Run in a Marathon …. Check!!

So I did it.

Well sort of. For those that haven’t been following all along, I have been training to run in a relay marathon. I have had multiple knee surgeries and was told by my doctor that marathons were off limit. People with healthy knees ruin their knees running marathons, never mind people with fake knees like myself. He told me I shouldn’t be going over 5 miles … but 5 miles really isn’t much. I signed up for this relay marathon, and took one of the longer legs at 7 miles. I have been training over the past couple months. Luckily the weather has been pretty good this winter so it hasn’t been too bad running outside.

Well yesterday was the big day, and of course it was one of the coldest days within the past couple of weeks. It wasn’t so much the cold, but the crazy wind. But it was sunny, so I am not going to complain. The race was in Hyannis MA. Here is me pre race:

Go time was at 10am, so we headed to the race around 915. This would end up being about 3 hours before I actually started running. Because my phone went through the washer machine, I ended up buying a used iPhone. One of the runners on my team who has an iPhone introduced me to Nike+ GPS – which is a program that plays your music as well as tracks your run and time, and tells you your pace. It will also tell you this as you run, at each mile. It was super cool. Well I decided to use it for the first time during my run to try to keep a good pace.

My run was great. It was a little chilly, but once you got going it wasn’t really cold anymore. The views along the water were beautiful. I of course had to try to take a picture as I ran.

This was probably around mile 4. I think – and the reason I am not sure, was because my new program that I had just installed and tried out, apparently was a little off. As I was running, it was telling me I was running a 9:08 mile pace. I thought I was running faster, but some days you have it and others you don’t. I figured today was just not my day. But I forced myself to stay around that 9 minute mark because I didn’t want to be going any slower than that. Well I started to think things were off when I noticed the mile markers on the street that the marathon organizers put out on the course. I eventually realized that my gps thing was an entire mile off!! When I ended up finishing my run, it was telling me I ran 6 miles, when clearly I just ran 7.

So, I finished my 7 miles in 56 minutes … which when you do the math … is 8 minute miles! I was in shock. I mean I felt like I was running fast and I was cruising by some people trying to make up some time since our second runner had run a bit slower. But I was not expecting 8 minute miles, especially since my new little program was telling me I was running over 9 minute miles. I was so pumped. This was an awesome time for me. This is me, after the race:

Our last runner was actually not ready for me because no one thought I would be there so quick. I ended up being the fast time on our team. Go me! I was very happy with my performance. Our unofficial team time for the marathon is 3 hours and 50 minutes. We are waiting to find out our official time – but I am pretty pleased with how we did.

Here is our team picture after the race.

While I was waiting around to start my leg, I met a few other runners that were waiting as well, so we chatted. One of them was telling me that I had to do the road race in Falmouth MA in August. Apparently it is a ton of fun, and it is only a 10K – so I think I might look into that. This was my first real race and I met so many nice people and had such a great experience, that I will definitely be looking into where I can do my next race. It gives me some motivation to keep running and training.
For any runners out there that haven’t actually gotten the nerve to run in a race, I highly recommend it 🙂


Random Thoughts

So just a few random thoughts.

1)This week has been extremely busy at work and has resulted in some late nights. Not fun. But it’s alright, I would rather be busy than bored at work. But being busy has resulted in some negligence towards blogging. Sorry.

2)This weekend is the BIG weekend. And by this I mean my Relay Marathon!!!
I have been gearing up for this for a few months now, and it’s finally here. I am ready. I know I can finish it, just now sure how quick I will be. I haven’t done much running this week. A couple shorter runs just to get my legs moving. Also trying to make sure I eat some carbs so I have enough energy for the weekend. Wish me luck!

3)We get to see our little puppy tomorrow! Hopefully we will know which one is ours, since it was between two the last time we talked to the breeder. A and I have been reading a ‘how to raise your English bulldog’ book before bed each night. It’s something fun to do together. A is not a big reader, but I love reading, and it’s kind of fun doing it together and learning some tips about raising a pup.

4)A and I found a house that we really liked. We went and looked at it a couple of times, and even had A’s parents come out to look at it. But it’s a little more expensive than we were thinking and it’s a little more house than we need. Our Realtor seems to think that an offer was made, so it looks like we won’t be getting that house. And there isn’t much else out there right now. House buying is incredibly frustrating.

