Foto Friday ~ Project 365: Week 48 Recap

It’s that time of the week again! This week was very exciting as we finally booked our trip to Italy but before we land home to see my crazy Italian family we will stop in Paris for 3 days for a well deserved romantic mini vacation, only God knows how much we need this trip!! Oh and I am addicted to Instagram! Chris has been telling me for a while how awesome Instagram his and I should be part of it. So I tried it out this week and I absolutely loved it! It’s so much fun and it’s so easy to find a good picture to take when you know you can capture it with your phone! So most of this week photos were taking them with my iphone!

Here is my Week 48 of my Project 365:

Photo 329/ 365 ~ Saturday,  April 21, 2012

I worked the closing shift with my lovely Fabs but before that I went to an amazing hour and a half Power Yoga class at Mystic Fitness with the amazing Amy! She was very impressed by my performance at the marathon especially under the crazy heat we had, she is also a marathoner and she couldn’t stop telling me how great I did to the point that she announced right before the class and after asking my time and Fabiana yelling out 3:29 everyone applaud and I of course turned red like a pepper! The class was amazing and it was my first one since the Marathon, my toe was a little sore but definitely better and didn’t stop me to practice to my best! It felt so good! Dustin  made sure I got my first soft serve ice cream in awhile before I got to work=)

 

Photo 330/ 365 ~ Sunday,  April 22, 2012

Bobby the master of making pancake made art on Sunday! He made us amazing stuffed pancakes and under my request here is making me a nutella batch…no words can describe how delicious they were…sublime in fact! Bravo GBob! And of course thank you for always being so thoughtful! What a special guy you are! I love you with all my heart…and I am not saying just so you make me more pancakes or waffles=D

 

Here are the Bananas and Almond Butter ones!

 

Photo 331/ 365 ~ Monday,  April 23, 2012

Opened with Fabs and went to the Gym with her working my legs and gluteus…oh did they hurt the day after, I cannot still sit! Thanks Fabs! Of course after that we went to spin with Master GStar!! It was kinda of a rainy day and I have to say that this is not a bad photo at all considering that it was taken with the iphone!

 

Photo 332/ 365 ~ Tuesday,  April 24, 2012

I spent most of my day researching hotel in Paris, so you can imagine how stir crazy I was! When I finally booked one (pretty exciting it is near the Eiffel Tower) I went for my first short run after the Marathon! It was so gorgeous out! I took my phone with me as I was waiting for Fabs to text me when to meet at the gym to work out arms this time.  When running I couldn’t resist but stop taking a photo of this gorgeous tree !

 

Photo 333/ 365 ~ Wednesday,  April 25, 2012

When I was coming into the house with Luna I noticed this pretty yellow dandelion right near the steps of our house main door and since I had my phone with me I snapped a photo of it! That evening I met Nichole and Dutch and went for a pretty fast 6 miles around Natick to determine the route for lululemon Fun Run Club that will start next Wednesday and it will be happening every week at 6:30 pm.

 

Nichole and Dutch will be leading the run club, so exciting!! They are both pretty amazing people and atheletes!

 

Photo 334/ 365 ~ Thursday,  April 26, 2012

When my love came home me and Luna were out and when Luna sniffed her daddy she just run to welcome him home…when she pulls me that hard I just let the leash go=)

 

Photo 335/ 365 ~ Friday,  April 27, 2012

Just got back from a nice dinner at the GBs with Amanda! Love those guys! Amanda surprised me with a beautiful bracelet (Venus)! Thanks for being you love! This is Before…Great package ah!

After…

 

Gotta go to bed now, waking up early and meeting Fabs, Di and Nichole for Bootcamp class and spin class with GStar! Definitely in need of a good early morning workout!
Have an amazing week end! And good luck Amanda on your 10k!

Foto Friday ~ Project 365: Week 47 Recap

This week flew by! Today was actually the first day that I did the stairs like a normal person. Not going down on the side, backwards, crawling, my legs are still a little sore but they are way better than they were in the last few days after the marathon. This race left me with two black toe nails, one of them was especially swollen and hurting me for the first two days and I thought about having Dustin draining it but when he saw a video of how to do it, he said:”No way I am gonna do that to you!” It’s much better now, but I think that eventually I am gonna go to a Podiatrists to get both of those nails removed, so they can grow normal.

