In no particular order…
My new lucky number…
Is 17983. That’s what bib number I’ll be wearing on April 16th! Boston released bib, wave, and corral info on Friday. I’m in Wave 2, Corral 9…or 2/9, my birthday
The 20-miler that wasn’t…
I was supposed to run 20 miles on Saturday (20-miler #4). By mile 12, I was aware of 3 things: (1) my legs were trashed. Maybe mile repeats 2 days before wasn’t the best idea or maybe all the miles and intensity of the Monster Month are getting to me? (2) my right hamstring was tight. This is 100% my fault, as I’ve slacked off a bit with my PT exercises. And (3) damn, it’s hot out!
I decided to back off my pace (I was running 8:30s up until that point). There is no sense in pushing the pace when my hammie feels tight. By mile 16 I wanted to be DONE. Oh god, was I hating life. I followed my gut and cut it short at mile 18. I wasn’t doing my legs any favors by running 2 more miles “just to make it 20”. I finished in 2:40 (8:53 average pace).
On Sunday I ran 8 easy and felt good. Just some residual soreness but otherwise OK. My gut is always right!
Low-key St. Patty’s Day
Staying home and drinking beer on the deck and watching basketball was the perfect SPD celebration.
Miller Lite looks classy in a frosted glass
So very true…
I saw this on Run The Edge’s FB page over the weekend. When I read through the comments, I couldn’t believe how many people didn’t get it or are completely void of a sense of humor.
Any part of the meme ring true to you? I love “what my mom thinks I do”. If you can’t read it, it’s basically a creepy man asking if you want to come to his house for candy. And…aren’t we all Kara and Shalane when we run?!
Check out my guest post on Terzah’s blog!
I’m so excited for you.
4.16 is right around the corner and you shall do AWESOME.
Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) says
eeek! t-minus one month. your workouts have been lookin’ good. can’t wait to see you crush Boston 🙂
and i love that infographic!
Happy to hear you listened to your body! Good luck with your upcoming race! 🙂
That “what my dog thinks I do” is completely true. That’s why Peanut dies inside if I go without her. 🙂
Great job listening to your gut and cutting those 2 miles!
That is hilarious! Who didn’t get it? Must be those crazy non runners that are always asking “so how long is this marathon?”.
Nice job easing up on the run – so easy to get sucked into “but the plan says TWENTY”. No injuries before Boston!
Is there any way we can stalk you like big ole creepers on the big day?
Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen says
I love your shirt – I want that! I think it’s so important to listen to your gut – nice job 🙂
And I think the “runners” thing is hilarious….I tried to pick my favorite, but couldn’t pick just one!
nice job following your gut – it IS always right! How exciting you have your bib # – it’s getting so close! I like that graphic – it’s hilarious.
I went over to the fb page to see the comments…don’t understand why so many people said dislike! Or “this is so stereotypical”- perhaps they haven’t seen the 30 other versions of that floating around on facebook. I guess I only hang around with runners who DO have a sense of humor 🙂 Maybe the people that don’t get it only run on a treadmill at their gym.
Nice job on your 18, better to stop before your legs really hate you!
you were smart to back off of the 20 rather than risk an unnecessary injury or exhaust yourself further. i can’t believe you’re getting so close to race day!
My favorite part is the woman squatting by the tree. Alas, it’s so true.
Runnging Like A Girl says
Totally agree – smart to give your legs a brief break. So excited for you – Boston is right around the corner!
Ericka @ The Sweet Life says
I admit I was sick of those posters but when I see on that actually relates to my life, I still think it’s hilarious! Ha…this was a new for me!
Sometimes its good to push through, sometimes it isn’t. Seems like you made a smart choice. No point in jeopardizing the Big Day!
i like the “what I think I do. ” 🙂
My lucky numbers always have the number 8 in them, so that sounds like a fabulous number to me! 🙂 i thought that thing was hilarious – esp the “what i really do” one.
so exciting about boston – can’t believe it’s so soon! glad you’re feeling better – always a good idea to listen to your gut!
Kathy R says
LOL, I always try to find significance behind all my racing numbers. If it was Boston I would be fixating on it until go time!!!
Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe says
Hahaha, that meme is great! Good luck at Boston – some friends of mine will be at Water Stop 5 – tell them Janine says hi!
In my head, I always look so awesome when I’m running. And then I see those brightroom photos….
I totally fall under the “what I think I do” meme. To me every race is do or die…it’s like a gold medal is on the line. At least that’s how I train for it….when in reality, I know the best I can get is the same medal everyone else gets…and a nice PR too.
Holly @ Pink-Runner.com says
hahaha! If only I could look like Kara when I run….. 🙂
Girl, I think I may hire you in July to be my coach since I’ll be training for NYC. I’ll be doing it solo too since I don’t think the girls in my running group are doing any races. I feel kind of bad, because I’d like to give Pedro a break from my long runs, but you know, after NYC I may take a hiatus from marathons…
You are just about the cutest Irish gal I know. I try to pretend I talk like I’m from Ireland. HAHA. Pedro’s like, “Do you have to say banter in every other sentence?” I got it from Boardwalk Empire. ;o)