#100HappyDays – Days 36 – 42

Day 36: I found a Butter Lamb! It’s a small Easter tradition, but one I always found amusing. As I’ve come up with my own Easter traditions, I’ve missed having a butter lamb. When Wegmans’ popped up in Massachusetts and I found Loganberry and Sponge Candy, I hoped a butter lamb would also make an appearance. I didn’t find one last year, but I checked again anyways, and this time – success!

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A fancy butter lamb.

Day 37: Easter Morning. A long run followed by chocolate chip brownie waffles. I like our Easter traditions.

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Day 38: Meb winning Boston So awesome! Meb is amazing. All the people who ran Boston were pretty amazing (except the stinkers who crashed the party and banditted or stole/faked bibs – they are not amazing, they are losers). Some of my other favorites were: Shalane, Joanie, and Dick + Rick Hoyt.

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Day 39: Tea I totally forgot to post to twitter on day 39, yikes. There was happiness on Day 39, I just forgot to photograph it. I resurrected the teapot (I technically only had to move the teapot one foot, but it really made all the difference) and enjoyed some tea. Now that the teapot is in it’s new spot, I’ve been having tea every day.

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Day 40: Muppet Friends I’ve been to New York City three times in my life. The last two of the times, I made some terrific friends. (Emphasis on MADE). FAO Schwarz has something called the Muppet Whatnot Workshop. It’s like build a bear for Muppets. Mupbert and Princess Mupette are now valued members of our family.

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“Is this how you take a selfie?” ~Princess Muppette

Day 41: To Do list success Who doesn’t love checking something off a to do list? Ever put those easy ones on there (like take a shower) or ones you’ve already finished just so you can check them off? If the answer is yes, then you probably understand.

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I didn’t always make my own check boxes on my to do lists. I know how it seems; don’t knock it until you try it.

Day 42: Vegetarian Hot Dog I am not fancy, I love a good hot dog. Since giving up meat 6 years ago that has been something I’ve missed.  Most vegetarian hot dogs are not good, but this one was fantastic. Field Roast should be getting my love letter any day now.

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It fits the whole bun, too!

I’m sometimes forgetting to post these on twitter. My bad!

 

 

 

Race Week – Race Goals

I’m all ready for the race tomorrow and have my game plan all figured out, so let’s talk a little about my goals for race day. One of the reasons I’ve been obsessing over this race so much (and writing about it non-stop) is because I have a time goal.

A lot of times I sign up for a distance race simply because it makes me stick to a set training plan, and the race ends up feeling like the the grand finale to the training, a kind of celebration for making it through all the hard work. I usually have time goals in mind for these races, and will try to PR if I’ve been running well through training. This time is different though, I have trained with a specific time goal in mind, and that has made the race feel more like a test than a party. (Note: This isn’t a bad thing. I like tests.)

The time goal isn’t the only goal I have, though. Turns out I have five goals for race day:

 1. Time Goals (I’ve given myself back-up times so that I don’t just throw in the towel and walk to the finish line if my A goal becomes impossible.)

A. The BIG ONE: 1:59:59 (or less)
B. At or under 2:05:00*
C. At or under 2:10:00**

2. Run negative splits/Follow my race plan – If I follow my pace wish list, this should happen.

3. Run a strong race – meaning don’t give up if I realize I will not break 2 hours, keep running hard and doing my best.

4. Have Fun and Smile Even if I don’t finish under 2 hours.

5. Do not slow down or make a mess while eating energy gel.  

*My current half marathon PR is 2 hours and 55 seconds. If I can’t run under 2 hours, it’s also pretty likely that I will not be able to PR. My B goal is to finish under 2:05; I have only done this once (the PR).

** If I’m not making my goal, and 2:05 also slips away, I’ll shoot for under 2:10. I have done this one other time (my PR). If I can run at least as fast as my last 13 mile training run, I should be able to do this.

So, there you have it folks. I don’t think I’m being overly ambitious. (Except maybe the negative splits).

There are a few other things I’m hoping will happen but I don’t have control over:

* I get a race shirt that fits. I get serious rage when they do not have something that fits me

* It won’t rain. Weather is 40F and 40% chance of rain. Lame. Also something like 9 or 10 mph winds (is that a lot of wind? I hope not…sounds cold.)

