Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Let's Get This Boston Thing Rolling...

In final countdown hours; here’s a few random thoughts, the first few things that pop into my head in the next 15 minutes (total randomness, I can’t really think more than a few thoughts at a time right now):

· I am stoked I PR’d with last blog being longest. blog. Ever! Thanks, Mark, for giving me such an honorable title.

· I can’t find my running sunglasses. Eeeks.

· Weather temps for Monday look ideal – 58 and mostly sunny. That’ll change, don’t worry! After gale-force head-on winds in Tucson for 17 miles, wind is the one weather factor I detest most. It can snow for all I care, just please don’t blow! Of course, if I endure winds of 35 mph, I can use that as a valid excuse for a 5-hour marathon!

· I need to purchase some crappy throw-away gloves. I threw mine away at mile 1 in Atlanta. I now have none.

· I was sleeping well earlier in the week, but jinxed that when I told someone I was, cuz now I’m not.

· I’m eating pretty well. No 3-wishes Genie magically rid my body 7-lb of excess weight overnight – I was, and am, still 7 lbs over marathon weight. Oh well. But I have not screwed up by eating a ton-o- crap; I just seem to be starving and inhaling every protein in sight – way more proteins than I am burning. One more protein-ish day then welcome carb loading. And 3 more lbs. I still love me my spinach/banana protein smoothie - YUMMY!!!

· My washing machine suuuuucks! It gets to a certain point when it decides it wants to stop, locking the front-loading door, and not start again for a few hours. Nothing I can do but scream at it. That helps!

· My twins got their braces off yesterday….I am O-fficially done trekking to the orthodontist – for. ev. er. Until one of them loses their retainers. Which will probably be next week.

· Found my sunglasses – they were on top my head. No joke.

· Ran 5 miles today. They weren’t easy, I won’t lie. My body’s ready for a 10K, not sure how I’ll pull off the last 21 miles. In the end of those hellacious 5 miles, I tried to pretend it was the end of the marathon and I had to push thought it. Trust me, it felt like the end of a marathon. I made it. Phew!

· I vow to never run another marathon in the condition my body currently resides.

· I’m pondering a half marathon, just to jump start some speed work, a few weeks after Boston. I love the half marathon.

· I had to pee so bad at the start of Boston last year, and I went about a zillion times before the start. I seriously considered jumping off into the woods along the side of the race, like all the men did. Thankfully, I found a porta-potty at mile 3; it wasn’t officially part of the race potties it was some construction site and tucked far off the road. I darted across hoards to get to it. No line. Score. I wish I didn’t have a bladder of a 46-year old.

· I heart BBQ potato chips. I could seriously consume an entire bag in one sitting. Man, it’s been a looooong time.

· I need to remember to look up more this year during the race; I couldn’t tell you any landmarks other than Wellesley College girls roaring. And all the hills…Newton to Heartbreak. Oh yea, I could tell you every single degree of incline per step I took in those hill.

· I’ve change insoles in my shoes, as I tend to do for a marathon, but they aren’t cutting it; my feet were on fire tonight, and not in a speedy-way, more like an ouch-way. Old ones back in.

· I rarely watch television, but I watched House a couple weeks ago and I’m totally hooked.

· I need to get my iPod playlist loaded.

· My new shirt to wear in Boston has a much larger pocket in the back than I thought; it's going to hold all my garb perfectly (and probably start killing my back)! I’m all about pockets so I can load all my crap in there: gels, Perpetuem (if I take it), Advil, Aleve, Salt tablets, biofreeze. I love to start a big race with something new to wear, if possible....as long as they aren't orange shorts!

· Finally….I may not run exactly the way I want to in Boston….but I can’t even imagine a better way to spend my 47th birthday. How many people get to run Boston on their birthday??? Me, for one!! I will gut this race out; sometimes it’s enough to simply have the courage to get out there and try!

I don’t think I’ll have time to blog again before I leave so want to say, again, thank you for all your encouraging words and believing in me. I am blessed!!

Now let's get this baby rolling and let's do some running!!!!!! Woohoo, I'm ready to go!!!!!!!

Run strong, friends, run strong!!

Week 14 2010:
Week’s Running totals: 28
Running Total for 2010: 578.45
Weight training: 1
Swim: 1


73 comments:

Marathonman101108 said...

