Race week is here. Marathon #39, here I come!
Here’s how training went the week of the Boston Marathon:
Monday: Easy solo miles before work, 7.2 miles, 9:40 min/mile average. 10 min core after.
Tuesday: 3 miles easy, 3×1 mile at marathon effort with 2 min jog in between, 1 mile cool-down, 7.8 miles, 9:10 min/mile average.
Someone had left lit candles all the way around Lake of the Isles on every park bench or flat surface. I posted on Next Door to see if anyone knew the significance, but no one commented. It looked pretty neat. I wonder if it was in memory of someone- whoever did it must have been out there pretty early, as we were running at 5:30 am and the lake was already lit up.
Here’s a picture of just one of the many candles!
10 min core + 10 min upper body on Peloton after work- minimal strength training this week with Boston around the corner!
We had a visitor this week, my friend Vicki’s golden retriever Breck. He’s the sweetest pup; Matilda and Ruth love him. (So do we!)
Wednesday: 6 easy miles, 9:25 min/mile average, a rainy run with my friend Christie- just drizzling the whole time…snapped this rainy morning picture of the Lake Harriet bandshell!
Sported my 2017 Boston Marathon finisher’s shirt for good luck!
10 min core after the run + a 3-dog walk!
Thursday: 5.5 miles with friends before work on an unseasonably cold and windy April morning- miserable, to be honest. The wind was brutal and the temps were in the 20’s. Not spring weather at all, even in Minnesota.
10 min core after the run.
I packed for Boston Thursday evening; Matilda helped, reminding me not to forget my finisher’s jacket!
By the way, what are your thoughts about wearing the jacket before the race? Tons of people in Boston are wearing it before the race, but I worry that its bad luck to wear it before I’ve actually finished!
Friday: I had off of work for Good Friday, which meant I could sleep in a little bit, do an easy 4 miler with strides (plus my 10 min of core) and then head to the airport for our 1 pm flight to Boston.
I was bummed to do my last pre-Boston run in APRIL with a little bit of fresh snow…
We said goodbye to Breck (and our own pups- I miss them but they are in good hands!)
We originally didn’t think we’d fly to Boston until Saturday, but then decided to go on Friday since it was a holiday for Dustin and me. Since we only had our main hotel Saturday-Tuesday, we had to book a different hotel for the first night, which was the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, before switching to the Fairmont Copley Plaza for the rest of the trip (a beautiful historic hotel.)
The Fairmont is in a great location at the finish line; it’s also where a lot of the elite runners stay. In fact, we ran into Steph Bruce and her kids when we arrived to check in when I went over to pet Cori, the hotel dog (who was super sweet.)
Saturday: Dustin ran the B.A.A. 5k Saturday morning, so we were up early to walk to Boston Commons where that race started. The elite men and women were in separate waves, but then Wave 1 in which Dustin ran was pretty crowded- he said it was difficult to even run the first mile as he would have liked, but he still ran an 18:36- not a PR for him, but not terrible for a fun run!
It was fun to cheer for the 5k- that’s Keira D’amato in the maroon nike outfit, second from the left! Annie Frisbee (from Minnesota!) also raced.
We walked back to the Kimpton, packed up our bags, and grabbed an Uber to the Fairmont Copley Plaza.
Lots of pets to Cori upon check-in.
From there, we went to the expo.
To be honest, it was a bit over stimulating for me and soooo busy. We had to wait in a long line just to get into the expo and the line to buy any gear was another long one. Working through the crowds was stressful, especially since very few were wearing masks. I understand that’s how the World Majors’ expos are- there’s a lot of people involved, I get it, this isn’t my first rodeo! But it wasn’t an enjoyable experience for me, and I was ready to go back to the hotel and be quiet after 2.5 hours on my feet at the expo. We pre-ordered some sandwiches from Tatte by Berklee and went back to the Fairmont to relax and rehydrate for awhile.
Later that evening, we took the T to the North End for a delicious pasta meal at Bricco. Loaded up on carbs!
No running on Saturday- lots of walking + 10 min of core.
Sunday: We slept in a bit; I did my 10 min of core before heading out for a shakeout run along the Charles River, 4 miles + another stop at the finish line for a few photos.
Tip- the crowds at nearly every restaurant in the area were insane (even more so since it was Easter Sunday), so we almost always ordered ahead online and brought food back to the hotel rather than wait in the long lines. On our way out to grab lunch, there was Shalane Flanagan, Adrianne Haslet, and Joan Benoit Samuelson, just chatting in the lobby! So cool.
Adrianne lost her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing; Shalane is running with her tomorrow! Read more HERE.
Summary: 35 miles of running, daily core, minimal strength training.
