11 weeks until the Boston Marathon! It is going to be here before I know it!
The photo shoot yesterday for Runner's World turned out to be really fun. To be honest, I was more nervous for it then I have ever been for a race. "Center of attention" is not my favorite place to be, so it was actually nice that they wanted all the kids in most of the pics so I had other people to worry about. And the kids were SO so awesome! They cooperated and smiled and had fun with it. One daughter decided it was a great start to her newly-inspired modeling career, and a few were disappointed that there wasn't a giant fan and blowing hair involved - ha! Noah can be really hard to get good pictures of because with his vision impairment he doesn't always look at the camera and smile on cue, but he was a rockstar and was great.
The photographer that came was really wonderful. He was fun to talk with and did a great job making us all feel comfortable. We did some pics in our front room with all the kids on the couch and me in front (and some variations on that theme), and then Josh got in a few. Next we all went out on our back deck and got some family shots, and then I went out on the road and he took some pictures of me running. I think, because it is a Mother's Day story, that they may use one of the pics of the kids and I, but I sure hope they use one with Josh in it because I could not do any of this without him!!
Hopefully the pictures came out well. I guess we will find out in April! (It will be the Human Race feature in the May issue). I can't wait to see them.
I am still smiling about Coach Ray and am really enjoying us getting to know each other and building our coach-athlete relationship. I already have learned a lot and gotten some great guidance, which I value just about as much as the friendship, support, and encouragement I am getting.
I have had some good runs this past week, and am pretty excited about how I am feeling. I finished my first week of Boston training with 72 miles. My long run was on Friday and was 17 miles with 8 miles at marathon pace. I felt good and I love the feeling I have after a good, long run. Then Saturday was my first "double" day, and I had 6 miles in the morning and 4 miles in the late afternoon, both at recovery run pace. Call me a running nerd, but I was excited about a double run day. :) I even got to do my afternoon run outside! It is pretty sad when 12 degrees F and sunshine feels warm, but it was fabulous to be outside in the sun, even if my eyelashes had icicles on them when I was done.
Want to hear something super cool? My parents volunteered at an aid station at a 10 mile race in NY this weekend! One of their friends was running in it and instead of going to cheer her on (they are highly trained, race-spectator professionals at this point) they decided to volunteer instead. I thought that was so awesome and wish I could have been there to see it. I am proud of them. :)
Something else unrelated but cool - The online adoption magazine "Rainbowkids" is featuring one of my blog posts from this blog this month. It is funny how running can relate to life in general! You can find the link here if you want to read it.
That's all for now. I have lots of questions to answer that were left in comments on my "Day in the Life" post that I will get to this week. Happy Monday!