Hey "Birthday Girl," you'll do fine. I still plan on being there to cheer for you and my other blogging buddies who are running. I have no clue where I'll be, since my wife and I are driving up to "Bawston" marathon morning. Anyhow, call or text me when you're finished. I'll do my best to find you. Unfortunately I won't be able to stay too late in Boston, however.

Lauren Wang said...

Love the skirt! good luck :)

saundra said...

That's a cute top. You will be looking fab to celebrate your birthday. Good luck and I'll be sure to send positive vibes your way Monday morning. Hope you have a happy birthday and a great race.

Jamoosh said...

That's a darn cool shirt!

Julie said...

Hi Jill,
Let's get this baby rolling because Jill is ready to go!! Yea!! Good luck Jill!! I really would love to be there and put my big mouth to use:) I will be there for you in heart and spirit! Have fun and enjoy the ride:) Hugs and love:)

Laura said...

Happy Birthday and Good Luck!

Anne said...

Great top! Happy Boston Birthday!! Have a great time...enjoy every minute!!! :)

Teamarcia said...

Loved your random stuff. That's about all I can follow with my BADD. I am all butterflies and mush and even tears sometimes...gotta suck all that up before I get on the plane tomorrow. Ugh. All the best to you girlfriend--hope we can connect!:)

Running and living said...

A few things:
- I love random posts
-I love your outfit! I'll look for you in the Village!
-I don't have a racing weight, therefor I have no idea how many lbs over it I am, which is fine with me:)
-I hope the temps will stay cool and you won't need the sunglasses; I also hope for no wind, looks like it so far.
-Last year I almost got arrested for public peeing (no JK). I pee everywhere, no shame!
- MY run yesterday, with 2 MP miles only, felt awful! Part of taper, right?
_Do I get the award for the longest comment?

Jennifer said...

Love the new top, it matches your smoothie! Have a great race, I know you'll have fun and do good!!

Morgan said...

I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU!!!!!!!!!! :)

See you in Beantown girly!

Meg said...

Let's just go!

ShutUpandRun said...

My random thoughts:
-Love the shirt!!! LOVE!
-I've never watched House. Great. Another TV show for me to be addicted to.
-Wind is the worst weather element. It will NOT show up on Monday. I know it.
Good luck, girl!

misszippy said...

You're gonna have a great time...I love the idea of trying to soak it all in, not just Wellesley. I love your outfit too...what brand/where did you get it all? Have a great, fantastic race and birthday!!

Tara said...

I *Heart* BQ potatoe chips too! After our martahons, let get a couple of bags, a couple of beers, and eat til we want to vomit. Or we could just go swim and make fun of people.

Good luck girl! And Happy Birthday! Let me know your number so I can track you. K? I prob shouldn't do the text thing, so I'll just do it over the internet.
Safe travels.

marathonmaiden said...

haha great post! i had a similar run to yours, 6 miles but when i was done i was like "i'm running 20 more on monday?!"

t-4 days whooooooooooooooooo-hooooooooo!

elaine said...

It's now forecasted to be ~~w~i~n~d~y~~.
Don't worry though. I know a very wide runner you can draft off of until the last 22 miles :/
Then you can pass her and yell, "good luck, Elaine"

Melissa said...

You are going to have a GREAT birthday and do FANTASTIC at Boston! I can just feel it! :)

Evolving Through Running said...

Jealous and excited for you for your Boston run. Best of luck! Do the blogosphere proud.

AZ said...

I'm all over BBQ chips. Have you tried Lay's Tangy Carolina BBQ? They are so good.

Oh yeah, good luck at BOS. If you can't do it fast at least enjoy it.

Marlene said...

Oh yeah baby! This is it!!

Boston on your Birthday... how awesome is that? You are going to have a great day! Just keep telling yourself that.

I love the shirt with the pocket. I so need one of those! So much stuff to carry all the time and I'm not a fan of belts.

aron said...

have a GREAT time!!!! i will be cheering for you from my desk :)

Ewa said...

What a great b-day present you are giving yourself.
Have fun, enjoy. You are going to do great especially that you have this oh, so cool outfit.
Say hi to Hopkinton from me (I used to live there).

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

I really like the print and the pocket on your race shirt! I'd just be afraid the pocket might move back and forth and bug you if it's too full. Don't know if you've had time to try it out yet.

