May 14, 2014

Preparing for Boston

Now that the elusive goal of qualifying for Boston is behind me, what is next?  I thought about this while up in Boston for a brief visit last week.  There are so many details to work out, and first and foremost is figuring out what training will be necessary to help get me to the finish line!  Where I live in Wilmington, NC, there are very few hills.  In fact, unless I run the golf course in my neighborhood, I need to get on a treadmill to find an incline of any significance.  The same goes for declines, and the first half of the Boston Marathon has a net decrease in elevation.  Sunday afternoon, my first training run on some hills in Massachusetts was completed.  And it was not pretty on a hot and sunny afternoon.  These photos don't do the hills justice as they are much steeper than they appear.  I've already discussed this with Sami, one of my running coaches and she said we will start hill training in the fall.  Maybe that will include a treadmill or maybe she has other plans.




My bookshelf has grown since my recent qualification.  Books are being devoured each week and I enjoy reading everything related to the big race!  Yes, I have been seriously studying/reading books to figure out my game plan despite the race being 11 months away!   26.2 Miles to Boston  by Michael Connelly gives great insight into the course mile by mile.  It also includes some interesting stories about what happened with various runners as they passed different mile markers along the way to the finish.  My favorite chapter talks about mile 14, when the runners pass through the town of Wellesley, the place where I grew up!  It will be so much fun to run past the spot where I cheered the runners as a child and of course the place where Mom and I cheered during the 2013 race at the corner of Forest Street and Central Ave.  In 2015, Tom, my mother and Christine will be at this very same spot to give Alison and me a few words of encouragement and hugs.  I also hope to pick up a banana and some extra GU as well!
 

Some of my recent reads!
Logistics for a race like Boston include hotel planning and of course a race day outfit!  My hotel has been booked for the first few nights for easy Expo accessibility and then I plan to stay with my sister the night before the race.  Guess I better clue her in on that plan!

A great race day outfit is always a fun thing to plan and today I ordered this skirt from Sparkle Skirts.   The comfort and convenience of the Sparkle skirts with their wonderful pockets make them a perfect choice for a long distance race, or any race for that matter.  This model is absolutely perfect with the color and ribbon combination. Christine will be helping to design our race day shirts.  Alison and I will have our names and something clever about being sisters on the back.

Sparkle Skirts
Do you make plans far in advance of a big race?  Any suggestions of how to prepare for Boston?


24 comments:

  1. I make plans waaayy in advance (aka: Goofy Challenge). I have family in Needham and it's beautiful there! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Yay for making plans in advance Karen. Needham is a lovely place and I always enjoy visiting Mom!

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  2. You can never go wrong with a sparkle skirt and that is an excellent choice. I too make plans way in advance so that there is minimal stress with the big running events. Local 5k/10k's I throw caution to the wind just to keep it interesting--but really so that I am better prepared for future races where plans don't go as I had hoped.

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    2. Making plans in advance helps my family avoid a stressful situation with me. I can manufacture stress in almost any situation! Just ask them.

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  3. That skirt is a perfect choice! Actually, just last night I bought some pieces for our Goofy Challenge race! Sorry I don't have any advice for running Boston. Maybe Lacey will be some help. -M

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    1. Ahh Meranda. You have several costumes to plan for the Goofy Challenge. That will be a blast and I know I will miss doing it when January rolls around.

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  4. I plan my outfits sometimes before I even register for the race lol! And yes the training part is definitely an important part to plan. So excited for you and your sister! What a great journey this will be!

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    1. Thanks Mindy. I wish Alison would wear a skirt too, but wearing a matching shirt will be good enough!

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  5. I love the skirt and that you're already preparing for Boston :). I don't really have any advice but starting early is never a bad thing! I'm sure you'll have a great time at the marathon, really happy you qualified!

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    1. Thanks Amy, I can't wait to get in some training on the course this summer. It will be hot, but that's okay because we can just take it slow.

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  6. I wouldn't stress too much about the race. Even though it's probably the biggest race you will ever run! (I know, easier said then done). It will take the fun out of it. Before running Boston I didn't read any books about it, nor really look at the course thoroughly. I guess I thought I'd know soon enough while running it. Honestly I didn't even know exactly where the certain hill were located. I felt good during the whole race, so I didn't think they were as bad as people say they are. However, I wasn't there to "race" it, rather for the experience in just being part of it all was awesome! So be sure to high five young kids and take some gummy bears along the way:) ~L

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    1. Thanks for the advice Lacey. We are definitely not running for time, although we want to finish in a reasonable time. It will be so much fun running the streets I know so well!

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  7. I was planning on doing Goofy 2015 since Princess 2012, including costume ideas...does that count as far in advance? lol

    That skirt is absolutely perfect for your race! Planning this far ahead not only helps you maintain your excitement but helps relieve some stress you may have closer to race day. You ladies are gonna kick butt and take names! I'm so excited for you guys! (and jealous because my sister doesn't/won't run).

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    1. Wow Kellie. That is impressive planning almost 3 years ahead. The Goofy Challenge is really fun and the anniversary medals will be awesome. Enjoy all the planning!

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  8. I'm a major planner - I've already started making plans for marathon weekend next year! Plus it helps build up the excitement :) Can't wait to see what other plans you have!

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    1. Thanks Kristen. Marathon weekend will be great and lots of the Disbroads will be in attendance.

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  9. Perfect running skirt for Boston!! Good luck with your training, especially hill training!

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    1. Thanks Lauren. It will be interesting practicing for the hills of West Newton, but I will get it done!

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  10. Bahh!! I can't believe we're both running BOSTON in less than a year!! Thanks for the book recs! I'll definitely be checking them out! :)

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  11. There are no hills here either. Yikes.
    I am sure you will figure everything out and do awesome.

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  12. Planning this race will be so exciting! I love your outfit choice, that's obviously the most important part :) But seriously, good luck with training!

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  13. That's an adorable skirt! I do a bit of planning in advance, but I'm not one for costumes or caring much for what I wear, as long as it's comfortable and passed the testing phase. I usually have two options in my mind for race day (one for warm weather and another in case it's cool), and then the day before I choose which one depending on the what the temperature will be. I enjoy reading other people's race experiences to help get a better handle on the course/what to expect. I also love to read books on running in general :)

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  14. You are totally going to rock this race! I remember reading somewhere that someone who didn't have any hills to train on ran up a parking garage ramp or something...can't remember where the heck I read that! Heck, Florida supposedly doesn't have any hills but those highway ramps in Disney races sure make it seems otherwise!

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