Time for some real race talk😬 I went into this half off a strong race at Boston and after working on speed the last month, I knew I had a 1:40 in me. Started out with @kallrunning pacing us which was awesome!! But quickly found myself falling off pace. I could easily say now “oh I took it easy and treated this as a training run” but guess what? I didn’t. I tried so hard to hang on to give it all I had today, and all I had was 8 minute miles. Am I disappointed? A little, but this race is about so much more than just my time. It honors all the first responders who have given so much to keep us safe and it’s always so inspiring to be part of such a race. So I gave all the high fives, thanked all the police and firemen/women on the course and enjoyed the experience. Sub 1:40 will have to wait until fall....but I am coming for you some day soon 💪🏼
Recent trip to Maine was a success👌(it was so nice out I didnt take my puffy off) #acadianationalpark #nationalpark .
Oh also I got to cruise the Santa Fe Trail and present Stephen VanGampleare (first non elite to cross the line at the Boston Marathon this year) a small award for his years of dedication to our sport. #running#boston2019#boston#roadracing#roadrunner .
I guess I also ran the marathon, not nearly as successful as Stephen or @sethwoodring . I prefer to take the scenic route apparently. Very disappointed, but I have exciting stuff in the works. #bostonmarathon#10k #whatsnext
Recently saw my pup as well. #puppy
Enjoy an odd picture of a moose Davey and I snagged if you get that far. If you're wondering, my dog is also part moose. #moose
Yvonnes • Boston MA.
A true hidden gem in the heart of Boston, drinks are spectacular & food is amazing. The vibe here is something you cant find anywhere else in Boston. Iv always been a fan but now that i have tried their food im in love, the pictures really don’t do it justice.
Ran my fourth FM at IDBI New Delhi in Feb 2018 where I first BQd by just four seconds (3.44.56). Then ran Berlin in September 2018 (3.36) which got me to Boston this April, where I ran a 3.29. I still have a long way to go. But it's going to take a lot more than sheer hardwork henceforth.
I now know my strengths & weaknesses and the Way Forward. Not subjective but clear objective data. Doing my form analysis and understanding my collision dynamics was an eye opener as I was wondering what my issues were and where to focus for those extra minutes I want to improve.
Whatever I do, I like to do whole heartedly and understanding the basics and being prepared to re learn is important.
It takes several aspects to come together to permit that much desired fluency to our running, and running form is one of these key aspects. It concerns having sufficient Strength & Response Speed (firing) of our nervous system for efficient and coordinated musculo-skeletal movements in line with the laws of physics.
Afterall the litmus test is how the rubber hits the road and not how pretty one looks in running 🙃
Thank you Ash N for pointing me in the right direction.
CITGO #FBF 💛💙🦄💛💙
Oh, the iconic Citgo sign.
Fenway. Home. The City of Champions. Hard-work. Dedication. The sign’s rich history signifies so much for Bostonians. And for marathoners, it means just one more mile to go.
Looking back, this sign gave me the support I needed to finish strong. 24 miles deep, battling fatigue, cramps and negative self-talk, I saw it off in the distance and was reinvigorated. There was a shift, nostalgic in a way that I was overwhelmed with a sense of ease. I suddenly felt I was getting close. Before then I had many doubts along the way, but then in that moment I was certain. I was where I needed to be. Almost home.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Thoughts are things. Powerful things! And when mixed with purpose, commitment and burning desire, there is the perfect formula. Be positive. Work hard. See things through. You will never lead yourself wrong. #CITGO#Fenway#BostonMarathon#Boston2019
15 36725 May, 2019
Since things have been pretty quiet for me since Boston, I’m excited to get back into racing this Sunday at one of my favorite races, @bostons_runtoremember !!little throwback to last year when I hit a big PR here...hoping for another great run this weekend 🙌🏼💙
#racerecap : Last Saturday, a month after an epic blowup in #boston2019 , I joined my buddy Pat in the #fargodome for the #fargomarathon . The plan - pace a 3:02 to get him a 3 minute cushion for #boston2020 . The weather - 40's, raining, 25mph winds.
I decided to let my #stryd#footpod track pace and distance since we couldn't get a #gpslock in the dome. This proved challenging as the pod consistently shorted the distance by .02 / mile and reported a much slower than actual pace. I thought we went out slow when in fact we did not.
I threw in a surge over 5 & 6 to offset a #portapotty stop at 7. Apparently Pat did too because it took me over 3 miles to catch him again.
The Fargo course is flat but has so many turns! Over 80! It runs generally north /south and dips into Minnesota briefly. With wind out of the NE, much of the last 10k was into the wind.
My nutrition and energy were great the entire race as was my heart rate. No #bonk ! But my legs were completely shot by mile 22 and my pace lagged. Fortunately? I was ahead due to the foot pod issue and held on to finish in 3:02:07. Pat fell off the pace at 20 but rallied late to finish just 15 seconds behind me. That was the highlight of the day for me. Another BQ. He's got a 2:38 cushion, but #willitbeenough ?