* I don’t drop and shatter my race pint glass. We’re getting glasses, not medals. I’m going to be sweaty (well, maybe) and exhausted and trying to load up on bananas and water and pizza. I hope I don’t drop the glass.

* My support crew isn’t miserable –  doesn’t get too cold or bored or otherwise uncomfortable or annoyed.

* Meb Keflezighi, Joan Samuelson, and Shalane Flanagan show up to pace me. (Shalane for the first 1/3, then Joan joins us for the second 1/3, and then Meb hops on board for the finish.)

Not too much to ask. 🙂

 

 

 

 

The Friday 5 – 6th Edition

I hope you’re having a lovely Friday! I’ve had a productive week, and I’m getting a lot done today, too. I’m still looking forward to the weekend, though (specifically because of number 1 in the list below):

1. I have a race this weekend! Have I mentioned that yet? Wait, I think I might have. I’m pretty excited about it. I haven’t done a goal race since October, and no races at all since January 1st. Training has been awesome. What will I train for next? Think I’ll break 2 hours? Let’s Race!

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Last race I ran. I won’t have to be quite so bundled up this weekend!

2. Friday is chocolate banana oatmeal day As if Friday wasn’t good enough already, we save the most delicious oatmeal for Friday mornings. It is so good. 

3. I think I may break out the Juicer next week We’ve had a juicer for 4 years, but have made juice only 3 or 4 times. It makes really delicious juice, but it is A LOT of work and cleaning it sucks. Now that I have some more free time on my hands, I think I might break out that bad boy. Know any good juice recipes? My current plan is to buy whatever fruit is on sale at the grocery store tonight.

4. I loved the Holiday Running Streak I had never done a running streak (on purpose or accidental) before this one; I’m very into rest days. Before the streak started, I didn’t really think too much about it, and I wasn’t very invested in keeping it going, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. I believe Runner’s World also “sponsers” a Summer Running streak. I’ll have to look into that.

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Day 1 of the running streak was a Turkey Trot.

5. My Fitbit is broken Last Friday the tracker went bonkers and started blinking like crazy, and won’t do anything else. I submitted a claim right away and got a response a few hours later (good job, Fitbit). Unfortunately, they told me that it’s broken. They asked for some info, which I sent the next day, but I have heard nothing since then. I sent them another email on Wednesday asking what is happening, but haven’t gotten a response. I’m annoyed. 

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Butter Lamb 2014 is photo bombing my post! She’s so mischievous. 

Enjoy the weekend! Good luck at any races you might be participating in!

Race Week – Being Prepared

I was (obviously) never a boy scout, nor do I have any special connection to them, but their Always Be Prepared motto is one I can get behind 100%. It is rare that I voluntarily get into a situation for which I am unprepared; this goes for regular life as well as running. I tend to go over every possible scenario in order to prepare myself for the worst case, and when travelling I have an extremely difficult time packing because I want to bring everything.

Now that I am only two full days away from running my goal half marathon, I want to make sure I am prepared. While I’m not super confident I will be able to get the finish time I want; I feel like I have prepared well. When I look back on my training, I know I put in all the hard work my training plan called for, and I’m not having any “well, what if I did….” thoughts. I did my speed work, my long runs, and I ran hilly routes as often as possible (including using the treadmill hill programs). Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I know I will be able to run a strong race.  Hopefully, a strong race will mean sub-2 hours.

The Will to

One of my favorite running quotes.

In addition to the running, I’ve tried to prepare mentally by coming up with some sort of race strategy. I babbled about my indecision yesterday, but after days of pondering, I think I’ve come up with something that will work:

* I have a list of paces I would like to hit. Let’s call this my wish list. For the majority of the race, I’d like to run 9 min/mile. I will start slower, and work my way down to that pace over the course of the first 3 miles. Then once I hit 10 miles, I will attempt (the impossible?) to pick up the pace. My last mile will (unrealistically?) need to be my fastest.

* I am going to run by effort. My watch is set to show distance only on the first screen. I will check in after each mile to see how my pace matches up with my “wish list” pace. Based on this comparison and how I feel, I will adjust my effort. This should allow me to adjust my pace naturally when running each mile instead of being a slave to the watch.

* I am going to eat two gels during the race. I will have the first gel at mile 5 (cherry chocolate w/ lots of caffeine) and the second at mile 10 (salted caramel w/ reasonable amount of caffeine). I am terrible at eating the gel while moving. I slow down a lot, and in my last long run had to stop and use my shirt to wipe gel off my face and hands. My plan is to eat them slowly (over a 1/2 mile maybe) in order to not mess up my rhythm (or clothing).

