It is one of the BEST days in Boston – the 20-mile training run before the Boston Marathon! This is like a holiday here in the Boston area. And now just Boston itself. It is a holiday for all of the cities along the Boston Marathon course.
You’re probably wondering what the heck I mean. Wellll it’s like Marathon Monday, but three weeks early! The towns do an AMAZING job of making the marathon course safe for teams to train on. It is an extremely motivating, inspiring and humbling run as most of the folks out on the course on this day are charity runners and/or first-timers. The water stops are all sponsored by charity groups/run clubs. And the vibe is just unbelievable.
It’s truly one day I really look forward to!!
So how did my run start? Well with a nice early alarm…
… before getting a ride from Page and heading in to Joint Ventures in Kenmore Square. Our busses departed at 7:30 to take the 30-40 minute ride to Framingham.
We unloaded in a church parking lot in Framingham and ran the last 20 miles of the course.
So with the snow falling and the wind howling, we headed out for a little jaunt. I vowed to stay in the mile we were in and not think about the daunting 20 we would be doing.
Page and I started out and immediately got into a nice rhythm.
Mile 1: 8:55
Mile 2: 8:48
Mile 3: 8:56
We hit the first water stop and it was there at the right time. It was nice to check in with each other and the Tedy’s Team coach.
Mile 4: 8:57
Mile 5: 8:42
The weather wasn’t ideal, but we were making the most of it. PLUS we knew Tedy would be at the Mile 5 water stop… and our good friend and teammate Dan.
So bring on the pics!
Yeah Dan had some fun before returning my phone!
Just after a fun water stop visit, we made the entry to Wellesley. Wellesley marks the halfway point during the Boston Marathon.
Mile 6: 8:34
Mile 7: 8:40
While out trip through Wellesley wasn’t quite the same without the Scream Tunnel produced by the ladies of Wellesley College, we still had a great trip through. We enjoyed a Tedy’s Team water stop before seeing the folks of Saucony and taking advantage of their port-o-potty… and snacks!
After another perfectly timed water stop we continued our journey to Comm Ave and Heartbreak Hill.
Mile 8: 9:08
Mile 9: 9:03
Mile 10: 8:54
Mile 11: 8:51
Since we were trying to keep the pace in check today, I continued to check in on our average pace, but didn’t look at the mileage. Until I realized we were at Mile 11 when both Page and I expected to be at Mile 9. Yay! Winning at being farther into the run than expected.
Aaannnddd we finally hit the amazingly motivating guys of the Newton Firehouse. The Newton Firehouse is the start of the 3-mile stretch of Heartbreak Hill. The guys are out every week of Boston Marathon training to cheer on the runners!
Why yes I did make Dennis, Tedy’s Team teammate and Stroke Survivor, pose for a selfie with us! He was loving it.
Mile 12: 8:47
Mile 13: 8:34
The fine folks of Joint Ventures had a nice water stop at Mile 13 where we took a quick break before snapping a much-needed pic with Heartbreak Bill (Gorilla mascot of Heartbreak Hill Running Company).
Mile 14: 8:49
Mile 15: 8:51
After dominating Heartbreak Hill I felt the need for Page and I to share our run thoughts to that point via video.
Did you see the snow and hear the wind? Not bad for being able to formulate sentences once delirium had set in.
So on race day the spot behind us – BC – has a huge inflatable arch that says:
Without the toughest miles behind us, we vowed to take the final 5 in stride. We did a great job of checking in with each other along the run making sure we were both fueled (Gu for Page and KIND bar for me). I actually found breaking up 2 Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt KIND bars was the perfect fuel for me!!
I felt really strong on the hills. Now my hamstrings were still sore, but nothing unbearable. The same pain that has been kicking around since May 2014.
Mile 16: 8:51
Mile 17: 8:52
We were not in familiar territory with less than 3 miles to go. We stopped for a fantastic water stop with a wonderful layout – thanks Melanoma Society!
Mile 18: 8:54
Mile 19: 9:02
Mile 20: 8:58
We hit Mile 19 when we entered Kenmore Square, so we did an exaggerated loop around Kenmore Square to end right in front of Dunkin Donuts. Yes folks – priorities!! Much of the team made their way towards the Boston Marathon Finish Line to hit 21, but I vowed not to look at the line during any of the training runs this year.
I touched it at the end of last year’s 20-miler and felt a curse over my race. Yes I am superstitious.
We gave ourselves a pat on the back, grabbed our drinks and headed back to Joint Ventures to do a little stretching and foam rolling.