Here is my Week 47 of my Project 365:

Photo 322/ 365 ~ Saturday,  April 14, 2012

Dustin and I went to the Boston Marathon Expo that was held at the World Trade Center this year. We ran into coach Rick that introduced me to Erin Enderson and he gave Dustin very helpful tips to how to get to the city on Marathon Monday, as he’s been doing it for many years! We stopped by the lulu container but very shortly after we got there we were ready to go home. I wanted to go check out Nike in backbay but it was lunch time so we drove into the city and first had lunch at Joe’s American bar. Of course the place was packed but we lucked out as there were two open spots at the bar, so we grabbed them. While there a couple sat next to us, and we realized right away that the woman was running Boston. Th waitress by mistake pour Dustin’s the wrong beer, the beer that the guys next to us ordered. That was the conversation starter, we hit it off really good with Pat and Sharon from Kentucky that we were there for a couple of hours just chatting with them. In the evening we went to Arlington to have dinner at Christopher to celebrate my girl Valentina that turned a teenager.

 

Photo 323/ 365 ~ Sunday,  April 15, 2012

Went to the GB’s house to chill with them and have a nice breakfast, and while they had Bob’s delicious stuffed pancakes (that I haven’t tried yet and by the way gonna have them this Sunday…my request is to stuff them with Nutella yummm) it was already lunch time for me so Dustin cooked me a delicious grilled chicken with sweet potatoes and had it with avocado and bread! I made sure to hydrate really good throughout the day and to have coconut water. Here is all my fuel for to have during the marathon.

 

 

I love the sign that Marc last year got for me at the Boston Marathon.

 

Photo 324/ 365 ~ Monday,  April 16, 2012

Here we go again, 116th Boston Marathon. Fabiana started to text me at 5 am, the poor thing was so nervous for me that she was up at 3 am. Bottom line she really wanted to give me a hug before I was going so at 6:15a, she was at my house. I was on the phone with my mom that she was having a strong feeling I was gonna win the Boston Marathon. Well you can imagine how hard I was laughing at that point! Fabs not only gave me a hug but an amazing and very touching photo album ( more like a photo journal of my running journey) she made for me. I love that girl!! Dustin drove me to the Hopkinton State Park, we left home around 7:30am, where I took the yellow school bus to the Village.

 

Photo 325/ 365 ~ Tuesday,  April 17, 2012

The day after! I was off and I spent my day writing my recap, icing my left toe that didn’t look good at all, basically just recovering! In front of our house that was still one cup left from the race, and the road is very waxy. Dustin told me that the paper water cups are lined with wax…well I can see that from the shiny road!

 

Photo 326/ 365 ~ Wednesday,  April 18, 2012

Fabs hubby Rick took Dustin and Sam to a Red Sox game and Di, Fabs and I went to visit the BSC in Waltham and went to have dinner at Aegean, this amazing Greek Restaurant in Framingham! Well, Di insisted we tried the Baklava (which was amazing) but of course we went a little overboard and  got Chocolate cake. Di knew I gave up ice cream for about 2 months before the marathon so she made sure the waitress would bring some vanilla ice cream as well. When the waitress found out that I ran Boston she got really passionate talking about her son running it and mostly about the tragedy of the race itself. She’s been watching Boston for many years but never seen so many runners fall down, cramp up, getting to medical tent and the hospital, she said  that it was very scary as she’s never seen anything like it.  Well, that conversation was right before she brought us dessert and I just have to say that she was really generous with the ice cream and we didn’t pay for it!

 

Here is me finally tackling my reward =)

 

Photo 327/ 365 ~ Thursday,  April 19, 2012

My sweet girl always there by my side!

 

Photo 328/ 365 ~ Friday,  April 20, 2012

Dinner at Aegean again, this time with my love and Bob and Laura! My favorite dish is definitely the haddock!

