I finished the Boston Marathon!

It was not the time goal I was hoping for but I finished the Boston Marathon! I was running for the Dana Farber Institute. My required minimum was met a few weeks before the marathon. I hired a coach for this training cycle who pushed me beyond what I thought I was able to do, thank you Robbie! I thought I was ready for a big PR, but the weather did not cooperate.

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All weekend I was telling myself that it was not going to be too warm and I love the sun. But starting in Hopkinton at 70+ and full sun was not good. I was sweating just walking to the corrals.

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Pam and I at the start

The first 3 miles I was holding on to about a 9:15 pace, but quickly realized that it was too hot and sunny for me to maintain that pace for 23 more miles. Crossing the finish line of this race was more important than a PR. Once I made that decision I began to enjoy the race, through the pain. I high-fived kids along the way. I read people’s signs, I chatted with other runners, mostly about the heat. I heard the women of Wellesley before I saw them and I kissed a girl from OR. I stopped to hug my family at mile 15. Stopped at the DFMC cheer section at mile 17 for tissues, and thought about taking a beer from the BC boys. Seeing the Citgo sign, knowing you are almost done. Running by the crowds in Kenmore Square just, well 2 hours, after the Red Sox game. At mile 25.5 just before the Boston Strong bridge I ran past Brett and Lori, I turned back to hug them.

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At mile 25.5 seeing family! Lori’s pic

On the other side of that bridge you see Hereford ST! Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston! The finish line is in sight, although .25 miles away.

Thank you to all my family and friends for donating to DFMC. And for supporting me during this training and race.

I feel like this is what running Boston is about, taking it all in, enjoying the crowds and runners.  I’m so proud to be from an amazing city that truly shines on Marathon Monday.

 

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Taper Time!

The Boston Marathon is 2 weeks from today! I feel like this training cycle flew by, even though it was by far the hardest I have ever trained for a marathon.

I know I will be looking for things to do, especially on Saturday, which is a rest day this week. I usually look forward to taper, this has been the most miles I have put in for marathon training, by about 100. Last week I ran 42 miles with 3 speed work outs. This week is 28 miles with 1 speed workout. My coach, Robbie has pushed me to a running level I did not think was possible. He has encouraged and challenged me and I’m very grateful for his help.

I guess the worst thing about the next 2 weeks is worrying about aches and pains, and getting a cold. I have become a pro about using hand sanitizer. I’m also getting good at applying KT tape, which has become my friend and I don’t care if it’s all in my head.

I caved and purchased these for marathon day! They are not as cute as the lobster ones last year, but they are my go to Adrenalines.

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Good luck to everyone running a race in the next few weeks. Rest, enjoy the taper and the agonizing about goals and the weather.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to my run! If you would like to make a donation here is the link and Thank you!

http://www.runDFMC.org/2016/bethanyn

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The meat of Marathon Training

Boston is 4 weeks away. This is usually the hardest 2 weeks in the training cycle. I killed it last week with:

Tues 7 miles HM pace avg 8:57 9, 9:01, 8:55, 8:53, 8:54, 9:03, 8:57

Wed 7 easy avg pace 9:42

Thur 7 miles 4×400 avg 8:31, 2×800 8:45, 1 mile 9:10, 4×400 8:34, 2×800 8:27

Fri 3 easy miles avg 9:38

Sat 18 miles avg pace 9:50 14 @MP 9:42, 9:40, 9:30, 9:29, 9:25, 9:42, 9:34, 9:45, 9:34, 9:42, 9:50, 9:48, 9:47, 9:34

Sun 10 miles avg pace 9:44. Felt very good for all of this.

 Total 52 miles! New high for me.

This week was a similar plan. Tuesday 8 miles at HM pace avg 9:03, Wed 7 miles avg pace 9:36. Wednesday I was standing up from my chair at work and felt a sharp pain in my ankle, near my Achilles. Panic set in. I hobbled in Walgreen’s for epsom salt and an ankle brace. I was very luck to land an appointment with my sports doctor on Thursday morning. I iced, heat, epsom salt soak, ibuprofen all Wed night.

 Thursday I wake up NO PAIN! It was crazy. I’m not a wimp and have aches and soreness all the time. My ankle was painful on Wed. Smart runner I am, I kept my appointment. Dr. Luna confirmed my Achilles is perfect. His diagnosis was an inflamed bursa sac and everything I did Wednesday helped. I’m very grateful that it is something minor.

 I took Thursday and Friday off this week. Completed 20 miles on Saturday 16 at MP and 10 on Sunday with 6 miles 4 minutes at 10k pace. One more monster mile week!

 On another note I was lucky to receive a free pair of Oofos shoes. Duncan is being treated at Dana Farber and her company Oofos offered a free pair of shoes to all Dana Farber runners. They are better than slippers after a long run. Thank you Duncan and Oofos!

