A week after Boston, the high hasn’t worn off. Legs are healing but soreness remains, especially the quads, recovering with walks, a 6 mile walk to the park today, not missing running too much, maybe go for a few miles later this week.
Broke down and got this photo, couldn’t resist the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square - could taste the finish line at this point.
Received this care package that I’ve been waiting for in the mail today, and just what I asked for inside!
15 miles in the park and around Buffalo this evening ahead of the Syracuse Half on Sunday. Not sure how much time I’ll have to run tomorrow and it’s supposed to be wet, so glad to get in the miles today. Was a little concerned about no speed work this week and not being rested, but then remembered that the half marathon will be the speed/tempo run of the week, and must remind self that this isn’t the goal race…so run it well, smart, and not be too concerned about time and placing…instead thinking of it as more of a romantic getaway…
Things are coming together for this weekend and Monday, various distractions disappearing, loose ends tying up, the Marathon weather forecast looking promising, nearly ideal - fingers crossed - did the final run before the race - no need for additional runs between now and then - an easy 8 miler in the park and deeply took in the scenery to remind myself of all the workouts and distance in this park over the past several months, to remind myself of what’s in me.
Flying into Boston tomorrow afternoon to stay with Kevin and and his wife Mariani, my friends, hosts, and de facto ‘handlers.’ So thankful for them.
A short 3 miler yesterday, that’s all I was in the mood for, and had some errands to run and things to take care of before the trip to Boston. Life doesn’t stop for Boston or any other big race or event, and as many distractions as minor aches are cropping up as I get closer to race day.
Had a more normal 9 mile run today on a more familiar cool Buffalo spring afternoon. The run was welcome and helped to wash away some of the distractions and get my head straightened towards Hopkinton and Boston. This will be the work between now and then, minimizing the distractions.
It’s Transformation Tuesday! I found this before picture of me sitting on the couch and was honestly struck by how far I’ve come. I still have a long way to go, and yes, I’ve been struggling, but I think it’s good to acknowledge that I’m a completely different person now. I know better; I know more.
Even where I am in these pictures is profound. Before, sitting at home on the couch was my go-to. It was safe, low energy, and a good place to eat away my day. The after is me in July at the ocean in Boston with the love of my life. I now yearn for adventure and to be surrounded by loving and supportive people.
Sure, my outside changed, but the inside is more profound to me. I know that I am worthy of a life that makes me HAPPY and so are you!