 

Have a great weekend!

2012 Boston Marathon Recap

The 2012 Boston Marathon is for sure the most challenging thing I’ve ever done and it turned out to be one of the hottest race days in history!  The marathon course runs from Hopkinton west of Boston to the city’s downtown. Organizers said the highest temperature recorded Monday during the marathon was 89 degrees in Framingham at 12:30 p.m.”It was direct sun the whole way.” That was higher than the previous record of 84 in 2003.

Splashing water from everywhere

The B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) considered canceling the race due to the extreme heat and the risks that running 26.2 miles on one of the most challenging courses in the world would bring. They sent out multiple emails weather advisories to runners and they were all quiet serious!

  • The weather conditions will involve an increased element of risk to all participants due to the heat.  Only the fittest runners should consider participating.
  • We are now making the recommendation that if you are not highly fit, you should NOT run this race.
  • Inexperienced marathoners should not run.
  • Those who have only trained in a cooler climate should also not run.
  • Those who decide to run should take significant precautions.  Run at a slower pace and maintain hydration.  Take frequent walk breaks.  This is not a day to run a personal best.  Speed can kill.
  • For the overwhelming major of those who have entered, you should adopt the attitude that “THIS IS NOT A RACE.”
And if that wasn’t scary enough, they offered a deferment to all the race entrants, allowing them to defer until the 2013 Boston Marathon.  26,716 runners registered for the marathon, versus 22,426 who actually started the race.  4,290 people decided not to run, and 4,290 is the number of people that had the chance to defer but in reality only 427 runners are actually eligible to defer to the 2013 Boston Marathon as they pick up their bibs and din’t start the 2012 race.
So, despite forecasts of temperatures in the high 80s, it never crossed my mind to skip the 2012 Boston Marathon. Like almost everyone else who took to the course Monday, I embraced the challenge with equal parts anxiety, uncertainty, and runners’ humor.  No way, I would give up on this! I am definitely not a quitter and after all the hard training I was determined to go out there and give the best I could under whatever circumstances I would encounter.

Lucky socks=)

On Monday morning Dustin dropped me off at the entrance of Hopkinton State Park where I caught the bus to the Athlete Village. (about 5 minutes drive). It was really fun to drive on the Boston Marathon course so early in the morning and seeing the towns getting ready for the big event. Plus it was so much easier than taking the bus from downtown, and it gave me extra time to have breakfast and get ready.

Natick Is All In

I met up with Gina, grabbed a shady spot and waited to be called to walk to our corrals.  At 9:45am we headed to our corrals.  It was already over 80 degrees and we were sweating and hot standing exposed in the sun. I left Gina at corral number 7, gave her a big good luck hug and walked to my corral. I was in corral 3 and it took me few minutes to cross the finish line when the gun went off at 10:20am.

Me, Fred and Gina at the Village

Even with all the BAA advisories and news stories, the reality of running a marathon in extreme heat is hard to appreciate until you actually do it. We crossed the starting line into the great unknown. People were asking me what my strategy was for this race and I honestly didn’t have one but just listen to my body. As Simonetta Piergentili advised, I was planning on drinking water and gatorade at the water stations and to pour water on myself regularly to stay cool (without wetting my shoes). Although I ran the first miles pretty fast and it felt easy, I could already sense the effect the heat would have and realized right away how hard this was going to be.  There was not a cloud in the sky, no wind, and nothing but sun beating down onto thousands of runners crammed onto a tiny road.  The first water stop at mile 2 was a disaster.  There were so many people trying to get water that I missed my chance, and by then I was already thirsty. I usually don’t drink much water during races. But here it was totally different! In fact, it was when I saw a kid handing out a water bottle that I decided to take advantage of those kind of opportunities. So, I grabbed the water bottle and carried it with me to drink until it was gone.  The fans along the streets were amazing providing water bottles, ice, popsicles and spraying runners with hoses, the whole day was an amazing team effort.

Thank You Spectators!