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Vegas and the Grand Canyon

My husband had a conference in Vegas so we decided to head down the weekend before and drive to the Grand Canyon. Nether of us had ever seen it. We left rainy Seattle Friday evening and were looking forward to some sunshine in Nevada.

We spent the night at the Hoover Dam Lodge in Boulder City and after a quick stop Saturday morning at the Dam we headed to the Grand Canyon. On the way we had the best pit stop at Dunkies!

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The Grand Canyon was amazing! The size is just incredible. We hiked the rim and had lunch at El Tovar. We spent Saturday night a Best Western a few miles from the canyon. On Sunday we went back to the canyon for about another 3 hour hike on the other side of the rim. It is beautiful and the weather was great.

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We headed back to Vegas Sunday afternoon. We were staying at the Palazzo, which was beautiful. We had an amazing meal at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. And birthday pie at Buddy V’s restaurant (Cake Boss).

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On Monday I walked the strip. I went in and out of different hotels. I loved all the fresh flowers at the Wynn. I also made a purchase at the M & M store. I have purchased items at all 5 locations. I’m not sure if I should be proud of that. I had lunch at Giada’s, which was a great italian sandwich. And spend a bit of time at the pool in the sun before heading back to rainy Seattle.

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Three years!

February 22, 2013 was my last radiation treatment. Although I still had a year of herceptin and 5 years of hormone therapy, that is stealing my bone mass, I consider this my survivor day!

Cancer sucks. There is nothing good about being sick, losing your hair, eye lashes and nails, not being able to taste your food, when you are finally able to eat. But after the treatment is over, life goes on. I have a different outlook on life after cancer. I have done things I never  thought I was able to do.

In 2014 I ran 2 marathons, Eugene and CIM. I ran 2 relays Ragnar and Hood to Coast. I hiked up Mount St Helens, and to camp Muir on Mount Rainier. We went to see the women’s World Cup in Vancouver.  I went to Disneyland and China!

I also have been given another chance to run the Boston Marathon. I’m running for Dana Farber Cancer Center. I had my mammogram and ultrasound there before moving to Seattle and receiving most of my treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. If you would like to make a donation here is a link to my page. 100% of all donations go directly to cancer research. A big Thank you to all my family and friends who have made donations!

http://www.runDFMC.org/2016/bethanyn

If you are going through cancer, other illness or a difficult time, things will get better. The bad times do not last forever, at times it feels like it, but it will end.  And you will get back to living your life. And hopefully your post cancer life will be better, fuller and with more chances taken.20150620_101447(2)lookout

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Hiring a Running Coach

After training for CIM I knew I wanted a different training plan for Boston. I was pretty set on the Hanson plan and had a spreadsheet with dates, mileage, and adjustments on it. Then I met Robbie on the plane to CIM. He is young, my daughter’s age, but we had such similar ideas about marathon training, the minute he said he coached on the side I was in.

His plan for me has been similar to Hanson’s. Here is last weeks plan:

Mon   off
Tue     5-7 easy
Wed   warm up/cool down 7 miles marathon goal pace
Thur   5-7 miles
Fri       off
Sat      warm up/cool down 2 sets of 6.5 mile easy and .5 hard and 3 miles in between
Sun     15-17

I like that I have some options for mileage and usually pick the middle or high end. Although Sunday I “only” ran 15 miles.

I never thought I was capable of running 51 miles in a week or 30 in a weekend if I was not on an Ultra Ragnar team. Stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a chance was not easy, but I know it is making me a stronger, faster more confident runner. Hopefully that shows on April 18th.

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If you would like to make a donation to my Boston Marathon run here is the link: http://www.runDFMC.org/2016/bethanyn

Any amount is greatly appreciated and 100% goes directly to cancer research.

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Family Visit!

My niece, Manami came for a visit last weekend. She had never been to Seattle or the PNW and I knew we were going to have a great time showing her around.

Saturday, our first stop was Pike’s Market. We got coffee at the original Starbucks, Ellenos yogurt, watched the fish throwing and saw the Gum Wall.

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We then headed over to the EMP Museum. I have lived in Seattle over 3 years and I have never been here. It was great. It was not just about music but more about pop culture and had many interactive exhibits.

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On Sunday we headed north to Vancouver, BC. Our first stop was the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Again a place I had not been to. The weather was rainy and cold, but they give you ponchos and it was fun. I would love to go back in the summer with better weather.

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We went to the waterfront for lunch at Cactus Club Cafe and walked around a bit before heading back. On the way home we stopped at the Canada outlets and picked up a few things at Roots and candy at Walmart that we can not get in the states. We also picked up Nandos for the ride home.

On Monday we headed over to Fremont to visit the Troll and Gas Works Park. We also went on the Theo’s Factory tour. I had been to the store, but never on the tour. This was fun, and we learned a lot about how chocolate is made. There was also plenty of samples.

Do you have a favorite place to take family visiting from out of town?

All pictures are Emily’s or Manami’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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