5)It is Friday. Bring on the weekend! 🙂

Go, go, go …

I am the type of person that always needs to be doing something. I have a hard time just sitting doing nothing. A probably gets annoyed because after we get home and have dinner and all that fun stuff, he is ready to sit on the couch and veg out, but I feel the need to go around and get something done around the apartment. Its been a few months since we moved in together, but going from two separate apartments into one small apartment has been interesting, and we have had a hard time finding a place for everything. But that’s a whole other issue. Before A and I got engaged, I decided that I wanted to go back to school and get my master’s. At this time, A and I were at opposite ends of the state and only saw each other on weekends, sometimes every other. So I packed up my bags, and made the move out to Boston, so that A and I could be closer and so that I could go to grad school. If you know Boston, you know it is the quintessential college town. I can’t tell you how many schools are here, this map gives you a good idea though:

And that doesn’t even show you the schools that are just outside the city area. So yes, it is college central. I unfortunately can’t afford to just go to school and not work, but I also wanted to finish my masters as fast as possible so that I could move into my intended career path. I got accepted to a higher education program at Northeastern University and knew that I was going to be starting in the fall, but was nervous about the whole job situation. As luck would have it, I ended up finding a job at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a few weeks before I moved (yes it’s higher education, but it was nothing related to what I wanted to be doing). Talk about being around some wicked smaht people. Anyways, the whole point of this was, I constantly need to be doing something – so, I decided to work full-time, and get my master’s full-time. The program usually takes around 2 years for people who are working, but I was able to finish it in a year – and left with a 3.98 GPA (damn that one teacher who gave me an undeserved A- 🙂 ). But I will give myself a pat on the back for that one. It was a stressful year, but I stayed busy, and I thrive on that. A couple of weeks before my last class finished, A proposed while at the beach for a weekend getaway.

He had wanted to wait until I was done with my masters because he knew once we were engaged I would be focusing all my attention on wedding planning and not so much on my classes. Good call – and another reason why I am thankful I finished it in a year rather than two. And boy did wedding planning consume my/our time. We were engaged for about 13 months, which gave us plenty of time, but it was still a very busy and very exciting time. During the engagement process, I was also trying to find a new job and a house. I was able to land the new job, but the house had to be put on the back burner for a bit. The real estate in the Boston area is just ridiculously expensive and is a huge step that we did not want to rush into. The point of this long drawn out story is that for the past 2+ years, I have had some very big things going on in my life that took up a lot of time. But now, I find myself with well, nothing. I mean I have the thank you cards that I am still working on from the wedding (when you have 280 guests, it makes the thank you card process an extremely daunting task). But other than that I have nothing. Work, and my three-hour commutes, along with daily house chores take up a ridiculous amount of time, but I still feel the need to be working towards something. A couple of weeks ago, I told A that I wanted to start a blog. And then I said I wanted to run a marathon. And he keeps telling me that all these things take up a lot of time and asks why I have to do everything at once. Whatever – it’s just what I do. So I started the blog. Check. Sure showed him! haha. Now – it is on to the marathon. Now, there is no way I can do a full marathon. Maybe a few years ago I could have, but after tearing my ACL, twice, and having two ACL reconstructions and a meniscus reconstruction, the doctor said absolutely no more soccer (tear), along with other competitive sports, and no running of marathons.
This is me, after my ACL and meniscus surgery, most likely still feeling good from all the drugs.

I need to look at this to remind myself that I DONT want to go through that again. Running a marathon is bad for your body/knees to begin with, nevermind when you have had multiple knee surgeries. So that kind of crushed my marathon dream – sort of. My goal now is – to do a relay marathon. It’s about as close as I can get. The wedding was fantastic motivation to get in shape (I lost over 40 pounds 🙂 ). But I need to keep that motivation going, and the marathon is a perfect way to do it. A has the fastest metabolism ever, and can usually eat whatever he wants – but he is definitely starting to say that he is so out of shape and needs to get back into working out, so I thought it would be something fun that we could do together. So we made a relay team of four people (two legs of 7.8 miles and two legs of 5.8 miles). I am taking one of the 7.8, and since A is not a huge fan of running he is doing one of the 5.8. So that is my next project – getting ready to run in a relay marathon. Now I just need to find some great running songs to help me get through the runs. Ideas welcome 🙂