By the time I was at the 10K mark (Framingham) the course became really familiar and I knew that Dustin was going to be at our house (mile 10) to hand me water and a bag of ice.  I was so looking forward to just see his face, I knew it would have helped me to keep moving. I felt a tingling pressure and extra fluid on my left middle toe and knew that I just got a black toenail. It was a little painful, but I forgot all about it very soon afterwards as other sort of  pains were emerging. I’ve never suffered from legs cramps, and yesterday was a first time for me! I started to feel my left leg (at the knee) getting very tight, like someone was squeezing it really hard…very hard to explain. Yes, my leg wanted to cramp, and I was only at mile six!  That terrible feeling came and go throughout the race, but even though it slowed me down during the last part of the race my legs never really gave up on me. I took 6 salt pills throughout the race  and I think that helped me replacing my electrolytes that I was loosing sweating and drinking!  I was also very discipline on fueling my body and keep the glycogen up and took a gel every 6 miles or so and that definitely helped keeping my energy up.

On my window

In Natick I saw my girlie Zoey, who run with me for few second, but her excitement and energy gave me that extra push.  I saw Christina, this lady that we met at the park on Saturday night, who said she would pray for me. ( I think those prayers worked! Thanks Christina). Few more ladies yelled out my names, but I honestly couldn’t recognize them as they were wearing glasses and hats.  Right before getting to our house I passed Erin Henderson, the woman that was on Runner’s World this month and that coach Rick introduced to me at the Expo on Saturday.  She trained to ran a sub 3:15 but when I passed her at mile 10, I saw in her face that she was struggling with the heat.

Getting to Mile 10

While I was approaching our house I saw Laura and Bob in the distance. It was so great to see them smiling and applauding, and it was really helpful to quickly cross my hubby compassionate look as I was flying by grabbing the water and the ice he had ready for me. His plan of being at our house and drive to downtown right afterwards to see me at the finish line was the best thing he could have done for me, especially in the weather condition like yesterday.

Pouring water that my love gave me

At that point the race became a survival race. It was surreal. Each one of us out there running was just trying to take care of themselves to get to the finish as alive as possible.  I’ve never seen anything like that! The  “loneliness of the long-distance runner.” is so true, as we all agree that long-distance running is an individual sport, but Monday, as heat humbled even the best marathoners, we were all in this together – the runners, the spectators, the water stop volunteers, the firemen with misting tents and sprinklers attached to hydrants – and we were all going to push through to the finish.  I focused a lot on finding hoses, sprinklers, and spraying hydrants. I would like to thank the Natick and Newton fire departments for their misting tents. Around Wellesley I saw Marisa and that was a nice surprise!

A runner goes through the misting tent in Newton

At mile 16,  Amanda and David there were supposed to be there with ice and water but it was so crowded there that I missed them=(  It was time to turn right on Comm Ave and climb the 3 miles long Newton Hills. When I was reaching the top of Heartbreak Hill, Julie from the lululemon gang yelled my name and her smile made me push even harder. The greatest thing was seeing my old gang from Ciclismo Classico, Christy, MJ, Marc and Lauren that besides being very careful not to miss me (which is really easy considering that I am small and it’s a big marathon) they had a water bottle ready for me. You guys have no idea how much I needed that. I felt that in Newton it was harder to find people that were handling water bottle and that literally saved me!

Ciclismo Encouragement Words

After I crested the hill and the crowd shouted, “It’s all downhill from here,’’ I knew the final 5 miles would be the toughest. My quads started to tighten again on the downhill toward Cleveland Circle. I thought of 5-mile training runs and how relatively short the distance is, how those are the easiest of runs. Not in this case! The crowd in these stretch was extremely loud (Boston College kids) and there were people shouting out my number or saying” Pink bra girl you look strong!”.
 
