Race Recap: Boston Marathon 2017

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I was doing SO well at logging my training online…until I wasn’t! I hope to backtrack on the last five weeks of my training for people interested in seeing how the Hanson’s Marathon Method works (and believe me when I say it does!) and a race recap from my half-marathon three weeks ago, but for now, I want to focus on getting all of my thoughts on completing my first Boston Marathon out while my thoughts are still fresh and legs are still sore!

My journey to Boston has been almost a year and a half in the making. It’s always been a pipeline dream for me, and although I ran cross country in college, after I graduated, I found myself running without much inspiration or joy. Making the conscious decision to train with the scarily tangible goal of a BQ was an intimidating one but the absolute best choice I could have made. While my second year of medical school was monotonous, stressful, and never made me feel great about myself, training for a marathon was exciting, rejuvenating, and without fail gave me a reason to feel like a rockstar every day. My hard work paid off, and I qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon at the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach in a time of 3:25:26.

I spent my summer studying for Step 1 of our Boards and my fall semi-training for a half-marathon (PR of 1:32:52 at the Mohawk-Hudson Half) and acclimating to our clinical rotations (surgery, pediatrics, and family medicine were up first!).

Starting in December, I started training for Boston using the Hansons’ Marathon Method advanced plan (I used the beginner plan for my BQ). Training went okay. The plan is tough and requires a LOT of running (I averaged 60-70 miles a week towards the end). The workouts are pretty repetitive, so I’m not sure if I’ll use it again for the next marathon I run (LOL why is my mind already there!), but it definitely works. I had some really high moments/weeks, and other times (especially towards the end of training) were rough. Still, I completed the training plan to a T for the second year in a row, and even though my race didn’t go as well as I wanted it to go, I can’t say I didn’t come to the start line a stronger, faster runner than I was at the start of the plan.

So. The race.

The Day Before

Unfortunately because I was on call at the hospital on Saturday, I couldn’t get to Boston until Sunday afternoon. My parents very, very kindly drove the six hours from Maryland to pick me up to drive another three hours from Albany to Boston on Easter. My dad dropped my mom and I off to pick up my bib and explored the expo for a bit. Thoughts: I was proud of myself for not buying a single thing. There were not enough free samples. 😛

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I made fun of my mom for wearing Crocs. With fur. When it was 85 degrees out. And she had been up since 4:30AM driving to come watch me run for like 30 seconds total. I’m an ungrateful daughter!

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Getting dat bib!

After, we drove straight to our hotel in Woburn to hang out, relax, and have dinner. We stayed in a Residence Inn with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen which was great because I’m pretty particular/superstitious about what I eat the night before a race. Also, as a middle kid, any chance I get my parents all to myself is pretty exciting. 🙂 My mom made us an awesome dinner of salad and spaghetti, while my dad and I schemed about spectating strategies and I tried to get some studying in. My sister arrived in Boston on her flight from LA around 10:30PM, and I was so happy to see her!

Pre-Race

I woke up at 6AM and freaked out because the sun was shining oh so bright and holy moley is it possible that all the clocks in the hotel and all of our phones were wrong?! My race didn’t go off until 10:25AM, and we had planned for my dad to drop me off at the South Street lot to take the shuttle into Hopkinton at 7:30AM, so I had some time to kill. I ran around the hotel room and personally greeted every member of my family (including our dog, Jonas), with a “TODAY I RUN THE BOSTON MARATHON!” It was not particularly well received, especially by my sister who was sleep deprived AND jetlagged. 🙂

I ran downstairs to grab half a bagel and some peanut butter for breakfast, and got dressed. I was really between the singlet vs. crop top, but then decided today was as good a day as any to rock the crop top because of the predicted hot temps. My abs may be non-existent, but what the hey!

