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April 18, 2011

T Minus NOW

Filed under: Uncategorized — marathonmaiden @ 10:00

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, because this post is going up for the second the gun goes off

Some Boston Talk

and my goal(s) for it. Given the fact that I never *mentally* recovered from WR back in December, and then got injured 5 weeks ago, I think that finishing feeling good would be the ultimate. Hell, I think I might have a beer or two from those BC students to ensure that the goal is met 😉

That said, I’d be lying if I didn’t have an ultimate goal for the race. I mean, I constantly downplay my running (and pretty much lots of other things) but in the end I want to run well.  This bullshit of running to solely have fun doesn’t fly with me.  Fast running = competing = pushing hard = fun.

It’s the whole race-til-you-hit-the-puke-threshold mentality that I have.

I know a lot of racing is the stars coming aligned at the right time.  And it’ll take quite a few stars to convince me that, given how 2011 has been shaping up so far, Boston will be the most amazing running experience (meeting people? quite possibly!) So no, I’m not fishing for compliments here because deep down I know I’m a good runner (I really hope that doesn’t sound pretentious!) and if you remember correctly I did have a PR in Boston last year when dealing with shin splints that had plagued me during the last few weeks (I even had to take the final 3 weeks off of running).

Therefore I do have ambitious goals for Boston that, if my leg cooperates, I think I have a shot at:

  1. Sub 3:20.  I was going to write sub 3:30 because that was my goal last year but what the hell.  Ambition, right?
  2. Course PR: That would be a 3:35:53
  3. Finish not more injured than I started.  This one might be tricky because after that 20 miler two weeks ago my leg was SORE after.  And that my IT and knee have never really has a period in the past 5 weeks where they felt 100%
  4. Have fun.  I think this will happen, if only because I’ve met a lot of people this weekend, and that has been a BLAST.

I mean, deep down, regardless of how craptastic this training cycle has been, I’m a competitor.  I’m aiming for the best but I’d be lying if I didn’t say right now that, as I sit here in bed on Sunday night typing this out, I’ve already packed the following to carry with me during the race (and note I have NEVER even thought about bringing these things during a race before):

  • Cash money, in case I have to hop of the commuter rail
  • Charlie Card, in case I make it far enough to be able to hop the T
  • Phone, to call people, duh
  • Insurance card, please pray I do not need this one

There’s absolutely no way of knowing how Marathon Monday is going to go.  I’d be lying if I said I’m not debating dropping out.  I’d be lying if tears were not shed over my anxiety.  I’m going to keep private my decision making process (a lot of things have had me going back and forth) but the end result is that I will be seeing this tomorrow

and, by hook or by crook, I plan on seeing this (and yes shout out to my good friend HRMaddie from RW who inspired this pic)


  1. GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂 I hear you about the race nerves. I get them so badly right as I’m walking up to my corral. And then they don’t stop. Go kick Boston’s butt!

    Comment by Eat:Watch:Run — April 18, 2011 @ 10:26

  2. Thinking of you this very second and hoping all is going fantastic! Looks like the perfect day!!!!

    Comment by Jill — April 18, 2011 @ 12:08

  3. That last picture is a bad omen; you’re going backwards in the pic. I hope it ain’t that bad.

    Comment by danny — April 18, 2011 @ 12:36

  4. You’ve got a great day! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    Comment by Marcia — April 18, 2011 @ 14:47

  5. I hope it went great! And tears are even okay, I just hope they are happy tears because you reached your goals when you crossed the finish. Regardless of how things went for you Boston; you are awesome. Eagerly awaiting your update. 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — April 18, 2011 @ 15:21

  6. Good luck girly! Hope it all went well and you had a fun race!

    Comment by J — April 18, 2011 @ 15:45

  7. Yay I am so glad I got to see you 🙂 too bad we couldn’t hang out longer though 😦

    I’m sorry it didn’t go entirely well, but your 3:48-ish is still awesome and you didn’t have to use your insurance card! That is def a victory.

    Rest up and enjoy some time off!

    Comment by Lindsay — April 18, 2011 @ 16:57

  8. Congrats on finishing another Boston Marathon!

    Comment by Jess — April 18, 2011 @ 22:34

  9. I am catching up on blogs today, so forgive my total lateness in reading.

    Anyway, I LOVE that finish line photo!! LOL!

    Comment by Kim — May 4, 2011 @ 17:18

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