Marathon Monday 2014

Happy Patriots’ Day aka Marathon Monday! Some of my blog friends are running (good luck to Kristin from Sweat Courage!), some are going to cheer on the runners (Patty from Reach Your Peak drove all the way from New Jersey!), and some are cheering the runners from far away, personally knowing the challenges of the race having run it themselves before (Lora from Crazy Running Girl). My mom is also heading in to cheer on her friend who has run the marathon for many years now for charity.

Believe in Boston 2014

I’ll be honest–I would love to see Shalane Flanagan win, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen at this point. I don’t t usually cheer on any particular runners (except for that epic 1996 run by Uta Pippig), but for some reason I just really want an American to win this year. I have nothing against the foreign runners, it would just be nice for an American to win given everything that’s happened. It looks like it may happen for them men’s race!

Update: Kenyan Rita Jeptoo won in 2:18:57,  beating the course record of 2:20:43! Shalane came in sixth in 2:22:01, setting a new PR! Her interview was heartbreaking. She said she wanted her love of Boston to come out through her running, that she wanted to win to show how much she loved the city. 

Boston Strong tee shirt shoes heart

It’s such a beautiful spring day here in Massachusetts and I’m so glad I took the day off. After cleaning up the house and yard a bit, I’m planning on heading out for a run wearing one of my new tees:

Boston Strong tee shirt blue and yellow

And I finally added my shoe tags from Saucony that benefited the One Fund. Yes, I’ve had them for almost a year and just put them on my shoes. I was unable to run when I got them last year, so I had no reason to have my running sneakers on. I felt defeated, discouraged, and depressed (and trust me, I felt awful for feeling so “poor me” when the victims of the bombings were dealing with so much worse).

Boston Strong shoe tags

But now, I’m feeling hopeful and, as cheesy as it sounds, I have Obama’s words on loop in my head all the time, “You will run again. You will run again.” Friday’s run through a local trail and cemetery was pain-free (aside from losing my car keys and having to retrace the entire route, but hey, I certainly earned dessert that night) and I’m looking forward to moving up to stage 14 today!

Pastoral New England run

Not only that, but (knock on wood), my elbow is feeling fantastic! I didn’t sleep well on Friday or Saturday nights on account of the prednisone insomnia side effect, but I got a solid eight hours last night as the dose tapered down a level. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that as the dose keeps decreasing, and I come off of it, that it stays this way! It’s so good to finally feel good! #grateful

Boston Celtics Boston Stands as One tee shirt

Questions: Are you watching the marathon today? How is the coverage where you live? Anything you’re particularly hopeful about or grateful for recently?

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8 thoughts on “Marathon Monday 2014

  1. I really like those shoe tags, I hadn’t seen anything like that before.
    Too bad about your car keys, I always fear that will happen to me.
    I only got to watch bits and pieces of the marathon on the cable news (CNN and FOX)… There was one sports channel broadcasting it live, but its a paid channel and we don’t have it.

    • Those were the first time I had seen them, too. They have a ton of different ones to jazz up your shoes. I’m usually no-nonsense with my workout gear, but these were obviously a perfect exception.

  2. So glad you’re starting to feel better! It’s not always possible to get a full night’s sleep but I know that helps me when I do. I watched the marathon from my desk yesterday and it kept making me cry! I was pulling for Shalane but those other women were incredible too. (And the men.)

    • Me too! I can’t believe how effortless it’s becoming (foot-wise; not so effortless cardio-wise!).
      It was an amazing race. So many emotions and so many awesome milestones.

  3. Hi Stephanie, I didn’t watch the marathon … it didn’t get coverage here except on the news. I am grateful for the weather…. its so spring like and I am able to exercise outdoors.

    I just noticed you listed my blog on your bog. THANK YOU ! How kind !!

    Hope you had a great day off.

    • Of course! I love your blog and love your unique perspective as an ex-pat. I also love that you’re focused on healthy living, whereas so many of the French blogs I come upon are focused on the stereotypical fashion and Francophile living (which I like, don’t get me wrong, but I like yours more!). It’s interesting to see the different cultures do healthy and what it means to everyone. Plus, being French/French Canadian myself, I love the French aspect. 🙂

  4. I watched from heartbreak hill, what an awesome day! 🙂

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