I Love to Run

Running is my favorite thing. It is the most beautiful thing in my life and I am thankful for it every day. I will be posting these quotes on my wall the week before my marathon. I can’t wait for that day to come. May 11th will change me forever.

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Walking Among Gods

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be in the most wonderful city in the world on one of the most amazing days of the year. I got to be in Boston on Marathon Monday.

Living in Boston has changed me forever. It is a city with so much heart and strength and there is no place that I would rather spend my life.

I was in Boston last year during the Boston Marathon and the tragic bombing that took place. So this year’s marathon really meant something to the city and to me.

Since I began training for a marathon I have a new respect for those who run races. Yesterday after the marathon, as I was walking to work, there were marathon finishers everywhere. I felt as if I was walking amongst gods. I was in awe of every runner I encountered. Every person with a medal around their sweaty neck I wanted to congratulate and shake their hands. Tell them how proud of them I was, how very, truly proud I was and to thank them for what they had done for this amazing city. I am so proud of them for running those 26.2 miles and doing so with pride in their hearts and strength in their bodies. I am so proud that they picked my city to run in, to give themselves a piece of, to forever be a part of.

I was walking amongst gods. I have never been prouder to call myself a Bostonian then I was yesterday. Boston Strong today and every day.

Fueling Up

I have been a vegetarian for over a year. I started because a few friends of mine led vegetarian lifestyles and seemed to really enjoy it. I also wanted to give myself the challenge of not eating meat. I love to challenge myself. I find a lot of joy in setting goals and completing them so it made perfect sense to try this lifestyle change.

So I tried vegetarianism for a year, even going for a large chunk of the time without eating cheese, but now, in the midst of marathon training, I think I want to kick the habit.

I truly enjoyed being a vegetarian and it helped me eat healthy and treat my body well at a time in my life when I wasn’t doing a great job of that. But, I think I’m ready for a change. I’m ready to allow myself all the health benefits that meat and fish have that I’ve been missing out on.

Today I had an AMAZING piece of salmon. It was truly the best meal I’ve had in months and also kept me full for hours, and that is definitely not a feeling I’m used to! Plus salmon is great for training because it is loaded with protein and packed with omega-3 fatty acids which are the best fats you can get!

I want to implement a lot more fish and some chicken back into my lifestyle. I feel like I have been missing out on such a vital part of nutrition and am so excited to jump back in and try new and healthy recipes. I am also very excited to see how my body reacts to the added protein!

Hopefully I’ll have some great new recipes for you guys soon!

Fuel Belts

I know I haven’t posted in awhile which means I have a lot to share with you guys! But first I wanted to touch upon hydration while training.

Last weekend I was all scheduled for a 16-18 mile run. I had caught a bit of a cold but I wasn’t going to let that get me down so I went anyway. It turned out that the cold wasn’t the problem. The real problem was thirst.

About 10 miles in I got very thirsty. This had happened during my 16 miler the week before so I thought I could power through, but by mile 14 I couldn’t imagine going on without water. I unfortunately had to cut my run short and get water asap. After I downed a large amount of water I felt much better, but I had learned a valuable lesson, I needed a hydration pack for my long runs.

The next day I went out and bought a hydration belt. This morning when I left for my run I was equipped with two water bottles, a small compartment for my keys, and a way to beat the thirst. I liked the access I had to water throughout my run but found that after a few steps the belt didn’t really stay on my body.

The bottles remained firmly in their holders which I was thankful for, but the belt kept sliding up and down my body instead of staying snugly at my hips. So I have a few kinks to work out, and yes it felt funny at first but I am excited to try it and be able to run far enough without dying of thirst!

Maine Coast Marathon

 

 

So I had originally planned to run a marathon in July. But, since my training has been going so well and because I think that I would actually go crazy if I had to wait much longer to run this much anticipated race I have moved up my run date.

After hours of internet searching I have found the one. On May 11th, 2014 I will (hopefully) be running the Maine Coast Marathon. I only say hopefully because the race was full so I am only registered on the wait list. But as soon as I read the description for the race I knew that it was the one.

I will be running from Kennebunk to Biddeford with ocean views to accompany me along the way. I could not be more thrilled to have finally registered and to have this date on my horizon. I look forward to the race and to the potential that I may even be able to run fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon (cross your fingers!).

I’ll keep you posted on training and the race in the days that follow. I can’t wait to cross that finish line and be able to call myself a marathon runner!

 

Be Astonished

It is truly astonishing to me who we become when we aren’t looking. While we are moving through the everyday motions of life we miss ourselves growing, and changing, and becoming better.

Every time I go on a run I fail to notice how much stronger I get, how much faster, how much better. I fail to notice how much I have grown as a journalist as I complete story after story in my classes at school. I fail to see how much I have grown.

Tonight I am writing this post from my childhood bed. I got the chance to come home and visit my family for the night before heading back to Boston and my busy life. But as I sit here in my childhood bedroom with sports trophies and academic awards surrounding me I have found that I have grown. I look around at the room I reside in and realize that it no longer really houses who I am.

I am a different person then the girl who used to inhabit this room. I am stronger, happier, and more out-going. I am more confident, and who I am is bigger in a sense. I am more aware of who I am and that awareness takes up space. My small, sky blue room no longer fits my heart and soul and the person that I am. I am bigger. My heart, my mind, and my soul is bigger and more mature then it ever has been.

It is astonishing to me who I have become. I have become a long distance runner who runs for fun rather than to keep off the weight that I have always struggled with. I have become an accomplished student who has earned a position as an intern at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I have become a writer who shares her life and her struggles openly with those who share her interest. I am astonished at who I have become.

So take a moment to be astonished. Take a moment to look at yourself and who you’ve become and just revel in it. Revel in who you are and how you got here. Be proud of who you’ve become because it took work to get here.

Tricks To Wind Down

I’m a pretty busy gal. Between school, workouts, and multiple jobs, along with a lovely pile of homework I squeeze a lot into a day. So by the end of the day I am exhausted but my brain is usually still running. I’m constantly thinking through the next days routine and all the things I need to knock off my to-do list.

So I need to find ways to relax and wind down at the end of the day. Tonight I tried by doing some writing while drinking a cup of tea. I find writing very cathartic and it helps me release stress and get down to the bare bones of how I’m feeling.

The cup of organic mint tea I had did a great job of relaxing my mind and relieving tension in my body. After that I decided to do a few yoga poses to help stretch out my body and relax my muscles for bed.

These simple things really helped me unwind. Try these, and others like reading, doing a puzzle, or listening to music to help you unwind after a long day.