After meeting the Boston qualifying standard but missing the cutoff by one second at the Vermont City Marathon in 2015...
I finally qualified for Boston at the Chicago Marathon in 2016.
I had a bumpy start to 2017, working through lumbar herniation, sciatica and an IT band injury. I spent most of the last year recovering and rebuilding my foundation for running.
|All the Heartbreak Photo Creds to Justin Keefe|
I worked with my trainer at the YMCA to craft a strength training plan that would focus on lifting specifically for performance. I listened carefully to advice from my physical therapist and physiatrist to work diligently on stabilization exercises, core work, and single leg exercises that target my weaknesses.
And then, in a year I'd written off as lost to injury, I set new personal bests in the 5K...
...and in the half marathon.
I entered my 20 week Boston Marathon training cycle in December feeling like a stronger and smarter runner. The work was hard, but easy runs, hills, drills, and speed workouts were clicking off steadily.
The Heartbreaker Intermediate marathon plan has me running 6 days a week. I'm lifting 2 days per week, taking a cardio-strength fitness class 2 days per week, and performing specific core and/or hip stability work 2 days per week. I take yoga class with emphasis on postural stability and stretching connective tissue around the joints 1-2 days per week and stretch daily. I know I sound crazy. I promise I also have a job.
The run went off without a hitch.
Last weekend, I ran my first 20 miler of the training cycle, a "Double Firehouse Loop". Two laps around the Newton Hills, including the famed Heartbreak Hill.
It was tough and it was great and I am so excited. Even the signs outside of the gas station on my long runs are rooting for me.