*Boston Marathon eve*

“Thank you” just doesn’t seem enough sometimes, does it?

For several days now, I’ve had this post, or what I hoped this post would become, swirling around in my head. An endless list of people… family, friends, and in some cases, strangers… that have helped make this journey so incredibly awesome.

But in this moment, the evening before I fulfill this two (plus!) year journey, I’m at a loss for words. And even though “thank you” isn’t enough, I offer it anyway. THANK YOU!

From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful to everyone that has played a part. It will never be forgotten!

I would be remiss to not say a special thank you to Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking for his support. None of this would have been possible without his unwavering dedication to making sure I fulfilled this dream. So, THANK YOU, Mr. WJTWT!!!!

I’m looking forward to sharing my journey and race recap in the days to come but I’ve got a race to get ready for! Eek!

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Just 26 miles and 385 yards left to fulfill this dream!

*Good, better, best*

The Boston Marathon edition.

Holy moly!

My alarm is set for 3 AM tomorrow morning as the final stage of this Boston journey begins. The culmination of more than two years of dreaming, training, running, hoping, stressing, aching, and ever other *ing* you can imagine. In five short days, I will be running one of the most prestigious marathons in the entire world.

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A little vino to calm my pre-travel jitters. ; )

As has become tradition, I am going to share my race goals in the form of good, better, and best. This is above-and-beyond the experience of the trip itself. I’m a runner. I’m competitive. I want to go to Boston and prove that I earned my spot there. But no matter what, the trip in its entirety, will be what I can only imagine as one of the highlights of my life, regardless of how I “race”.

GOOD :: Earn another BQ. While not necessarily a PR, I’d be pleased to finish with a time that proves I deserve to be running among such incredible athletes. Anything under 3:40:00 would be a *good* finish for me.

BETTER :: But who doesn’t want to PR? I do! I would really love to beat my BQ time of 3:35:01. That’s an 8:13 average pace. I’ve run long training runs at a faster pace than that so I know it’s in me… everything just needs to come together on race day.

BEST :: Ultimately, I’d love to run a sub-3:30 marathon. Shave five minutes of my PR? Run an 8:00 average? It’s lofty, yes? But not unattainable. I’m close and hoping that Marathon Monday is the day that all of my efforts to make this race my best yet, manifest into what would be my *best* race outcome.

With that, I’m off to finish packing and then hitting the hay! Please forgive my sporadic posts over the next week… but if you’re interested in keeping up with my Boston adventures, be sure to connect with me on my social media sites, listed below. Goodnight!

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*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of April 6th – April 12th

Total weekly mileage: 48.25

Total April mileage (to-date): 94.75

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 784.75

Run review:

4/6           No run/rest day

4/7           45:59 min./5 mi./9:11 pace (plus 1 mile with Run Girl Run)

4/8           57:11 min./7 mi./8:10 pace

4/9           1:00:26 min./8 mi./8:38 pace

4/10         1:21:48 min./10 mi./8:11 pace

411           50:20 min./5.25 mi./9:35 pace

4/12         1:56:49 min./13 mi./8:55 pace

While my mileage was still somewhat high-ish last week, the intensity has come down a bit and will continue to as I move into my final week before the Boston Marathon. Seven days. SEVEN!

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Strong. Tough. Brave. Boston.

My focus this week is rest. As much extra rest as I can get (even with tons to do to prepare for the trip)! I’m looking forward to having a few days in Boston before the big day in which I can relax, get acclimated to the time difference, hopefully get to bed a decent hour, and sleep in a bit later than usual.

Coming up in the next few days: I will be posting my traditional Good, Better, Best goals, the Boston edition, and a heartfelt post about the outpouring of support for me and my endeavor to qualify and run the Boston Marathon. So stay tuned!

 

*Next top (foot) model?*

If you follow Nuun Hydration on Instagram, you might have seen this yesterday:

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I can now add foot model to my resume because those are my feet! How fun is it that my shoes happen to be “watermelon” colored and watermelon Nuun is back in season? Thanks for the love, Nuun!

Oh, and the countdown continues!

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Nine days and counting!!!

I’m off to a track meet (it’s all running, all of the time around here!) so have a great Saturday!!

 

*Ten*

The countdown is on!

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I can officially count the days down on my hands!

More than two years of dreaming, training, and waiting, the Boston Marathon is days away! The excitement is building, travel plans are being finalized, packing lists created…. Oh my!

*Meet Left Coast Raw*

So a guy walks into a bar…

(Don’t all of the best stories start out that way?!)

… where I happened to be enjoying a little Friday afternoon happy hour with Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking a few weeks ago.

The guy, a friend of my husband, joined us and conversation ensued leading to discussion about his company, Left Coast Raw.

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I don’t know about you, but this is what I’d like to think of as serendipity at its finest!

Left Coast Raw, based in Sherwood, Oregon, produces super nutritious shakes consisting of raw, whole-food fruits and vegetables. They are non-GMO, vegan, gluten, soy, dairy, egg, peanut, and preservative free, and are made with high-quality ingredients. Most of which are organic!

The three blends they offer, Cascade Berry Bliss, Produce Row Blend, and Farmer’s Market Blend, boast 13-15 grams of pea protein per serving. Plus 35 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, lots of vitamin C, iron and a multitude of other vitamins and minerals, and all for just 170-180 calories. They offer single serving pouches (perfect for traveling… oh, to say like BOSTON!) and multiple serving tubs.

If you’ve been following my journey, you already know that whole-food nutrition is near and dear to my heart. I couldn’t help but immediately want to know more and see if these super food shakes could play a role in my fueling strategy to optimize my training and recovery.

I loved what I discovered! And through the process, I’ve began to build a relationship with the company. So much so, that I’ve partnered with Left Coast Raw to help spread the word about their outstanding nutrient-rich blends that help support an optimal state of health. They aim to help their customers “maintain a vigorous life style” and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Left Coast Raw team and for them to be a part of mine!

Of course I’ll be sharing more in the days, weeks, and months to come but check out their website and if you’d like to give Left Coast Raw a try, they offer a Raw Sampler pack (with free shipping!) for just $9.99!

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of March 30th – April 5th

Total weekly mileage: 53.5

Total March mileage (to-date): 237

Total April mileage (to-date): 46.5

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 736.5

Run review:

3/30          No run/rest day

3/31         59:33 min./7 mi./8:31 pace

4/1           59:12 min./7.25 mi./8:10 pace

4/2          44:56 min./4 mi./11:14 pace

4/3          1:38:35 min./12.25 mi./8:03 pace

4/4          48:33 min./5 mi./9:43 pace

4/5           2:31:43 min./18 mi./8:26 pace

Another solid training week in the books! Things are winding down as they’re winding up! I fly to Boston in 10 days and the Boston Marathon is officially two weeks away! How can it be so close already? Time sure flies!!