If you had asked me 10 days ago if I was going to be running the Boston Marathon, I would have replied with a “maybe”. While my running life is going really well, because of a minor 3-4 week set back with my calf, I am not near where I had planned to be at this point, and with the end goal being a 2:43 marathon, “going well” is not going to cut it. I need to knock it out of the park. Then last Friday the below pictured email popped up in my inbox and I reread it about ten times while mumbling “Do they have the right Kristen Lawrence?”
If you are friends with me on social media, (Instagram) then you’ll know I mentioned this was the best running related email I’ve ever received. That wasn’t an exaggeration. I have dreamed about standing in the Boston Marathon elite field, listening to the Star Spangled Banner, seeing Shalane Flanagan & Desi Linden take off, then later watch Meb and the rest of the elite men fly by me at low 5 minutes pace. (Elite Women start 30 minutes earlier than the Men). I really want this experience, I’ve worked so hard for it and I’ve earned it. So barring any unforeseen incidents in the next 38 days, I’ll be on that Boston Marathon starting line wearing a Running Etc. top, bib # F32, and a HUGE smile on my face. I may not be the speediest one there but I could argue that I might be the happiest. I can’t wait to take it all in, earn my third medal with a unicorn on it, and leave Boston with a better experience than I did in 2013.
Obviously that means I better be fit or get fit. As I mentioned, running is going well. I think I have finally kicked this calf issue. I’m not running nearly as much as I was or as I wish I was, but I’m running. The majority of my time is spent cross-training and while I miss my miles, I’ve loved something different! I’ve always enjoyed indoor cycling, but the rower and elliptical have been keeping me busy too, plus strength work; which just destroys me, like I can’t finish the reps or have to adjust the weight/size/etc. There is some sort of strength every single day of training. One day will be squats, lunges, step-ups, and the following will be upper body focused. Tons of core work is thrown in there as well. If I ever get a bit more organized I will write about it.
The additional strength work leads to one of the goals we have for 2015; to make me a better overall athlete instead of just a better runner, with the hopes that it will translate to a better marathon time through less injuries, additional strength, & speed. I’m putting my trust in this new program and will be patient that it takes time to get the results I want. Also, for the friend that asked; for the first time in my life I can do 2 pull-ups! Four weeks ago I could only do 1/2 a pull up. We haven’t been doing pull up specific stuff at all, just regular strength but we have a pull up bar that my kids love to play on and I can get a little competitive with my 7 year old. <-He busts out 6-7 pull-ups in a row!
My next race will be the Shamrock Half Marathon. This won’t be a “race” for me. We are still being conservative so it will be a quick long run to see where my fitness is at. I really can’t afford to take recovery time off and risk injury to race right now but Shamrock is a favorite of mine so a great workout in then cheering for friends during the full marathon is a perfect plan. I hope to see many of you there!! This is a short blog post so I will leave you with some of my running photos from the past few weeks.
Thank you everyone for reading and for all your support lately. I appreciate it more than you know and hope to see a few of you at Shamrock & Boston!