Now we definitely ran a little faster than anticipated, but both of us felt in a groove and neither felt like we pushed it – which is KEY with just 22 days until the Big Show.
Overall the body felt good, fueling plans were executed properly and the snow/wind didn’t hold us or our spirits back!
After the foam rolling and stretching, some of the team headed to Bertucci’s (next door) for much-needed pizza and beer. Oohh it was a delicious feast complete with lots of hugs, smiles and high-fives. There is just something about being with a group of people all fighting for the same cause that invigorates you!
Once home, I took the plunge into the ice bath. I didn’t want to do it, but the Tedy’s Team coach kept telling me to do it to help recovery time. He swore I only needed 5-7 minutes in there.
Well my wine and I lasted 6 and I was DONE. I will report in tomorrow how it worked.
But for now, I am in bed, watching some TV, snuggling some puppies, rocking some compression and getting ready for tomorrow’s Spin class at Velo City in Back Bay!
Special thanks to all who tweeted to me during the run using #DaniRuns20ForFun!! I loved the messages and support!
Oh oh oh and last but not least I loved using my Timex ONEGPS+ watch on a portion of today’s run! The screen was easy to reach, the touchscreen was a breeze (except when the run was terminated after I used that hand to fix my skirt) and it was light weight!
To say I didn’t want to step foot on the scale today would be an understatement. Why be afraid of the scale?
Well it was one emotional week which lead to some off-plan food choices and general merriment that happened over the weekend. For the first time in probably years I had three social engagements in one weekend. Ummmm yeah I don’t normally have that many in a month. Also not kidding. I don’t have much of a life so really the only times I really get very off plan is sheer laziness.
But anyway… this week was a different situation. From the get go I was all over the map with happiness, sadness, anger, loneliness, boredom, hopelessness… I mean you think of the emotion I was probably feeling it.
Now the entire week was not a bust. There were a few times that I realized I was reaching for food out of anger rather than hunger. So I will celebrate those few instances.
Overall, the week was one that I couldn’t wait to wipe clean. I thought I would just avoid the weigh-in and just start fresh today. Wellll while looking in the mirror Wednesday night (doing my #30DaysOfPositivity challenge), I told myself there was NO reason to avoid weigh-in and to buck up and just get on the damn scale.
I mean there is no reason I should allow this object to dictate my self-worth SO I devised a plan: accountability.
After completing #wwchat and my #30DaysOfPositivity, I vowed to make Thursday an on-plan kick-ass day! Thursday is the final day of my Weight Watchers week and I wanted to go out on a good foot.
And you know what – it worked. Every time a negative thought came in my head, I reminded myself I was only going to be positive.
I also reached out to my Weight Watchers members and told them I would get on the scale no matter what the next day. I have to live what I preach – right?
Then I set a special label for my Friday morning alarm…
Then my friend Justin made an even better one!!
I was all smiles when he texted me this! After reading these, I was actually amped to get on the scale and use THAT as my week’s fresh start.
So this morning the alarm went off, I looked at the finished product of my week.
(I calculated that 92 of that 117 came from booze)
And looked at what Friday would bring…
… a clean slate!
So on the scale I went and…
it was a loss! Sssaaayyy wwhhhaaa??
I thanked the scale gods and jumped off the scale as quickly as possible.
Now I won’t be going off and repeating the same actions I took this week just because the scale was kind. Instead I am learning from my tracker (hello feedback) and devising some new strategies to handle emotional eating the next time it happens.
Since the beginning of the year I’ve only missed 3 weigh-ins: 2 because I was out-of-town and 1 because I slept through it. My goal in 2015 was to be more consistent with weigh-ins and tracking and I think the weight record speaks for itself that it is working!!
Consistency was also my goal in 2014 and I didn’t follow through. So I’m happy to see Attempt 2 at consistency is starting off on a better foot.
In addition to not throwing away the entire week just because I had some bumps in the road, I am proud of the streaks I have.
When I felt like everything was slipping away from me this past week, I knew that I had control over one thing: my streaks.
For those wondering: I use the Simple Habits app on my iPhone to track my Streaks.
Now facing the scale when I didn’t want to and tracking my choices no matter what hasn’t ALWAYS been my M.O. There have been plenty of times during this journey that I skipped my meeting and waited a week so I could “lose the gain” or I knew a food choice was soooo bad I “didn’t want to see it.” But over time I’ve realized that doesn’t help me change the relationship with my scale or my food choices.
Now tracking it no matter what or getting on and seeing the gain, helps the guilt or fear pass quicker then before. And it helps me get back on track faster.
How do you motivate yourself to track the good, the bad and the ugly?
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