Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thoughts on the Boston Marathon & Nike Women’s Half Marathon Race Prep

Boston Marathon

On Monday morning, about 36,000 people lined up to run the Boston Marathon. Although I did not get to watch the entire race, I caught the highlights, including Meb Keflezighi’s incredible feat of earning first place and a personal best with a time of 2:08:32 (FYI, that is under a 5 min/mile pace for the ENTIRE 26.2 miles). I definitely got teary-eyed watching both and he Rita Jeptoo (first place woman who ran the full in 2:18:57) fly across the finish line! And although Shalane Flanagan wanted that win so badly, the fact that she pushed herself to gain her own personal best is incredible as well! I am so happy for everyone’s accomplishments that day.

The elites aren’t the only ones who were out there, though. Although their intense competition is certainly the main focus, they make up a small portion of the runners who toe the start line. My teary eyes didn’t start when I saw the elites cross the finish, but instead when I saw the massive corrals of runners begin their own races. People often forget what it takes just to GET to that start line. It takes serious dedication to training, and a heck of a lot of sweat getting those Boston Qualifying (BQ) marathon times! So I would like to say GREAT job, and give huge congratulations to all who made it to that start line. You are an inspiration to us who have not reached that point in our running yet, and I don’t know if I can speak for everyone, but I truly hope that one day I am able to make it to that highly esteemed race!

Nike Women’s Half Marathon Race Prep

This upcoming Sunday is the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington D.C. I am so excited to run this race, and to visit Washington D.C. I haven’t been there in years, and I have heard that spring is the perfect time to visit!

Amidst all the excitement of the course, the #RunnersLove meet-up, and the gorgeous Tiffany’s necklace that will be handed to me by a fireman dressed in a tuxedo (don’t worry Robert, I’ll restrain myself! haha), I have to think about my strategy for the race. My knee is still on the mend so of course my first goal is to finish strong, uninjured, and with a smile on my face! If that means I need to do the run/walk method, then that is perfectly fine with me.

I will be taking it easy on my workouts this week leading up to the race as not to irritate my knee any more. I took an ice bath this past Sunday to help refresh my muscles and will do one or two Epsom salt baths this week as well. Consistent and extra-long sessions of stretching and foam rolling are going to be a major key for my race prep as well. As far as nutrition goes, I am eating nothing out of the ordinary and steadily increasing my carb intake throughout the week. This should keep my energy levels up and ready for another half marathon!

My plans are in place, and even though my goal is not glamorous, it is what it needs to be for right now. I am hoping the expo has a KT Tape (or something similar) booth; I think it would be helpful just for this weekend! I don’t want to start to wear it every time I run and end up building a dependency on it.

I can’t wait to see so many of y’all this weekend – I hope everyone’s prep for the race is going well!

QOTD: Did you watch the Boston Marathon?

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  1. I did watch the Boston marathon and I was getting teary eyed too! I got teary actually seeing the streets my sister ran down last year, and like you got teary watching all the "regular" folks in their corrals just waiting to have the race of their life! I hope all goes well for you this weekend! I will be cheering for you from home! -m

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    1. Thanks Meranda! I bet it was extra emotional for you since Lacey ran last year. I can't even imagine!

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  2. I ran while I watched, that was inspiring! I hope you have a fabulous race and tons of fun next weekend!!

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    1. Thanks Karen! The Boston Marathon is the perfect thing to watch while running :0) I so wish I had that option!

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  3. I tried to listen to the race at work, but I was DVR'ing at home. Even though I knew the result, I couldn't wait to get home to watch the broadcast.

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    1. I bet! It was such an exciting race.

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  4. I live streamed it work, not my most productive day!

    Just a heads up that the "expotique" isn't a typical race expo. From my understanding that expotique will hold packet pick up and beauty/hair type vendors. Then to purchase merchandise we have to go to the separate Nike Georgetown location. So probably no KT booth :/ I may know of a blogger who will be at the #runnerslove meet up who may have some though!

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    1. LOL nice! :0)

      Thanks for the heads up - I'll be on the look out for someone who can help! I can get some at a Walgreens, but I'm not sure how to apply it.

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    2. Check out their website, they have videos of how to apply it as well as PDF instruction sheets. They're both super helpful. If you end up buying it make sure you either pre-cut the strips you need or have scissors on hand. We ran into the no scissor problem at wine & dine, luckily the front desk had a pair we could use!

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    3. Awesome - thank you so much!

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  5. I was so heartbroken for Shalane :( But as sad as I was for her, I was so ecstatic for Meb!!! LOVE HIM!!!!!

    Hope there's someone there to tape you up. My back being taped made ALL the difference in the world for me.

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    1. I know, I was definitely rooting for her to win, but man did she still do an amazing job!

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  6. I was also very teary eyed while watching the Boston Marathon. I'm not an emotional person at all but running related things always seem to bring me to tears! Have fun this weekend, can't wait to hear all about it!!

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  7. Have fun this weekend and take care of your knee!

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  8. I hope you have an amazing time at the Nike Half. I was part of a team registration that did not get in, so we are running the Divas Half in North Myrtle Beach instead. Not the same, but it will still be a blast! I watched most of the Boston Marathon with great anticipation and was so excited to see Meb win. Next year, I will toe that starting line and I can hardly wait!

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    1. Thanks Pam! So excited for you that you'll be running Boston next year!!

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  9. I have to agree, I did not get emotional until the "mortals" started running. Just the sea of people gathered there to not only run but also to celebrate a city and this marathon tradition was incredible. I so have been wanting to do a Nike race. Maybe next year after I do my first half marathon in the Fall.

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    1. I have heard such great things about the Nike races. I am excited to experience my first one this weekend. I hope you get the chance to run one next year!

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  10. Sounds like you have a good plan set in place for your knee and the race! Epsom salt is wonderful stuff. Good luck and I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  11. Hey girl! I pray your knee will not give you any issues this Sunday. I pray you PR and have an amazing time in DC! I can't wait to read your recap. I didn't watch Boston (cause I was watching my kids and cleaning up but def was looking for news on my FB feed) but I rejoiced with Meb's win. Boston is not on my bucket list but I think it's an amazing race and something great to look forward to watching every year. May God continue to bless you Lauren!

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    1. Thank you so much Cintia! No PR since my knee flared up, but I still had a wonderful time at the race!!

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