Never posted this one……
Yes I did it…… I ran the 2011 Boston Marathon. Wow… so much to share.
The week prior to the marathon I was very emotional. I was about to fulfull a childhood dream……running the Boston Marathon. I have been fortunate enough to fulfill many childhood dreams but this dream took on new meaning when I signed up with the Dana Farber team. This dream was no longer just about me. I carried about 100 lavendar ribbons and ran with everyone one of those names in my heart. I read each name before tying them onto the anklet I wore the entier race. I also reached my goal of raising $5,000 for cancer research.
Okay the run…… it was tough. Tougher than I had ever imagined. My training runs were good, no issues until the last couple of miles of each, so I never expected pain to set in on mile five but it did. Strangley enough in my feet, they hurt a sore achy pain. I was able to control that with some ibuprofen but then I felt blisters forming on two of my toes. That was also a new one, it never happened in a training run. The only thing I can think of that may have caused this is the downhill running at the beginning of the course. I never did the beginning of the course during my training. Regardless of why… the aches and blisters made the run long and slow.
Long story short for now, I finished in 5:28 official time. I was hoping for closer to 5:00 but it is what it is. Would I do it again, when asked on marathon day NO FRICKIN WAY, but now…. if I become a stronger and faster runner I would like to give it another try.
Ooops… never posted this.
So the 20 mile run was a success…. tough but a success. I struggled with the first few miles. I was running alone which I hate, into the wind and having difficulty breathing due to the “virus” I have had for two weeks. Luckily things got better. The wind lessened and I got my breathing under control. I also caught up to a fellow DFMC runner, Christine and ran with her for the next 3 hours. It was nice to get to know her. Thanks Christine!!!! Then we got to the hills, which I ran the prior week with no problem. This week was a different story. I reached the last hill at mile 18ish with an unusual pain in my foot. So I walked some and ran some. It was disappointing because I really wanted to run the hills but it is what it is. As far as that foot pain… not sure what it was I just hope it does not return on marathon day.
Fundraising update…… I am at the $3500 mark, YAY!!!!! My friends and family have really supported my efforts and I couldn’t be happier. I have sent out 100 letters and contacted every one of my Facebook friends with an invitation to donate.
I had originally planned on running two 20 mile runs but with losing two weekends of training that is just not going to happen. The DFMC coach suggested that I run 18 last week and 20 this week and leave it at that. Last week’s 18 mile run went really, really well. I ran with the DFMC team for the first time. What a great group of people from the runners, to the coach, to the volunteers. It was such a positive experience. I am looking forward to running with them again tomorrow. I met a few women that were running my pace give or take a little. Chatting with someone definitely helps the time to pass on a long run. The first 13 miles felt great but lately around mile 13 my stomach starts churning and cramping. Once I got that under control I was good again until about mile 17 where I just seemed to run out of steam. I walked-ran the last mile or so. I was happy with that though because I can see that I am get stronger with each week. Each week I add a mile or two of good running on. I remember struggling to run 13 miles… now that is considered a short run. This marathon training has really taught me a lot about how important having the proper perspective is in my success and overall happiness.
Fundraising milestone!!!! I hit the $3,000 mark. So very excited about that. I am still pushing for the $5,000 mark though. I have a few more things planned so I think it is attainable.
Well, 23 days until Marathon Monday!!!! I was nervous but know I am just overwhelmed with excitement. I have wanted to run the Boston Marathon since I was a little girl and my dream is coming true. The reality of this run though is much better than any dream I could have dreamt because I am running it for more than just my own fulfillment. I am running it for every one of my friends and family who donated and filled out that lavender ribbon with the name of a loved one. Remembering those that battled cancer, and running in honor or memory of them makes this experience so much more meaningful. I am truly honored to have been given this opportunity to run for DFMC.
