by Katie on April 23, 2014

I don’t quite have the energy or the words to write at the moment to do justice to the Boston Marathon, not yet anyway.

This was my first time running it and hopefully not my last

It was a unbelievably fantastic experience.  Upon my return from the race, my fresh faced children didn’t skip a beat, missing and needing their mama ever so much, life returns quickly and wildly back to normal at the 5:30am hour day after the race, leaving me slightly depleted of energy to do anything other than the necessities of the day…which happen to be quite a lot of things, not including writing a detailed recap of all things Boston.  So, I give you the very very basics.

With that being said, I wanted to put up a quick post of the results of Monday’s race.  It seems hard to do without going into detail about the experience of the entire day, but the simplicity of my personal results will have to do for now – even though Boston Marathon is far more than just a marathon and a finish time.  I think every human being should experience this marathon.  Whether you run it, spectate it, volunteer for it, it’s a special day.

Here’s my race in a very tiny little nutshell.  I won’t even go into how I feel about how I ran, what my goals were or any of that.  That’s for the next one.

BOston results


35th overall female

19th American female

618th overall

2:45:29 official finish

The age group was 18-39, which made more sense when I saw 31st in age group

Boston makes you work for it.  It is a challenging course.  And I loved every minute of it.

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That’s all for now, my friends

I hope those of you that were in Boston had an amazing day, and those of you that got to watch it enjoyed every second.


The Week in Miles

by Katie on March 23, 2014

One week out from the half marathon and 4 weeks to go until Boston

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I am starting to get excited.  I think a good tune up race will do that – increase the marathon excitement.  No matter how the marathon goes, I’m thrilled with the race that told me I should be in good shape for the marathon.  I’m thrilled with how I felt running that race.  Now, all I can do is keep running, keep healthy and keep working towards a marathon.  One mile at a time.  Then run.  and have fun.

Up until this point, I’ve been more terrified than excited about running Boston and all things that go with a race of that size.  The terror of it all is dissipating and the excited anticipation is setting in.  It’s going to be a good weekend.  It’s actually going to be a racing weekend.  The husband has a 50k that saturday and then marathon for me on Monday.  I have no idea what my boston weekend plans are yet, but I know come tuesday, we will be quite a pair.

I had a good week of training after the half

Here’s what it looked like:

90 miles Total

Monday: 10 miles

6 easy am, 4 easy pm

Tuesday: 9.5 miles @ 7:00

Wednesday: 11.3 @ 7:00

Thursday: 15.2 miles total

AM – 11.2 with a 3 x 2 mile tempo

LATE AM – 4 easy with the husband.  I said we were doing 8′s, he said no way.  He was right.  7:30 pace.

The early morning tempo: I have not really done a tempo by myself in quite awhile.  The last tempo I did was on a treadmill, so I don’t really count that as solo…there was a belt…making me run.  My training partner couldn’t do this one with me, and I might have freaked a little bit.  I pulled myself together and ran the darn thing.

The goal was to run a progressive tempo interval, 3 x 2 miles, 2 minute jogs:

Goal pace – 6:05 first set, 6:00 second set, 5:55 third set

6:01 first set

5:58 second set

5:49 third set

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Happy girl.  Solo tempo done.  Feeling good.

Friday: 10 miles @ 7:15 + Barre class

The Barre.  Smashed my legs to pieces.  If I actually completed half the class, that would be impressive.  By the end of this class, my legs were shot.  I usually do barre on Fridays, which is usually after 10 miles in the morning, which is the day after a tempo or some sort of longer workout and followed by a long run the day after.  Thankfully, I was doing my long run on Sunday this week, one extra day to recoup from the barre beating I got on Friday.  Every week I do this barre class, every week I’m blown away by how tough it is and how equally fantastic it is.  I have noticed improvements in my strength, although my form is flipping terrible.  I was not meant to be a ballerina.

Saturday: 10 miles @ 7:05

Sunday: 24 mile long run @ 6:55

The goal was to run 6:55 – 7:10

which reads to me as: RUN 6:55

so, I ran 6:55 average pace.  I did the first 8 with my training partner, and the last 16 solo.  I’ve been doing my long runs very hilly, but I kept this one on the not as hilly side so that I could do faster end of the pace range.  It was about 1000 feet elevation gain.

