn’t just the runner. It’s my husband who puts up with all of my races and doesn’t blink an eye because he knows it makes his wife happy. It’s my family & friends who go to all of my marathoning stuff so that i feel supported. It’s my friends who are willing to wait outside in the rain for HOURS so that they can see me finish. It my in-laws who drove me & SIL into the start of the race. It’s my MIL who takes the kids for my SIL every year so that she can go into the city to see me finish. It’s the constant support from well wishers on facebook ,twitter, IG & here on this little blog! It’s so, so many people who help you along your journey. And for THAT I’m truly blessed and grateful. It takes a community to train for a marathon, that is for sure. So thank you to all of YOU who are always coming along this big, beautiful journey of mine!

Congratulations to all who completed the 119th running of the Boston Marathon: You did so on an absolutely terrible day! I’m proud of you all!!!

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Just a little recap!

Thank you SO MUCH for all of your well wishes this weekend. Positive energy for me through that course, for sure! 

I’ll have a full recap Wednesday/Thursday at some point…I woke up Monday with a sore throat(of all the days!) and being outside in the pouring wet rain and a wind tunnel for the day didn’t help and now I seem to have developed a full-on cold. It will Be lots of sleep and rest for this girl!!!

Monday was amazing. I didn’t hit my goal but I do not care. I managed to BQ again for Boston at Boston. That has always been a bucket list goal of mine and I did it!!!!!!!!

   

  

I’m hugging Michele, my patient partners mom! A friend of my SILS happened to be nearby while I was hugging her and caught a few shots! Priceless!!  

 

Thank you, thank you from the very bottom of my heart 💙💛💙💛

  

Photo dump& …..it’s Marathon Day!!!

I’ve always said that a lot of Boston’s charm comes from knowing that you are pounding the same pavement as the elite’s are. No matter what wave you’re in, you know that you’re following footsteps of some of the greatest runners. That’s pretty amazing.

Today is Marathon Monday!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t even believe it’s already here!!!!! As you read this in probably already on my way to Hopkinton! Or maybe I am even already running! Eek!

 And now the biggest photo dump EVER.   

                                    

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I wanted to thank everyone for all of the amazing well wishes I’ve received over this training season. It takes a village to raise a child…and it is the same for a marathon. I have the love & support of my amazing Husband, Greg. I have the most incredible friends in the entire world. I have all of you on my little corner of the Internet and THAT is crazy special. I feel blessed to be arriving at he starting line in Hopkinton… Blessed…and Ready to crush it.

***See you in 26.2 *** 

Allllll Things Boston

My brain has now become a whole bunch of Boston MUSH. I can ONLY think about race day. And the weekend surrounding race day. And everything surrounding Monday. EEEK!!!!!

If you want to be overwhelmed with pictures from my Boston weekend, you can follow me on my IG account. I promise to upload tons of pics to document these HUGE days of mine that I have coming up! :)

I wanted to tell you all what I’m planning on wearing/taking with me on Monday! I don’t think I’ve ever done a post on this before, but now is as good of a time as any!

Boston is a horse of a different color. I leave my house REALLLLLY early and then wait a REALLLLLY long time to start. I dislike this.  I’m typically in Hopkinton by 7:00 am. This year, I will be there a little bit later than usual since I’m getting a ride in instead of taking a bus. I’m hoping that since I’m in Wave 2 this year (i’ve only ever been in the last wave) that it will be easier on my body….I’m not the biggest fan of waiting for a race to start….and neither are my legs.

I will be waiting in a church in Hopkinton on the morning of the race (after I get dropped off). I’m only allowed one clear gallon size Ziplock baggie…Your regular  post “race bag” that you receive from the BAA (Boston Athletic Association) must be dropped off prior to Monday since it must be searched. I’m not going to get into the whole bag process except to say that I’m not checking one. I’ve found it to be extremely tedious to retrieve it, and I’m going to give my girlies my bag to keep in their car for me.

