National Running Day!

It’s my favorite holiday! B National Running Day! B I ran today! B After a 10 day break, it felt great to hit the treadmill! B I’ll go more into my doctor/running experience but I wanted to share some sales that are tempting me beyond human levels.

If you’re like me and signed up for races or other email lists I’m sure you’re email is going off the hook with deals. B Some of them are pretty sweet. B Here’s the ones tempting me at the moment.

Rock n Roll $20 off all racesB B – I think I’m going for the New Orleans Marathon for $75 in Feb. B Southwest flies there so bonus points! B I need to use my miles before they go bankrupt like all the other airlines

US Road SportsB B – Only $10 off but their races are a lot cheaper than RnR. B I’m eyeballing the SLC marathon. B It’s around the same time as Boston but I think if I canB re-qualifyB for 2014 I might skip 2013. B I know I want a redemption race from the 2012 failure but I’m not sure when I’ll take it. B Small rant but, I don’t think I actually enjoy Boston compared to all my other races. B In fact aside from the Spartan Race, I think Boston was my least favorite run. Having to take a day off from work and then sit around for 3 hours before running wasn’t too exciting.

City Sports –B 20% off, not sure what I’m buying yet but I’m sure I can find a few things I need.

Let me know if you know of any other deals!

Bike to the Sea Fundraising Ride

On Sunday was the 20th annual Bike to the Sea community ride. B When I lived in Somerville, aside from walking, biking was my primary method of transportation, especially to Brookline & Cambridge. B Upon moving to Malden my bike has been gathering dust in the basement. B I’m ashamed to admit that I am not brave enough to share the road with cranky Northshore drivers. B Cambridge, Somerville & Brookline did a fabulous job adding bike lanes and making their neighborhoods more bike friendly. B I know Malden is a long way from bike lanes but I still dream that this trend will hit the other side of the Mystic River. B There’s a lot of work, but Bike to the Sea is a step in the right direction.

I’m copying & pasting with someB paraphrasingB a little bit about the Bike to the Sea project from B2C’sB website.

“B2C promotes the development of a bicycle and pedestrian trail from the Malden area to the beaches of Lynn and Revere.B The trail will begin along the Malden River in Everett near the proposed TeleCom City where it will connect to trails heading to Boston and Medford. Heading north to Malden, then east, the trail travels past the locations of the old Maplewood and Linden rail stations to the spectacular vistas of Rumney Marsh in North Revere. Local families will be able to pedal to the Saugus Ironworks or the Saugus River and then to a pathway along the Lynn Waterfront that will connect to Nahant and Revere Beaches.

The largest ride of the year is “Bike to the Sea” held at the end of June. Over 100 families and friends join us for a ride to the beach escorted by local bicycle police. Funds raised at B2C Day have been donated to develop a preliminary design and cost estimate for the bicycle trail and an aerial survey. B2C volunteers regularly participate in local bicycle fairs held by the schools, Junior Police and the Kiwanis. Members also promote safer streets for bicyclists, better parking at MBTA stations and bicycle commuting to Boston. B2C works with MassBike, Rails to Trails and East Coast Greenway.”

Sadly the weather for the 2012 Bike to the Sea was not the greatest. B However, several of us still made it out, bikes & helmets in check. B To get to the start of the trail I had to bike 1 mile from home. B I was a little bit nervous since this would be my first time biking in Malden. B Luckily it was 8AM on a Sunday and all the usually crappy drivers were not out andB aboutB yet.

There was a lot of dust on my bike that’s been sitting idly calling my name. B I wasn’t even sure I still knew how to ride a bike!

The bike ride started on what will soon be the first mile of the Northern Strand trail.

After 10.7 slow escorted miles everyone made it to the beach!

I shivered and munched on some blueberries as we waited for everyone to reach the beach andB assembleB for the return trip. B While I was shivering wishing I had a parka with me, some crazies went for a swim.

The bike trip ended at the Dockside. B There was promise of pizza. B Not sure what happened but we were greeted with salad and pasta instead. B When you’re hungry, food is food so I munched in two plates worth.

There was even cake!

After the cake, pizza came out. B So we eventually did get our promised pizza. B You would think that munching on pasta and cake would prevent everyone jumping for pizza once it came out an hour later. B Nope!

I had a mile bike ride back to home. B This time the scary drivers were out and about. B Sadly I had to use a combination of sidewalks and roads to make it home safely. B There’s not that many pedestrians in Malden so as much as I hate sidewalk biking it was not the worst crime in the world. B I saw these little cute fellows on my return trip.

