Whole lotta taperin’ goin’ on!

*Apologies in advance, I am all over the place with my thoughts and I blame it on taper madness*

7 days to go.  3 days of work and I am on a plane to Boston. Boy, am I nervous/excited/anxious.  I am feeling really good, besides some minor allergies. Here is what is going on right now!

Food and Carb-loading

I am very close to my race weight and I feel light but strong. I have been holding 112 pounds for the last week so I think that is what I will be on race day. I wanted to be a tad lighter, but we shall see how this goes. I have been eating really clean; no white sugar, no processed foods, and no wine :(. I have had my fill of rice, quinoa, yogurt, fruit, eggs, and yams though! This will be the first marathon that I am trying to carb-load clean. No pretzels, loaves of bread, energy bars for this gal. I found that junk weighs me down come race day. I will also stop eating any dairy on Wednesday. For the plane ride I am going to take some all-natural  honey stinger gummies, some gluten-free rice crackers, bananas, coconut water, and rice bread with pb & j. We plan on hitting up a TJ’s or Whole Foods when we get to Boston so we can pick up snacks, chicken, rice, fruit, etc. for our hotel room.

The ever-important outfit choice:

Right now the forecast is 57 degrees and sunny for marathon Monday. I know it will change…but a gal has to plan.

I am going with my Brooks bra top, ID elite team shorts, ST 4 shoes, and of course my black ribbon for my pony-tail. I usually wear black nail-polish for races to remind myself to stay tough. But… after popular vote (thanks gals!) I am going with a coral color. It is supposed to be very Spring-like while we are there so I think it will be cute! And after all, we all know how important it is to look cute!

Plan for this week:

I ran 55 miles last week. I had a GREAT confidence booster work-out on Tuesday night at track. I did 10 x 800m (1/2 mile). They were all supposed to be done in 2:48. I did all but one just under that.  On Saturday I had a last hill work-out progression run of 12 miles. 6 easy out, 6 each mile faster on the way back. I felt so good and ended with a 5:50 mile.

This week I have 40 miles before the marathon. 6 easy on Monday, 8 with 4 x 1 mile progression Tuesday, 10 on Wednesday, 0 on Thursday, 6 with strides on Friday and Saturday, and 4 on Sunday .  Then, marathon  Monday!!! I am way planned ahead at work, so I should be able to get some good rest in the next 3 days before we jet off.  I also have a massage on Wednesday! yippee!

The Big Goal:

Normal day, my goal is 2:50 which is a 6:30 average pace. yikes! 2 years ago I could not even run a single mile at this pace!

Good day, stars aligned is a 2:48:xx which is right around a 6:25-6:27 pace. My friend Brett was funny, he knows me too well. He made the comment “If you run a 2:48, won’t you be mad at yourself for not running a 2:46?” (2:46 is what I need to qualify for the Olympic Trials) Honestly, he is right, I would be. 🙂  However, I don’t think I am quite ready for that 2:46 yet. Soon enough!!

My main goal- unless Coach John tells me otherwise is 2:48-2:50.  Prayers and good thoughts accepted! I know that it will be very hard for me.

I need to remember to not “collapse” and keep good form, I need to attack those Newton Hills when they show up at miles 19-21.

I need to remember FAITH NOT FEAR. I can do it. Its what I have been waking up at 3:30am to run my first out of 2 runs of the day for. It’s why I have been going to bed at 8pm (always the life of the party!).  It’s why I have been spending Tuesday evenings doing speed-work at the track.  It’s why I have been running weeks of 90+ miles. It’s why I have been   running Mummy Mountain and jumping from wild critters!  It is why I have basically been training my little a$$ off!  And honestly, I have loved every minute of it!

Track Me!

So the Boston Athletic Association lets friends/family of runners track them through text/email.  If you would like to track me, go to this site:

Athlete Alert

My bib number is 2605.  Hopefully next year that number will be smaller with an “F” in front of it! 😉

A Little Help From My Friends

Because I am in taper, I am allowed to get a little weepy. That’s just the way it is.  I am so lucky to have an amazing husband, amazing friends and family- thanks for the nutrition advice Don! 🙂 , and an amazing coach to help me meet my goals. There are so many of my peeps running Boston this year, we are going to have so much fun. I feel so blessed to be able to be there with them! My BFF’s Terri and Heppercraft are running the marathon  also and they are  going to kick some serious bootie! I can’t wait for us all to see each other at the finish. I know it will be a good day and there will be much cause for celebration. 🙂

I will leave you with some pics from our post-run breakfast this weekend at Heppercrafts’ house. His sister Kelly was kind enough to make us breakfast- popovers, frittata, fruit salad, granola, and homemade yogurt! yum!

Well, I think that’s enough of my rambling for now. I can’t believe its here already.  I will try to update on FB or DailyMile post race. I’ll take lots of pics too! Off to Baaaaasten!!!



  1. Ariana–You’re going to do great! We are all so proud of you and all of your hard work to get you to this point. You are one tough cookie and I have no doubt will show everyone just how great you are! Stay healthy, enjoy it as much as you can and enjoy the journey! Hugs to you and the very best of wishes!

  2. You are the woman with the plan. You really have this all down to a science and you are so dedicated! I admire your drive and you are definitely my role model! I can’t wait to hear how things go in Baaaastan. Best of luck – I’m sending good vibes your way!

  3. Ariana – You have trained hard for this and so many of us are cheering you on. Have an awesome race and hit your mark. Hope that you have your optimum performance and all the travel, weather, etc logistics go smooth. Kick Ass!!!!

  4. YOu will have a great race for sure! Your hard work and dedication will pay off, can’t wait to hear your race report!! Good luck!!!

  5. Ariana! Best of luck with your 2:50 goal. I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!! That’s so cool that we can follow your progress…I signed up for the text option 🙂 I’m sure there will be many of your friends, family, supports, and fans following your progress! My favorite quote of this post: “my goal is 2:50 which is a 6:30 average pace. yikes! 2 years ago I could not even run a single mile at this pace! ” This gives me hope that I can continue to increase my speed and become a better runner. GOOD LUCK!!!

  6. Yes, you can do it!!! I will definitely be thinking of you on Monday and so excited to see how well you do!!! I’ll be checking the results constantly to see your time!! That is amazing how far you have come in two years!! Unreal!! You are such an amazing athlete! You are going to knock the socks of Boston 🙂 Have a great time in Boston, too!!!

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