My dad dropped me off at the South Street lot (we got yelled at for trying to stop on the side of the road because we were in the left hand lane, not the right one :O #oops #sorrykindvolunteers), and I used the bathroom before hopping on to the school bus to take me to the Athlete’s Village! Which was a freaking porta potty palace, yet still took me a good half an hour to get through the line when I arrived! I briefly saw Erin and Colleen from the Albany Oiselle Volée and then saw Rachel (also Albany Oiselle Volée) in line for the bathroom. Rachel and I hung out together (aka sat in the shade people watching and pointing out all the people we knew from Instagram but were too afraid to introduce ourselves to) until our wave was called (white bibs were second, after the speedy red bib-wearing folks!). Walking over to the start, I met Lexi who I met on Instagram through the Lane 9 Project, as well as some other Oiselle Volée, including Angie.

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Rach and me before our races!

The Race

The race went by FAST with all of the changing terrain and spectators lining the sidelines almost the entire 26.2 miles. Various friends from so many walks of my life had texted/reached out to me letting me know where they would be, and the excitement of looking for them in the large crowds really kept me going when times were tough. I saw my family twice (it would have been THREE times, but they missed me by a few minutes in Wellesley!), cross country coach from college, Alison, cross country teammate from college, Laura, other friends from college and med school, and the Oiselle gang scattered along the course.

The awesome sign Alison had for me! She had texted me earlier in the morning with where she would be and this pic, but I didn’t have my phone on me past 8AM and unfortunately didn’t see it until after the race. But I DID spot her and her daughter Hazel during the race on one of the toughest hills! And it was magical.

I know people keep saying “last year was so much worse blah blah blah,” but as far as I’m concerned it was HOT out there. I took water/Gatorade at almost every station, most of it to pour on top of my head to stay cool (the water, not the Gatorade LOL). I’ve also never participated in a race this large before, so the logistics of even getting water amongst a huge crowd was new for me. Luckily there were aid stations on both sides of the road at every single mile, but each time, I had to come to almost a complete stop and weave in and out of other people trying to rehydrate, too. Might have *almost* taken down some peeps with me. SORRY. 30,000 people trying to run a marathon in a sunny 70+ degrees ain’t no joke! There were SO many times during the race that I’d look ahead of me and just be amazed by the sea of runners ahead. It was insane. I’ve NEVER seen anything like it. I’ve also never seen so many guys just unabashedly peeing on the side of the road mid-race. (Sorry not sorry for all the tangential writing).

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Running is hard.

Unfortunately, my watch started bugging out around mile 15 and not recording my pace or mileage accurately. And let me tell you, when you’re at mile 15 of a marathon and already dying, you do NOT want your watch to be telling you you’re averaging 10 minute pace (…I wasn’t). I tried to play the fun game of calculating splits in my head, but when you’re mid-marathon loopy, that doesn’t go over well. Instead, I ended up playing the, “Okay, if you average the 30 minute pace you’re FEELING right now, looks like you probably won’t PR…” game.

I started hyperventilating/bawling with about a mile to go because of the sheer realization of what I was about to do. So many people all around me. Runners doing their thing after their own months and years of preparation and hard work. Spectators cheering for ME and sometimes by name (thanks, Angelica, for writing my name on my bib before I left in the morning)! I felt like a rockstar crossing that finish line.

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Looking back on my splits, I’m surprised by my consistency at the start. People who were following later told me they thought it was just averaging splits along the way. Compared to the Shamrock Marathon, I felt a lot more stressed at the start of this race, which I attributed to the heat and rolling hills. I freaked out a little about not feeling too relaxed, and it may have bit me in the butt, but whatchagonnado. And although I knew I was dying towards the end, especially the last three miles or so, my pacing wasn’t as far off as I imagined it would have been. I mentally checked out a bit more than I usually do/know I shouldn’t do and wasn’t able to get into that super uncomfortable place I’ve trained myself to sustain in countless workouts, even in the last couple miles, which was disappointing after months of hard training. Blame it on the heat, the hills, or poor pacing, but it wasn’t my best race.

Still, I PRed! And know I’m much fitter than the time suggests. And if I choose to run Boston again next year, I should be able to get into it without a problem.

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Pretty much sums up the last couple miles of the race for me.

Post-Race Reflections

My main goal was to enjoy the experience and have fun, and as much as I was hurting, that I did! My favorite parts of the race were running through Wellesley and high fiving as many kiddos as I could throughout the entire race. Cross country and track were never “cool” sports in high school and I constantly had to defend how running IS a sport to people, and it was fun to see so much support out there for us football players, basketball players, baseball players runners in Boston.