I’m excited to race tomorrow; my only goal is only to enjoy the experience. I’m actually changing my Garmin from auto-lap to elapsed time so I don’t even know what pace I’m running. Who knows what that will mean pace-wise, but it doesn’t really matter. I just want to walk away with a positive experience on a challenging course. I appreciate that I’m lucky to be here and I want to have fun tomorrow. I’ve mentioned that this is my 5th marathon in 10 months, so I’m ready for a little break from pounding out the high mileage for a little bit; I’ll definitely do a fall marathon, but TBD on what that will be. I don’t have plans to come back to Boston for awhile and after a tough day my first time in 2017, I really hope tomorrow is a joy vs. a struggle!
And that’s a wrap! I’m linking up as always with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner as part of their Weekly Rundown. Check it out!
This is so exciting!!! I love all the details and pictures of celebrity sightings. Joan Benoit Samuelson is my hero, ever since I watched her win the 1984 Olympic Marathon (it was the summer I graduated from high school and I had only been running about a year at that point.)
I hope you have a great time tomorrow! It’s looking like the weather will be good. I’ll be watching you guys from my living room couch. Enjoy!
Joanie is such an inspiration!
Wow, the energy at the Fairmont must be fantastic. You are really smart about ordering food for take-out. I’m not sure I would have thought of that pre-pandemic!
I totally get what you are saying about the expo. Any crowded event like that can be too much, but especially after covid when you’re not used to being inside with (unmasked) crowds.
I’m impressed by your Garmin strategy. It looks like good weather for tomorrow! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.
The energy was very fun!
I am so excited for you. I can’t wait to read your recap.
I would love to run the 5k some day since I will never BQ.
So good luck and have fun!!!
Thank you Darlene.
I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to connect. The expo was crazy busy! I can definitely appreciate you wanting some quiet downtime.
Have a great run tomorrow – excited for you!
I hope you enjoyed volunteering! I didn’t know that it is so competitive to volunteer! My friend’s mom is the provost at BU and explained that to us.
I am definitely in the “no wearing the jacket (or other gear) until after the race” crowd, but I guess if Adidas is going to call it a “Celebration Jacket” there is a technical out for those that make an informed choice to do so.
Wishing you great weather and a great race!
And… “Who’s a good dog person????” “*You’re* a good dog person!” Love the sweatshirt!
Ha, thanks Eric. I would agree that I may classify as a good dog person. More so than a good people person. Dogs are easier 🙂
Good luck tomorrow! I hope you enjoy this Boston. So cool to see all the famous runners in your hotel (and Cori).
great finish line photos. I’m with you, earn the jacket before wearing it. But I know not everyone agrees.
I am so excited for you! I hope you have the best day out there. Soak it all in
Best wishes for a great race tomorrow, Jessie! I’m excited to hear all the details 😉
You may not enjoy the details since you don’t like reading negative recaps. I don’t like writing them, but I like lying less.
Such a bummer that your last run in MN had snow – just so crazy for April!
Wow – what am amazing weekend you’ve had so far! I can definitely see how it could be a bit overstimulating with all of the people and events. I am so excited for you and I hope you have an amazing race! I will be hearing you on virtually from CT 🙂
Thank you Kim! you are so sweet.
Have a great run tomorrow! all the best
wish you the best for the race!
Wishing you so much good luck but even more important that you have fun!! Looks like the build-up to the race has been fun. I’ll be watching the race at home.
Great week leading into race day. I am so excited for you and i love that your priority is to HAVE FUN! My first year running Boston we ended up staying in Cambridge as well. Only because I was slow to book anything closer. Haha! Live and learn!
Cambridge actually wasn’t too far, we only had a mile walk to Boston Commons for the 5k.
I hope your race went well, Jessie! I have been so busy the past two days that I haven’t had time to check out anyone’s FB or IG posts about how they did. I can’t wait to read your recap!
Well, I’m taking a social media break for awhile now. Trying to make it a month.
I totally agree – the expo (and tbh, just being down by the finish line) was so overwhelming! I needed a lot of quiet time after that to regroup. I would have liked to stay closer to Boston, but it was nice to be away from the madness in Framingham. I’m so bummed we didn’t make it to Tatte (or Flour). Next trip for sure. We did hit Life Alive and Cafe Luna – will dream of both because they were so good!
I think we ended up at Tatte more than once this trip 🙂 Life Alive and Cafe Luna looked delicious! I have to avoid root vegetables and extra fiber before a marathon, and didn’t have time to eat there afterwards.
I am glad you agree about the expo being overwhelming!
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Ok. If we are being honest, I might have just stayed with Cori, the hotel dog. Every hotel should have a dog.
This is so exciting. I believe it was terribly overwhelming, but also, so very exciting!
Right? Cori was so sweet.
Can’t wait to read your recap next but I wanted to hear about your week, too! I never wear the tshirt if I get it before the race – I got my first marathon’s tshirt at the expo and made my husband HIDE it!!
Ha, good idea Liz!
I’m finally getting around to reading this week, which is after your race. I hope you are feeling better about your race now. Being around so many people at the expo would be odd. It’s been kind of nice to have a lot of space and not be around so many people! Next time I get to Boston I want to run the 5K, even though it looks super crowded.