all in for boston
I’ve come to a milestone in the road to Boston. At this point, the physical training is complete. I have one more short-easy run scheduled for tomorrow before the race begins. There are no make-up training days. Race morning will quickly approach and then the gun will go off. Taper has come and gone. The past few weeks have been great, to be honest. The training overall has incurred it’s challenges and for that, I’m thankful, as it better-prepared me for potential obstacles that may lie ahead. Fortunately, the biggest obstacle I faced during training was the immense heat and humidity of South Florida. My longest run was a 20-miler and while that’s technically sufficient, I went into the morning ready to run 22. Unfortunately, the heat was so great that by mile 14, I was hydrating twice as much as normal. I got through the run (eventually) but not with some lessons learned. This wasn’t the only lesson learned in my third marathon preparation. In tracking my progress I was able to compare how well I was progressing. I’ve run the Miami ING Half-Marathon for several years now and I’ve made improvements each time. I was slightly concerned this January when my improvement was only by about 30 seconds (in a half-marathon, that’s really not much). But it was important to my mental training. It told me that I needed to get my butt in gear and really start focusing on my training. I saw big improvements in my interval training week over week and this too was important to my mental game. My Yasso workout was just as mentally important as it was physically. I couldn’t have been more excited with 10 days before Boston to have run the Ft. Lauderdale Corporate Run (which I’ve run for the past several years as well), incurring a 37-second improvement (where in a 5k, a 37-second improvement is a big improvement) since last year. Additionally the race was slightly flooded due to a storm that passed through, providing further evidence to my capabilities.
We land into Boston in about an hour; I with an air of confidence in my ability to meet my goals. Which brings to question, what exactly are my goals for this endeavor? I started to list several goals and after writing them, decided that they weren’t goals, but personal promises. That’s not to say I don’t have any goals for the race (because quite honestly my competitive nature cannot physically allow me to race without any goals identified). I digress:
Promise #1: HAVE FUN! Relish the experience known as Boston.
Promise #2: Run Smart. I’ve worked with several great resources and it’s time to trust in the plan.
Promise #3: Finish without regrets. There’s nothing more I can ask of myself than to put in 100%.
Promise #4: Burpee Bomb the Finish Line!
And my goal…no brainer: run a sub-3:00 Boston Marathon! I know, I know! The Boston Marathon isn’t about time, but the experience. But remember, that’s why my promises were made, for the experience. As long as I keep to my promises, the rest take care of itself. The Boston Gods prohibited my qualification after just one marathon, forcing me to run a 2nd marathon in order to qualify. Will the Gods prohibit a sub-3:00 marathon for this first-timer? Maybe. Maybe not. All I know is that I’m brought myself to the start line and I’m ready to have fun, run smart, and finish without regrets (which also requires finishing with at least one burpee). The rest I will have to rely on God.
My last long taper run: I love Miami (but damn it’s HOT sometimes)! This pic was taken with my new EPIC 1080 POV after I finished a very hot 12-miler. I didn’t get to run earlier because I competed in the Miami Swim Mile earlier in the morning (where I earned a First Place in my Age Group – finally). The run was an easy run, though I was able to hold a solid easy pace for the middle six miles. A good run indeed.
Since starting this post, we actually arrived to Boston and I picked up my race packet. After a long day, I got a good night’s sleep and took in a short (easy) run this morning. I got back to the hotel after 25 minutes and realized my “easy” pace was almost as fast as my goal marathon pace for tomorrow (with no signs of fatigue). WOW…the less-humid, cooler temps really make a difference to run performance! Honestly, I neglected this aspect during my training and can only hope that my body will react just as positively tomorrow.
Thanksgiving doesn’t come just once a year. It comes whenever you feel it’s necessary to give thanks. And now is one of those moments.
It’s never cliché to Thank God, at least for us Christians who truly believe that all things are possible through him. If you look at the picture above, he gave us the beauty of the sun, the palm trees and the blue skies that give us light, shade and warmth in our lives.
Special Thanks go to my wife, Nikki, who has supported my “hobby” and the training hours away from home, the patience of the schedule; and the constructive support to keep me balanced. Thank you for allowing me to continue my “hobby” which as many reading this will also acknowledge, has become a passion of sorts.
I’ve been working with Florida Chiropractic & Sports Rehab-Plantation for two years now and couldn’t be happier with a team of professionals who’ve helped me tackle random issues like ITB, shin splints, and hip flexor conditioning, to keeping me well-maintained at the top of my game. You know you have a partnership when they trust you take electro-wave therapy equipment
Gatorade and the #EndurAlliance Team to help me #WinFromWithin since 2012. It’s been a great year working with the team and I look forward to continuing the relationship throughout 2013 – and I look forward to celebrating with everyone next Monday up in Chicago! It looks like Gatorade G-Series PRO has become Gatorade Endurance.
My training program was brought together by Greg McMillan of McMillan Running and this training plan has been at the core of my past 16 weeks. If you don’t know about McMillan Running, here are my two-cents. McMillan Running is THE running calculator, a free tool – and most comprehensive – to help any runner/athlete improve on their training schedule and performance. As to the training plan itself, I received a seven-page questionnaire that I had to fill out before Greg put together my customized training plan. If a seven-page questionnaire isn’t comprehensive, I don’t know what is!
Just like every training run (and ride), I’ll be toeing up on race morning with my Rudy Project sunglasses.
I recently started a sponsorship with TriSwim-TriSlide-Foggle (SBR Sports) which reminds me that I need to get another order for the samples. Anyway, I’ll be racing tomorrow morning using TriSlide for anti-chafing protection, and Foggle for my shades.
To my friends and family who’ve followed my journey for the past 16 weeks – as well as the past few years, quite honestly – THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your encouragement and support. I hope my actions and my words are inspiring, encouraging, and useful. Whether or not you run (or swim or bike or are involved in any other activity), whether you are just starting, I’ve always got your back!
Oh, I forgot to remind you; follow me throughout the race via www.baa.org #4061!
Editor’s Note: this post was started on the plane to Boston, posted the day before the race.