When I was entering Brookline I was again focusing on finding water.  Not so much luck in  that stretch though. Here I saw Natalie, Gregg and Diandra and Nicole from the Pru.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many runners, much faster and experience than I was walking or cramping! It was scary, I was afraid my legs would give up on me and I would find myself in the same boat as they were. I kept searching out any water source. I was so thirsty that I was praying for a water station to appear and it was right before getting to Fenway Park that I saw one in the distance. Even this time I almost missed it because of so many people around but I smartened up and actually went back,  got gatorade and water, poured it into my mouth and kept moving. I had few more miles to go and all I kept telling to myself was the word FIGHTER.   You are a fighter! I was definitely fighting against my legs that felt like they wanted to cramp up on me and they were slowing me down. Right before turning right on Hereford I hear my lovely ladies Aimee and Leah calling out my name. Their beautiful smiles and the amazing sign that they made for me help me fight the pain even more. At that point I knew I was going to see my hubby!

Aimee and Leah Sign

Here I was again ( it felt like I was watching a video of last year recap…very bizarre) taking the left on Boylston trying to find my hubby and here he was again waving his yellow flag with a very proud look on his face.  I’ve never been happier to see a finish line.  In so many ways the 2012 Boston Marathon was a special sight. This time though I didn’t sprint down to the finish line as from experience I knew it was not as close as it looked!  When I crossed the finish line I had no idea how long it took me but I was really happy I made it!

Final Stretch blowing a kiss to Dustin

After the runners cross the finish line it takes awhile before they can get to the buses to pick up their bags. We  keep walking getting water and recovery drinks from the volunteer, the  silver ‘blankets‘ (not sure we really needed them), snacks, photos and finally the medal. The idea of having runner walking for that long stretch is to keep the legs moving to avoid cramps. By my surprise one of the volunteer recognize me from my blog. At the moment I was really shocked and I was trying to keep moving and didn’t really get the chance to ask him his name. But whoever you are, you made my day and thank you so much for all the help!

Me (not looking so good) & the LOML(looking pretty good)

It was finally time to go meet my love! I couldn’t wait to see him! Dianna and Sam got to the family area first and shortly after Laura, Bob and Dustin arrived. It was so great to hug my hubby and all of them.  I cannot say enough of how much I appreciate all your support! You guys are amazing and I am so lucky to have you in my life!

Di & I. She bought me a chocolate croissant=)

After that it was time to go to the amazing lululemon after party at Exhale SPA and mostly go hug my favorite girl Fabiana! She was telling me how an elite runner that was at the spa earlier told her that he has done 38 marathon and this is by far the hardest he’s ever done, the heat made him run 10 minutes slower than his best time.  At the SPA I had the chance to shower and get a facial while Dustin and the family were hanging at the party drinking and mingling. All the runners that I ran into, had also a slower time than they would usual do and some people I knew unfortunately had to drop out.

Me, my awesome manager Jess, my lovely Fabs and sweet love lulu regional manager Karissa!

Laura & I

Bob & I

The Boston Magazine write a very interesting article about running in the heat.

Physiologist and running guru Jack Daniels once wrote in his seminal runner’s handbook, Daniels’ Running Formula, that “the exercising human body is far better designed to handle cold than it is to deal with heat. For a runner, particularly a distance runner, heat is enemy number one.” Nowhere was this more evident than at Monday’s Boston Marathon, when temperatures skyrocketed up to the high 80s. The event kicked off early with a cautious women’s elite group running at training pace — afraid to tempt Hephaestus. The men followed only slightly less gingerly. Despite the caution of professionals and mortals alike, crestfallen runners quickly lined the side of the course. The defending champion and the most dominant runner of 2011, Geoffrey Mutai, stepped aside for medical assistance upon reaching the hills, while the women’s 2011 champion, Caroline Kilel, met a similar fate as she failed to make the finish line. The ultimate winners, Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop, were able to claim the champions’ laurel wreaths, but they did so with two of the slowest times in years. Running in heat is hard. According to a studypublished by the B.A.A.‘s Matt Ely and his colleagues at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Natick, marathoners slow by more than four percent at temperatures similar to those experienced on Monday. It doesn’t matter how well-trained the athlete might be: as the body heats up, blood is diverted to the skin, leaving less of it available for transporting oxygen to the muscles. Sweating only adds to these issues. True, it’s our body’s natural adaptation for keeping cool in hot weather, but it makes staying hydrated even more essential. Significant drops in performance occur when you lose more than two percent of your body weight through sweat — and remember, it’s not only water that needs to be replenished, but also salts and sugars. Runners can do this with sports drinks, gels, or candies — some resort to drinking pickle juice for the salt, but this is probably excessive. Heavy sweating can also further reduce circulating blood volume, which puts an excess stress on the heart leading to higher perceived effort.  It’s also critical for anyone planning to run a warm marathon to practice drinking while running in practice. As we saw, even many of the top athletes at the Boston Marathon struggled with cramping as they tried to drink more water on the go than they were accustomed to. That said, although the heat humbled even the best athletes, more than 20,000 runners were still able to complete the 26.2 miles in these grueling conditions.