If you live in the Boston area specifically: Everett, Malden, Revere, Saugus, Lynn area please check out and support the Northern Strand Trail. B More information about the Bike to the Sea project is here. B If you’re from Lynn please talk to your mayor and city officials. B Unless I misunderstood, at the moment Lynn is the only community that hasn’t agreed to the Northern Strand Trail proposal and is part of the hold up.

Can you ever be too old for eating tacos on a weekly basis?

Day 6 of no running cleanse is done! B Luckily I felt no grand need to run today since it’s been pouring buckets all day.

I’ve been cravingB guacamoleB for days now, so this would be great excuse to make tacos! B Turkey taco salad with sautC)ed baby kale with a side of taco. B I had a hardworking day of packing.

Packing isB strenuous! B Thank god for Trader Joe’s B and their hot fresh salsa andB guacamole! B Yes, I think it’s normal to stand there with a spoon eating both items straight out of their packaging and then wondering why you feel full before your dinner is ready.

Friday, I finally gave in to all the hype ofB Tone It Up girls and tried their workouts. B I did one circuit of their Sunkissed Abs, MaliBooty, Goodness workout & Tone it up thighs. B Okay I have to confess I only made it through 2/3 of the reps they say to do but my butt was still sore when I woke up Saturday.

Other fun thing: Last night Tony & I finally had a chance to check out Fizz Ed’z. B A newish place that opened up right here in Malden in place of Honey Fizz. B I don’t mean to insult anyone’s lifestyle but no sane decent human being walked by Honey Fitz without feeling at minimum creeped out, and terrified of some of the questionables around. B Luckily Honey Fitz closed its doors and I was delighted at the sound of Fizz Ed’z when I heard the rumors.

I grew up in Brooklyn, lived in Boston and moved to Malden. B Needless to say the nightlife in Malden has been relatively unexciting; however, places like Fizz Ed’z are making me stay local on nights instead of driving across the river.

A funky/soul band was playing. B They were great! B Drinks were reasonably priced with around 3.50/4 for draft. The crowd was everything I like about Malden compared to Boston, a mix of rich & poor; young & old. B Everyone seemed to be having a great time, dancing to the beat! B There was also a giant TV in the room so I got to watch the final minutes of the Celtics game as they beat Miami! B Wooot!!!

IPhone camera fail

While I spent the day packing Jack spent the day cuddling with all my furry friends!

or maybe he was exhausted from the 30 minute almost walk we took on Thursday

2012 Boston Run to Remember Recap

On May 27th 2012, I ran Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon.This was the 6th year this race was happening and my second time running it.As I mentioned before this race has a lot of significance to me since it was my first half marathon a year ago.Now I’m back on the course 2 Full Marathons and 3 Half-Marathons later.Needless to say I wanted to PR, I wanted to PR and race; however, with my recent mystery leg strain I was nervous about the results. Luckily, things worked out great and number 4 half marathon is in the books!

Boston’s Run to Remember actually has two races – A half marathon (13.1 miles) and a 5-miler.Net proceeds benefit community & kids programs of the Boston Police Runner’s Club.I think in total there are 8,000 runners between the two courses.Last year the race started at 8AM but this year due to the horrible heat problems in the prior year they started the race at 7AM for the half and 7:15 for the 5-miler.

Costs

The race fees start at $45 for the half & $30 for the 5-miler and gradual raise as the race approaches.I don’t remember what I paid but I signed up relatively early so it was either $45 or $55. Definitely a bargain compared to the BAA & Rock n Roll races.

Expo & Swag Bag

The race expo is really small.I got my number in about 30 seconds.There were almost no exhibits other than Marathon Sports, Odwalla samples and those weird Basement people that are always at any expo/convention possible.They did have popcorn and a bouncy house for the kids.I wanted to go into the bouncy house but some people thought I might cause injury to those smaller than me and should probably refrain.You get a free T-shirt with registration but it’s cotton, white and unisex so it’ll either go to Tony or Goodwill.The other swag included some bottles of Zinco coconut water.Not as good as VitaCoco but free is free.

The Race Course

As a Boston resident, I think the course is pretty sweet.

