This was definitely one of the greatest and most difficult races I’ve ever run. I haven’t experienced anything like what I experienced at this race. I was tested both physically and mentally. You can read all about it after the break. Fair warning, this is long and detailed.
Reasons Why I’m Losing Weight:
Reason #5-- For My Kids
I’m almost 28 years old… I have this internal clock mechanism that is telling me that I’m running out of time. I need to have kids and soon. I know a lot of people think I’m still young, but when you feel like you were created to be a wife and a mother, this being single and child-less thing sucks.
I don’t know if you’re aware but being overweight can hinder you from giving birth. I’m not sure the science behind it all, but when you go to get pregnant, weight is a big factor in fertility. Not only that, but being overweight while pregnant can really cause some health issues. For example, if I was to get pregnant now I’d be in danger of having gestational diabetes. It’s a form of diabetes that only happens during pregnancy. It doesn’t affect the baby, but it will affect you. Also, when you’re overweight and pregnant you have a higher chance of miscarriage. Weight is a huge factor.
But I don’t just want to lose weight so that it’s easier to have children. I want to lose weight because I want to play with my kids. I want to be able to run around outside and kick a soccer ball or play tag at the park with my kids. I think that being outside is a super important part of a child’s growth and I want to be apart of that. I want to coach my daughters tee-ball team, or be the soccer mom that can show my son how to play the game. I want to be a family that goes on bike rides and I want my kids to see me being healthy so that maybe they will too. I want to run marathons and have my kids waiting for me at the finish line. It may sound crazy, but that’s what I want.
My future itty bitty ones are going to have a mom that’s fit and healthy and fun. End of story.
Feeling a lot better today. If I dial in a pace and get some strong runs in this month I think I’ll be good to break four hours. Not a huge goal I’ll save that for Hartford this fall. seechrisrun brought up a great point in my last post about time issues. This semester of commuting to school really has drained me out. With school being over and summer very close I think it’s time to maybe back off from marathons after Hartford this fall. Maybe progress into being a half marathon runner until I can at least build my speed up to actually complete for BQ’s etc. So after I get done with Vermont city the first leg of the New England Double. I will than progress myself back to 5k’s, 8k’s, 10k’s etc. Also I’ll be using the Hanson Plan plus my own various workout I know work for me. Don’t get me wrong I love the Hanson plan and it’s great, but I need to change it to how I think it’ll work for me.
Making this choice wasn’t easy but I’m only twenty years old. Hell if I really wanted too I could run college cross country. For now I’m going to finish off this year and progress backwards but forwards at the same time.
Thank you all for the support, and for being some awesome followers. For me once I got the first marathon out of the way I lost sight of what this was all about and it’s the fact that with my story and background I should just enjoy the fact I can put running shoes on everyday and go.
short term sub 4:00 marathon.
Mid range 3:40 marathon.
Long term. 1:30 half marathon.
As 30 approaches (one week from today!), let’s look back at how I’m doing on my 30 Things to Do Before 30 List. Not everything has been done, nor will it be by May 1st, and that’s ok. I’ve got my life list of things to do and some of these items will move on over there. Just because I didn’t do them before 30, doesn’t mean I won’t try to do them. Instead of focused on what I haven’t done, let’s look at what I’ve accomplished:
1. Run a marathon: In 2013 I ran the NYC marathon and it was an amazing experience. I did a decent job training, did all of my long challenging run and when race day came, I felt ready. I can’t say that i loved training, putting all those miles in takes its toll on your body, but it’s 2 years later and I signed up for (the lottery for) another marathon. I had a goal of a sub 4 hour race and came close-ish with a 4:07 finish. I was super proud and happy with that time even though I fell short of my big goal.
2. Hiking and camping trip: I’m counting this as completed although it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. In my mind, I’d wear a giant backpack, hike, set up camp and spend the night there before hiking on. Oh, that’s much harder and more expensive than I knew! No, I don’t have any of the necessities for that type of experience. I did go camping and go on a mini hike, so that counts.
3. Go to New Orleans: In October 2014 I went to Nola for a friends (amazzzzing) wedding and got to visit and stay with one of my best friends from high school. I loved New Orleans. We totally did it up, ate an insane amount of delicious food, saw the sights, partied the night away, you know the drill. If you haven’t been, put it on your to-do list.
4. Volunteer: I’ve gotten involved in a few volunteering opportunities over the past two years. I did some work with Girls on the Run but unfortunately haven’t kept up with it. It’s time consuming and I haven’t been able to give it the focus I’d like. Hopefully I can get more involved in the future. Another big volunteer experience was with Cycle for Survival. For the last two years I’ve captained teams and instructed the huge fundraising rides.
5. Watch ever film nominated for Best Film before the Oscars: I did this two years in a row and it’s a bit expensive paying to see all those films (luckily I snagged some screeners and freebies) but it makes watching the Oscars so much more fun! You actually know what everyone is talking about and can form your own opinions on who should take home the statue. I definitily suffered through a few of the films but it paid off, one year I won the office Oscar pool!
I’ll be back in next week with 5 more items that have been checked off my list!
“Whoever did this obviously didn’t know shit about the people of Boston. because nothing these terrorists do will shake them. For pete’s sake Boston was founded by the pilgrims, a people so tough they had to buckle their goddamn hats on. It is the cradle of the American Revolution, a city that withstood an 86 year losing streak, a city that made it through the big dig, a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years! Even their bands are tough! The town of Aerosmith, who in their 5th decade, is still going strong! But here’s what these cowards really don’t get. They attacked the Boston Marathon. An event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off for fun. And they have been holding it in Boston since 1897. And do you know how tough you have to be to run in a whale bone corset? And when those bombs went off, there were runners who after finishing a marathon, kept running another 2 miles to the hospital to donate blood. So here’s what I know: these maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston but all they can ever do is just show how good those people are”
Two years to the day and Boston has come back better than ever in the face of the worst kind of adversity. And although this isn’t a day most of us will ever forget, I at least take solace in the fact that not only are we still probably known as one of the only major cities who, if you fuck with them, will shut down the whole city (except dunkin donuts of course), stop everything and find your ass (which, we of course did), but more importantly, that justice has been served and Boston has kept, and will continue, running. I have never been prouder to be a Bostonian than on days like today. Because we are Boston and goddamn are we strong.
Wow. My 11th marathon and 4th Boston. Worst weather conditions I’ve had for a marathon so far. Ironically, also my strongest both physically and tactically. I’m going to avoid a traditional mile-by-mile recap and instead focus on the key aspects that brought me within a stone’s throw of a new PR on a tough course.
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