Layers, layers, and more layers!!! Remember your layers for when you are warming up and cooling down!
Join coach @thejrag and president @mikeyuvm for a workout tonight at 7:15 on the MIT outdoor track. #bostonrunners#bostonrunning#communityrunning
A fun fall half marathon with my best running buddy ✅ Wasn’t sure how well I could race this coming off @chimarathon and going to active release therapy for my hip the past couple of weeks. My big goal was to break 1:40 for a big PR and most importantly to have fun! The course was full of rolling hills and a much colder and windier day than anticipated but excuses aside I did my best with a 1:40:13 and my hip felt pretty good and the pain never trickled down to my knee! All in all I’ll call it a win. And an extra bonus of my running buddy crushing it with a 1:26 and second in the age group! Such a fun weekend in Newburyport, a super quaint New England town. Now for some quality easy miles and base building until real #bostonmarathon2019 training begins! #bostonrunners#bostonfitness#bostonmarathon#harborsidehalfmarathon#locoraces#tiuteam#runnersofinstagram#runners#halfmarathon
Scenes from our 2nd Annual PAWS on the Trail Run/Walk last Saturday...
Thank you to all of the dedicated runners and walkers who came out in Saturday morning’s downpours for the 2nd Annual PAWS on the Trail 4K Fun Run/Walk and Kitty Kat Dash! Your enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and kind support helped us raise vital funds for local animals in need.
Congratulations to our race winners: Heather Barackman (female runner; Heather also took first place in 2017!), Matt Smith (male runner); Judith Jacoby (walk); and Jamie Jeffrey (walk). Thanks to our Kitty Kat Dashers, who all took home a medal: Shea Sullivan (age 5), Meredith Sullivan (age 3), Baeritt Baker (age 4), and August Baker (age 2). A special thanks to Erik, Jamie, Dr. Kaleena Bysko, and other staff from Woburn Animal Hospital, one of our generous sponsors, who also braved the cold rains to exhibit on site, providing race participants with pet-related information and fun giveaways. We are so grateful for your generosity and for all of the time you spent with us on Saturday morning!
PAWS thanks all of its generous sponsors who made our event such a success: VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital, Woburn Animal Hospital, Middlesex Animal Hospital, The Savings Bank (Wakefield), Arch Painting, North Reading Veterinary Clinic, Moynihan Lumber, The UPS Store (Wakefield), Parker Florist, PrintGraphics, Inc., Flawless Designs, Marathon Sports, Whitelam Books, Biltmore & Main, Best Friends Pet Care, Cup Cake City, Lilah Rose, Rada Boutique, Miter Biter Frame Co., Target (Woburn), Shaw's Wakefield, Shaw's Melrose, Jacki Corea, Becky Boccelli, and Jean Hall.
Finally, thanks to the many PAWS volunteers who arrived before dawn to set up tents and tables, who stood in the forest to direct runners and walkers along the muddy trail, and who helped in so many other ways to keep this event running (so to speak), despite all the rain! We appreciate everything you do.
Together, we are helping to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals in our communities. PAWS thanks you!
From the creator: "I was born and grew up in Newton. The Boston Marathon has been part of my life as long as I can remember. The only marathons I haven’t watched were when I lived out of state. My family had friends who lived on Commonwealth Ave about half way up Heartbreak Hill.
We would go there every year and prepare orange slices and cups of water at a little stand that we created. There were no official water stops then. I loved watching the men, there were only men then, as they sweated and pulled themselves up that long, long hill knowing that they would be able to finish the race if they could manage this tough climb. When I grew up, I became a runner, having always been an athlete. I didn’t do the Boston Marathon, just the Bonnie Belle, but I ran all year round and loved the exhilaration that it elicited.
After watching the 1991 marathon, I started thinking about what a sculpture might be like, the oldest foot race in the US. I wanted to create a sculpture that would be attractive to children, yet be a meaningful metaphor for the race.
I knew the marathon was based on a Greek warrior who in 490 B.C. ran 25 miles to announce the news of a great military victory. The Greek connection of using another kind of race, that of the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare created by Aesop (620-560 BC) came to mind. I couldn’t show a man running, or a woman, or a person in a wheelchair. It would be impossible to portray all the people from all over the world who run.
The tortoise and the hare seemed a perfect metaphor to represent the wide variety of people who participate in the marathon - people of all ages, shapes and sizes, many of whom finish, but walk over the finish line. Some of the marathon runners I know run just to finish, they don’t expect to win, they are challenged and want to have that wonderful sense of accomplishment. Persistence pays off. Slow and steady wins the race. They want to be a part of one of the most important sports event in the country. 1996 was the 100th anniversary of the marathon. [See comments]
With the leaves & the weather changing, New England is in the heart of fall and at the tail end of running season. Although it's easy to hole up inside during the bitter cold months, don't let the weather hold you back! Half the battle of being able to train outdoors in the cold/snow is having the right gear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I've gotten so many questions from good friends of mine about what to wear to be able to run in the cold/snow. Because of that, I've created a guide that gives you SPECIFICS about how to dress for winter running (exact outfit formulas). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you're curious about the guide or want to learn more, go to the link in my bio, navigate to the Blog section, and then click on the blog post "How to dress for winter running." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On a side note, what are your favorite brands/pieces for the winter? I'm currently scouting for more running specific leggings- looking into Oiselle! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📍 Boston, Ma
The #storybehindyourmiles its today to kill the #excuses all that it's in our heads or as @garyvee would say "Someone's POV*" it's your life, and you only have once.