* I am going to carry my own water. I’ve been running with my camelback, so it’s not really an adjustment. It’s nice to run without anything and I don’t think I need to have water between the water stops, but given my gel eating issues, I’d like to have access to water whenever I want it. Plus it is always kind of fun to just zip by a water stop while everyone else is attempting to grab cups and get some water in their mouths instead of just down their shirts.

* I am going to bring my iPod shuffle. I might not turn it on, and will only put it in one ear (the course is open to traffic), but I might want some music in those last few (fast) miles.

Aside from the mental game, there are a few other small details that need to get worked out before a big race. And, I think I’ve got those covered, too:

  1. What to wear: Shorts, Knee-high Socks, Shirt (exact socks and shirt TBD based on weather)
  2. What to eat for breakfast: White bread toast w/ strawberry preserves and a banana
  3. What to have for dinner the night before: Some kind of pasta w/ a bit of sauce and some bread.
  4. What time I want to get to the race: At the start of packet pick-up – or whenever Jeff says is good.

I haven’t actually laid out my clothes or bought the food above, but I’ve made all the decisions, and that’s the hardest part. I guess I’m pretty much ready to go. I’ve even painted my toenails Lickety-split Lime – I think it sounds fast!

I’ve read every email they’ve sent, I’ve read the athlete guide twice, and every word on the race website (even race director bios). I’ve reviewed the race route and (scary) elevation profile a few times. I know roughly where the big hills appear, but I might check it out a little more. I don’t want any of the hills to surprise me. I want to be prepared to see them when they show their ugly faces. It may not make much sense, but I’m sure I will run up them faster if they aren’t a surprise.

How prepared are you on race day? Have you ever gone into a race unprepared? Do you ever over prepare for anything? Is it even possible to be over prepared? 

Race Week – Obsessing over Strategy

I had a terrific long weekend! Passover Seder on Saturday, Easter on Sunday, and Patriots’ Day & Dyngus Day on Monday. It was a great weekend filled with family and food, and it ended with Meb’s awesome performance at the Boston Marathon! In my opinion, there couldn’t have been a better result for the men’s race. I was literally jumping for joy in my living room when he crossed the finish line.

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This is a picture I took of my television. I still have the entire race recorded. I plan to watch Meb’s last 3 miles before every distance race I ever run for the rest of my life.

I would love to one day qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. The way I see it, there are two things I can do to qualify: First, get faster. Second, get older. With my current marathon PR, I could qualify if I were in the 70-74 age group. (After my first marathon, I would not have been able to qualify at all – I’m making progress!) I just have to keep moving up in age groups while maintaining “speed.” Preferably, I will get faster as I age, and will BQ a decade or two before age 70. Easy enough, right? (Hear that body? Defy age and continue to get faster!)

Anyways, enough talk about my fail proof plan for getting into Boston, I have more pressing things to think about right now…it’s RACE WEEK!

There are 4 full days, and only 2 easy runs until race day; and I’m not obsessing about the race at all. HA. Race day strategy is pretty much the only thing I can think about. I’m having a huge internal debate on whether I should run by effort or shoot for specific paces every mile (obsessively watching my pace). On the one hand, the former sounds much more enjoyable and I’ve done well running by effort in the past. On the other hand, I’ve never run by effort with a time goal before, and how can I be sure I’m running fast enough if I’m not checking the watch…obsessively?

This weekend I spent a few hours playing around with paces in a spreadsheet. Turns out that there is no way to run slower than goal pace and still make my goal. Odd. I wish that goal pace didn’t sound so fast. In the end, the spreadsheet just proved what I already know – I need to minimize my number of “slow” miles, and for every slow mile l need to make up for it with a fast one. Good to know, but the fast miles are so scary sounding. Unfortunately, this exercise stressed me out a bit. I was feeling more confident when I wasn’t analyzing exactly how fast I need to run every second of the race. While that’s not a great side effect, it did help me understand the effort that will be required to reach my goal in this race. I will need to be outside of my comfort zone for a good long time.

