About 12 hours after arriving home from Arizona, I was on a plane with Coach Kevin to Boston to do some running on the Boston Marathon Course. I am so thankful for the opportunity to do this. My friend Kerry says “Fear lies in the unknown”, and going to see the course definitely gave me a boost in confidence for the marathon. I have run Boston twice before, but it helps seeing the course on foot while you are not concentrating on racing. You notice a lot more of the small technicalities of the course.
We arrived to Boston, picked up a rental car and drove out to the race start in Hopkinton. It was pretty windy out. I completed an 8 mile tempo from Mile 1 of the race course. We then drove more of the course, had lunch, and drove the rest of the marathon. You would be surprised at how long this actually takes with traffic! After a much needed nap in my hotel room, I ran my afternoon run on the last 4 miles of the course.
The next morning I woke up early to practice my marathon fueling. The weather was not looking good for my 20 miler that day. 30MPH headwinds, driving snow. Yuck. Prime lip-turning-blue weather! I also knew I was coming down with something. I didn’t feel my usual peppy self.
We drove out to the 10k and I started the long road to Boston. I have to admit, I felt pretty dang tough after the completion of that run in those conditions. (And SORE too!) I did it and was so happy I hung in there and ran strong. I now know I will be ready for anything on race day!
Thank you again to Hanson’s and Brooks. What an opportunity to fly out to run on the course. I love Boston and being in the city and on the course just got me even more pumped for race day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Oh yeah, we got our bib numbers!! I am F23. And….my simulator is tomorrow…wish me luck! I am so nervous!
Run Happy Friends!