Even you stop having #No 's and #cant of in your near future you'll look back and ask for all those days you could've started but you give so much #care and #value to someone else opinion.
Remember... #JustDoIt 🤜🤛
It's almost weekend! Who is having a long #run on it? What about your #2milesaday from today? .
*Point of View
So so grateful to have teamed up with @gotr_greater_boston over the years, to support, share and tell the story of the inspirational achivements of every single girl and coach who is dreaming big and making it happen through the #gotrboston program.
We are passionate about this one you guys, their 1st annual Sneaker Soiree is tonight and although I can't be there in person ( in Cali! ) the uhmazing Pedro @pedro.m.correa will be there! so say hi, share your story, support Girls on The Run and their vision to provide scholarships for fearless girls ♡ 💪
Thank you @nbc10boston for telling the GOTR story and featuring our work on these amazing, inspiring girls. 😍
Head on over to the @gotr_greater_boston website to learn more about how you can get involved, see some our work and learn more about tonight's silent auction. Get involved!!
I don’t know if you can tell how much I’m struggling here, but I was!
Fartleks on the schedule today:
1.5 mi warmup
3x 7:00 min @ (8:09, 8:10, 7:55) pace
2 min recovery between
finishing out at 7 miles.
The whole time, I kept thinking,
THIS FEELS HARD.
OMG MY LEGS ARE SO TIRED.
IS THIS SUPPOSED TO FEEL DIFFICULT?
But I finished feeling not as fatigued as I had expected, and averaged a surprising 8:57 pace, even with the cooldown miles!
Then I got home, opened my Insta, and see my Coach’s post (@run4prs): IT’S IN THE STRUGGLE THAT YOU GET STRONGER.
Running and training ISN’T easy (contrary to what it might sometimes seem like, on social media). If it were really that easy and pleasant, then everyone would be doing it.
Today was a day that I was reminded:
I don’t run bc it’s easy.
I run bc the struggle of it changes me.
Today was hard,
but I’ll be back again tomorrow.
📍 Boston, Ma
JUST DO IT 👊
The #storybehindyourmiles from today its all about #killingexcuses
There's gonna be days, and even moments thru the hole process in which you run out of time, your day its almost over and you didn't find the time for you #running daily dose or #2milesaday ... but that its why its only at least #2miles because it should take you at the beginning no more than half an hour, if you put the #miles , you'll how the clock gets down and you could find yourself doing it under #20min ...
The process its really simple, you active your @nikerunning app, #run away 1 mile from home, and then hit yourself back.
That's it... nothing else.
So. Go out. Hit your miles. And #justdoit
Its not a matter of time, it a matter oc putting yourself first than your excuses.
Go for it!
Tell me if you get your run for today! 👇🔥
This bus wasn't the only thing that got me to the start line, and subsequent finish line--Many of u did too! It clearly takes a village, so here it goes! Thanks to:
Sara @thatsssassy04 at the @michelicenter for the advice, rehab, and frienship
@pmitty92 for the sports massages! They are magic!
Lubin Chiropractic for keeping me aligned and in line!
@keithmarsteller for teaching me how to "marathon"
@bostin.running for the core exercises!
@tsbrunsfree for friendship long before we were Heartbreakers
@7dreamrunner173, @nati_runs, @tempest_bled_so, @_breadrun, @madrunella, @adriannehaslet, @running_boots, @ecoakley4, @alexis2376, @kurtisr39, and @ejordan12 for the Heartbteak inspiration and positivity!
To my Heartbreak Hill Club Crew, especially @erinash27, Tyler, Amanda, @chrisriley40318, and Ari--I can't imagine a Wednesday night without u guys--except maybe this week! ;) (Ari also gets a shout-out as he basically paced me for the long runs Sat too! Thanks for letting me "stalk" u down Beacon!). Amanda, go get Philly!!!
And, of course to our coaches, especially @brismi22 for putting up with me during my second-ever track workout, @conorcash for the amazing Hill workouts that got me over those New York bridges, and to our Chief Heartbreaker @coachdanbos, who welcomes us all as runners no matter our abilities, and through his great advice, never loses sight that we are human beings first!!
Because of each of u, I shaved over an hour off my marathon time in 13 months! Let's see what the next 13 months brings!
