The VIA Marathon: Boston here I come!

On Sunday, September 7th, I ran the VIA Marathon hoping to run a Boston qualifying marathon.  This was my second and final shot for this year…my first attempt did not go as planned.

Jeanette, my training partner and great friend, picked me up on Saturday afternoon and we headed to Bethlehem for packet pick-up.  FYI, this is the site of the Runner’s World Half which was an absolute blast last year.

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After we checked into our hotel, we headed to dinner with some friends.  I made sure to load up on carbs with shrimp risotto and plenty of warm bread.  I really wanted some chocolate after dinner, so I bought peanut M&Ms from the vending machine and I was a happy girl.  Once we got back to the room, we got ready for the morning by setting everything out.  My outfit included shorts, shirt, and sports bra from Fabletics, socks from Pro Compression, and shoes from Brooks (I am still wearing the Pure Flow 2s).

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We went to bed early and tried to get some quality sleep…4:30 am came rather quickly.

The weather for race day was pretty wonderful.  It was sooo hot and humid on Saturday, but thanks to some severe thunderstorms that evening, Sunday’s weather had low humiditiy and cooler temps.  The race started promptly at 7:10 am and I was a bundle of nerves.

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I started pretty close to the front of the pack because it is really hard to start too far back and have to bob and weave past people.  Mile 1 clocked in at 7:51 and mile 2 clocked in at 7:49.  I really wanted to stick to an 8 minute mile pace, but the race day jitters and adrenaline got me going out fast.  I found a few ladies that seemed to be keeping the 8 minute pace and I hung with them for a while.  I also found my buddy Bart Yasso twice along the course…he is my hero.  🙂  I finished the first half averaging right under an 8 minute pace.  This was a good thing (I had some wiggle room for the second half) and a bad thing (I was tired already).  I also spent lots of time trying to get sport beans out of my teeth…I’m so glad they caught this on camera.  LOL.

VIA Marathon

Jeanette hopped in around mile 12 and she is a LIFE SAVER.  By mile 16, I started to question my ability to keep pace and my legs and feet were getting very mad at me.  I doubted my ability to keep going at that pace and to keep going at all.  The thought of having 10 more miles to go was daunting and I started losing hope.  Jeanette helped to keep my confidence up, kept reminding me that I could average slower miles from there on out and still make my goal.  She gave me food and water when I requested it and she kept my legs moving when I wanted to slow down and walk.  When I reached mile 25, I had about 10 minutes to run 1.2 miles.  If I just held it together for 1 more mile, I would actually do it.  After a slight uphill, the course flattened out and I could see the finish line.  I crossed the finish line in 3:34:12 and it took a lot of strength to not just collapse right there.

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I beat my previous time by 55 seconds and I qualified for Boston.  A few years ago, I thought qualifying for Boston was a dream and something I might be able to do one day…dream realized.  🙂

This picture was taken about an 1 1/2 hours after I finished and this smile is very fake.  I had some extreme “runner’s flu” and felt TERRIBLE.  It was so worth it though.  🙂

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The race wasn’t just giving out medals to finishers…It also gave me a few of these babies.  I know it’s gross, I’m sorry.

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Best running day of my life.  Boston 2015 here I come!  The best part…Jeanette qualified back in May and we are going to rock Boston together.  🙂

 

I love Mondays at home.

My work schedule allows for me to be off every other Monday and it is great. Even better is that we have been off because of snow the past two Mondays I was supposed to work. Win win situation. 🙂

I LOVE making breakfast at home, so the day started with stuffed French toast. I finally found The Laughing Cow’s Cinnamon Cream Cheese spread and it made for the perfect filling.

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I topped mine with strawberries, blackberries, and agave nectar.

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Since the road conditions were not great for running, I headed to the gym for this week’s tempo workout.

1 mile warmup at 9:13 pace
4 mile tempo at 7:35 pace
1 mile cool down at 8:34 pace

I’m not going to lie, this felt TOUGH. My legs were still pretty tired from my long run and it took me about a half of a mile to stop feeling like I couldn’t keep up with the belt on the treadmill.