Mass Pike Curves. Which side would you rather be on? Fun fact: the Mass Pike (Interstate 90) is the longest in Massachusetts, and I-90 is the longest Interstate Highway in the United States! •
In the coming weeks I’ll be posting a mix of local shots, and shots from my trip to the Azores. What do you think?
#tbt to spending half an hour trying to find my name on the wall 🦄
3 12423 May, 2019
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BOSTON, I thank you. For once again humbling me, and also reminding me of my strength. Soooo much respect for this race and soooo much work just to get to the start line. I’ve always said that you can put in all the work, but you aren’t OWED anything on race day. You show up and you do what you can with the conditions and the body that you have that day. I had a big goal and poured my heart into this training cycle. I did what I could on Monday and raced a time that 6 months ago I never would have thought I could do. No disappointment here. 3:18 finish, 7:32 pace 13 min course PR. How did I forget how freaking HARD this course is?! Thanks IG family for all the love and encouragement. #bostonmarathon#boston2019#bostonmarathon2019#bostonstrong#gritnotquit#coyote#thanksneilforwaiting2daystowatchGOT#runforlife#relentless
Has it been a week already?
Over the last week, I have dissected the race a million different ways. My time was 2.6% slower than I wanted. I did not find the race to be hot, but could the warmer temperatures have affected me by 2.6%? Not out of the question.
What happened those last 4 miles? Did I chicken out? Did I really not have it? It felt so similar to the 3x3mi workouts I did where I came up short.
The truth is I had to have someone carry me to the first water bottle after the finish. I leaned on the fence for 20 min so I wouldn’t go down. It took 40min for me to wander my way to my hotel. I sat down in the courtyard to soak it all in and just lost it. Random strangers were stopping to see if I was ok.
You can dissect things all you want, but be kind to yourself. Whether it was a good day, or less than perfect day, remember to be kind to yourself. There is far more accomplished in a training cycle than just one day.
83 92022 April, 2019
I’ve learned so much about myself running marathons and one of those things is not to fear the suffering. I know what it feels like, I know how to talk myself through it, and it always ends.
Boston Marathon Recap
• Boston #4 , marathon #18 . •3:18 finish, 7:34 pace. Top 10% women, top 5% women age 40-44.
• I learned from my first 3 Bostons that BOSTON is in charge. And that did not change the 4th time around.
• I’ve always said that if I’m not cold before a race, that it’s gonna be too warm for me racing. I was waaaaay too comfortable in the village and corrals. I trained in desert, cold Utah for 4 months.
• While I was waiting in the corrals I got some last minute inspiration from badass women I saw: @lesky27@b_a_bowman@runnergirlnatalie@nebraskarunner@runnermomwells 👊🏼 #girlpower !
• Feeling warm waiting, I grappled with a new strategy and considered running a more comfortable pace to hold off the discomfort I knew the humidity/warmth would bring. But then I told myself “no freaking way!”.... I didn’t train for 4 months running tempos at a 7:04 pace, so that I could come here and go out for anything less than that. I knew I would be mad if I didn’t go out at the pace I have been training and running.
• I was way more scared of not going out for what I wanted and being disappointed in myself for not trying.
• Once we started, I immediately felt like I was running with a wet blanket on my shoulders. Humidity is the devil👹. I could already feel my leg turnover slow down by mile ten and hung onto GMP until probably 12. Then mile by mile I continued to slow. I felt like I had a different body than the one I have been training with for 4 months.
• I made the decision at mile 14ish not to look at my watch and just run what my body would let me. • I trained so many hills and elevation and Heartbreak Hill still completely kicked my ass.(it was 1:20 slower than mile 8 when I stopped for you know what💩😬). • But I smiled so much, ran with joy, poured so much water on my head, and took pride in my hard work during the 16 weeks I put into training. I gave it everything. Boylston was thrilling and I got my 4th 🦄 unicorn. I’m NOT done. #gritnotquit#coyote#boston2019
It’s Monday, and you know what that means. I need to show off my first medal of the year, and she’s beautiful! This picture of course is a little crazy. It’s my “Everything hurts, when can I finally sit, and where is my beer?” Look. I’m still riding that marathon high, and I wanna go back and tackle that course again so badly. But, I think I may need someone to invest in an amateur athlete who runs for fun in order for me to afford that again 😆 I also have some pictures of my husband and I on our trip because he is my number one supporter, the one that navigates me everywhere (no sense of direction 😂), looks out for me, and puts my interests before his own. Without him I wouldn’t be traveling across the country to run or even have time to train. Having him has made I possible to reach my dreams/goals of going to Boston and that means the world to me.