I said I would never run another marathon unless it was Boston, and well….I was alerted in late Summer that I have been given the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon in 2014.
To say I was honored and shocked would be an understatement. Last April I submitted an application to run for a very specific charity and was told that they received over a hundred applications for only 8-10 spots. It was a very competitive process where I had to write essays, etc. I was notified last this summer that I was accepted! This race is every runner’s dream and not only do I get to run it, but I get to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to my heart, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).
My mother was diagnosed in August 2012 with Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that affects the plasma cells in the bone marrow. Although progress has been made in treating multiple myeloma, the five-year relative survival rate remains one of the lowest of all cancers. After many months of grueling treatment, my mother had a Stem Cell Transplant at the Dana Farber/Brigham Hospital in Boston in April 2013. We found out at the end of July that she had achieved a Complete Response!! I cannot tell you what it felt like to hear those words, it was indescribable. However, even though this is a treatable disease, it is still incurable and we know that it will come back. The MMRF is the world’s number one private funder of multiple myeloma research and their work is dramatically improving the outlook for patients with multiple myeloma. I feel deeply honored to have been chosen to raise money for and run the Boston Marathon with this incredible organization, with the hopes that there may be a cure for this disease in the future.
With that, I’ve been thinking about this day for quite some time now. I knew it was slowly sneaking up on me and I have been trying to wrap my head around what my life is going to look like for the next 16 weeks. I had a clear plan in place, researched for a few months all the training plans out there and then decided on the training plan I would use and even tested it out for a few weeks to ensure I made the right decision. Then, I encountered a small injury to my foot and I was told the plan I was determined to follow needed to be changed as my Dr. did not want me doing any speed work until March. I spent the last few weeks in a panic, researching and talking to anyone and everyone I knew to determine what plan I should change over to. I knew I didn’t want to run more than 5 days a week and I needed to be able to cross train, as I teach Group Power every week and I wasn’t going to give up yoga either. The last marathon I trained for consumed my life. All I did was run and I didn’t want the same experience this time around. After a lot of anxiety and flip flopping, I decided to stop over thinking it (I’m a notorious for this) and just settle on the Hal Higdon Intermediate 2 plan, with some slight modifications. So, as of right now, this is what my training plan looks like from now until April 21st. I will likely make other changes as I see necessary, but this is what I’m looking at in a nutshell:
I’m not going to pretend that seeing a few week’s total mileage up to 50 miles makes me a bit nervous. I never tracked my mileage for my previous marathons prior to my last half and this full marathon, so I have no idea how high my mileage ever went, as I was training with a running team and just did the mileage they told me to do on the days they told me to do it, so who knows, maybe I was running close to that, but I have a feeling I was more in the realm of 35-40 miles. This is going to be a challenge for me and it’s going to be important to foam roll and be diligent about keeping my body healthy. However, running mileage like this is sure to make my motivation jar balance increase nicely over the course of the next few months!! 🙂
So, it’s safe to say you are going to hear a lot about my training over the next few months,. I hope I don’t bore you and I hope you stick around to answer the multitude of questions I am sure I will have for you. Maybe a few of you out there will also be training for early Spring marathons and we can cheer each other on! Also, if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to my fundraising efforts, you can visit the page below to do so. Every dollar counts and can make a huge impact in helping to find a cure for multiple myeloma and I would be extremely grateful.
The Boston Marathon is exactly 16 weeks from today, which means, today marks the first day of my training. I am home with Ashton today, so after Robyn gets home from work tonight, I am going to head out for my first training run of 3 miles. Wish me luck!
Question of the day
Have you run the Boston Marathon before? If so, any tips for me?
Are you running a Spring marathon? Let me know!