I finished the workout with a 3 minute plank and a few side planks. Pro compression socks and capris make for the perfect outfit. 🙂

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Since I food prepped on Sunday, I ate the lunch I had packed to take to work yesterday.

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I REALLY wanted some Cadbury Mini Eggs for dessert, but I controlled myself and had a banana cream yogurt with chocolate goldfish mixed in instead.

The rest of the day was spent doing house stuff and playing with this little stinker. 🙂

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My mom came up to hang out with us once Chris went to work. Annabelle LOVES her grandparents. I made grilled chicken salads for dinner and it felt good to eat lots of veggies before I consumed a boat load of ice cream.

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If you could be anywhere right this second, where would it be?

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Brinner, fro yo, and an early wake up call.

By the time I got home last night, Annabelle was asleep and my parents had already eaten dinner. Therefore, I just cooked a quick and easy egg sandwich = brinner (breakfast for dinner).

Thomas’s everything bagel

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Egg whites with cheese

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Hot pepper jelly (this stuff is amazing!). It is actually pretty sweet and it goes great with eggs. My friend’s daughter makes it in case you are interested in buying some. 🙂

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Finished product!

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My mom and I looked through the Title Nine and Athleta magazines while I ate. (FYI – my dream job would be a stay at home mom who models for Athleta on the side.) Maybe someday right?

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I love Thursday nights…eating fro yo while watching Honey Boo Boo. This was our second try at taking a picture and this was the best one. LOL.

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My alarm was set for pretty early this morning.

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Annabelle decided that I should wake up even earlier at 4. I got her back to sleep around 4:45 and headed to the gym.

Tempo Run

1 mile at a 8:45 pace
5 miles at a 7:35 pace

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I wore the low cut Pro Compression socks for the first time and I LOVED them. I’m sure I’ll be buying way too any pairs of these. I’m still rocking my Brooks Pure Flow 2s…they never let me down.

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I quickly showered and headed into work. My appetite wasn’t real there, but I ate frosted mini wheats and a banana with skim milk.

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I was very surprised that there were 7 grams of protein in this serving of cereal, so I managed to get a good mix of carbs and protein (and potassium) with this breakfast. 🙂

Now looking ahead to dinner…maybe pizza to carbo load for my 20 miler tomorrow morning!?!?!?

What are your Friday night plans?

What time did you get up today?

Where I spend 40 hours a week.

Today was another normal Tuesday…work, body pump, work, dinner, Dance Moms, sleep. My food pictures today are not very appetizing.

Yogurt with crushed up Belvita biscuits.

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Whole wheat pasta with sun dried tomato chicken meatballs and whole wheat biscuits.

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My dad hating enjoying Dance Moms. 🙂

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As I was packing up to leave work, I decided you guys might want to see where I spend my (work) days. In case you don’t spend your days in a cubicle, this is what you are missing. 😉

My monitors with the best thing in the whole wide world on the screen.

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My gym bag, gym clothes, and jacket corner.

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What’s in my filing cabinet? Running gear, pro compression socks, and work shoes.

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Do you have a desk job?

What would be your dream job?

What was for dinner tonight?

Earning a shower.

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I think showers that I “earn” feel the best! What do I mean by this? A shower is earned when you do something (workout, run, garden, clean the garage, play outside with the kids, swim, diaper blowout, etc) that makes a shower a necessity and not a formality. Today my shower will be earned by going to the x-fit class at my work. I always leave the class sweaty, out of breath, and sore the next day. PS I followed my training plan and ran an easy 6.75 miles yesterday.

In other running related news…I am running the Boordy 5k on Sunday evening. It’s at a vineyard and we get to hang out and drink wine afterwards! This is my first time racing a 5k and I’m shooting to keep a 7:30 pace…we’ll see how that goes.

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I’m really excited for these Pro Compression socks to come in the mail. I have a few pairs already and I just couldn’t pass these up.

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If you use the promo code RACE, you get $20 off!

Have a great Friday!

How will you earn your shower today?. Please leave me a comment, I really want to know! 🙂