...including long runs of 18 or more in 3 totally different climates.
1st - 19 miles - Clearwater, FL - Temperature: 75 degrees with 75% humidity.
2nd - 19 miles - Chicago, IL - Temperature: 24 degrees with 16mph headwinds for half of run and 10 degree wind chills
3rd - 21 miles - New York, NY - Temperature: 45 degrees with damp conditions.
I have trained religiously outdoors in arguably one of the coldest winters in NYC history. Not to mention in snow, wind, rain, ice and sub-zero wind chills. To say I am ready for anything Mother Nature throws at me would be an understatement.
I have won a 5K XC race in humid South County Park on Everglades Rd. in Boca Raton, Florida beating a local XC high school girl.
I completed 12 sessions at the Armory indoor track on Tuesday nights this winter...and once I got the hang of it, I kicked ass on most of my workouts.
I ran a sub-6 mile in my first ever indoor track meet.
I had the most unbelievable 21-miler three weeks ago. I surpassed my goal marathon pace by 12 seconds a mile - and felt strong doing it.
I have been up at 4:00am in order to get my training in several times this winter.
I have made just about every CPTC workout on Tuesday and Thursday evenings if I was in the state of NY. Often times this was orchestrated by finishing up games or practices, smashing a banana and peanut butter down for nourishment, changing while simultaneously navigating through NYC traffic, frantically finding parking and sprinting to get my warm up in before the workout began. Have you ever tried changing your sports bra in a car while driving? Harder than the workout sometimes.
I have stayed away from alcohol this entire training cycle.
I have had the most amazing last month of training. Perhaps the best of my life in terms of execution. I have earned the confidence and respect of my coach. Most importantly I have earned the confidence in myself. I have put the work in, I have executed. I have been relentlessly diligent in my training (both rest, diet and running). I have learned more about running over the last few months than I probably know about most subjects in life.
I have managed to carry out a crazy softball schedule 7 days a week, managing a program, staff and team, and stress often times on my feet for 8 hours a day throughout this entire training cycle.
I have weathered a hammy pull in February and some other minor aches and pains that come along with grueling training and, knock on wood, I should be toeing the line in Hopkinton, MA as healthy as one can be at the conclusion of a training cycle on Monday, April 21. I am lucky for that. Like Tony said to me at the end of my amazing race plan - "When you cross the finish, you’ll be one of many runners who will have made your point to those who want to take our freedom. As Big Papi said last year -- this is our fucken city! CPTC-NB and Boston Strong!" And Coach TR is a HUGE Yankee fan so for him to quote Big Papi....well, that's cool.
I am #BostonStrong.
I am ready.