I’m not sure if I’ll run Boston again next year or even what my next race will be (gotta focus on finishing out third year strong and rocking Step 2 of our Boards this spring and summer!), but one thing’s for certain: yesterday was a beautiful, unforgettable day. 🙂

Day 120/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Not quite the time I was hoping for, but a PR and an incredible day nonetheless! Might have started bawling with a mile to go because the whole darn thing was so overwhelmingly awesome. 🏃🏻‍♀️🦄💙💛 – Holla at the best family (@angelicahyi, @thomasyi21042, @helenyi1963) for traveling all the way from Maryland and LA to cheer me on, and friends who encouraged me both in person (especially @comeback_runner, @laurarunsthe617, @lapzyn10, and the @oiselle gang!) and via text (WISH I could tag you all!). Floored by the amazing hard work culminating in beyond stellar races by the 30,000 runners and the 500,000 high energy spectators supporting us with all the cold Gatorade and high fives today. I know I'm capable of so much more than today's 3:24:17, but I'm extremely humbled and happy to have been able to share this Boston journey with you. What. A. Day! – #beboston #bostonmarathon2017 #medschoolrunners #runningmedschool #runningformentalhealth #stillirun #oisellevolée #capitalregionbirds #hansonsmarathonmethod #sportsbrasquad #ihavearunnersbody #mileschangeyou

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Sunday Runday: Week of 2/27 (Boston Training Week #11)

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Monday, 2/27:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did:

AM: A cold 6.37 miles in 1:03:05 (9:54 pace) before work. Legs felt dead! :O

PM: 4.52 miles in 39:37 (8:46 pace) with Moira (!) after work! Legs felt less dead. 😛

90 minutes of Bikram! Really feel like I’m improving in my form/flexibility/headspace, and honestly my muscles feel GREAT!

10.89 miles total

 

Tuesday, 2/28:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Strength 4 x 1.5 miles in 10:45-11:00 with 800 recovery (Goal = 3:12-317 marathon)

What I Did: I would have preferred to do this workout on the track because I find it easier for me to focus and run faster paces there, but the local college’s track doesn’t open until 6AM, and because I’ve been having issues with pacing, I figured I better get some practice off the track/treadmill sooner rather than later as Boston is quickly approaching! I have to run through downtown Albany to get to the bike path that I run on for workouts, and it can get a little sketchy sometimes, especially in the dark. It’s not my favorite, but I think it’s definitely worth being more on guard for a little bit until more runners are up and at it to keep me company on the bike path rather than retreating to the treadmill. Struggled with pacing at first (shocker), but I think I got down to a good pace towards the end:

2.52 mile warm-up down to the bike path

4 x 1.5 miles with 800 recovery:

11:19 (7:40 + 3:39; 7:33 pace)

10:56 (7:11 + 3:45; 7:17 pace)-interestingly, this was my 1.5 mile time trial time before my high school freshman season of cross country!

10:50 (7:10 + 3:40; 7:13 pace)

10:28 (6:56 + 3:32; 6:59 pace)

2.5ish mile cool-down (I’m too lazy to count up all the laps/splits right now…)

12.46 miles total

Guy at the Donut Shop: Do you have special plans for these donuts? Me: Why, yes. Yes I do. 😂 – Wasn't going to be able to see @pj28mont for his 30th (!) birthday today because I'm at the hospital all day (#somuchbusy here on inpatient psychiatry today!) and then on call at the psychiatric crisis unit from 5-11 tonight, so made a pit stop on my cool-down home to @ciderbellyofficial and delivered these tasty treats to the law school before Phil's 8AM class! Seeing each other everyday with our school/work schedules can be challenging, but we can usually make it work, even if it's just studying in neighboring cubicles or a quick donut handoff! 📚🍩🤝❤️ ••• Day 72/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: 4 x 1.5 mile strength workout along the bike path started off kinda slow-ish (tryna get a handle on this pacing business!) but hit my goal paces (10:45-11:00) for the final 3 sets: 11:19, 10:56, 10:50, 10:28.

