Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ONE year ago today

...In less than one week, I will be running the 2014 Boston Marathon.
[WOW.  Still unbelievable to me that I'm lucky enough to be heading to Boston!!]

...One year ago today, I blinked my eyes and when I woke up, I saw life through a new pair of glasses and I've tried not to look back. Last year's Boston Marathon gave me a new perspective on life.  Here's a link to my post about last year's experience in the medical tent.

...In less than four days, I'm going to travel up to Boston for the weekend.

...In the last couple weeks, I've felt emotional a million times.  Going back to Boston has stirred up a random deep emotional part of my brain.

I cannot wait to go back up there and:
-see all my friends,
-be a part of a demonstration of the true strength of runners, and 
-run a solid marathon.  

There is also a small part of me that is a little afraid of what it's going to feel like up there.

However, I do know that running Boston means so much more to me than just...running Boston.

It's going to be crazy-amazing.

A lot has changed in the past year and the anniversary of Boston feels like a reference point for me to check my life against.  

Compared to last year right after the race, I have grown a lot...it's amazing to sit back and just let my mind wander through the maze of time.
So much to catch up on, but I'll save that for another day.  

I wanna talk about how my training has been going + some goals, I'll probably do that by the end of the week.  I'll also post my bib and tracking info soon.

For today, I just want to say hello!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Boston 2014

Hi friends!  Life is amazing in this part of the world, more updates later when I'm not studying for a physiology exam :(

I've been pretty silent because I've been so busy with the start of my anesthesia program, but I just wanted to pop in really quickly to tell you how excited I am about some big news that I just got today:
My entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon has been accepted!

I made their cut-off by LITERALLY ONE SECOND.

Seriously insane.

There were so many applicants this year that not everyone who qualified was able to get a spot in the race...even with a few thousand additional spots...

Today they revealed that they only took people who beat their qualifying requirements by 1 minute and 38 seconds.

I beat my qualifying time by 1 minute and 39 seconds.

Let me repeat, literally ONE second.

The only marathon that I ran during this past year's qualifying time period was the 2013 Boston Marathon (read about my experience here.)

To sum it up, during Boston 2013, I became delusional around mile 20ish, BARELY finished (lots of weaving and looking like a crazy robot.)  I felt really sick and ended up in the medical tent.  At the time, I had no concept of my finishing time and I was just glad to have made it out of the experience in one piece.

Little did I know that my time would be so insane, letting me slip by with one second to spare.

I cannot wait to go back and be a part of something that is SO MUCH BIGGER THAN JUST A MARATHON.

Monday, August 26, 2013

WHERE on Earth Have I Been?

I just realized that it's been over 3 weeks since my last post.  That's the longest I've ever gone without putting anything up.  I've missed you all!

Sadly, I don't even have enough time to write a full post right now, I just wanted to drop in to say hello very quickly.

I've been so busy and having so many adventures that I feel like I blinked my eyes and the summer was gone, just like that.

To sum it up:

...I've basically had the most amazing summer of my entire life.  So much traveling.  More on that later.

...And I just finished my first week of nurse anesthesia school at VCU.  This program is legit, I have a feeling that this is going to be one of the most difficult experiences that I've ever had, but it'll absolutely be worth it in the end.  It's been a big change to start school--in some ways, I feel like I'm 18 years old, going off to UVa all over again.  Where's my Lisa Frank pencil case and Trapper Keeper binder?

...AND I have some very exciting running news.  I'll share details once everything is finalized soon, it's worth the wait.

More to come about some of the stuff that's been going on in my corner of the world, stay tuned...