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I don’t know what kind of crazy pill I took when I planned the route, but I did the 24 miles on this one loop, around and around, back and forth, with some off-shoots.  The loop was just under 6 miles, with a couple short out and back roads off the loop.  There was a method to my madness.  I really do like loop courses for long runs, and I needed to practice fueling.  I don’t fuel on runs, but I use this one long run, the longest before the marathon, as an opportunity to try the fueling.

FUEL – I made a gel/paste out of the UCAN, by mixing just a little bit of water with 1/2 a scoop.  I ate that 30 minutes before my run.  I had a water bottle with UCAN on the corner of a road that I knew I would pass by, thanks to my ingenius loop course, and could take a quick swig of it on the way by and toss.  I had about 6 oz of that mix.  That was the extent of it today.  I know UCAN works for me.  All went well.

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There is no reason that mile 7 is highlighted.  It wasn’t a super special mile.  It was just mile 7 :-)

I’m pretty happy that run is done.  24 doesn’t seem like a heck of a lot more than the normal 20ish mile long run, but it really is.  I love long runs.  One of my favorite parts of training.  I look forward to them every week.  I was looking forward to this one, and it was definitely a workout.

That run finished my third 90 mile week.  Last year, at this time, I didn’t think I would ever be more than a 60 mile a week marathoner.  I wasn’t sure I could handle more than that because I was struggling to keep that together.  I’m pleasantly surprised with how comfortable I feel with 90 miles.  Slowly, steadily and patiently getting the miles up there.

Recovery for me is key.  I will probably do a post on recovery and my nutrition at some point.  I do credit much of my own ability to run more miles on the proper recovery and good nutrition.  It’s all a piece of the training puzzle and I’m slowly figuring out what works for me.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


New Bedford Half Marathon 2014

March 18, 2014

The following words came out of my husbands mouth on the way to the race on Sunday: “WHY don’t you just run a 1:17:59.  Get in the 1:17′s” Then, these words came out of my mouth: “Well, my sweet love, I am just not a 1:17:xx half marathoner…yet, easier said than done.  That’s just the [...]

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Training Update

March 15, 2014

I have not run a spring marathon in two years, for exactly the reason that we are experiencing right now – winters stinks. I think I hit my breaking point with sub 10-15 degree weather this week.  It was brutally difficult for me to get moving in the early morning hour.  6 days until spring. [...]

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Colchester Half Marathon Recap – v.2014

February 25, 2014

I ran Colchester Half marathon for the third time on Saturday. After the first time I ran it, I said never again.  I did it again. After that time, I said never again.  Then I found out what the female course record was.  I was 40 seconds off.  I ran it again, this year. Third [...]

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Winter Running

February 13, 2014

Now that February is halfway over, I can say with certainty that I have earned my “winter runner” title.  I have run in colder temps than I ever thought imaginable. I dislike winter running with a passion But, I LOVE running.  and I’ve got a little thing called Boston Marathon coming up in like fewer weeks [...]

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It Takes a Village

January 9, 2014

I have written at least 27 blog posts {in my head} and deleted them all before they made it to the computer and  the “publish” button could be hit There is certainly a lot I could write about There was a very last minute race back in early December, in which I ran 15 miles [...]

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Back on the Road

November 30, 2013

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! I hope every one had a lovely holiday.  I did.  Lots of food, family and fun.  The best part of holidays now is that my kids are not the babies anymore, which means I get to smother the baby nieces and nephews.  They steal my heart.  I have to admit, with three [...]

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Timing is Everything

November 10, 2013

Hartford Marathon was four weeks ago time flies On a beautiful, sunny day, I still find myself daydreaming about that day {final push in that last mile} {at the finish} I love that.  I love that when I don’t run for 7 days, it stinks to high heaven and I’m not a super happy camper, [...]

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Hartford Marathon – The FULL Story of a 2:48 Race

October 19, 2013

In my mind’s eye, I could see myself breaking down in a blubbering mess at the finish line   that is, if in fact I did get the number on the fridge or even the back up number to the number on the fridge. or, quite honestly, just a solid marathon race. I did not. [...]

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