Typically, I bring a “fanny pack” (that is the grossest phrase & I can’t even DEAL with it without sticking my tongue out and saying YUCKY) type thing with me to carry all of my stuff in. This year I”m going to do something a little bit different: I’m going to try to hold all of my things in my skirt. There is a chance that I might still need my fanny pack (Again I just loathe that word) but as of this moment–I”m not planning on it.

I just love my Lioness skirt(s)…so cute and SO functional…#WINWIN

So.

Here are some things I am bringing, or are considering bringing.

1.) The sneakers. I literally cannot make up my mind. At any second I waver between a new pair of Brooks Pureflow 2’s and a new pair of Brooks Ghost 7’s. My reasons for each:

-The Pureflows:
I love racing in lighter shoes and I loooove the Pureflow 2s & have a few pairs that I stocked up on when I knew the 2s were being discontinued. I love how cushy the Pureflows are and still feel light. Think running on clouds meets snug-fitting, element-protecting socks that you won’t even know are actually there. I ran my last marathon in a pair of Pureflows. My feet were pretty happy.

-The Ghost:
Although they weigh maybe an ounce more, they are like running on a slightly more stable cloud than the Pureflows. I love the Ghosts! These shoes have been my go to shoe since…Like forever ago. The Ghost shoe is solely responsible for some of my most amazing long runs. My love for Brooks began with the Ghost shoe, and to this day-its the only shoe I will buy blindly. What do I mean by “blindly”? I mean that regardless of the price–>I will pay it for a new pair of Ghosts..even if its a brand new model that I’ve never run in before, I will pay top dollar. I love the shoe that much and have firmly believed that each new model has only gotten better. Fine wine has nothing on the Ghost…

Anyway I cannot decide. I’m leaning towards the Pureflows because I know I won’t be on my feet that long. However. The Ghost has always been perfect to me too. I pretty much am up in the air and even after listing all these reasons for me to review? I can’t make up my mind!

So lets move on to…

#2. The bottoms.
I’m wearing a Lioness skirt. Even if I wasn’t a Skirt Sports Ambassador…I would be wearing one of these skirts. I LOVE THEM. Now to decide the color….Pink, teal, and…Tomorrow I’m getting a black one delivered… I need to have ALL the color options… #priorities.

3. Socks. I’ll be wearing compression socks. (DUH)

 

Oh more on my fave skirt…. I “m choosing the Lioness skirt because it has two very deep side pockets on each side of the compression-y under shorts…. I am pointing to one of the side pockets here...
And, the skirt also has a sweeeeet back pocket… When I’m doing my long run, I put my house key, money and debit card in this pocket because I like that it zips shut!

4.) My Children’s Hospital Singlet. Proud doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel rep’in this shirt. IF you ever get the chance to represent something you believe in…DO IT.

5.) The electronics and sun protectors…My Garmin, my Oakley sunglasses, my bluetooth ipod nano and my bluetooth headphones. I loooooove my bluetooth headphones. I’ve never worn them during a marathon before so I’m pretty excited to try them out at Boston!  I know alot of people like hats during the marathon, but I have actually one of the smallest adult female heads in the WORLD and a hat AND shades feels weird. My scalp has never been burned because I am a creature of the sun….sunglasses are what I typically wear during a race!

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6.) Also, bringing, but not pictured here …..
-I’m deciding between a battery case for my iphone vs one of those little charger sticks that you charge & then plug your phone into. I have a charging case but think its way too large, and I am getting the stick thing tomorrow. (Target has them for like $5!!!!). Sidenote: During the marathon, I turn my phone on airplane mode…it saves on battery life& I don’t use it for music anyway!
– I will be bringing 4 -5 GU’s with me and cramming them into my skirt pockets :)
-Immodium…because I have had Boston’s and 1 NYC Marathon filled with porta potty visits galore and I don’t plan to do it ever again……..ain’t nobody got time for that when its time to set a PR :))

7.) And because you might be curious... My “Post Race” bag will have clothes….salty snacks….and a new pair of kicks to change into.