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Wednesday, 3/1:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Flexibility hot yoga class that was more flow than flexibility, but whatcha gonna do.

Day 73/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: When your flexibility hot yoga class has a substitute teacher and it ends up being more strength work and less stretching than you anticipated. And then you get frustrated that you're frustrated about that (and because you're being a lazypants!) because, ya know, that's not the point of yoga. 🤦🏻‍♀️😥😂 – Rest day of sleeping in, reflecting and praying on this first day of Lent, inpatient psychiatry rounds, my first time seeing electroconvulsive therapy, listening to a nurse practitioner student's presentation on the role of ketamine in treating major depressive disorder, role playing motivational interviewing with another student and psychologist, my own doctor's appointment, some errand running, and finally yoga before dinner, some studying, and settling down this evening. 🌪🌪🌪 – Unfortunately, didn't make it to church to receive ashes (#badcatholic), but in my defense, Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, and today was crazy busy! ☹️ However, I am trying to pray more this Lent by participating in a 40/40/40 prayer challenge: praying for 40 intentions for 40 people over the 40 days of Lent. If there's something on your heart that I can pray for, please submit it (with your name or anonymously) on the Google Doc linked in my profile!

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Thursday, 3/2:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 9 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Ugh. This day/workout/life! Got out of work really late, had a friend who was going to pace me bail on me last minute, and it was already dark by the time I headed out. At the start of my tempo, my watch was not in the mood and was telling me I was running a “blazing” 9 minute pace when I knew I was running at least a minute and a half faster. I was already on edge because I was nervous about my first 9 mile tempo, so I decided to go try the workout at the gym rather than bust myself to be confused about pacing the whole time and then feel badly about how I was running “slower” than I was supposed to go. So, essentially, did a 6 mile warm-up, 9 mile tempo in 1:04:17 (7:09 pace, suckaaaaaas), and quick 1 mile cool-down home for 16.01 miles total, i.e. too much for a rando Thursday!

Day 74/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: This week has been really meh for a variety of reasons, and for my OWN mental health, I really needed a good workout today. My tolerance for nonsense was pretty much at zero, so when my watch started acting up from the start of my dark #temporun outside, I got pissed, ran home, threw on the @oiselle crop top singlet that I've been mustering up the courage to rock (slash patiently waiting to wear when abs magically appear, whichever comes first 💁🏻) for an extra bit of confidence, marched myself to the gym, and made that tempo run mine. 😈 9 miles in 1:04:17 (7:09 pace) and a whopping (and unexpected) 16 miles total. Got a bunch of confused looks and one "You go girl!" in response to repping the #sportsbrasquad, but really, I was beyond the point of caring. And it was liberating. 🏃🏻‍♀️💪 #strongnotskinny

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Friday, 3/3: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Got out of work hella late again and had dinner plans, so only had time to get 3.62 miles in, but because of the way Thursday’s run went, I didn’t sweat it like I usually would. Crazy winds!

Saturday, 3/4:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 8.26 miles easy (but faster than my usual easy pace!), partly by myself, and partly with Erin, Allison, and others from their running team in some brutal wind and cold. Probably could have/should have run a little farther, but this week is a down mileage week anyway, so I’m not stressing.

Sunday, 3/5:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 6.58 miles in 1:03:46 (9:41 pace) with Phil. Could have (should have?) run farther, but I was getting hungry on our run!


Total Weekly Mileage = 57.82 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 575.68 miles

Down 8ish miles from last week-I’m not sure if that was too much of a jump down (should have probably been closer to 5), but does 3 miles really make that much of a difference? My guess = probably not.

Sunday Runday: Week of 2/20 (Boston Training Week #10)

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Monday, 2/20:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Pre-work 8.08 miles (1:24:47; 10:29 pace) felt like death. I thought about turning back home a million and one times…and talked myself out of it a million and one times! 😛 Also got in 90 minutes of Bikram after work and my muscles feel awesome!

