Boston Marathon 2016 Recap

 

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So I figured I needed to get a Boston Marathon recap up before my next marathon for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge that’s going down in less than 48 hours. Um yeah, I’m still not sure where this week has gone or if my legs are ready. Yikes.

Anyhoo…..

Before I get to Boston chat, there are still a few items available for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation charity (click here for my fundraising page). With the Big Sur Marathon in less than two days that doesn’t give much time to get the last $300 in.

All the items and explanation of them is in my previous post here, but feel free to email me with any questions or anything.

Items left are:

Handful Y Bra AND Scoop Neck Tank ($106 value)

Vega Half Marathon Training Kit ($132 value)

A pair of Mizuno shoes (up to $160 value)

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So, Boston. The trip was a blast. A BLAST. I had my main man by my side for the first time ever in Boston and it was so freaking awesome.

Unfortunately the actual race and how I felt during the race were not that awesome, but you take the tough races with the good ones.

I knew I wasn’t really in marathon shape and that I hadn’t properly trained. I mean, I can only do so well when I haven’t really picked up the pace, most of my runs were leisurely treadmill runs while watching Gilmore Girls and I only did two long 20 mile runs. I did know though that I was ready to fight mentally. Thank goodness for that. There’s been races where I’ve been in better shape, but given up mentally about half way through. This time it was the other way around. I had to fight HARD from mile 6 on.

This was my third year in a row running Boston. My first year I got 3:22:14 (recap is here), last year I fresh off recovering from my second bout of hip dysplasia and a torn labrum and my time was 3:56:04 (recap is here). Yesterday’s time was in between, but man was it a fight just to get to the finish.

I packed for the trip rather quickly, but luckily all the outfit items made it.

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Handful bra, Run With Perseverance BOSTON STRONG tank, Halo hairband and visor, Louva arm sleeves (with thumb holes), Pro Compression Boston socks, Mizuno running shorts, Mizuno Wave Catalyst shoes, Auria slim Smartphone belt and Exceed earphones (the BEST).

*Not pictured here, but also a race necessity are my Active Pacific sunglasses. They are the only ones I wear to run in.

The weather was predicted to be in the mid 50’s so I thought I was dressed perfectly.

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Well, after I put on my hideous maroon jump suit on over my race outfit I realized it was going to be warm out there.

The bus loading was crowded as usual. We had to be on the buses around 8 for a 10:50 start time.

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Luckily I had some amazing ladies with me (Emily, Pam and Chiara).

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After the long bus ride to Athlete’s Village we had some time to spare to eat our pre race meals, get more coffee, use the port a potties and beg for some sunscreen. I had had Love Grown Foods oatmeal on the bus ride and saved my roasted purple sweet potato for about 45 minutes prerace.

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By the way, it was much more fun to eat my purple sweet potato in a cup and yes, I had baked it at home and it traveled all the way across the country with me.

After a bit we ditched some layers and headed out to the starting corrals which were quite a ways away.

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Everything seemed a lot more crowded this year for some reason.

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In the past I remember having quite a bit of time to go to the bathroom and get into my corral, but that was not the case this year. By the time we got to where the corrals were there was barely enough time to go to the bathroom and then I pretty much had to sprint to my wave start. I’m not kidding- I stepped into the wave and les than 10 seconds later the starting gun went off. I didn’t have any time to give myself a little pep talk. I just put my phone in my belt and started running.

I knew right around mile 3 that something felt off. I couldn’t tell what it was. My legs were tight, my chest hurt a little bit and I was just off. Running did not feel easy and that was already at mile 3. I knew I was in for a long day.

By the 10K mark I started really doubting that I was going to finish. I was thinking that it would not be ideal to have my first ever DNF in Boston.

I took a GU at mile 8 or 9. I can’t remember exactly. It was warm out there. There were a lot of people handing out wet paper towels and ice so that was awesome.

