I’m in Boston right now, getting ready to cheer for Dustin at the marathon tomorrow. It’s shaping up to be a much better day weather-wise than last year! It’s so fun to be here without the nerves and the stress of racing tomorrow. 🙂 I had my fair share of that in 2017! But seriously, I don’t think I have ever travelled only to spectate/cheer and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!
I shared what’s next for me in running in last week’s recap, which is pacing My sister Erin at the Brookings, South Dakota marathon on May 11.
Here’s how training went this past week!
Monday: 7 miles with Christie before work with some strides. Solidcore after work. I hadn’t been to a class in a little while, but I actually met the founder, Anne Malum, on our Antarctica trip. She is such an inspiring entrepreneur, as well as a strong runner, so I was motivated to get back to that studio again. And the class was as great as I remember!
Tuesday: I ran after work with Dustin: 2 mile warm-up, 3×5 min@ 7:30ish with 2 min easy jog in between, 2 mile cool-down. I have a lot of work to do to get some speed back! This felt harder than I had hoped.
Wednesday: 7.1 miles with my friend Vicki before work 8:55 min/mile average. I’m so glad we got this run done in the morning, as Minneapolis went from 70 degrees and sunny early in the week to blizzard conditions by Wednesday evening. Not happy about that.
Thursday: Well, thanks to the blizzard, I had to get back on the treadmill again. I had thought treadmill season was done for awhile! 6 miles with some 200m repeats mixed in there for some turnover work.
Friday: Another treadmill run, just a short 30 minutes easy before work. After work, we caught a flight to Boston.
Saturday: We arrived pretty late on Friday, so we stayed at the airport Hilton to get more sleep. On Saturday morning, we caught an Uber to our hotel where we’d be for the rest of the stay, which was the Mandarin Oriental, right on Boylston, right by the finish line! Amazing location. Our room wasn’t ready yet, but they let us store our luggage and use the spa to shower after a quick run. We covered about 6 miles along the Charles River together. There was so much energy and excitement out there! So inspiring.
After a run, we checked out the expo, which was a bit more disorganized than I remembered; we had to wait in line just to get in the expo for over an hour, and then another hour in line to purchase some gear. Insanity! Of all the World Majors, only the Berlin marathon’s expo had longer lines.
We did stop by the Abbott World Majors booth to see our names on the finishers list!
After the expo, we grabbed lunch at Eataly and then wandered around, enjoying the nice day. Eventually we met up with a high school friend of Dustin’s who lives in Boston. (Dustin went to Tabor Academy outside of Boston for high school), and then had a delicious dinner at SRV.
Sunday: Long run for me! I did a 15 mile tour of the Charles River, running past Harvard up to almost Watertown and then back along the river on the other side. The whole weekend was hotter and sunnier than I had expected. The forecast had called for 50/60’s and rainy but both weekend days were 70 and sunny! My, how the forecast can change quickly.
I met up with Dustin at the end of my run, who was heading out for a short shake-out run.
After the run, we went out to Somerville to visit Dustin’s alma mater, Tufts University.
It was such a lovely day to visit the campus!
We even checked out the house he lived in while he was there. It was still in good shape!
So who would win in a fight, Goldy the Gopher (my alma mater) or Jumbo the elephant?
Dustin had to stick to a seasonal soda 🙂 No beers before the marathon!
Summary: About 51 miles, 1 strength day (solidcore). Overall a decent week other than the darn blizzard. But I’m feeling all kinds of motivation from just being in Boston this weekend, which is getting me excited to run Brookings with my sister in just a few weeks!