Friday, April 18, 2014

Tracking Boston 2014

I'm on the train heading north, up to Boston!

There's something really magical, unicorn-special about riding on the train, feels like you're taking a step back in time.
I love standing in the connecting area between the train-cars and just watching the ground fly by.

It feels pretty unreal that I'm going to be in Boston in just a couple hours.  In some ways it feels last last year was ages ago and them sometimes it feels like it was just last week.

I've been so busy with school that I haven't really given my mind much time to explore what's it's going to be like up there, so I'm eager to see how it feels.

So...Monday...the marathon...

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My bib # is 17909

I'll in corral 2, which starts at 10:25am on Monday morning.

I'm certainly nervous/excited with pre-race jitters, but not the usual amount, because I feel like this year isn't about setting PRs and being quite so self-focused during the race as I usually am.  

It's more about demonstrating the strength of the running community and the resiliency of the human spirit!

That being said, I would like to run a solid marathon on Monday and I'll post a little more about my thoughts on time, etc. before Monday if I find some time because I haven't really talked much about my training on the blog, although I have posted more about it on Instagram.

You're certainly welcome to follow along with my adventures on Instagram this weekend, I'll probably be posting there more regularly.

Thank you so much for your support, this is going to be an amazing weekend!

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'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.