I do have to say that although I felt like dump, I was pretty excited that I kept getting all these “BOSTON STRONG” cheers from the crowd because of my tank top. That’s the thing about the crowds. There is sooooooo much support there. I feel like everyone in Boston is so nice and has so much pride for Boston. We don’t really have that so much at home so it just makes me feel so good to experience that there.

By mile 13 I just told myself to keep focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. I decided then that I wasn’t going to look down at my Polar anymore because I’d given up on having any kind of a time goal. At that point my main goal was to not have to stop at a a medical tent and to not walk.

Amazingly I met both those goals. I did take my time at pretty much every single water station. I never did start feeling better. My right foot started hurting about mile 13 also and then at mile 16 I felt a blister in between my toes pop and ooze. I couldn’t even feel it forming, but really felt it when it popped. I’ve never gotten a blister in between my toes before. That was weird. And I’m pretty lucky because it’s still there and I get to see what happens to it this weekend. Should be great. Ha.

I think I might have gotten it because I hadn’t really worn in my Wave Catalyst shoes yet. I’m not sure, but it’s up in the air what shoes I’ll be wearing Sunday.

I had another GU at mile 17 or so. I planned on having another one later on, but just wasn’t feeling it when the time came.

And then at mile 18 my darn calf really REALLY wanted to cramp up. You know those calf cramps I’m talking about? The ones where every step you get that weird feeling that your leg is going to give out? Yeah. I slowed WAY down and I’m sure looked pretty funny because my stride was all off. I was just praying I didn’t collapse with a calf cramp.

I do remember telling myself that it was a good distraction though. Instead of thinking about wanting to quit or how many more miles I had left, I had to just focus on one step at a time and I knew if I stopped my calf would cramp for sure.

I zoned out for a few miles and finally I only had about 2 to go. It was then that I knew I had it. I didn’t know if my calf would cooperate, but I knew I would make it to that finish line.

And oh my goodness, when you make that left turn onto Boylston and see the finish line ahead, that is just pure magic. I can’t even describe it. The crowds are screaming so loud and the finish line just keeps getting closer and closer and you know you’re going to complete the Boston Marathon.

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I actually felt pretty good right away after finishing other that really wanted to down as much Gatorade as possible to prevent cramping. I think slowing down a lot help.

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It really seemed like it was a tough day out there for a lot of people. The elites even had slower times and there were quite a few treated at medical sites along the way.

The injury count is a small fraction of the more than 30,000 Marathon participants. Of that number, 2,218 were reportedly treated at medical sites along the course and 58 were seen at hospitals as of 4 p.m.

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Once you finish the marathon you have to keep walking for awhile to get get your medal and then get out if the security zone and meet up with your family.

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Oh man though, when they put the medal around your neck…….

I cry every time. I can barely choke out the words “thank you”. I can’t even describe it. It’s just such an honor to be able to run this race.

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You get your medal and then you get to keep on walking with the crowds.

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I had texted Andrew right when I finished and he was about a 1/2 mile back along the course. He thought he had the perfect viewing spot, but then never saw me go by. Kind of funny as I’m sure it’s hard to see anyone because there are just so many people.

I knew it would take him awhile to come and meet me so I made my way back to the hotel by myself. I did find this cool dog on the way though and took a picture for the boys so they would think I’m cool.

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I had some time to kill while I was waiting so I took more pictures.

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Ha. It was too hot to wear my arm sleeves, but I really wanted to keep them so I tied them on my belt and it worked like a charm. I felt like I had little tassels.

 

After what seemed like 2 hours standing in front of the hotel (but was actually more like 1 hour), I finally got to hug Andrew. I had been waiting for that for a very long time (both on the race course and after the finish).

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Luckily he had Erin to help him find his way back or else I’m not sure he would have made it to the hotel. Crowds are NOT his thing and he said his legs were sore. Ha ha.

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And that’s a wrap.

I already want to go back next year. I just need to rope someone in to come with me. Ha ha.

The marathon……… THIS MARATHON…….

it is pure magic.

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Thank you for all your support along the way. I don’t say thank you enough, but it means the world to me.