Now, they asked me what were the emotional moments of this experience. There were many, the fact that in a way I felt I was fighting to survive, seeing my hubby and all my loved one on the course cheering for me and doing everything they could do to help me out. No words can describe the appreciation and love I have for  you all! Thanks so much to all of you who sent text, messages, etc. of support and encouragement. They all mean a great deal to me. Also, there are two important words I need to say to everyone who handed me water, ice, popsicle, wet napkins, or  sprayed me with a hose from the Boston Marathon sidelines.

 

Grazie!

I don’t know who you are, but on my hottest marathon to date, you saved me. I got really emotional and had to fight tears when I was running by all of you amazing people that were just there for US.  I want to hug every volunteer and everyone who were on the course because I don’t think any of us would be making it this far without the extra water stops, the hoses, and the popsicles. I have absolutely no idea how I or any of the others managed to cross the finish line in such ridiculous heat, other than with regular hydration, and a great crowd!

To celebrate Dustin, Laura,Bob, Fabiana, Sam, Dianna, Amanda and David went to Viva to eat Mexican food!

Official Results:
Time: 3:29:33
Women 18-39 Age Group Place: 329 out of 4580 ( 7% of overall in my age group)
Women Overall place: 397 out of 8966 (4.4% of overall women)
Overall place: 3011 out of 21,554
Average Pace: : 7:59

Splits

It’s getting hot in here…

I received an e-mail from the BAA, notifying  of predictions for “higher than normal temperatures” on the course on Monday. Unfortunately the cold front didn’t come through, and as right now it seems that temperatures will reach 86 degrees or higher on Monday. Race organizers will have 30 percent more of everything in place for hot weather. Medical professionals are using 2004, when temperatures hit 86 degrees, as a template for preparation.

“Heat is the most challenging thing you can have,’’ said Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray. “ We’re just looking for the runners to understand what the temperatures mean and really slow down their pace.’’

“You have to get in your head that it’s not going to be a PR [personal record] day. You have to back off. The two most important things are to be safe and cross the finish line. Everything after that is a bonus.’’

These are definitely not ideal running conditions, especially because we haven’t had time to acclimate; in fact it takes approximately two weeks of consistent running in the heat and humidity to acclimate to warmer conditions. But there are precautions that we can take.  The e-mail listed “important heat recommendations’’ to avoid overheating and dehydration:

  • Dress accordingly; wear as few clothes as you decently can.  Wear light-colored micro-fiber clothing to reflect the heat and to permit evaporation. Protect your head from intense sun with a lightweight hat that can breathe. The back of the neck can be protected by the hat/visor or a cotton kerchief.
  • Run in any available shade on the course
  • Stay hydrated throughout the weekend and drink 4-8 ounces of fluid every 15-20 minutes while running. Remember that thirst is not an indicator of dehydration. Once you are thirsty, you are already low on fluids.
  • Eat salty foods and drinks such as pretzels and tomato juice. Coach Rick told me to take Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes throughout the marathon (he takes 1-3 every 5 miles) as you will lose sodium through excessive sweat
  • Slow down…. Running in the heat should drastically change your pre-race strategy. Slowing down can significantly decrease many forms of heat illness. Heat illness is related to elevated temperatures, elevated humidity and to the speed of running
  • If you have support along the course try to encourage them to have baggies of ice for you-you have a thermostat on the underside of your wrist and the back of your neck-apply ice to these areas will reduce your core temperature
  • During your run, drink about 4 to 8 ounces of water and/or sports drink every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF #15. Make sure that it is a non-drip formula that won’t drip into your eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses that filter UVA and UVB rays and/or wear a cap with a visor.