📍 Boston, Ma
The #storybehindyourmiles its all about art!
If you see the cover of today's post, it look like if you put a set of colors and splashed in the wall... well it is not! If you look it carefully, they are all leaves that fall into my today's #run !
And it reminded one really important thing, that we are all equal, no matter the color of our skin. We are gonna fall at some point in our lives, but when that happen we can all color the path of someone else life!
Enjoy your daily #2milesaday and keep up chasing your dreams one #mile at a time!
Don't forget to #govote ! @govote
Not a running pic today, mainly bc of unplanned, back-to-back doctor’s visits, running a bunch of errands bc the kids have a holiday tomorrow bc of VOTING DAY (go vote!), I’m still tired from the last TWO WKS of going non-stop, and I had to squeeze my run in, somewhere amidst all that 👆🏼👆🏼.
But what I was reminded of today?
9 mos ago, I was scared and nervously sitting at the cardiologist’s, awaiting the results of all the CT scans, echocardiograms, and stress tests, bc my heart had been on a palpitation trend that became more and more concerning.
Today’s follow up and clean bill of health reminded me of the biggest lesson I’ve learned and put into practice this 2018 year:
I AM ALLOWED TO REST.
There is nothing else so important in this life that I need to sacrifice my sleep, mental health, and well-being for. #selfcarematters , like, forreal. Figure out what gives you joy, what gives you a mental break, and DO IT.
So you can actually continue to LIVE your life and enjoy things like beautifully hand-knit, merino wool cowls that a talented insta-friend made (srsly, @asiangirlrunning is skilled!), and also, GO VOTE!
BIG NEWS!!! As some of you already know, @jessejdoh and I have been selected to run the 2019 Boston Marathon for Dana Farber Cancer Institute!! I am so unbelievably excited to be running in honor of Jesse's dad, both of my grandfathers, and the countless amazing heroes I met during my time with Penn State Dance Marathon. Since moving to Boston over 3 years ago, I have found a second home, and I am beyond thrilled to run my FIRST EVER marathon through the city that I love. The next six months will consist of a lot of running, fundraising and countless social media posts but also hopefully a lot of laughter, love and memories along the way.
And now the asking begins....please donate towards our fundraising goal by clicking here http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/site/TR?px=1023749&pg=personal&fr_id=1110
Also follow us along our journey at @jogs_boston2019
“If you are losing faith in humanity, go watch a marathon.”
This past weekend was 😍
Hadn’t been to NYC in 3.5 years, but was able to get the opportunity to scrap up a pretty spontaneous plan to both reunite with college friends and spectate THE NYC marathon and cheer on a good friend running. I got to run through Central Park on Saturday morning (definitely a bucket list item) and yesterday was an absolutely stunning day for runners and spectators alike. I had so much fun cheering my face off for people I knew and had equal fun cheering for complete strangers. I cheered near mile 23 and then near 25. There was nothing like being at 25, cheering for strangers by name (from their shirt/bib) and seeing their face light up or see them pick up running if they had slowed to a walk at that point. The quote I wrote in the beginning was exactly this experience. Despite it being a tough course I hope to run NYC one day. And I think this was another nudge of the #marathoninspo I’ve been looking for
Our women’s and men’s teams competed at the USATF New England XC Championships at @franklinparkbos! They came away with several personal bests as well as placing 10th and 14th as teams in New England. Thank you to @agat89 @laurawiatt @laurapomponi Carly Joy Sarah Tim @sam.maron Jon @wa_sab_ Adam for toeing the line and showing our region what community running is about. #bettertogether#teamwork#communityrunning#bostonrunners
Just a little bit more. ⠀
So often we hold ourselves back from achieving more. This week (in classes and personally) I’ll be focusing on the theme of “a little bit more” and I encourage you to do as well. ⠀
Where and how can you push yourselves one inch further towards your goals? ⠀
For me that looks like going faster in my runs (I’ll be pushing myself in my half marathon this Sunday), reaching a little bit deeper and longer in my Pilates practice and attempting all those scary inversions in my Yoga practice. It’ll mean respecting screen time limits that I set up on my phone (1 hour to social and no phone usage from 10p-7am). ⠀
What’s one thing you’ll try to do this week to push the limit just a little bit more? ⠀
📍 Boston, Ma
The #storybehindyourmiles from today its easy... really easy! Leave your fears behind and #justdoit ! #2milesaday every day... and suddenly you'll have your first #run , your first #marathon , your first race for the rest of your life!
What your carzy dream?
Leave it down 👇 and just go for it!
Official results from today! New York was such an amazing experience! I hit all goals: to finish under 5, to PR, to finish when it was still light out, to be awed by NYC and the people in it, and last but not least, TO HAVE FUN!!! Thank you, New York, for this day that I will always remember! I have many people to thank, but I’m kinda tired, so that will be another post! In the meantime, I think u know who u are! 😉❤️💔