November Virtual Coffee Date

I’m joining other bloggers like CocoJill and Amanda who sometimes do a coffee date on the 1st Saturday of the month… It’s already November!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

ICYMI, two weeks ago I PR’d at Baystate – it was a hard race for me, so I’m proud of what I accomplished and how I got through it. Nevertheless, I also got an even better BQ for 2016! It should get me one wave earlier registration if they do it the same way (10+ minutes faster, where for 2015 registration I was 5+ faster). I’m told it might also let me start a smidge earlier in the 2015 corrals, but we’ll see. More about the rest of that weekend and post-race thoughts

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It was great to see my sister (3 times) while I was on travel for Baystate, and I even managed a short visit with my Dad.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I loved being in New England and seeing actual fall. I miss the Midwest in the fall too. I guess an advantage here is we don’t get fall till November, but I’m past ready for it.

It’s starting here though!

my crepe myrtles

my crepe myrtles

tree near the house

tree near the house

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I can’t believe it’s less than 6 months to Boston!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

Remember me saying this last month? I got officially accepted into the 2015 Boston Marathon! I’ve got the email, the screen shot of me in the database, and am eagerly awaiting the postcard this month (which I will likely frame). Well, I still haven’t gotten my postcard, and others have, and it’s making me a little nuts. I’ve emailed BAA asking about a replacement. I’m in the database, so it’s an issue with our mail carrier – and we have had issues in the past. I joke he hates runners because I’ve had so many running magazines damaged or never delivered.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m trying to figure out how to approach the Richmond Marathon. Originally it was to be an “easy” (as in take it easy, not it will be easy!) training run for my ultra in Dec. per Coaches Tawnee and Lucho at Endurance Planet. Then, I started thinking that really, everything after Baystate is actually training for Boston, and less important on its own than for what it gives me in that regard. (I want to finish Richmond and the 50k well and may have a goal time for each – and then will submit Maniac forms.) Richmond has a good stretch of downhill around mile 6-7 and a good/nasty stretch of uphill around mile 16. Great Boston training.

THEN, my DH (as he is wont to do) put a bug in my ear, thought in my brain, etc….of wondering if I could do even better at Richmond than I did at Baystate. He suggested I go out with a faster pace group and see how it felt, see how long I could hold it. If I feel good, maybe I do better. If I’m not feeling it, drop back and finish. And my chiro agrees with him! Says I should use all the races between now and Boston as learning experiences, physically and mentally.

DH has always had more confidence than I have in my abilities, and so far, he’s been proven right. I’ve been able to do things I thought were only dreams, and I’m dreaming bigger (well, faster) now. Why NOT go for it, being willing to pull the plug at the first sign of any physical discomfort that might cause me problems in maintaining consistent, healthy training for Boston?

OR, I could just run however I feel, go with podcasts, start with a slower pace group or maybe find a tweep to hang with and take it very easy for those 26.2 miles……I don’t know what I want to do or what the “right” thing is to do – quite often that’s only clear in retrospect once you’ve done something that went well or awry.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’ve been taking it easy in these 2 weeks post-race, trying to recover well at least from a training perspective. Not sure how I’m doing nutrition or sleep wise. I’ve been doing easy runs, 8 miles the longest so far, and biking either at home or at the gym at work. I also got on the arc trainer for a few minutes, need to pick that back up. Have a new exercise from my chiro to help my cranky hams. It’s helping I think, but of course new exercises = new soreness until muscles adapt. My hips have been tight this week from too much sitting at work and the exercise.

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Today is my first long run since Baystate. I’m not really sure what I should do, what I’m going to do or what my body will want to do or let me do.

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I pre-ordered the Adrenaline 15s, hope to have them in the next few weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…..

I’m looking forward to watching Deena and Meb run the New York City Marathon Sunday morning! After my run, I’ll plunk down on the couch for the rest of the morning and cheer them on.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me? Share in the comments!