January 1, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve spent the last several years working in franchising and e-commerce businesses in both marketing and event planning.   Yes, I still run but haven’t run another marathon.  Maybe Boston did do me in!  Just writing this makes me determined to do another.

June 1, 2012

I’ve been busy since my last post.  I’ve run another half marathon and two marathons, one of which was The Boston Marathon!  In the fall I ran the Morgan Hill Half Marathon and in spring I ran the Napa Vally Marathon.  It was an awesome race!  My training was great and I felt strong.  It was a smallish, low-key crowd and the route meandered through the vineyards of Napa’s Silverado Trail.  There was a light rain falling the majority of the time.  The day-before-race carb-loading was some of Napa’s finest!  I did it in 4 hrs and 22 mins and celebrated heartily that night!

Then I did The Boston Marathon in spring of 2012.  This was less pleasant.  I cranked up my training, trying to get my speed up with hill training and ended up hurting my leg 😦  I had to take 5 weeks off from training.  It’s never good mentally – to get injured during your training.  Fortunately, my leg started to feel better and I was able to race.

While packing for Boston and checking the weather the mercury started to rise.  And it kept rising until reaching record-breaking temperatures, forcing the organizers to offer EVERY participant an opportunity to defer to the following year.  Never in the history of The Boston Marathon has that been done.  Honestly, I voted for the deferment but couldn’t get any of my fellow runners to join me.  So I ran.  We started the race at 94 degrees and it just went from there.  I’m not even going to post my time, the only saving grace was finishing before they stopped timing.

The good news is that because of frequent water stops I got an unusual opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Boston course.  The people were amazing, lining the streets offering us ice, water, and hosing us off all along the route.   I finished, nauseous from dehydration, limping from a layer of blisters covering the bottom of my feet, and ridiculously fatigued and yet…   Yes, I just may do it again!  Call me crazy and you’d be right!

March 16th 2009

We did it!! I finished in 2 hours 30 seconds.  So close to under 2 hours.  Next time.  Did I say next time?  Even though at 11 1/2 miles my body began to seize up like the tin man in desperate need of oil…I’m already planning the next.  It’s the wierdest thing but once you cross the finish line and hear your name announced the torture is forgotten.  It’s crazy!!

Today is Feb. 8th and I ran 8.4 miles this morning.  It was tough but I feel good.  I’m looking forward to doing my 10 miler on the treadmill in Hawaii…not as much pounding this week.  The next 3 weeks will be the most challenging.

I am presently training for the Shamrock’n Half Marathon.  I’m in my 3rd week of training.  Last week I ran 17 miles, ending with a 7 miler.   This week I’m shooting for 8 🙂

See below for training program:

10-Week Half Marathon Training Schedule
Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total
1 3 Rest 3 3 Rest 4 Rest 13
2 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 5 Rest 15
3 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 6 Rest 16
4 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
5 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 10 Rest 21
6 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 11 Rest 24
7 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 12 Rest 26
8 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 9 Rest 22
9 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 8 Rest 18
10 3 Rest 3 Walk 2 Rest 13.1 Rest 21.1