Tuesday, 2/21:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Strength 6 x 1 mile with 400 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did:

AM: 3.20 miles in 32:12 (10:03 pace); Legs felt a MILLION times better than yesterday, but still a little dead. Contemplated what would happen if I was totally burned out with Boston in 8 weeks. :O

PM: Strength Workout

1.48 mile warm-up

6 x 1 mile on the track at UAlbany. There was still some ice/snow on the track so I spent a lot of my 24 laps on the track weaving in and out of lanes, but for some reason, my watch would record a mile split on my final straightaway each time, i.e. before I hit four laps. I’m not really sure which times are correct, but I’m going to go with the slower ones so I don’t get too cocky, but here are my times for future record, in the following format: time at 4 laps (mile split on watch):

7:08 (7:03)

6:56 (6:40)

6:57 (6:38)

6:56 (6:45)

6:58 (6:40)

6:51 (6:39)

1ish mile cool-down

10.38 miles total

My body felt good, but the conditions weren’t ideal and my stomach really began to bother me towards the end.

13.58 miles total for the day

Wednesday, 2/22:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Flexibility hot yoga class. #holytightmuscles!

Thursday, 2/23:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 8 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

2.71 mile warm-up

8 mile tempo in 58:26 (7:18 pace; 7:51, 7:32, 7:18, 7:06, 7:19, 7:10, 7:12, 6:55)

2.52 mile cool-down

13.24 miles total

Friday, 2/24: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 7.05 miles with Luke at the Pine Bush (1:01:18; 8:41 pace)

Saturday, 2/25:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Moved my long run up a day early so I could run in Saratoga, a place I’ve wanted to run for a while with Fiona! Did my first 6.5ish by myself before Fiona met up for 10 more followed by brunch to make for such a lovely day! 17.07 miles total in 2:21:34 (8:17 pace; 8:36, 8:03, 8:00, 8:07, 7:59, 8:15, 8:46, 8:18, 8:14, 8:32, 8:19, 8:13, 8:14, 8:41, 8:40, 8:08, 7:49). My legs felt awesome towards the start, so much so that I had to force myself to more consciously control my stride at 8 minute pace, but I fizzled a bit for miles 14 and 15. I’ve gotta get a better handle on nutrition the night before and during runs. My last minute Powerbar Gels I grabbed from the depths of my pantry were definitelyyyy expired… 😛

Sunday, 2/26:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 16 miles)

What I Did: 7 miles in 1:07:07 (9:35 pace) at Hampton Manor Town Park…which I do not recommend for running. I went to flexibility hot yoga class after at a different location than I usually do and because I was headed to East Greenbush anyway, I thought I’d check out a spot that was recommended by the local newspaper for running. I made it work with running out on the main road and then getting some killer hills in, but I won’t probably go there again.

"Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together. Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled or rifled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom you may not have known even existed."-BKS Iyengar ••• Day 70/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Not a yogi by any means, but I've really enjoyed the classes I've been going to this week and wish I usually had this much time to focus on stretching, reflection, and self-care. Also, substitute running for yoga, and the quote works beautifully! 7 windy, snow flurrying shake-out miles with some hills + flexibility hot yoga class. 66 miles total this week. 🙆🏻🏃🏻‍♀️🌪

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Total Weekly Mileage = 66.02 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 517.86 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 2/13 (Boston Training Week #9)

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Monday, 2/13:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 6 miles, mostly on the treadmill. Ugh.

Day 57/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Was daydreaming of frolicking in the snow my entire run on the #dreadmill. Also spent the whole 4.5 miles (6 miles total with a snowy warm-up and cool-down to and from the gym) toggling between a simulated run through New Zealand, two different running podcasts, attempts at watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on my phone, one of my fave Aly & AJ CDs circa 2007, and Say Yes to the Dress reruns. AND I was STILL bored out of my mind. We just got hit with a tooooon of snow this weekend, so looks like it's going to be a long week of running inside. 😐 Still, I'm happy to be able to run and work towards my goals each day! 🏃🏻‍♀️ Anyone else got any other good games to play on the treadmill? 😏

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Tuesday, 2/14:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 3 x 1600 in 6:20-6:30 with 600 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: 3 x mile in 6:27, 6:23, 6:15 on the treadmill with 800 recovery. 9 miles total.