And I apologize for grammatical and spelling errors because instead of going back through and checking this post, I need to pack for the next adventure on the horizon. Woot!

Why I’m Not Good at the Taper and Auction Items For the Lazarex Cancer Foundation

 

Hi friends! I realized this past week that I really miss writing on this blog. Not that you miss reading all my randomness or anything, but it’s served as an outlet for a lot and I always get so excited to share stuff. I might just have to pick up and start doing it a little more. We shall see. For now though I apologize in advance for all the randomness that follows.

Since everyone does the whole #tbt (Throw Back Thursday) thing on Instagram, I thought I’d share mine here too.

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Man do we miss our sweet dog Turk. We lost him a couple years ago, but Joaquin still prays for him every night and says that he “was the best dog ever”. Oh it melts my heart.

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I’m pretty proud of his self made Turk he did last week at school too. I mean isn’t that just awesome?

Anyhoo….

Boston is in 3 days. For some reason I find that really funny. You know, a good five months ago I was telling myself that The Boston Marathon was going to be my goal race and my big comeback. I was all about seeing if I could find that speed I had a few years ago. I’m not sure what happened, but this will definitely NOT be any kind of a comeback. It’s going to be one of those that I just have to appreciate and enjoy every mile.

I think I was fast back in the day because running with a double stroller was what I did all the time. I wasn’t working other than teaching a bunch of classes and other than that I was pushing that darn thing all around of different daily adventures. Now that the boys are older and I’m working full time and still teaching a few classes at night, well, life is different. I’d like to say I still have time to make awesome dinners for the family every night, but really, the truth is we eat A LOT of dinners from the Trader Joe’s freezer section. Thank goodness for that.

Somewhere along the way in getting ready for Boston I lost track of training. I got in a few sporadic long runs, but nothing where I should have been. There’s always excuses and man I really had a lot this go around. I’m just thankful to be able to go again for the third year in a row. I mean, who gets to do that? I’m one lucky lady.

Everyone else is tapering for the marathon and well, I’m not really doing the whole taper things because I never really did the hard training thing. I’m taking things super easy the next couple of days, but I guess I’m just not good at the taper because to be honest I’m just not good at the training. Hopefully it’s a temporary thing. Wait, it IS a temporary thing and I’m determined to make things different before the TCS New York City Marathon and thank goodness I’ve got lots of time (and a full summer break) before then.

 

That being said, we’re on Spring Break (finally, right?). It started out with an emergency last minute trip to Nebraska because of my sweet aunt’s passing. I got one run in to explore Nebraska territory, but man every mile was a struggle. Have you ever had a run where your legs feel like bricks? Well, that was one for me.

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At least it was beautiful.

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The few runs I’ve had since then have really not been that great either. I got in a final outside run yesterday immediately following my tax appointment (heck yes I left it until the last minute).

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Hey, want to know a secret? See my discolored tooth there? It’s dead. It’s been that way since high school. I’m pretty self conscious about it and it used to be really yellow before I started bleaching my teeth. If I ever get hit in the mouth it would probably fall out. Isn’t that lovely? Oh and yes, that Halo hat is super dirty, but luckily you can wash them in the washer and hang them and they look brand new.

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Today’s run was back on the treadmill with my Gilmore Girls. I seriously don’t know how I missed that show when it was on TV, but I’m thankful now because I have a ton of seasons to get through. I’m hoping my low energy is just from stress and traveling and such. I have a couple days to get these legs and this mind ready. I do have a good race outfit set though, so at least there’s that. Ha ha.

 

I have a couple random things to share before I get to some really awesome items to auction off.

I discovered the avocado oil spray from Chosen Foods at the Carlsbad 5000 expo. I’m in love and also in love with their coconut oil spray. There are NO added chemicals or anything. It’s just brilliant. I’m going to start stocking up on all these like now.

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I’ve been neglecting my core big time lately. I’m almost a little excited to have a break from running after these next few races to just focus on building up my strength again. Man you can lose it so darn fast. I have been using my Ab Carver though because it does the job in just a few minutes.

