Friday, April 13, 2012

Boston Bound!

What a morning!

I rolled out of bed at 2:30am, was out the door for my easy paced five-mile run at 3:20am, was back in the door at 4:01am, was in the shower at 4:26am and was loaded in the van and on the road at 5:37am. And in there, Noah woke up throwing up and with a leaking feeding pump, so there was some serious (unplanned) clean up to do.  (Noah is ok - he just catches every SINGLE germ in the universe, and since he can't swallow well, even a small cold and a little congestion gives him a very hard time and he does a lot of coughing/choking/gagging/throwing up).

Josh and Noah  drove me to the airport (and Noah did great the whole way. Yay!)  and the rest of the kids went to school as usual. We were cutting it close getting to the airport in time so I didn't get a very good "goodbye" with Josh. I miss him like crazy already and so wish he was coming with me this weekend. Here is a pic he snapped as I jumped out of the van this morning -


 Now I am settled in my seat on the flight to Boston.

Funny thing - I walked on to the plane and within 30 seconds a guy pointed me out and recognized me from the Runner's World article. I didn't expect that at all. Crazy!

Anyway - 

If you are running Boston or paying any attention to the news surrounding the Boston Marathon, you have heard that as of right now, they are predicting that it is going to be HOT on Monday. Temps in the 80's hot. 50 degrees warmer than anything I have run in for months and months and months hot.

Being honest, a warm day is the worst possible scenario for me. I have always been a "heat wimp", with running and just in general. Give me the cold. Give me the snow. Give me rain. I got my first sub 3:30 marathon in freezing rain and hail. I can handle cold and wet. But sun and heat? No thanks!

BUT, I am feeling calm about it. I am not getting over-stressed. I am not forfeiting my goals. I will control the things I can control, not freak out about the things I can't control, and will run the best race I can run under the conditions I have on Monday. I think the fact that I am staying calm and confident despite the current weather forecast says a lot about how far I have come with my mental game and my ability to believe in myself.

I have set my goal for this race to run a sub 3:15. I know some runners don't like to say what their goals are or put them "out there" because they worry about looking bad or feeling bad if everyone knows their goal and then they don't make it. I don't feel that way. I am happy to say what my goal is, and I like to aim high proudly, no matter the outcome. If I set a goal and make it, then great! (And I savor it for a short period of time and then quickly set a new goal).

If I set a goal and don't make it, then I just keep going after it until I achieve it. I don't think there is any shame in that, and I hope that I am setting a good example for my kids. I hope they always set big goals, keep going after them until they reach them, and aren't deterred if they don't reach them the first (or second, or third, etc.) try. I love this quote -

"You have not failed until you quit trying."- Gordon B. Hinckley

There are never any guarantees on race day, but I am in shape and very ready to run a 3:15 or better. I did not miss a single day of this training period to injury, illness, excuses, or anything else. I ran a ton of miles. I had several 85 mile weeks and loved them. I hit every SINGLE workout goal. I didn't miss a mile of a long run. I hit all of my paces on long runs, tempo runs, track workouts, etc. I ran a lot of hills. I put in all of the work. I did not cut any corners. Best of all, my body feels awesome right now. I'll be darned if I am going to let some freakishly warm weather throw that all out the window. :)

So my plan is to go out on Monday morning and get my sub 3:15.

If the heat is all that they are saying it might be and my body doesn't handle it well and I don't hit my goal, I will run the best race I can run under the conditions and be proud of doing that. I will let myself be disappointed for a bit, and then I will look ahead to achieving my goal in my next race (the Utah Valley Marathon on June 9).

That said, I have a really good feeling about this race, no matter what the weathermen are saying. Josh told me that "I have it in me" and that is the thought (and his voice) I am going to hold on to if the going gets rough. I am ready. :)

Now I just have to make it through a few more hours of this flight (I am SO not a fan of sitting still), and then I get to see my parents, see friends, and experience all that is the Boston Marathon weekend. Yay!

And of course, all of the above said, I will be sending up prayers for an unexpected cold front to move in to the Boston area for Monday. :)

If you want to track me during the marathon my number is -

11697

More soon from Boston!

35 comments:

Yolanda said...
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Yolanda said...

Erin,

You have so much heart and I love the grit and determination that you have. Somewhere inside of is "runners" those traits lie. I am praying for you!!!

giraffy said...

SO EXCITED FOR YOU. I'll be watching from work!! Good luck, and enjoy it!

dilettante07 said...

I don't think anything can slow you down at this point. You're going to kill it!

Jen@runfortheboys said...

Wishing you a major cold front! Perfect attitude to have though. I'm, what, two hours ahead of you and you were in the shower before I pulled myself out of bed this morning...you don't play, do you? When you set your mind to something it gets DONE!

Boston is YOURS...heat or cold, rain or shine!!! Go, Erin, Go!

BumbersBumblings said...

You're going to do awesome!!! Can't wait to hear how it went!

Monica said...