Wednesday, 2/15:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Swam! And didn’t get ear plugs stuck in my ears again!

Thursday, 2/16:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 8 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Was not into today’s run in the slightest. I clawed and fought for it, but really need to adjust my mindset when it comes to tempo runs in general. I’ve been running them WAY too fast, and it’s really hurting me mentally. 😦

8 mile tempo in 58:10 (7:16 pace; 7:11, 7:13, 7:19, 7:15, 7:18, 7:18, 7:18, 7:13). 12.56 miles total.

Day 60/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: I like to keep this Instagram a positive space, but I run by "Fat One" spray painted on the sidewalk at least once a day and I absolutely HATE it. – Dying on my #hansonsmarathonmethod #temporun, I found my mind overflowing with negative self-talk. I can blame poorly thought out nutrition, lack of sleep, and a terrible playlist, but ultimately it comes down to being more realistic about my goals. Just because I CAN run 7-8 miles at sub 7 minute pace doesn't mean I can run a marathon (or half-marathon!) or should attempt to do weekly tempo runs at that same pace. Reevaluating how to set myself up for success on these scary tempo runs in the coming weeks and giving myself some serious pep talks before I attempt some hard workouts again next week. Like, "Fat One" to "FaSt One"! 😉🏃🏻‍♀️💨 – 8 miles in 58:10 (7:16 pace) with short breaks at miles 4 and 6 // 11.5 miles total

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Friday, 2/17: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Triple workout today! :O I love our Psychiatry schedule! 😛

#1: 6 miles in 1:02:08 (10:21 pace)

#2: 4.06 miles in 38:12 (9:25) pace, mostly because I wanted to take the new GoPro out for a spin. 😀

#3: 60 minute Bikram Hot Yoga Class. Thank God it was cut down from its usual 90 minutes-I don’t think I could have lasted another half hour!

10.06 miles total

Saturday, 2/18:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 8.03 miles at the Pine Bush in 1:23:36 (10:25 pace), which is actually a lot faster than I would have thought given those melty snowy conditions!

Sunday, 2/19:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 12.65 miles in 1:55:08 (9:06 pace) from Colonie Center to the Crossings to Siena and back! Was so happy to be running somewhere different than just around my neighborhood in Albany!


Total Weekly Mileage = 57.15 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 451.84 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 2/6 (Boston Training Week #8)

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More training log catch up…

Admittedly, I lost my mind a bit this week (last week of OB). It’s a wonder I made it through AND finished almost all of my training.


Monday, 2/6:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 7.18 miles in 1:13:55 (10:18 pace)

Tuesday, 2/7:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 6 x 800 in 3:10-15 with 400 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: 8.02 miles in 1:20:36 (10:03 pace). I wanted to wait until the weekend to get my hardest workout (tempo run) in, so I shifted my workouts a bit to make sure that I only got one day rest between the tempo run and speed day.

Wednesday, 2/8:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did:

2 mile warm-up

6 x 800 in 3:16, 3:10, 3:10, 3:07, 3:06, 3:03 with 400 rest

1.5ish mile cool-down

8.07 miles total

"And I think people make the mistake of thinking that just because something is a hobby means that you shouldn't prioritize those things."-wise words from @ktanoninstagram, #oisellevolée Sister Bird, on the @dizruns podcast ••• Day 52/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: The transition from workouts on the treadmill to the track and roads ain't gonna be pretty. BUT I had this awesome realization when I was dying on the windy homestretch halfway through my speed workout that if I was going to spend the precious time running instead of studying for my exam on Friday, I better do it right! 6 x 800 (goal = 3:10-15; 3:16, 3:10, 3:10, 3:07, 3:06, 3:03) and 8 miles total for the day. #thefasteryourunthefasteryouredone?