These are all things that we should consider and know but  I feel it’s also very important not to worry too much about the weather and be obsessed by it. As I said in m y previous post WE have plenty of other things, entirely within OUR control, that We can focus on. Let’s just do our best and have a good time! Hopefully there will be sprinkler along the way=)

If you want to track me during the marathon my number is   11576 

Registering your cell phone,  you will receive text updates (courtesy of AT&T and the Boston Marathon) when I have crossed the following points on the course:

  • 10K
  • Half-Marathon
  • 30K
  • Finish

Here is how to get real-time updates from the course from your runner!  

TEXT – Simply text the word RUNNER to 345678 using your US mobile phone. You will then receive an sms text response with instructions on how to submit a runner’s bib number. (You will be opted in to receive 4 messages during the race. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel, Text HELP for help. This program is available on the following carriers: AT&T, Boost, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Foto Friday ~ Project 365: Week 46 Recap

2 Days til the Boston Marathon and I am definitely starting to get excited… or should I say nervous! The weather situation definitely is not helping as it is one more thing to worry about and to take into consideration when you are running 26.2 miles! According to the CBS Boston news records will likely be shattered on Marathon Monday.  Their forecast high temperature for Marathon Monday is 88 degrees. What?? I guess that’s what you get when you have a unique training seasons with no snow! In fact there has never been a winter with this little snow!

Oh and just FYI the record for the date is 84 set back in 2003, it may be in jeopardy!  But there is some good news, the wind direction. Winds will be steady and strong at times from the southwest, a direct tail wind for us runners. Winds should average between 10-25 mph for the entire route. What do I say about this? It is what it is! No matter what, WE that we have trained so hard, putting in the time and effort,  will be out there pushing it from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday. When I was surfing the web I stumble upon an article that talks about the Boston Marathon Weather Forecast and 12-Year History. Here is what it says:

If you’ve ever wondered how much Boston Marathon weather conditions influence race finish times, we’ve got your answers. More often than not, forecasts can be unreliable as the weather changes unexpectedly on race day. And what you experience at the starting line in Hopkinton can differ radically from what you’ll face once past Heartbreak Hill, heading toward Boston.Variability in conditions has been significant in recent years, from one of the hottest races in decades (2004) to a wind-whipped chilly rainfest in 2007. See weather conditions for the last 12 years below.

Wondering how weather affects finish times? Temperatures averaging above 60 make a clear difference. And current forecasts for Hopkinton and Boston indicate that 60+ degrees may be reached.
As most Boston runners met qualifying standards, the average finish times in any weather will be faster than regular runners at races like the Chicago Marathon. But comparing the two along the lines of temperature/speed correlations, there are some similarities when it comes to the heat.The 2010 Chicago Marathon was a hot one, temperatures soaring into the 80s. A total 36,159 runners made it through high temperatures to cross the finish line. While the heat did not rival 2007, and the mid-event cancellation of that race, the 2010 race was marked by a much higher than average finish time — 4:43:38 — and roughly 2000 runners dropping out. And this result was consistent with an analysis we had conducted before the event.
Before the Chicago race, we wondered: how do differing temperatures impact average finish times? We plotted the average finish times and average race-day temperatures for the last 11 years to find the answer.  And it seemed to be generally good news for runners as long as temperatures stay below 65 degrees. However, when the average temperature soared over 65, average times would drop, we noted.
And that’s that! Now, despite hearing lots of runners freaking our about the weather (facebook really keep you well updated) I am not gonna get over-stressed.! Here I said it! I am not quitting my goals. This is one thing that no one cannot control, so why freaking out about it?  But I have the power to control pretty much everything else and I am determined to run the best race I can under the conditions I will have on Monday and still enjoying my journey! I’ve been waiting so long for this day, worked so hard as I’ve set my goal for this race to run a 3:20 marathon. I admit that t I am scared of saying out loud my goal(usually don’t like to say what my goals for races are as I am afraid to look bad if I don’t make it), especially now with this conditions, BUT I said it and I promise to myself  that no matter what the outcome will be, even though I will let myself be disappointed for a bit( let’s be realistic here okay) I will then pick myself up and look ahead to achieving MY goal on October 9th at the Chicago Marathon.
Every runners know that there is never any absolute guarantee on race day, but I am in shape and ready to run a 3:20!  When I look back at my training I feel very confident! I had the best winter weather conditions EVER! Especially compared to last year training where we had the worse winter EVER!  From January when I started I ran 756 Miles total. I had several over 20 miles run, of which a couple from Hopkinton to mile 22.5 of the Marathon course. I balanced out my training with cross training doing mostly the amazing Gstar spin class, took plenty of yoga classes that really helped me incredibly stay injury free. Bottom line, I feel stronger than ever and I’ll be damned if I am going to let this unusual warm weather throw that all out the window!So my plan is to go out on Monday morning and get my 3:20! Like Steve Prefontaine said: ” To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”