The 5-miler is entirely in downtown/financial district of Boston while the Half Marathon adds its 8 miles by going across the river into Cambridge with an out and back on Memorial drive along the Charles River.The course is also pretty flat and fast.Aside from the ramp for the bridge to cross the river that you hit twice (once going in and once coming back) there were no major hills.If you’re really curious, there is a driving video available of both the 5-miler and half marathon on the race’s website.

My Splits & Recap

My splits are a bit of an estimate because I don’t have a fancy Garmin (hint you know who that reads this) .I used Runkeeperapp for the Iphone which worked okay enough but when I finished running my total mileage was 13.69.I looked at the map and it seemed the signal bounced in some parts so I adjusted those miles by a minute or 2.I did use the runkeeper coach tool to stay at a 7:30 pace and avoid the crash that I had at Gloucester Half two weeks ago.For the most part it sort of worked.My average pace for the race according to official results was 7:32.

Prerace – I woke up at 6AM and woke Tony up and out to drive me to Boston at 6:25.I have the best bf/driver in the world!We made it downtown in a record breaking time of 11 minutes by 6:26.He went back home while I made my way to the Boston harbor Hotel since Fancy Hotel bathroom is way better than race portys.Munched on a Kashi Go Lean bar and drank my bottle of water with a fruit punch Nuun tab.It was a hot day and I wanted to skip the first few water stops so I tried to hydrate to capacity.At 6:50 I walked over to the start of the line.I passed a few friends who were running the 5-miler but no one wanted to run the half so I walked over all alone.I haven’t ran much in two weeks since Gloucester Half so I wasn’t sure what to expect.I was a bit nervous but I still excited as I am on every race day.

Mile 1-3 – 7:37, 7:33, 7:29B I ran slow and very cautious in the first mile.There were over 6,000 runners so I had no grand dreams of leading the pack this time.There was a very mild incline as we ran out of the Seaport District into the Financial District of Boston.Afterwards we made way past the State House and edged around Beacon Hill as we headed for the Longfellow (a.k.a. Salt & Pepper) Bridge.People said the first few miles were congested but I didn’t really see any issues in my pace area.

Miles 4-6 7:20, 7:25, 7:27B Miles 4-6 were along the Charles going a little bit past Harvard.I speed up a bit since this part of the course was flat flat vs. relatively flat for the first 3 miles.I did get water at the second or third water station.The weather was muggy and probably already reached 70 by 7:30AM.

Some people can look really cute when they run

I am not one of those people

Miles 7-9 7:15, 7:23, 7:40 At the turnaround point on the Charles I got super excited and my pace picked up a bit.I was ready to gun it but I started to feel hot so I stopped for two cups of water at the water stop around mile 9.The fun part was I screamed and cheered on the runners making their way still towards Harvard Square while they cheered us for making the loop back.

Miles 10 – 11 – 7:37,7:38 These were the miles coming back into Boston.As we got back on the Longfellow bridge I remembered that Laura from DailyMile was going to be cheering on at the bridge.A small part of was hoping/praying she wasn’t on the Cambridge side of it. That’s where my walking/slow jog started and I felt ashamed.It wasn’t steep but I definitely felt the difference going from Memorial Drive flat to climbing up a small ramp.Luckily, I saw her on the down-ramp of the bridge on the Boston side where I was running again.

 

Miles 12-13.1 – 8:06,B 7:53 I wouldn’t say I hit a wall at mile 12 but I definitely felt some regret for skipping a water station.My legs started to feel heavy from dehydration as we went around in circle of the Financial District/Post Office Square area.When I realized I was about a half mile away from finish I gunned it with any energy my dehydrated self had.I heard my friends in the background about .1 mile from the finish line and my heart soared!

I was tagged in 17 MarathonFotos, these are the two best ones.You can only imagine how bad my other ones are.

Post Race Food & Festivities

When you finish the race you empty out indoors into what looks like a warehouse of bagels, bananas, oranges, Cape Cod chips, water & Zinco Coconut water.In reality you’re inside the World Trade Center Convention area where the expo was held.There were a bunch of volunteers giving out medals.I started to sweat immediately as it felt a lot more hot indoors than it did outdoors as I swayed looking for water.I couldn’t find any bottled water but I found some cups and took 2 at a time.Ryan, Dan & Ana, my friends who ran the 5-miler found me as I was dripping sweat.Gross, I know but that didn’t stop me from sitting in a chair.

Results

Overall time : 1:38:46 my new PR!

Overall Pace: 7:32

Overall Place 340/5411

Division 41/1392 (Female age 19-29)