I am so excited for everyone who will be running on Monday. I ran in 2005 and it was 75 degrees at the start with a warm wind. I don't do great in the heat, but I still loved every second of the experience. There will be lots of people in between the aid stations who will have food, drink, etc. The best trick I found was to take ice whenever it was offered and rub it on my face and arms and then stick it in my tank top. It really helped to keep me ool. Good luck, I'm sure you will do great!

Corey said...

I got chills multiple times reading this post! Best of luck to you and I will definitely be following your race and cheering you on virtually on Monday!! Good luck!

Runner Maybe said...

Good luck! You have worked for this and will do amazing.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Yay!!! I can't wait to track you on monday!!!

Laura said...

Go get that 3:15, Erin! I hope the heat is not as bad as predicted... I'll be looking forward to hearing all about it!

Mark Matthews said...

Woot! Woot!

Jlern1 said...

I was a little concerned when I heard the forecast, knowing what you have said about heat. I am keeping you in my prayers, that all of your extremely hard work pays off! Most of all, have fun! RUN, ERIN, RUN!!! : )

Lisa said...

I am so glad to hear you say these words! I have been worried about the "what ifs" and didn't want you to feel horrible if your goal was not met, or think that anyone would be "disappointed" in you..far from it! What a healthy outlook you have!
And I'm with you on running in the heat. Cannot.tolerate it. (Living in Az is the wrong state for me having this issue!!)
Best of luck! cannot wait to hear all of your updates! I am most excited about your race report over anyone else I know, and I don't even "know" you! ;0
Enjoy the journey!

Kate said...

BEST OF LUCK!! :) I will be tracking you!

bobbi said...

Good luck to you! Have a great race!

Elly said...

Go Erin! So excited for you! I really hope it's not that hot for you - but if it is - well, enjoy the race anyway! I won't say good luck because I'm not sure it's luck (maybe with the weather - good luck with the weather!) and I don't want to diminish the hard, hard work you have put into this race, so may all your hard work come together for a perfect race for you!

Julie Arts said...

Have an amazing time and an amazing race!

Valorie D said...

You can do it!!!

christa said...

Boston can get a cold front, but I want the heat here in VT. It's a beautiful day today. Have a fantastic time!

T said...

Go Erin Go!! Your running for all of us and your gonna do great!

L.A. Runner said...

I really love your attitude about goal setting. We share a lot of the same views. I've had the goal of Sub 3 for a few years now, and haven't been able to meet it. However, I feel no shame about publisizing this goal. To me, it's a HARD goal, but one that I will achieve at some point. Your quote hit the nail on the head, you only fail when you give up. Some things take time... kind of like relationships. :)

I'm proud to call you my Brooks Sister. As a runner and a mother, you are inspiring. I will be with you and all the Brooks peeps on Monday in spirit. I'll be sending many Run Happy vibes as I teach reading. :) Go get 'em!!!!!

Amy said...

Love your attitude about life, running, priorities...everything :) Go get your dream!

Anonymous said...

Go get them!!! Just think of all cheering you on!! Carol - WV

Adrienne said...

Have an awesome experience! I was able to finally check out your article and you represent not only Brooks flawlessly, but running in general!

Sending lots of positive thoughts your way and take it all in:)

Becky at Prairie Runner said...

I love, love, love reading your blog!! You inspire me with your running goals and attitude. You inspire me with the love you have for your family! Go rock this race!! Maybe find the inner Eskimo in you!

robinbb said...

I have no doubt you will run an amazing race no matter what the thermometer reads. Have fun this weekend and run hard and run happy on Monday!!!

Corrina said...

You continue to be a huge inspiration!!!

Big Daddy said...

It's midnight in Wyoming and I've read this post at least a dozen times. I'm waiting for Noah to have a coughing fit, so far... nothing. This morning was early and it's really late now and I should go to bed. I'll do that after I read your post one more time. Fast dreams sweetheart. Fast dreams.

Jen said...

I really enjoyed reading the article about you in RW this month and just happened to stumble across your blog today. I love your attitude about goal setting and I think you are a great role model to your children, and fellow runners like myself. I only started distance running last year, but your story inspires me. I will be running my first marathon in 35 days (who's counting?) and training has been going well. I hope to BQ someday! Best of luck to you this weekend. Your self confidence and attitude are worth more than some extra degrees on the thermometer :)

The Unexpected Runner said...

Congratulations, Erin!!!! You are an inspiration to every single busy mum out there! You have won already, in my books....but I have no doubt that you can achieve your goal for Boston. I will be cheering you on!

H Love said...

Go get em...and get a tan while you are at it! HUGS!

Old Runningfox. said...

You've done all the hard work, and done it well, so relax now, no need to get uptight at all. Rely on the training effect to pull you through to that sub 3.15. Just go out there and enjoy the experience. We're all behind you.
Good luck.

Beth said...

Great attitude about the possible heat. I am the same way you are about running in the heat. I believe you are still going to hit that goal, heat be darned! Best of luck to you.

Majda said...

I will be thinking of you all day tomorrow (I have to find out the time difference Europe X Boston yet).
GO ERIN GO!!!