Here is my Week 46 of my Project 365:
Photo 315/ 365 ~ Saturday,  April 7, 2012
This week was a lot about flowers in honor of Easter. Here is a gorgeous human flower=)
Photo 316/ 365 ~ Sunday,  April 8, 2012
After my 13 miler we went to spend Easter with family=) It was a lot of fun even though I think I was starting to get nervous for Boston. But we cooked and ate and watch a fun movie. Amanda made the best dessert ever, a vegan fruit pizza AMAZING!
I also played around a little with my Micro lens that Dustin gave me for Xmas. Check out the art=)
Does it even look like a flower?
Photo 317/ 365 ~ Monday,  April 9, 2012
It was my brother Michele Birthday! My honey made me the best stir fry ever..from scratch!
Photo 318/ 365 ~ Tuesday,  April 10, 2012
I love my tulips!
Photo 319/ 365 ~ Wednesday,  April 11, 2012
They are opening!
Photo 320/ 365 ~ Thursday,  April 12, 2012
Love my hot pink egg! Dustin was in Indianapolis for work=(
Photo 321/ 365 ~ Friday,  April 13, 2012
Today I took a photo-shoot of Sarah Gardner, our amazing ambassador and the founder of  Yoga Reaches Out that brings the yoga community together to raise funds for children’s charities. After that I met with Nichole and visited my favorite girl Fabs at the lululemon container at the Boston Marathon Expo at the World Trade Center! Come and visit us! We will be all weekend long=)
I can’t wait for my honey to get home so we can cuddle and get nice and ready to go to the Expo to pick up my number tomorrow!!
Happy Friday!

Foto Friday ~ Project 365: Week 45 Recap

It’s Foto Friday again. I have to admit that this week I didn’t really pay much attention and give enough love to this project. But there is goes!

Week 45 of my Project 365:

Photo 308/ 365 ~ Saturday,  March 31, 2012

Luna is winking at me=)

 

Photo 309/ 365 ~ Sunday,  April 1, 2012

Look who’s tired after mama run 17 miles he he

 

Photo 310/ 365 ~ Monday,  April 2, 2012

My favorite girl! I love her!

 

Photo 311/ 365 ~ Tuesday,  April 3, 2012

Here she is again running in the woods=)

 

Photo 312/ 365 ~ Wednesday,  April 4, 2012

Luna is such a peaceful pup…when she sleeps!

 

Photo 313/ 365 ~ Thursday,  April 5, 2012

The 2012 Boston Marathon Official Jacket! Thank you amore mio!

 

Photo 314/ 365 ~ Friday,  April 6, 2012

After an amazing yoga class with Pilar at HYP (Jess came too=) I came home to two sweet loves!

 

Tomorrow I am working early and then off to see the Titanic in 3D!! I am so excited!! And that is gonna be the start of a nice long weekend that we are gonna spend with Family having an Easter dinner and coloring eggs=))

Happy Easter everyone!

The tenth Month of My Project 365 is done!   Here is the recap of all the photos I took in March.