So the MRI showed no damage…..YAY!!!! I was so excited that I was cleared to run again. My leg still has a little pain but not enough to hinder my running. I got back on my treadmill Wednesday night and ran 17 on Sunday. I am a week behind schedule but that is okay I will just skip this weeks fall back run and continue increasing my milage. So the plan is 19 this weekend and 20 the following. Wow… 20 miles… I would never had imagined.
Well it has been a long time since my last blog. The MOST exciting news is the checks continue to roll in quite consistently at this point. Usually one or two a day. I get so excited every time I see the self-addressed envelope on the kitchen counter. The donations I have received have been unbelievably generous. I am overwhelmed by the support. What great friends and family I have!!!! Then there are the lavender ribbons that I have been receiving. Every day these ribbons remind me of the reason I am running. I am privileged and grateful to be able to run in their honor.
Hmmmm…… now to my running. I injured my leg on Friday. I over extended it and something pulled at the back of my leg behind my knee. The good news it is feeling much better and I am going to the orthopedic doctor today so he can check out my MRI. I am hoping he tells me that I can run without doing any further damage to my leg. I have been playing it safe and not running on it until I hear from him. Prior to that I was doing pretty good. Keeping up with my weekly runs and pushing myself on my long runs.
So with less than 6 weeks to go I am excited. I am excited to be running for such a great cause and I am excited that my wonderful friends and family have given me so much support. I am a lucky girl!!!!
I did not want to run 16 miles this week. My head was not in a good place for this run. I had concern for my safety on the roads. The snow banks are too high for cars to see runners and the roads grow more narrow with every snow fall pushing me further into the road and on coming cars… it worries me. So finding a route that I would feel safe on was the challenge this week. I was torn between a wide well traveled road by speeding cars or a lightly traveled narrower road in a quiet country setting…. I chose the quiet road and looped it to get my miles in. The only incident I ran into was when an oil truck was coming behind me and a trash truck towards me. I took refuge in a driveway as did the oil truck (different driveways) to make room for the trash truck to get by. The trash man apologized for inconveniencing me; I thanked him for not running me over =)
I was well prepared for this run with my water and energy bar. I sipped every couple of miles and ate at mile 5 and 11. I stopped at my house at mile 13 for some gaterade and to reset my iPod; I use the Nike + iPod. I broke my run down into two smaller runs, a 13 mile and a 3 mile run, back to back of course. I was feeling overwhelmed by the number 16, breaking it down helped. Not only did I reset the iPod but I reset my mind. I tried to forget that I had just ran 13 miles. In my mind, I was just out for a 3 mile run. I am glad I had my mind on board because my body really needed the support. My legs were tired and heavy. All said and done I was very happy with my run.
Today I hit the $1,000 mark with my fundraising efforts. I have $2,250 more to raise to meet my minimum fundraising commitment and $4,000 to meet my personal goal. I am overwhelmed by the generousity of my friends and family. I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.
Wow I can’t believe that in ten weeks. I will be standing at the start line of the Boston Marathon or even better….. crossing the finish line.
Training has been going well. My fifteen mile run was tough… really tough. I did not hydrate properly during the run and paid for it by not feeling well at the end… and the rest of day. I won’t be making that mistake again. My ten mile run went really well yesterday. I hydrated well the day before, that morning and carried water with me. I also took my run to the beach. I ran Rte 1A from Salisbury to Seabrook and back. It was nice to be in a different but familiar place. The family went along which was nice. They walked the beach and hung out at the arcade while I was running. Afterwards we all went to Markey’s for lunch and Tripoli’s for desert…. YUM!!!!
This week is 16…. 16 miles… 16 very long lonely miles. Since we have family plans this weekend, I will have to run it during the week by myself…. so sad. I have planned out a 3 mile loop in Belvidere, an 8 mile loop to Andover and then another 5 mile Belvidere loop.
The fundraising money is coming in slowly. However, I am overwhelmed with how generous the people that have returned a donation have been. I have some amazing friends and family. So another 30 letters went out this morning, hope to get another 30 out next week.
Don’t forget donations can be made online too. Just click the donate tab above to get to my personal fundraising page.