After spending all that time analyzing paces, I’m still not sure I want to watch my watch so closely, and I’m leaning towards some combination of running by effort and watching the clock. My current (this could change at any minute) plan is to “take it easy” for the first 3 miles and only look at my watch for distance. Then I will start speeding up and settle into a “comfortably hard effort.” Once I get a rhythm going, I will start checking in on my time/pace. I’ll continue in this mode until around mile 10/10.5. From there, “full speed ahead”.

Ideally, these efforts would translate into 9:15 pace for the first 3 miles, followed by 9 min pace for the next 7 miles, and then faster than 9 for the last 5k.

The main thing I worry about in the “run by effort” plan, is that I will run too slowly in the first part of the race and will never be able to make up the time. Logically, I know this is ridiculous. I always have to chant “slow down” and “take it easy” at the beginning of long runs and races in order to ensure that I don’t go out at some insane speed. I have never seen my first mile time in a race and thought “Gee, that’s too slow.” I usually wonder if my watch is broken because it’s clearly showing an impossibly fast time for what feels like an easy effort. I also think that any extra time I take in the early miles will pay off in the late miles. I read something once that said that every single world record race time was achieved with negative splits.

I could debate about this with myself for hours. Actually, I have. I’ve been thinking about this too much, and and sadly I’m probably not done thinking about it yet. At least I’m closer to a decision than I was over the weekend, and I think my hybrid plan might be the right one. I’ll let you know what I decide.

Do you obsess over race strategy? Have you ever run by effort in a time goal race?

 

 

Spring 1/2 Training: Taper Week

It’s been a wonderful holiday weekend, and it’s not over yet! It’s Patriots’ Day, and the elite women take off in just about a half hour! Here’s to a smooth running of the race, and with any luck, an American winner!

This week I’ve been tapering for my race. Two weeks suddenly feels long, but I’m looking forward to having some nice rested legs for the race. This week felt a little boring, I seem to have become hooked on running 5 days a week. Here’s how the week went:

  • Monday:  Rest. Abs, Stretching, Foam Rolling 
  • Tuesday:  4 mile easy run. (9:48/mile)
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What run doesn’t need a cannon?

  • Wednesday: 30 minute Tempo Run (Average 9:15/mile), Abs, Stretching, Foam Rolling
  • Thursday:  Rest…Totally forgot I was even supposed to do Abs.
  • Friday: Easy 3 miles. Stretching and foam rolling. Abs? What abs?
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All purple-y and ready to go!

  • Saturday: Rest day. Considered going for an unscheduled short run, but Jeff reminded me that I’m tapering. It didn’t take much convincing, and I rested like a good little runner. 
  • Sunday: A long run has become an Easter morning tradition. It makes stuffing myself with chocolate chip brownie waffles a little easier. It also felt nice to get moving after overeating at Passover last night.
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Beautiful morning. 

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Another kind of beautiful.

This is how I did on my goals last week:

  1. Long Run: 6 miles Check!
  2. Speed Work – 30 min tempo Check!
  3. Easy Runs: (2) – 3 mile + 4 mile Check!
  4. Strength – 30-day Ab Challenge –Missed some days
  5. Stretch & Foam Roll – 4 times Check!

Turns out I’m pretty good at tapering, and I will continue this week. My plan is to reduce intensity along with the mileage. Goal: Get to the start line feeling like a caged beast! 

Here’s what’s up for this week:

  1. Easy Runs: (3) – 4, 3, 2 miles
  2. Foam Roll – 3 times
  3. Stretch – 5 times
  4. Strength – 3 times
  5. RACE!!!

Have a great week, and enjoy Marathon Monday! And Dyngus Day, if that’s your thing. 🙂

 

#100HappyDays – Days 29 – 35

Oh, hi there! Didn’t I just post one of these a few minutes ago? Why, yes I did! I’m all caught up now. Hurrah!

Day 29: Last Long Run Before Race Day There are a number of happy things about this run. First, that I made it through training, and the race is coming up! Second, that I felt strong and semi-speedy on the run; my goal time is looking like a possibility. And third, it was a beautiful day.

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Day 30: Taco Night. Tacos make Sunday night something to look forward to. They’re so good.

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Day 31: Last Book in the Series The Sookie Stackhouse series has ended, and after years of reading, I’m finding out how it all comes to a close!

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Day 32: A Journey of Games At first, I wanted to cook every recipe in our Whoopie Pie cookbook, but Jeff correctly pointed out that we do not need to eat 30+ Whoopie Pies every week for the next 49 weeks. Instead, we’re going to play every game in our game closet. We also have a fun spreadsheet to evaluate them and keep notes and important information (like number of players).

