Monday, March 4, 2013

Grad School Update & Training for Boston

First off, I got into Grad School!!!!!

My wait is finally over and I know where I will be next year.  I start the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University in Concord, New Hampshire, in August and couldn't be more excited.  I know my life is going to be totally different as I trade my running shoes for studying, but in three years I will finally have a career that I can be excited about.  My sister even got me a sweatshirt to celebrate!

AND the Boston Marathon is next month!  :)  Yeah, I haven't spoken much about Boston on here because my focus has been on Lake Placid.  But, I am still training and running Boston.  On Saturday, I headed down to Wellesley for my first training run on the course.

Saturday morning was beautiful out.  It was cold, but no snow finally.  My longest runs since Disney have only been 12.5 miles and have all been on the treadmill.  My plan for Saturday was to warmup for 3 miles and then do 3x2 miles at 7:35-7:40 pace.  By starting in Wellesley, I would be doing my 2 mile intervals on the Newton Hills.  No big deal right?

I started running with some girls in my run club who said they were going to run 8:15ish pace.  Within the first 1/2 mile I noticed we were under 8's so I decided to stay with that for my warmup and just run by feel even if it meant leaving the company of other runners.  I turned onto Comm Ave and headed up the hills and ran my first fast mile in 7:20.  

(Don't know what my right foot is doing in this picture)

With the hills, I was able to hold onto a 7:40 average for those faster miles.  At the end, I did slow it down above the 8 minute mark.  I knew I could push it but I also knew I had a long ride ahead of me the next day.  

I absolutely love training on the Boston course and am so thankful to have the opportunity to do it.  I feel comfortable out there and hope that that comfort will transfer to feeling comfortable at Boston on April 15th.

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