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Oh and yes, by the end of the week there is a pile of pajamas in the workout room because that’s where I do my early morning outfit change. Ha ha ha.

There was maybe one night in the past two weeks where I had time to just sit in bed and have a little quiet time before actually going to bed. I thought I’d sit down and read a few pages of Coach Jason’s new book The Inner Runner.

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I didn’t get very far, but I did polish off that bowl or strawberry Power O’s and Trader Joe’s tempting trail mix.

I’m not sure about you, but when I travel it’s always comfort over style.

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It must run in the family.

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Love ya Dad!

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I’m known to bring my own food and such on the plane. This time I made my own healthy coffee creamer by mixing up some Vega essentials shake with water. It was a little difficult to do on the plane, but I made it work.

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I taught spin tonight at the gym.

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I have a few new songs on my playlist that just rock my socks off. I have to have good music or I just can’t get into it.

Here are my new favorites:

The 1975- The Sound (good for climbing)

Owl City- Verge (feat. Aloe Blacc) (pick ups or sprints)

Kelly Clarkson- Piece by Piece (Idol version) (cool down) *By the way if you have not seen this or heard this you NEED to! Mom and I saw Kelly in concert last August and it was AWESOME!

 

Okay, so moving on.

The next few days and the next week are going to be nutty with traveling to Boston and then flying home to go back to work and then packing up and leaving again to run The Big Sur Marathon just 6 days later. I’m still trying to reach my fundraising goal and have just a few days to do so before the race.

I’m running in honor of my father-in-law and now also for my aunt. I’m running with Team For Life and all donations go directly to the Lazarex Cancer Foundation. I actually just got an email with how the money we’ve raised is helping patients who have been told they don’t have any other options. Here’s the impact our team has made so far.

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So…………

I have some SUPER AWESOME things to auction off from my favorite brands and companies.

Here’s the deal:

If there’s something you would like to purchase as an auction item, EMAIL me  at kristin@stuftfitness.com or leave a comment below and let me know what item and how much you would like to donate to the Lazarex Cancer Foundation for the item (retail values are listed). I’ll give priority to the first people who email or comment with the highest bid or a bid that is equal to or more than retail value.

Once I’ve confirmed the winner of an item, he or she will donate directly on my fundraising page to Lazarex Cancer Foundation. Then I’ll get your information and have the items shipped directly to you. Sound good? Good. Great. Grand.

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Here are the items. I’ll be posting them on instagram too!

 

1. Pair of Mizuno shoes. Winner gets to choose the size and what type of shoe. Can choose any model up to $150 value. (There’s are two pairs of shoes up for grabs. My favorite are the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 and the brand new Wave Catalyst.)

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2. Handful Bra Flippin’ Awesome Tank and Y Back Bra. This combination is AWESOME. Winner chooses size and color. Retail is $106.

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3. Vega Half Marathon Training Kit that includes Vega Sport Pre-Workout (I love this stuff, actually I love ALL Vega products), Electrolyte Hydrator, Recovery Accelerator and Performance Protein. Retail is $131.24.

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4. Pair of Pro Compression Socks. Retail up to $50. Winner picks size, color and style from the website.

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5. Coupon for a FREE jar of NuttZo.

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Yours will be full of course and the flavor you want, but it’s getting late and this is the one picture I had handy.

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6. Personal card or poster by the STUFT boys. You make the request of what object you want drawn and what wording you want. Retail is priceless (maybe that’s just me though). It will NOT like this.

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It will be more like this.

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Okay and I’m off.

Time to get ready for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. Ready or not it’s going down. Yikes.

Flashback to my first Boston Marathon after cancelling my trip the year prior because of my injury.

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2014 race recap is here.

And then to last year when I made the trip with my sweet mom (who just had a birthday Tuesday). I suffered through the race, but that trip with her was one in a lifetime.

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Have a great weekend! Please email me if you’d like to donate to help these cancer patients and bid on one of the items above. We’ve got $700 more dollars to raise in the next week!

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