Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SIX

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.

Six days!


28 comments:

misszippy said...

You are so darn ready to blow your PR away! Love that your paces are feeling easy. Your coach sounds fantastic and I'm so glad you get to meet him in person.

Now let's get the weather in order and all will be set! See you Saturday!

Julia said...

eeeekkkkk!!! man. it looks like you are ready to TOTALLY ROCK in BOSTON!!! so excited for you!!! awesome run today. will be thinking of you and cheering for you! GOOD LUCK!!!

Terzah said...

You sound well prepared as always and the trip sounds like a lot of fun. I can't wait to read about your sub-3:15 (because it WILL happen).

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I am so super excited for you and you have been in the back of my mind all week! Good luck on Monday!

robinbb said...

I am almost more excited to hear how you do on Monday than myself. You worked SO hard these past 12 weeks, that you are going to blow us all away. I love your race plan and will remember your positive mental attitude myself on Monday. I am so hoping we get a chance to meet up this weekend. Safe travels and run happy!!!!!

Mark Matthews said...

Your training certainly shows a 3:15 or better, (which I am sure you know.) I only ran Boston once, but I think as long as there is no head wind, the course is not as difficult as described, but I'm one who finds rolling hills actually provides some relief by changing parts of your legs that are being worked during your run. Overall Boston point to point is downhill (which I'm sure you know) and of course being Irish, and running in Boston, there are secret running Gods and Goddesses hiding high in the sky in the Citgo sign who will provide you with tiny little angel wings on your feet (which I am sure you know too.)

However, I do have issue with you not getting in line at the subway station and getting on a crickity old bus and taking the long, stop and go drive to the start while you have to pee so bad from nerves and the morning hydration, feeling every bounce, and then you get to the village and the lines to the port-a-potty are a mile long. --Yes, you are missing out on an experience.--
As for the run, enjoy the most powerful one on earth and I am sure a glorious finish for you.

Christy MyDirtRoadAnthem said...

Good luck! I am so excited to read all about it, sounds like you are really ready and have a great plan in mind. I hope your stomach doesn't give you any issues!

Jen@runfortheboys said...

Boston. Is. Yours.

Go, Erin, Go!

Cannot WAIT :) You're gonna blow that goal out of the water. Buh-bye three teens (without ever having met)! Hello 3:0X!!! Yeah, that's right. You have it in you already and then some.

Nicole @nmh1970 said...

You are so prepared, you are going to do really well, I just know it. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Teamarcia said...

Sounds like you are primed to spank those hills. I love that you're driving the course..helped me a ton. Cannot wait to hear all about it Erin. Soak it up and enjoy!

emlizalmo said...

WOOHOO! I cannot wait to read all about it. You will do it. I KNOW you will. Yay Erin. :)

Jlern1 said...

I, like everyone else, can't wait to hear EVERY detail! You are so prepared and you are mentally tough as nails! Hope the weather cooperates and you make your goal with ease! :) I've been keeping you in my prayers. RUN ERIN RUN!!!

Christina said...

I'm really looking forward to reading all of my favorite runners' stories of the Boston Marathon. Have a very safe journey, a GREAT run, and plenty of fun as well!!! Best wishes!

Amanda@runninghood said...

You are going to have such an incredible race Erin! So exciting for you! Go get 'em!!

April said...

Erin,
I have just stumbled upon your blog after reading my RW magazine. But I have been following Coach Rick for a while now!! You are going to do great!! I will be in Boston 3x but not as fast as you!! I am staying @ the Westin so I may come & try & find you & Coach Rick Monday night ??
Anyway... Best of Luck to us both. Go Get'em!!

Jill said...

You've got this girl! I will be thinking of you every single mile out there (and stalking online :))...wishing I were there along with you but will the two times I ran Boston and cherish those. Regardless of time or anything, remember that Boston should be experienced and enjoy every second you're there!

BIG hugs to you, girl!!!!

Ugly said...

Good Luck!

There are only two ways that 'might' prevent you from running a sub-3:15 marathon.

1. Starting out too fast
2. Getting too nervous

Enjoy Boston for what it is....Your training shows you are ready....

brg said...

GIT IT!!

i Run said...

Red rover, red rover send Erin on over!!!! Boston awaits you! Come show the rest of the runners what running like you stole something looks like :) Your PR awaits, steal it!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read about your run!! You so have this!! Carol- wv

Mallory said...

SO clearly I am majorly out of the loop because I saw your pretty family in the front of my latest issue of RW. You are awesome. You will do so well in Boston.

SWMom said...

I am excited for you!!!!!!!! Best wishes for a fast race!

Beth said...

So excited for you. I am living vicariously through you! Praying for you for a safe journey and successful race.

Valorie D said...

So excited for you! May I ask what some of your GI tricks are. I'm still trying to figure that out and have my first marathon in May so any ideas there would be awesome!

Kate said...

I just read your article in RW. You are such an inspiration for so many reasons! You are going to do incredible in Boston. I was supposed to be there, but unfortunately, injury struck. I would have loved to meet you. :)

Yolanda said...

Erin,

I've been following you for a couple of months and love seeing your mileage and inspiration. I have no doubt that you will rock Boston!!

Christy said...

You are going to do great! Best wishes and I hope you have an amazing time with your family and meeting your new coach. :)

Janice {Run Far} said...

I am so excited for you. Can't wait to stalk you. You're going to kill it.
Heartbreak Hill has nothing on you. :)