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Day 33: Crinkle Cut Cucumbers I have a knife that cuts things all crinkly. This is very unnecessary, but fun!

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Day 34: Lunch Adventure with Christine It’s always a good time having lunch with a friend. We went to the “Dear Boston” Marathon Memorial exhibit at the Library after enjoying some fast food mexican at Qdoba. Yum!

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Day 35: Friday night Ben & Jerry’s Although I think it would be terrific to eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s every single night, deep down I know that I would probably feel terrible if I did that. Instead, I look forward to getting a special dessert on some most Friday nights, and the infrequency makes it taste even more delicious.

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There you have it, I’ll try to keep it together from now on. 🙂 Happy Easter!

 

#100HappyDays – Days 22 – 28

I’m woefully behind on these recap posts. I’m still up to date on finding a happy thing every day, just behind on the record keeping. It’s all good, I’ll be caught up soon. 😉

Day 22: Making a Breakfast Smoothie. Chocolate Banana deliciousness. Plus spinach, not enough to taste it, but enough to be proud of my healthy-ness. Yum!

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Day 23: Planting Avocados. Guess what I haven’t killed yet! (Note: I have since learned that under the BEST circumstances, Avocado plants will bear fruit after 3 or 4 years, sometimes it can take up to 15 years, some NEVER do….who thinks I can keep a plant alive for 3 years? ha!)

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Day 24: Spinning Class I had fun at spinning class, but I didn’t take a picture of the actual class. Don’t worry, I have this very similar recreation of spinning:

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This is not spin class, but I am spinning.

Day 25: Being Outside on a Beautiful Day The weather really turned a corner recently. It’s kind of nice to be outside these days. Especially at the beach, where it’s beautiful, but still too cold for all the people.

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I love this view.

Day 26: Organizing Spices I love spices, I love glass jars, and I love my label maker. All of these were involved in this little project.

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Day 27: Fruit & Flowers Anniversary This was so much fun.

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Day 28: Friday TGIF!

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The Friday 5 – 5th Edition

It’s Friday! Time for my favorite not-quite-weekly post, where I write about five random things that pop into my head. I try to include some running stuff, this being a running blog and all. 

1. There’s a frozen yogurt place on every corner. Is it like this everywhere? I can think of 4 yogurt places relatively close to me, and they’re building another one. I don’t have anything against frozen yogurt, but isn’t this getting excessive? And shouldn’t we be focusing on more important desserts, like ice-cream? 

2. I heard you’re not supposed to foam roll too often When I first read about foam rolling, I swear I read something that said you should do it up to 3 times per day. That seemed a bit excessive, but I’ve always kept it in the back of my head that eventually I’d work my way up to daily foam rolling. Recently, though, I read that you should leave a day or two between foam rolling to give your muscles time to recover. I’m not sure which is true, but I’ll gladly shoot for foam rolling every other day. It’s much more manageable. 

3. I own an excessive number of calculators So many calculators.

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This is an old picture. I have since acquired another one.

4. I sing along during to the National Anthem Does anyone else do this? I always feel like I’m the only one, but I enjoy singing along. It’s fun, I wish more people would join in. Especially at occasions where they just play a recording. Also, I’m always a little worried that I shouldn’t be singing along (because I’m generally the only one doing it), so I’d feel less awkward if someone else sang, too. I tried looking up whether it’s okay to sing along, but I couldn’t find anything definitive.

5. Yesterday, I saw the “Dear Boston,” exhibit at the Library. I went with a friend after grabbing lunch. It was put together from all the stuff that people left behind as a memorial after the bombings last year. It’s pretty cool they didn’t just chuck it all. Also, it’ll give people coming back to the Marathon a chance to see the memorial. 

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I wonder how many shoes were actually left versus how many they kept for the exhibit.

Enjoy the weekend! I hope your Easter or Passover celebrations are filled with fun, family, and friends. And, if you’re lucky enough to have Patriots’ Day off, enjoy the 3-day weekend! 

April 15th

Yesterday, two (sort-of) exciting things happened over here on my blog. I hadn’t actually planned on these things happening on the same day, so I think it’s kind of interesting that they did.