8.) Pre-Race- I just realized that I left this out and you might be wondering: My start time is 10:25. For a lot of runners, this is a late time to start their run. For me, this is actually right around the time I would normally head out for my long run. The only problem I have with Marathon Monday is that I have been up for so long before starting the race. If I was at home, I wouldn’t have even gotten up until 8:30 ish, ate breakfast, got ready & left. So, naturally I’m hungry when I’m waiting. I’ll have my normal breakfast when I get up of an egg sandwich on toast with a slice of prosciutto and cheese. Children’s has tons of food& liquids for us inside the church where we wait, so I will have a couple pretzel sticks and maybe a honey stinger waffle.

 

Just because I love this pic so much, I wanted to tell you that I will be seeing this line in THREE FREAKING DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND…I get to see THIS FACE tomorrow!!!!!!!! YIPPPPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will try my best to check in with some things before Monday but I can’t make any promises!
My Bib number is 14809…in case you are curious!
Thanks a million, trillion, zillion times over for all of your well wishes… knowing I have people in my corner thinking of me will make these little feet fly a little faster :):)

BOSTONSTRONG!!!!

Scars: ones we can see and ones we can’t

Nicole@TheGirlWhoRanEverywhere:

I still feel exactly the same way as I did last year at this time. I wanted to “reblog” my original post in tribute to today. May your heart be filled with love for your friends and family (I call them “my people”). May you feel the love today that you had for own loved ones who were possibly in Boston on that day.

Today is One Boston Day.
We are One in our actions and in Our strengths.
We are a strong city and you don’t **** with Boston.
We rally.
We survive.
We are BostonStrong.

xo Nicole

Originally posted on The Girl Who Ran Everywhere:

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I debated whether or not I actually wanted to post something today.. I know that sounds a little odd considering I talk about the Boston Marathon bombings on a consistent basis. This blog is primarily a lighthearted and inspirational running blog, and I don’t typically talk about negative things in my life as a result of what happened.

I wasn’t physically hurt-this is true. But the scars that you cannot see are the ones that are forever etched in my heart. A year later they are still very much there. A bomb at the marathon was not what I had trained for…and what happened is something I struggle with every single day.
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I am not an anxious person- I literally never worry about anything. But, my husband and several of my friends in our group who were there have had very real anxiety issues as a result of 4/15. It…

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A race entry giveaway!

My amazing SIL won this prize a couple months back from an online raffle that she entered. Being the most amazing, generous person that she is—she gave it TO ME to use here on the blog! I’ve been meaning to type up this entry for a while but just haven’t had any time! But today seems like the perfect day! So lets talk half marathons and June in New England! 

I love half marathons. I love them even more than marathons-the half mary is my jam. It’s the perfect distance for a great workout. With 13.1 miles, I can use it as part of a training run and have lovely scheduled water stops. It’s the perfect distance to really assess my speed. It doesn’t take up too much time in my day (like a marathon does!) and it doesn’t require as much “taper” time ( I hate the taper!).

In New England, The month of June can go either way with the weather. It can be BEAUTIFUL and Sunny, or cold and rainy. June is pretty great for racing weather though…you don’t have the dead heat of the summertime yet but you have warmth (even if its raining!)

 The Giveaway!

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The Mayflower Brewery Half Marathon takes place on June 14th through the scenic back roads of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Finishers get a short sleeve tech shirt and a huge beer stein! And a medal, lets not forget THAT important fact! There are $1000 in cash prizes awarded to the top three male/female winners, and also to the top three for the age group awards. Schwwwwweeeeet!!!!!

 

Some more sweet fun facts about this prize:

-You will get FREE POST RACE PICS….I have spent $50-$60 before on just a single print….running i*sh ain’t free my friends!

-A beer glass with my tech shirt? Um, yes please.

-Oh and they give you a beer at the finish line. YUM.

-There are TWELVE water stops. That’s a boat load of water stops

-There are also 2 stops with GU!!!!! That is a big dam deal in my book!

