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?

Friday Favorite + Crazy Running Update

Today’s Friday Favorite was a gift from my parents when they used the Christmas gift we gave them. Huh? Well, our Christmas gift to my parents was a chocolate tour in Boston’s South End.  They had a blast and picked up some goodies along the way! My favorite item they picked up for us is Not Your Sugar Mama’s Be Cozy. That probably doesn’t mean much to you, so let’s look at what it is:

Not You Sugar Mama's Be Cozy front

It’s a Superfood Chocolate Mix! It contains raw cacao, coconut palm sugar, lucuma, cinnamon, mesquite, Himalayan sea salt, and vanilla. It’s absolutely delicious and good for you! I usually add about a teaspoon into my weekend smoothies.

Green smoothie with Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy

I’ve also had it straight up as hot chocolate, adding a 50/50 mix of skim milk and almond milk.

Hot chocolate with Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy

I love that it’s not overly sweet, but oh so chocolate-y.

I also love that it’s from a local company. NYSM was founded on the lovely Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard (yes, of Kennedy/Clinton/Obama/James Taylor/Jaws fame). If you’ve never had a chance to go, it is a wonderful place! I had never been until I started dating my husband 13 years ago as his family usually goes once a year and they were sweet enough to always ask me along. It’s a bit pricey and very crowded in the summer, but if you go with people who know the island and the quieter side of it, it’s heavenly.

Oak Bluffs ferry August 2012

Oak Bluffs, MV

I digress. This continuous winter weather has me dreaming of the warmer months to come.

Weather lately March 14, 2014

Anyway, back to the product! As you can see from the label, there are a lot of benefits to the ingredients they chose.

Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy ingredients

You can currently only buy it through their online store or at one of the stores listed on their website. I’m hoping it comes to the Whole Foods near me soon so I can try all of their other delicious products! Oh, and be sure to check out their recipe page since smoothies and hot chocolate are just the tip of the iceberg!

Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy inside

So sad to be nearing the bottom 😦

In running news, I’m happy to actually have some news for you! It’s kind of crazy news and may not even end up being news and wasn’t even news I was sure I wanted to share (yes, I was trying to see how much I could cram the word news into two sentences, just for fun—was that obnoxious?). It all started when Lora  shared a post  about Runner’s World giving away a vacation to Iceland. Having had a stopover there this past summer, I’m definitely intrigued to go back! As I read more of her post and checked out the entry website, I realized it also included two entries into the Reykjavík Marathon.

Now, I have never had the urge to run a marathon and figured I probably never would just because of the physical and mental toll, and especially because of my injuries this past year. But as I looked at it the entry more, I thought, “Why the heck not?” Now, don’t get me wrong—I realize my chance of winning this is about 1 in a million.

But I thought to myself, what if I did win? Could I even do it? Let’s see…the race is August 23. That’s about 23 weeks from now. Heck…I actually could! So, yeah, I’ve decided I’m going to start training with the mindset that I will run a marathon in August.

I realize this thinking is completely backwards. I’ve never done a half marathon, not even a 10k (I was training for one when I was injured last January)! Add on the fact that I’m coming back from an injury, and it sounds really, really stupid. This is not how I would normally think.

As cheesy as it sounds, this quote popped up in my head as I was contemplating all of this (whose author is either Les Brown or Norman Vincent Peale, depending on who you ask).

Shoot for the stars quote

The plan is to train for a marathon for the end of the summer/beginning of the fall. If my body isn’t taking it, I’ll scale it back to a half marathon. If my body still isn’t there, I’ll scale back to a 10k. And if I’m not even at that point, I’ll aim for a 5k. Again, backwards way of thinking because it seems like I’m setting myself up for disappointment, but I’m hopeful.

I’m especially hopeful because after my plantar fasciitis had been flaring up in the past few weeks, it’s finally started to feel better because I’ve done something I haven’t been doing: I’m pushing the issue. I bought ones of these based on advice from Emily, have been making sure to ice every day, and even ran two days in a row, going up a level the second day! Plus, I’ve started wearing regular shoes for half the day (I throw on my Cole Haans with my new orthotics, seen below in the middle, or sneakers, back on for the other half of the day).

Shoes shoes shoes

As you can see from above, I’m still rocking the KT tape, but I’m getting there! Finally! And I’m testing it out again tomorrow!

So that’s the big (though not definite) news for now. What about you? Anything crazy and new you’re doing? Anything you’re loving lately?