Late 30s husband, father, programmer, and runner.
I'm training for the Boston Marathon using the Hansons marathon plan.

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All systems ready for launch. Just a short shakeout run left on Saturday morning. My legs were feeling good. They’re ready to race.

You know how they say don’t try anything new on race day? Well, I had neglected to figure out how I was going to carry all my gels. I normally bring two and stuff them in the little pocket inside my shorts. Since I’m going to take them more often for this marathon, I need to put four of them somewhere.

Enter the SPIbelt I’ve had in the closet and never used. I took it out and packed it with gels today to make sure if felt okay and was easy enough to open. It looks like a sausage attached to my back, but the black-on-black makes it barely noticeable. It was bouncing around a little more than I would like at first, but I tightened the straps and it was better. Worst case I can ditch the belt, stick two in my shorts and carry two in my hands.

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I was also channeling any mojo I could squeeze from my Chicago Marathon t-shirt. Are we all ready to rock this thing?

seechrisrun:

Video of a video, but this Boston Marathon preview is incredible.

Warning: ~22 minutes long, but it covers the entire course.

Reblogging for any first-timers.

Source: seechrisrun

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I tried to run as normally as possible today — no tape, shoes laced as usual. I think everything felt pretty good except my toes were a little weird. After several days of having them pulled up by the tape, it’s a different sensation to let them push off again. I can see why the PT wanted me to run this way for a few days before the race. I need to get rid of any bad habits I developed while trying to compensate for my foot pain.

I’ve seen a lot of posts about this being the anniversary of the Boston bombings. Even though I was there last year, I feel like a lot of you in the sense that I watched it on tv. I was so exhausted from the race that it was somewhat surreal to watch. Like I hadn’t just been there an hour or so earlier. I’m not a very emotional person. But I know when that gun goes off on Monday and again when I come down Boylston, it will surely hit me like a ton of bricks.

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Week One! 7 days from now I should have already crossed the finish line. Still seems like it’s not real. I’ve been training for 20 weeks because of the Goofy Challenge in the middle. Seems like forever.

Today’s run was short and easy. Did I mention my work hours changed last week? I now only work two nights, and only until 10:30pm. Much better for family time, but my well-orchestrated training schedule is all out of whack. I’ll have to figure out how to fit it all in after Boston. It will surely involve more after-work running.

PT appointment went very well this morning. No more pain on the top of my foot. I’ve got a few exercises for homework, but otherwise I’m off the tape, loose shoes, and everything else I was doing to get it to heal. She wants me to train as planned the rest of the way and let her know if anything pops up. Then I’ll check back with her next Wednesday after the marathon.

I mostly struck out on my quest for pre-race supplies. I guess it’s warm enough here now that sweats, hats, and gloves aren’t really for sale. Here are the things I did get. All cheap and disposable since I can’t gear check anything in Hopkinton.
• $1 emergency rain poncho from Walmart. Lightweight and clear so my number can be seen.
• $2.50 pair of knee high womens socks from Target. I’ll chop the toes off these and use them as arm warmers. Shouldn’t need them more than a couple miles unless the temperature really drops.
• $4 drop cloth from Home Depot. I like this better than the cheaper plastic versions because it’s thick enough to protect my bum and super light to carry.
• $3 pair of jersey gloves from Home Depot. Seemed warm enough to use pre-race, but I’d probably ditch them before the gun.
I didn’t find anything at Goodwill, so I still need some kind of warmup clothes and hat. Maybe I’ll just dig up something I don’t care about from my closet.
And surprisingly Home Depot didn’t have any kind of boot protectors. Maybe I’ll try a shoe store this week.

I mostly struck out on my quest for pre-race supplies. I guess it’s warm enough here now that sweats, hats, and gloves aren’t really for sale. Here are the things I did get. All cheap and disposable since I can’t gear check anything in Hopkinton.

• $1 emergency rain poncho from Walmart. Lightweight and clear so my number can be seen.

• $2.50 pair of knee high womens socks from Target. I’ll chop the toes off these and use them as arm warmers. Shouldn’t need them more than a couple miles unless the temperature really drops.

• $4 drop cloth from Home Depot. I like this better than the cheaper plastic versions because it’s thick enough to protect my bum and super light to carry.

• $3 pair of jersey gloves from Home Depot. Seemed warm enough to use pre-race, but I’d probably ditch them before the gun.

I didn’t find anything at Goodwill, so I still need some kind of warmup clothes and hat. Maybe I’ll just dig up something I don’t care about from my closet.

And surprisingly Home Depot didn’t have any kind of boot protectors. Maybe I’ll try a shoe store this week.

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No pain in my foot when I woke up today, so I went ahead with the 6 miles. Legs were feeling a little dead though. Maybe the warmer weather is sapping some of my energy. I really need to focus on sleep and staying healthy now.

I’m heading out later to pick up some supplies for the race. I think I’m gonna hit the dollar store and Walmart. I need some cheap sweats, hat, gloves, tube socks (for makeshift arm warmers), a clear poncho, plastic tarp, and some kind of shoe covers. Since I’ll have to carry all this stuff on the bus to Hopkinton without a bag, it will have to be small and lightweight.

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It’s been a full day. Lots of shuttling kids to practices, birthday parties, and playdates. I pulled off these 6 miles while youngest was at baseball practice. I dropped him off, stuck around long enough to make sure the coaches had everything in hand, then took off through the park and down a local street. The wind was crazy. It was so strong I couldn’t even hear what was coming out of my headphones.

The Hansons plan calls for two 8-mile runs this weekend. My PT had suggested I do 5 and 3 with the option for more if my foot was feeling fine. I ended up with 6 because I had the time. I’m thinking I’ll do 6 more tomorrow if I don’t wake up with any problems.

This was the first time I’ve run with the tape on my foot. I couldn’t really tell the difference between the tightness of the tape and any possible pains in my foot. I guess that’s a good thing. Maybe I’ll get taped up before the marathon if I’m still having any minor issues.

And so begins 10 days of weather stalking.
That looks pretty good to me except the 40% chance of rain.

And so begins 10 days of weather stalking.

That looks pretty good to me except the 40% chance of rain.

bob-bernier:

It All Starts Here, Hopkinton Massachusetts

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It All Starts Here, Hopkinton Massachusetts

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Ten miles, middle eight in 53:45 (6:43 pace)

I was supposed to do ten miles at marathon pace. I didn’t have time between work and my PT appointment. I was shooting for a 6:45 average today, so in that regard this was a success. My foot started to hurt a little around mile 4, but it didn’t get any worse the rest of the way.

My PT was encouraged by the improvement when I’m not running. She stepped up some of the exercises I’m doing and put some industrial strength tape on my foot for the weekend. This was technically my last hard workout of the Hansons plan. I can coast the rest of the way with a bunch of easy 5-mile runs.

You’d think I’d be freaking out a little as we get closer and closer to race day, but I’ve been at peace with it all. Now that I know there’s no serious underlying injury, I can deal with a little pain. It’d be great to run the marathon at 100%. I know I can gut it out if I need to. I mean, it’s gonna hurt regardless, right?