Twas the night before 2016 Boston Marathon

And I feel a sense of familiarity. Butterflies going through my tummy and up to my throat, the excitement of running in an event the whole city partakes in. The mixed feelings of Goal A, B & C all sitting on my mind.

And gratitude that despite all my whining, I am still running and for the fifth time in a row I get to compete in one of the most sought after marathons and that despite all that has occurred, I still feel the safety of putting on my running shoes and pounding my way through the road.

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My outfit is ready and I am somewhere in between. The weather started at 70 expected, down to expected 61 this morning and is now saying high of 57. At this stage, it sounds like perfect weather to me. I’m just hoping for no wind.

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After much debate on shoes, I have decided these more light weight Asics feel better on my heel/foot than anything else with more cushion. The pile to the left is my throw away layers. There’s a slight concern about being cold, but I rather not stress out about throwing away something I love.

My goals:

Goal A- 3:30 – BQ city

Goal B 3:45 – Because I needed something in the middle

Goal C- 3:59 – Because a sub 4 is always a nice

My training this year is so much different than it has in the past. On one hand, I got some solid 20 miles this cycle due to the moderate weather we had this winter. On the other hand, my weekly mileage was at a relative low, my high weeks were around 55 and on average I ran 45-50 miles per week (compared to 60-70 in prior years). I took 6 months off from running so this training cycle was more about building base than speed. I would have loved another month of training to add speed to the mix.

And on the final note, I’m running naked… well wrist naked for a mix of seasons one that starts with I have no idea where my Garmin is after I left for Argentina and ends with that it’s probably better that at this stage I run by feel and not time pressure. I am not ready to hit the times of my prior fitness. The beeps on the watch stress me to run by old goals and not by feel. Injury and crashing and burning can only result from that.

So naked wrist and the motivation to get the race finished shall be my driving pace.

And of course all the smiling faces on the course 😉

2016 Boston Marathon Events

It’s the time of the year again! Where  I calm down and slow down and reflect back on my training. It’s too late to get anymore long runs and probably not the best time to go on a killer tempo. The training is said and done and all I can do is let my body rest up for the rest day. Luckily, I find plenty to keep myself busy during the two weeks before Marathon money. The first week, I’m too busy working (is it cruel that Marathon Monday and Tax Deadline are on the same date each year?) working to even worry about my lack of running. A forced taper is okay enough for me at this stage. The final week? Well I look out for events, close up lose ends at work, and anticipate race day!

Every year I try to put all the running related events together for anyone else that wants to get lost in the Boston marathon excitement!

Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 10:00a – Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 4:00p
Limited information available, but here’s the press release:

Do you like to run? Know someone who does? Or do you just like to learn about the science behind endurance running and training? Come visit us and learn more about what it takes to train for a long-distance race like the Boston Marathon®. Enjoy interpretations with Museum staff and volunteers, guest speakers, and of course all the human biology-related exhibits in our permanent exhibit Hall of Human Life.

Achieve Marathon Bliss – Run & Panel Discussion

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 6:30p – 8:30p
Janji Pop Up
144 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

Join Jubali for a 3 mile run followed by a panel discussion on marathon and distance running, pre-fuel, fuel during the race, recovery and more. We’ll be joined by 4 amazing panelists with a variety of opinions and experiences: Brian Axelrod (Jubali co-founder), Ian Nurse, Amanda Nurse and Micah Risk.

We’ll meet at the Janji pop-up store. The run will be from 6:30-7:15 followed by the panel back at the store.

Smoothie samples provided by Jubali and coffee bar samples provided by New Grounds Food.

Finish Line

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 7:30p – 9:30p
NonProfit Center Boston
88 South St
Boston, MA 02111

Admission:
$20

Event website:
http://citicenter.org/buy/show-listing/finish-line
Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to support Finish Line: the Untold Stories of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Boston Theater Company (BTC) will present preview performances of Finish Line at the NonProfit Center, Boston from April 7 – 23. The documentary play will have its world premiere in 2017, in association with Citi Performing Arts Center.