You are going to have so much fun in Boston on your birthday! Can't wait to see your race report and I know you'll post pics, too!

Kenley said...

Jill, love the random thoughts. spinach/banana protein smoothie? WTH is that? lol. I dont even want to know what that tastes like. Maybe I will try it sometime. The Outfit looks intimidating. You will rock it. Best wishes, oh, and the sunglasses thing, I have done the same thing hunting in the house before I go out to find them on my head when I look in the mirror. lol. You are in my prayers as you pursue the Boston Marathon. Take care and God Bless you and all runners alike.

Glenn Jones said...

What a great birthday gift to yourself! Here's a thought. If you're trained for a 10K, just go out and run 4 10K's. Then it's less than a 5K to the finish line!

Have fun! Photos please!

Anonymous said...

Spinach and Banana smoothie...tell me more!

When people ask you what you did on your birthday this year...it will make for one hell of a story. Enjoy!

-CLT Runner sending you some running mojo!

Stephanie said...

Good luck Jill! Can't wait to hear your recap!

Irene said...

I'm so jealous that you get to run Boston on your birthday! That's so awesome. I'll be stalking the results. :)

I need to look on my head more often for lost items... LOL.

Have a wonderful week!

Suzy said...

Love, love this post!!! Have a great birthday on Monday. Boston is a wonderful say to celebrate.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Woo-Hoo!!
and i'm still laughing at you finding your glasses. that's just classic.

and can you give us your race number to follow?

Christi said...

I love your random thoughts! FYI, I am addicted to Salt and Vinegar Chips! I hope you have a great race and enjoy your birthday. I hoping that I will qualify for Boston the year that it is back on my birthday!

Danielle said...

Happy Birthday! Love the new outfit:) And love me some spinach smoothies too...good luck w/ your Boston Run.

S Club Mama said...

Can't wait to hear about your birthday run. That's so awesome!
I love House, too. LOVE it.
Your body cannot be residing in a bad spot if you qualified for Boston. You'll do great.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Forget what I said about your shirt maybe moving back and forth when you run... I just saw your shirt at a running store. Since the shirt is well-fitting - that pocket won't move. You're set! You probably knew that, but I feel better! ; )

Have a happy birthday!

Heather said...

I love that shirt, where did you get it?

Good luck on Monday and have a very Happy, run-tastic birthday! Can't wait to read the race report!

Carolyn said...

Best of luck to you!! Can't believe its finally here! I'm nervous and excited, and like you, not in the best condition to run a great run, but hey, we are running Boston!!

runningcommentaries said...

Good luck, can't wait to hear all about it. Absorb it!

Jess said...

That is a great way to enjoy your birthday! April b-days are the awesomest (mine is next week too!) + I am also from CO.

Ulyana said...

Holy cow - Birthday and Boston! Awesome!

I'm very excited for you!!! :)

Brian said...

Sunglasses - LMAO I do the same thing all the time! Have a Great race and a Happy Birthday!!!

DRog said...

Best of luck in Boston!!!
LOL at the braces comment, and now dreading the ortho for my twins...ugh!
-D

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Great post. Glad you found the sunglasses on your head. Too funny!

What a birthday you will have! Happy Day!
See ya in Boston!

I'll be looking for ya. I may have all black, but I can't decide for sure. lol

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Happy birthday, and have an awesome race at Boston!!! You'll do great!

LMC said...

Love this post and your picture with the shake! I agree with you about there being no better way to spend a birthday than running Boston!! I hope you have the best birthday ever. Good luck, have fun and soak it all in! We'll all be cheering for you!!!

Robin said...

Love the new shirt w/ the great pocket, but girl - that's a LOT of cr** to be carrying! I thought I was bad! Love the randomness... easy to see inside your head-filled w/ thoughts! Almost as full as your new pocket will be!! HAPPY 47th BIRTHDAY, friend! *Enjoy the package* :) Saw DOZENS of gals run for the bushes at Disney Princess Half in March... no biggie. Do what you gotta do! (Bladders at our age don't care who's looking!)

HUGS from Orlando and thank you, thank you for voting to help send me to NYC to tell the diabetes story. I *heart* you and your beautiful spirit. Have FUN in Boston...will be running w/ you from Orlando and watching on the 'Net!

r.

Run Jess Run said...

Safe travels and good running karma!!!

