BAHSTON.

FullSizeRender[7]I can’t believe it’s almost been about a week since the race.  Time really does fly by fast. First and foremost, I really have to give a shout-out to everyone who has wished me luck, prayed over me, and sent me words of encouragement!  It meant THE world to me! Thank you to my awesome support system!  Seriously, I never saw myself qualifying for Boston anytime soon, so I felt like it was a dream for me.  The Boston Marathon is unlike any other race I have ever run.  It was an amazing experience, and if it wasn’t for all the spectators, I would have given up at mile 3.  My goal time was under 3:39, and I didn’t cross the finish line until 4:18.  Total blow to my confidence, BUT I enjoyed the whole race.  I gave high-fives to everyone, enjoyed the scenery, and hydrated like a champ!  Race day was HOT.  By the time it was my wave to start, it was already mid-70’s with direct sun.  Within the first 15 minutes of the race, I saw people walking, and I knew I needed to take it slow.  The last 10 miles was a blur, because the whole right side of my body cramped up like never before. I’ve never stopped at a race, but I had to a couple times.  Even my abs cramped, and I was in a lot of pain.  I hope that never happens to anyone, because it was painful. The med tents were getting full, so I just kept going.  I was a little upset at first, but I was just happy that I finished.  Cramping taught me that hydration is key.  The two week leading up to the race, I didn’t drink any water during the day because the facility where I am currently doing my externship had water issues- which meant I couldn’t use the restroom. I did make sure to take some form of hydration at every single station though, which helped a lot!  Boston was a great time, and I’m hoping to run another one in a couple years or so.  For now, I plan to take it easy.  I’ll most likely sign up for a half marathon in the fall, and my goal is to finish under 1:40 (target somewhere around a 7:15-7:30 pace).
FullSizeRender[1]When it comes to fuel, I LOVE Honeystinger! I’ve tried other gels and have gotten sick over them, but Honeystinger never fails me! The Acai Pomegranate is my favorite! I also wore my Running 4 Those Who Can’t Shirt.  I love what it stands for.  IMG_3307I only kept repeating this verse to myself about 100000+ times while I was running:
verseUnfortunately, I didn’t get to see my running coach Michele Gonzalez , but I did get to take this picture….with MARK WAHLBERG!
IMG_3326When in Bahston, lobstah rolls are a must (and some lobster mac n’ cheese)!
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markymarkI made AWESOME friends! We texted each other, and made sure we finished given the tough running conditions!
IMG_3332Now I’m just sitting here, eating some scalloped fried rice, wishing I was still in Boston! It was a really great time, and it was nice to be away for a while.  Sorry this was a long one, but I really do appreciate all the amazing support! You guys are the best!
FullSizeRender[2]I only ran twice this week, not including Monday (race day).  I did a short 2 mile run on Wednesday, and an 11 mile run on Saturday at an 8:30 pace.  It was cooler on Saturday, so it felt really nice compared to Monday!  I’m currently lovin’ a lot of Quinn XCII’s music!

Quinn XCII- Another Day in Paradise
Quinn XCII- Full Circle
Quinn XCII- Native Tongue

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