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Thursday, 2/9:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 8 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: OFF

Friday, 2/10: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 8 mile tempo run on the treadmill in 56:17 (7:02 pace; 7:13, 7:13, 7:08, 7:03, 7:00, 6:57, 6:56, 6:40) with a break at mile 6 for GI issues. :/ 11.12 miles total

This week @oiselle asked, "What is #runlove?" 🏃🏻‍♀️❤️ It's the crack of dawn alarm you don't snooze. It's the calming rhythm of feet echoing through quiet streets before the world wakes up. It's the post-work, I'd-rather-be-sleeping dodging of cars in the winter dark. It's the loud, disinhibited conversations about the joyous and angry and all the in between moments only miles shared with friends can provoke. It's the carefree feeling, like a kid, exploring old trails and new gems in my own backyard. It's the ecstasy, that so-called "runner's high," of a nailing a tough workout or solid long run. It's the nagging frustration of injury and the long, painful road to recovery that must accompany it. It's the inhalation of fresh air, full of optimism, hope, and possibility. It's the exhalation of stress, anxieties, shortcomings, and disappointment. It's the flat out rejection of the notion of an ideal body weight or size. It's the celebration of what my body has done and the humble daydreaming of what it has the potential to do. It's the deep-rooted connection and mutual understanding with the stranger I cross paths with on the street and on the Internet. It's the simple recentering of and opportunity to reflect on a (too) busy life. It's prayer. It's the thing I look forward to each day. It's one of the loveliest loves of my life. ••• Day 54/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Sleep-deprived, hangry, post-OB/GYN shelf exam 8 mile #temporun on the treadmill went surprisingly well (56:17; 7:02 pace!) despite a quick and necessary break at mile 6. If you catch my drift. 💩 #TMI? #sorrynotsorry #keepingitreal

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Saturday, 2/11:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 8.27 miles in 1:25:26 (10:20 pace)

Sunday, 2/12:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 15 miles)

What I Did: 11.21 miles in 1:36:48 (8:38 pace). Did NOT beat the snow. I slept in too late and really should have gotten up earlier to get my run in before it really began to snow, but I was tired from my long week!

I did get to try snowshoeing for the first time, though, thanks to all the snow we got! 2.5ish miles with Tiffany at Five Rivers.


Total Weekly Mileage = 53.87 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 394.69 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/30 (Boston Training Week #7)

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Still playing catch up on the training log. I guess the long hours on OB really threw me off! I regret not being more on top of posting about my daily training because I only post a snippet of it on Instagram and now, obviously, I don’t remember what was going on in my head/how my body felt three weeks ago. But, alas, hopefully I’ll learn from this!


Monday, 1/30:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 7.63 miles in 1:18:18 (10:16 pace) before night float shift #2. :O

Tuesday, 1/31:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 3 x 1600 in 6:20-6:30 with 600 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Swam 2150 yards in 35:31 (1:39/100 yd). I think I made the choice to only do one workout this week because of the crazy night float scheduling, so I skipped my speed workout this week.

Wednesday, 2/1:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: 2.30 delirious miles (22:19; 9:43 pace) with Moira after the longest day of my life!

Day 45/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: A busy last night float shift (Foley balloons for induction of labor and magnesium prophylaxis for preeclampsia galore + a crazay middle of the night c-section for HELLP syndrome) ➡️ 2 hour power nap ➡️ reviewing for THREE different presentations this afternoon ➡️ 6 hours of class ➡️ 2.5 mile catch-up run sesh with @moiraleigh03. 🌃👶🛌💻👩🏻‍⚕️🏃🏻‍♀️ ••• Pretty amazed I made it through the past few days still with a smile on my face, thanks mostly to the diligent, kind, and rockstar team I was working with! Had to compromise on my workouts a bit, but I'm proud I still got some miles under my legs everyday. Flexibility is essential in this field and with #marathontraining, and tomorrow is a new day. Now, bring on the 4 day weekend! ✌️

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Thursday, 2/2:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Not a great day for me (see below). 7.14 miles.