Native American Running – Culture, Health, Sport

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 9:00a – Monday, Apr 18, 2016 5:00p
Various – Sponsored by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
11 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

www.peabody.harvard.edu/native-american-running

Coinciding with both the 2016 Boston Marathon and with the 80th anniversary of Ellison Myers “Tarzan” Brown, Sr. (Narragansett) winning the Marathon in 1936, this multi-day event will explore the history and importance of Native American running traditions, present efforts to support and encourage running in Native American communities today, and promote the many benefits of running. This event will include talks, a panel discussion at the Boston Marathon Expo, and youth/community activities.

Friday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

 

 

 

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Run Frank & Oak Boston
Friday April 15th at 5PM

Join us on April 15th to celebrate and honor the Boston Marathon Supporters and Runners/ Frank & Oak (220 Newbury Street) is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement.

Complimentary cuts, drinks, and sounds.

Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Run Your Best Frank & Oak Boston
Saturday, April 16th, at 9AM

There is something to say about the mental and the physical capacity of a special group of people who decide to run 26.2 Miles for a cause or to achieve a personal goal. In honor of the Boston Marathon join us for a discussion on Performance, Endurance, and Mental Preparation in life and in sports.

Network with fellow Frank & Oak Members and our panel of special guest speakers.

Complimentary bites by Sweetgreen and healthy drinks by Nourish Your Soul

 

 

Runner’s World 50th Anniversary Run

As part of the North Face Speaker Series, Runner’s World will host a 2.7 mile shake-out run, followed by a FREE party and presentation from The November Project as we celebrate Boston, the running community and the launch of November Project – The Book.

Runner’s World Editors and The November Project hosts:
Bart Yasso, Dean Karnazes, Rory Bosio, Rob Krar, Brogan Graham, Bojan Mandaric and up to 300 runners can participate.

6 p.m. start: Boston Marathon Finish Line – 665 Boylston Street, Boston
End: The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts – 539 Tremont Street, Boston

Free – (Up to 300 runners)
Must RSVP for special edition T-Shirt (while supplies last)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-project-the-north-face-speaker-series-tickets-22809995310

Sunday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Namaste Frank & Oak Boston
Sunday April 17th at 9AM.

A special wellness event for the Boston Marathan Supporters and Runners.
Guest yoga teacher, Lindsey O’Neill. Lindsey offers a slow-flow, mindfulness based yoga practice, and invites practitioners to cultivate a deeper relationship to their own sense of center.

Complimentary healthy drinks by Nourish Your Soul

Some menu specials because who doesn’t love deals on food!

South Street Diner

South Street Diner
178 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02113

Sunday, April 17th
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19th
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The diner will kick off its Marathon Menu specials on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. where guests can indulge in South Street’s legendary all-you-can-eat pancakes for only $6. For those looking to reload after the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, on Tuesday, April 19th, the diner will also have a selection of post-race specials and will be offering a gift to anyone coming in with a finishing medal.

For more information, please visit www.southstreetdiner.com

Juice Press

The Street
33 Boylston
Chestnut HIll, Massachusetts 02467

Boston Marathon runners who show their official medal will receive one free juice or smoothie between Monday April 18 and Wednesday April 20 (one per runner)

Fish & Richardson
One Marina Park Drive, 17th Fl
Boston, MA

Join InsideTracker for our pre-marathon athlete’s lunch on Sunday, April 17!
World recorder holder, Michael Wardian, and top endurance Coach Tawnee Prazak, will be discussing various topics including their personal success stories, fitness and nutrition advice, and their tips & tricks for peak performance on race day.Enjoy free lunch and drinks over a stunning view of Boston Harbor. Doors open at 12pm, speaker series begins at 1:00pm.Must register to attend:http://info.insidetracker.com/marathon-sunday (you do not have to run the marathon to attend).
Know anything else going on in town? Comment below!