The Boston Marathon is in SIX DAYS.
I am leaving my house on Friday morning at 5:30am (which is in just THREE DAYS).
So yes - there is a lot of excitement around here.
Here are some details.
Running is going well, and not to jinx anything, I think I am feeling as ready as I could feel. We pulled the miles back these last two weeks by quite a bit, but are still keeping a decent amount of intensity. In the past for other races, I have felt like I have over-tapered so I am hoping this is the right combination for me.
Today I ran 10 miles. I ran the first mile as a warm up (8:28), and then the plan was to do five miles at goal marathon pace of 7:15 (7:15, 7:13, 7:03, 7:05, 7:05) and then two miles at 7:00 pace (6:58 and 6:44) and then two cool down miles (7:56 and 8:18). Some of those miles were on a slight downhill grade and two had decent uphill grades. I ran a lot by feel and didn't check my Garmin obsessively. The paces came easily and I feel super good. It was a really fun run.
My goal for Boston is to run a sub 3:15. That will be taking (at least) 13 minutes off of my current PR. I know that Boston isn't an easy race or an easy course, but I have put the work in, I have done a lot of hill running, and I think I am ready for a big PR. My plan is to run a 7:15 or so average pace (which would be a 3:10), knowing that I will likely lose a few minutes for a pit stop or two (although I would love it if I didn't and have been working on my stomach/GI issues). I am pretty much planning to not go out too fast, keep an average 7:15 pace, and kick some serious Newton Hills butt. I definitely will be giving it my all.
Physically, emotionally, and mentally, I am ready to RACE.
I have to leave here by 5:30am on Friday to get to the Salt Lake City airport by 8:30am, and then I get in to Boston around 4:20pm. My parents are driving up from Long Island on Friday and we are staying together at a hotel. I can't wait to see them and get some quality time with them. It is so hard to live so far away from them.
Monday is race day!! I start running at 10:20am (or shortly thereafter) and hopefully will be done by 1:35 or so. :) Then I will be celebrating with my Dad and I don't leave Boston until Tuesday (late afternoon).
There are some other runners/bloggers I am hoping to meet, and a couple I have met in the past that I am looking very forward to seeing again (Amanda and Robin especially!!!)
I am mostly organized and packed, although there is always lots for me to do before going away and leaving Josh and the kids, even just for a long weekend. I will miss them something awful. It's hard being away.