-It’s a 7:30 am start time. I used to hate early start times….But lately? I love them. I like that at 10 am, I will have already done more with my day than most people will in the entire 24 hours!

-They are mailing awards… don’t really like waiting around too long so I like that you can still get your award later on, too.

If you would like to win this awesome race giveaway, please leave a comment below!* I will draw the winner on Wednesday, April 22!!! nd

*Only one entry per a person. Winner will be notified by blog post on April 22. Winner will receive promo code in which to enter the race.

Good Luck Everyone!

Ready or not…here comes Boston!

Well, here we are..1 week out from Marathon Monday! I’m so ready to go. Every day I wake up and first do the countdown in my head of how many days are left, and next I check the weather! Actually, I stalk the weather. Don’t think I only check it once…I check it several hundred times throughout the day.. It’s a problem.

But anyway.. Lets talk some comparisons. I’m the biggest stats junkie. I love plopping down, post run, and immediately checking my Garmin to review all of my splits. And then, later on, I like to compare previous runs to newly completed runs. I have always believed that you shouldn’t compare yourself to another runner. No good can come of it. However. I also believe in comparing myself to…well, myself. I like to see how far I’ve come in marathon training cycles, or even to compare the progress I’ve made from one Boston Marathon training to another. Below is a screenshot I took from two of my long training runs from last year. (I believe that I came home after the 18 mile run and rounded up to 20 on the treadmill)

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This is a little collage I made after my last long run during Boston training…

Now THAT is what I call progress, friends! One year, and I feel like a completely different runner.

Saturday, I ran my last double digit run before 4/20. I wanted to crush every mile and go so much faster, but, I held back because I know it will lead to a better marathon day for me!


I was so happy with this run AND i wore a SKIRT. OUTSIDE. TO RUN IN. AND I WASNT COLD—> If you think I was shouting while writing that sentence, then you are correct. I’m so happy to be back in shorts! 

In non running news...Friday night was date night. We bid adieu to the Fast & Furious franchise at Chunky’s. The movie was pretty good (Per usual- you can expect lots of unbelievable stunts & cars that were doing some unbelievable things) and I cried like a weevbabe at the end. RIP Paul Walker!  Chunky’s really is, in my opinion, the best place to see a movie. You can order drinks and food….WIN WIN!

And two little miracles happened this weekend. #1: I did my hair & makeup…and wore real people clothes TWO DAYS in a ROW. Mmmm-Hmmm. Selfies to prove it because THAT is a rarity!

And #2: I realized that i STILL HAVE ALL 10 TOENAILS….I don’t think this has ever happened. None of them are in pain, none of them are close to leaving me…I would call that a win-win for marathon training!

See you soon….

Do you lose a lot of toenails from running? Its so gross, I can’t believe I’m even asking this question! 

Any movie theater’s near you serve food/beverages while watching the show?

Women and running…”Moving from exclusion to exclusivity”

Nicole@TheGirlWhoRanEverywhere:

Every year, I write something about my hero, Kathrine Switzer. I can’t do her any better justice than what I wrote last year. She is an incredible woman and I am proud to be following in her marathoning footsteps. Kathrine is also part of the Skirt Sports team and has her own line designed after her number “261” that she ran while she was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

Thanks for reading!

Originally posted on The Girl Who Ran Everywhere:

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Every year around this time, I put a small update on Facebook about the first female runner of the Boston Marathon. I wanted to give you a brief history of her story in hopes that you pass it on to another woman to inspire her to begin her own journey as she turns the word “CAN’T” into “CAN”.
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In 2014, it is a commonplace thing for a woman to run a marathon. You probably know at least 2-3 women who have run one, or at least you know of a few. In 2013, 42% of the marathoning field was made up of women, with the greatest age percentage to be within the ages of 25-44. The median finishing time is 4:42:58. (Source) Running is a booming trend continually on the rise- runners(especially the gals!) are literally everywhere.

Back in 1967…women weren’t considered for entry…

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