That running shirt is uber cute! Where did you get it??

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Best of luck! Run Strong! I like the top you are going to wear and if you misplace your shades in Boston, check the top of your head first. If you get a chance, post your bib number. I have a couple of runners I'll be tracking online from work while i'm supposed to be working.

T.C. said...

Great random thoughts! I'm so excited for you and can't wait for the race report. Enjoy!

Badgergirl said...

Love the randomness of this post! Good luck in Boston and happy birthday! Can't wait to hear how it all turns out!

lindsay said...

love that top! my favorite running tank has a pocket like that in the back too - soo helpful on long runs, especially in the summer when i'm not trying to wear all these clothes cause it's hot. i just checked the weather today and i have no idea what i'm going to pack / run in! ahhhhh. :)

good luck to you in boston! i hope to be alive AND find the hotel where this shin dig is going down post-race... but in case my brain goes dead and i can't find it well, i hope you understand. i def want to come though!!

Kristin said...

Jill, I just stumbled upon your blog from "Ashley Runs" and am so glad I did. I love your blog and this post! Have fun running Boston and happy birthday!! Just qualifying is such an accomplishment! It's a dream of mine. Two years ago, I missed the qualifying time in Eugene by 3 minutes. I've been doing shorter races lately and loving it (but Boston will always be in the back of my mind).

PS~ I love random posts, I have lost my sunglasses on the top of my head before and I pee a million times before any race, too.

Slomohusky said...

Sour Cream or just Lays with ridges do it for me. Have fun! Happy Bday!

Abby said...

Good luck - and more important, have fun!!

HappyTrails said...

Have a great time Jill and Happy Birthday too!!! You didn't post your number so we can watch the live updates - we have our list all ready for Monday!! Super Bowl of Running!

Anne said...

Best wishes for you at Boston and for having a spectacular birthday. I worked in Boston for years and highly recommend you and Meg hit up John Harvard's Brewhouse at Harvard Square or, my personal favorite, Parrish Cafe just down the street from the finish.

TallGuySurfing said...

Good luck at Boston! Kick it! Woohoo!

Lisa said...

Wow! Sounds like you are READY!!! I love your top. Super cute. We have a dishwasher that refuses to let the soap holder open at least once a week. It's annoying. So, I know your pain with your washer! Enjoy your birthday and Boston!! Best wishes!!

(Tall Mom sent me over!)

Christy said...

Hi! I just want to say good luck on Monday! I will definitely be out with Morgan and the crew for your birthday!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

BBQ chips are my nemesis! Don't even talk about them! Great. Now I will have to buy a bag.and.eat.them!

You are going to be great. I can't tell you anything you don't already know. You've done this all before. Enjoy it. Find things about the experince to enjoy and let the rest just go.

I love using staggered goals:

Finish
Finish feeling fine.
Finish feeling fine having fun!
What more could you ask for???!?!

Staci Dombroski said...

Have a great run and happy birthday!! I can't wait to hear your race report :)

Sherri said...

I am so excited for you! Have Fun! You have people cheering for you all over the world! That's cool!

Love the glasses story...I do that all the time with my kids..I will be looking everywhere...and I'm holding them!

Can't wait to hear your race report!

Sherri said...

Oh yea!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Psyche said...

I am so excited for you, Jill!! I hope you get this comment on time. Thank you for your supportive comments- they really, really help.

It's scarey how similar our patterns are. I laughed out loud at your post, because I am 7 lbs. over marathon race weight as well!!!

Stay in the moment and ENJOY your race.

Good luck!!! Happy Birthday!!! Love Ya!

Darlene said...

love the shirt, happy b-day, have fun & GL

Oz Runner said...

happy early birthday...have a great race and enjoy the experience!

Melissa said...

Happy early bday! Good luck tomorrow!

Steel Springs said...

Happy birthday!

Katie said...

Thinking about you today- good luck! And happy birthday!

Irene said...

Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your Boston Marathon! I was cheering for you while I kept refreshing the live tracker! (Luckily no one was at home to witness me cheering to the computer screen, but I was cheering for you).

Yay!

Adam said...

dang it. I'm bummed that i didn't catch this blog post BEFORE boston.

Either way, congrats on the finish (saw it on FB) and happy bday!!!

misszippy said...

Hey--Dying for a race report! Hope it all went well--fill us in.

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