1. Yesterday’s post was my 50th blog post.  

2. It was also my 1 year anniversary of having this blog. 

If you were to go back and look, you’ll see that my first post was made in July, so you might be wondering about the 1 year anniversary claim.  I agree, it’s suspicious, but when you read this post,  you’ll agree that yesterday was indeed the one year anniversary of my blog. However, you’ll then start doubting the accuracy of the 50th blog post claim. Confused? Read on.

I began running at the tail end of college, and moved to Boston immediately after graduation. (The two were not related.) I didn’t know anything about the Boston Marathon at the time beyond the fact that it existed, but it didn’t take long to figure out that it was something special.

The first year I was in the city for the race, I started my own marathon tradition of obsessively watching live updates of the marathon while I spent the day at work. I would then go home and watch the entire 4 hour long broadcast of the marathon that I had recorded. (I never said it was an exciting tradition.) Every year I was beyond excited for the marathon. I’d smile at the motivational advertisements that started popping up on the streets of Boston weeks before the race. I’d pour over Runner’s World trying to decide which American would finally win the race again. And, on the day of the race I’d grin like an idiot as I walked past the many busses ready to transport runners to the start line.

I never went to watch the marathon in person. I was always super busy at work that day, and didn’t want to take the PTO, but I also didn’t want to miss the exciting play by play of watching/following the elites running the race. And, I don’t really like crowds. So, every year I’d get really excited for the race, think “Should I go this year? Can I convince someone to stand at the end with me to watch the elite runners?”, and then I’d just go to work, and tell anyone who’d listen how the race was going.

Last year, was no different. Except, I had decided that it was time to start a running blog. And the night before the marathon,  one  year ago last night, I made my very first post about how excited I was for the race the next day. The next morning, I continued on with my tradition, I went to work, listened/watched to the live stream of the marathon while working, and was looking forward to watching marathon coverage in the evening.

But, then, that never happened.

In the middle of the afternoon my husband called my cell phone. He told me there had been some kind of “explosion or something” near the finish line of the marathon and he had left work. They heard/felt the bombs go off from his building and although they didn’t know what was going on, the head of his department told them they should all leave. (Eventually, his entire building was evacuated.) He told me he would walk over to my office to meet me and we should catch the next train home. I was confused, and told him that I had too much work to do to leave but we could decide when he got there.

As soon as I got off the phone, I did a google search to see what was going on. At first, nothing was coming up because it had just happened, but eventually I learned that two bombs had gone off near the finish line and people were injured and possibly killed. No one knew who had done it or if it was really over. After finding this out, I tried to call Jeff back, but cell service was spotty now.

Eventually, one of us got through to the other and I met him in the lobby of my building. After a quick chat, I was on board to leave the office early and head home with him. I was glad we were together and on our way out of the city. On the train ride home, we attempted to contact our families and let them know we were okay, as well as checking in with anyone we could think of that might have been down at the finish line. We learned that my sister in law was working a medical tent in the area, but was completely fine, aside from being stranded downtown. I feel so lucky that I didn’t have any friends or family that were running or spectating where the bombs went off.

We made it home, spoke to our families and then watched the news for a (very) little bit. I couldn’t believe this horrible thing had happened. I was angry, sad, and scared. And I felt so bad for every one that was hurt or had loved ones that were hurt or killed.

I didn’t really know what to do. So we went running.

In the days and weeks that followed, people came together to help and support the people injured in the bombings. People from all over were showing that they/we were BostonStrong. Even the President made a speech about the city picking itself up and running again. I’m happy for those things, and I’m proud to live in a world where for every two people willing to do something evil, there are hundreds, thousands more wanting to do something good.

At the time, I was a brand new blogger, and I had no idea how to write about any of this on the blog. So, instead I deleted my previous (first ever) post and then abandoned the blog until I felt like writing again; in July. So, you see, I’ve had the blog for a year. My first post was in July, but it also wasn’t, and yesterday’s was my 50th post, but it also wasn’t.

Today, I wasn’t sure I was going to write about the bombings. I still feel sad and angry about it, and I’d rather write about things that make me happy (who wouldn’t?), but today isn’t just about remembering the terrible things that happened a year ago, it’s also about celebrating the strength of all the people who have come so far from that day. And for me, it’s about being thankful for all the wonderful people in my life and for being grateful that I am healthy and happy and able to run, and it’s also about moving on.

So this morning, like last year, I went for a run, but this time, I also came in and wrote about it.

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BostonStrong last year at work on the day of the manhunt.

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After my run this morning.