Day 46/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Not my most favorite day. Our local track has been closed the past week, so I drove to the nearby university's track to tackle my speed workout only to find it was iced over. After failing miserably at maintaining 5k pace on the path looping around campus, I compromised for marathon tempo pace, which also didn't go over so well. So basically, I ended up doing 7 miles easy…before finding out my @gopro was stolen. 😐😐😐 ••• I never would have spent so much money on a little toy camera, but I won mine in a raffle while volunteering at a St. Baldrick's event a couple years ago. Trying to decide whether I should buy a new GoPro or not sparked a great conversation with my fiancé about why I even have a running Instagram in the first place. Is it self-promotion? Racking up likes? Gaining followers? I was disgusted with myself for a hot sec until I realized those things are NOT my main motivation. Like anyone, I can get distracted by the numbers, but what I LOVE about this little "square" community is 1) the connections with inspiring runners and people in the medical field I've made, 2) having a creative space to post fun pics and my reflections on school and running each day, and 3) the opportunity to share the feasibility of balancing a busy and productive work life with competitive recreational running. I would run out of fingers and toes counting the runner friends I've "met" on Insta before logging miles with in person and fellow students who have told me I'm not the only one struggling (and occasionally thriving 🙂) in grad school. For these reasons, I'll keep enjoying Insta…even if the pictures require a bit more creativity while I save up some cash for a new camera! 😉 Happy Thursday, friends! May we always remember that things are just things and what really matters is our relationships with others. 💕

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Friday, 2/3: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Did my tempo run outside:

3.10 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo run in 51:17 (7:19 pace; 7:22, 7:28, 7:16, 7:16, 7:16, 7:14, 7:20)

2.70 mile cool-down

12.81 miles total

Saturday, 2/4:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 11.13 miles total (9:05ish pace) as part of the ARE’s Pancake Run with Tiffany and Yaowei!

Sunday, 2/5:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 10.39 miles (1:31:11; 8:46 pace) with lots of Sister Birds for a bRUNch hosted by Rachael Austin! Running with friends this weekend was exactly what I needed.


Total Weekly Mileage = 51.6 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 340.82 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/23 (Boston Training Week #6)

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Wowza. I am way behind on my training log posting game. So, here’s some catch up! Thank God for running watches and that I kept up to date on Instagram…


Monday, 1/23:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Knew Tuesday was not going to be great day for running, let alone a workout due to scheduling stuff (was at the hospital at 6AM until class in the afternoon, a meeting at 5PM, and then a meeting with a potential wedding caterer at 6:30PM, with bedtime around 9:30-10PMish!), so opted to move my hard workouts up a day earlier this week. Ended up having a ridiculously long day at the hospital on Monday, though-we are supposed to only be at the hospital until 5PM each day, but we went into an OR case at 4:45PM and there was still paperwork to be completed for the next day, so I didn’t end up leaving until 7PM. :O I was worried because the gym closes at 9PM so I skimped on the warm-up, but still got it done because I’m like that:

1 mile warm-up

400 (1:36), 800 (3:10), 1200 (4:45), 1600 (6:13), 1200 (4:43), 800 (3:01), 400 (1:27) with 400 rest on the treadmill

1.25 mile cool-down? (This is what happens when I don’t write things down/don’t use my watch wahhh)

8 miles total

Tuesday, 1/24:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 with 400 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: OFF

Wednesday, 1/25:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Was not feeling this workout at all. I’ve been feeling pretty tired in general lately, to be honest, and my legs, mind, and heart just weren’t as excited to do this tempo as they usually are. Part of it is just feeling tired from long hours, I think, but part of it is definitely getting sick of running on the treadmill. Still a very good pace if you ask me! Totally skimped on the cool-down because a quick visit to Phil in the library turned into an hour long conversation about our days and then I was too cold to run back home! 😀

2 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo in 48:21 (6:54 pace; 7:04, 7:02, 7:03, 6:59, 6:52, 6:48, 6:30) on the treadmill

0.5 mile cool-down

9.5 miles total

Thursday, 1/26:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: 6.09 miles in 59:00 (9:41 pace) with Phil!

Friday, 1/27: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 5.59 miles (55:27; 9:55 pace) with Phil!

Saturday, 1/28:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 8.39 miles (1:23:42; 9:59 pace)

Sunday, 1/29:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 14miles)

What I Did: 15.54 miles (1:59:01; 7:40 pace) with mid-long run 15K PR (1:08:34; 7:21 pace) as a part of the HMRRC Winter Series!


Total Weekly Mileage = 53.22 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 289.22 miles