I hope you all got to see at least part of today’s Boston Marathon because, boy, was it a thrill! I luckily had the chance to watch both the elite women’s and men’s finishes, including Meb Keflezighi’s record making victory. Can you believe an American man hasn’t won Boston since 1983? A big hurrah! to Meb for ending that drought. Also, can you believe that Meb’s winning marathon time was faster than my fastest half? Oy.
In case you missed it, here’s the highlight reel of Meb’s run:
In reading up on all things Boston before today’s big race, I came upon an oh-so-appropriate article from Runner’s World about how to BQ (no, I’m not planning on running a sub 3:35 marathon anytime soon—although I loved it today when my coworker asked me if I would ever run Boston. Bless your heart for thinking I could!). There are some super helpful hints for all aspiring marathoners, and I know I’ll be referring to this list again as my training picks up in the summer.
Sooooooooooo, all this Boston awesomeness has me seriously contemplating my May 4 10-miler. I really really really want to go for a sub 1:30:00 finish. That would mean shaving 9.5 minutes off of last year’s time.
That’s quite ambitious, but I’m so close to that milestone that I see it, smell it and taste it every day.
With so little time left for training, what will get me to that point?
Sleep—No more late nights binge-watching Pretty Little Liars (FYI, Season 4 is not yet available on DVD, and I refuse to pay for individual episodes on Amazon or iTunes, so I’m SOL on that front anyway). It’s all about clocking those Zzzs.
Hydration—I’ll be chugging water and tea leading up to my race. This is also the time to cut out things like soda and alcohol (not too big of an issue for me).
Stretching—I’m talking yoga, foam rolling and good ole fashioned stretches. My IT Bands have been tight for the past several weeks, but I would love to ditch my injury-soothing straps for race day.
Vitamins—Basically everybody in my office has been sick recently. I need to ward off all manner of germs.
Rest—This is more than just sleep. I won’t push myself crazy hard in my workouts (so if my shoulder’s hurting, that means I’m laying off the weights). I also will try to incorporate massage, meditation and quiet periods into each day.
A Killer Outfit—I’m still planning this one, but I’m pretty sure the pants are going to look like this:
|Juicy Couture Sport Cropped Leggings in Leopard|
What do you do in the weeks leading up to a race? What has helped you to set a PR?