2016 BAA 5K

First off: Happy Marathon Monday!! It looks like a beautiful day for the runners and spectators. Good luck to everyone running!

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This past Saturday I ran the 8th annual BAA 5K. It was my first year running, and it ended up being such an amazing race.

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Dad and I at the Boston Common before the start.

The race had about 10,000 entrants, so you can imagine the crazy crowds as we tried to line up. Dad and I were around the 9 minute line, although we could have done better getting closer to the front because we ended up behind some walkers.

It was a bit crowded at first but it started to open up after the first mile. I was also FAH-reezing and my finger tips on my right hand were white. My legs and feet were also a bit cold so I think that helped me run fast, since I couldn’t feel them. 😉

The best part of the race though is when we crossed over the marathon finish line just around the 2 mile mark.

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It was at this point too that my dad caught up to me. He thought he had passed me at the beginning and was surprised to see how fast I was going! I was losing a bit of steam but kept him in sight just a few paces ahead of me. I did have enough in the tank to bolt across the finish line but unfortunately the chute was too narrow for me to really get my strides in.

Stats
Time: 27:38
Pace: 8:54
Gender (F): 1395/5033
Division (F 30-34): 236/785
Overall: 3411/8708

I had SUCH a wonderful time at this race. And it has definitely boosted my confidence with running at a faster pace. Even though I have no races on the calendar, I’m certainly going to continue my running about 2 to 3 times a week and see where my fitness can take me. I’m contemplating another half marathon, actually, but it’ll be a year or so before that happens. 😉

Was there a race you did that gave you that “I can fly” feeling?? 

BAA 5K Training – Week 7 | Boston Marathon Weekend

Good day to you all! A little bit late on my recap for training last week, but better late than never right? 🙂

Monday 4/4 & Tuesday 4/5: Rest

Wednesday 4/6: 2.85 miles in 26:06 @ 9:09 pace

Thursday 4/7 & Friday 4/8: Rest

Saturday 4/9: 1.47 miles with David. No clock; just a fun run! 🙂

Sunday 4/10: Jay Lyons 5K in Worcester with my mom and dad. My mom ended up not running due to an injury so I took her bib and ran alongside my dad. He’s a speedy guy but thankfully we were able to stay together the whole race (me running faster than normal; him slowing down to let me keep up) 3.2 miles in 27:20(ish). For some reason the numbers we ran with aren’t showing up in the complete list, so I’m not sure of the exact time.  I had a great time at this run though and it’s given me the boost I need for this Saturday!

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Boston Marathon is less than a week away! The Sheraton Boston hotel is hosting a couple of events leading up to the big day, and I’ve been encouraged to spread the word!

1. Give Blood on Friday for One Boston Day!
• Join the Red Cross & Fox25 News for our annual Boston Strong blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday (Hampton & Exeter).
How to Participate:
o Call 1-800 RED CROSS for an appointment
o Visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code BostonStrong.

2. Donate Your Shoes!
• We’re working with the awesome nonprofit Soles4Souls to collect and distribute your used shoes to impoverished communities worldwide. Help us to reach 120 pairs of donated shoes internally, representing this year’s annual Boston Marathon!
How to Participate:
o Bring in shoes you can live without (sneakers, heels, flats, sandals, etc.) and drop them off in one of the two drop-boxes in the lobby: “Your shoes have another journey post-Marathon.”

EDIT TO ADD: I’m sure that those who are familiar with the marathon know how important fundraising is in order to run this prestigious race.

Bain Capital created an infographic on the critical fundraising efforts that happen each year in conjunction with the race. One of the most active charities is Miles for Miracles, a team of nearly 200 runners from Boston Children’s Hospital. In preparation for this year’s race, they’re hoping to raise $1.7 million to provide high quality care for children and families in need.

They were kind enough to send me the infograph to share along with you. It’s such a wonderful cause during such a wonderful occasion. (Follow Bain Capital on Twitter!)

More Than Miles 2x

Are you participating in the marathon weekend? Or spectating?

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE RUNNERS!!

Boston Marathon RunBase

This past Monday, I had the pleasure of attending a concierge event at the Boston Marathon RunBase on Boylston Street and received some valuable information. We were treated to presentations by both the marketing director of the B.A.A. and of Marathon Sports (where I get my Asics running sneakers!). They provided us with information on the RunBase Run Club as well as the schedule of events for the 2016 Boston Marathon, and I wanted to share that with you all!

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WEEKLY HAPPENINGS AT BOSTON MARATHON RUNBASE
RunBase Run Club
Tuesday 6PM
Thursday 6:30PM

Hub on the Run Tours
Saturday 10:30AM

Free lockers & showers all the time | Your running hub in the city of Boston

855 Boylston Street | http://www.bostonrunbase.com

Who We Are: A runner’s hub in the hub of the universe, dedicated to helping the people of Boston meet, connect and run. We are the first of our kind in America.
What We Do: Through a partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, Adidas, and Marathon Sports, we are equal parts running store, clubhouse, and Boston Marathon museum.
Events: Run clubs, Saturday run tours, yoga for runners, early commuter hours, training clinics, product launch celebrations, and more. All free, all fun, all for you.
Amenities: Take advantage of free lockers and showers. Borrow a pair of Adidas running trial shoes for your run.

2016 BOSTON MARATHON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, April 15: ONE BOSTON DAY: One Boston Day was established as “a celebration of the resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that makes Boston the great city it is.” http://www.onebostonday.org.
10AM – 7PM: John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo Seminar Series and Official Boston Marathon Number Pick-Up. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

Saturday, April 16: 8AM – 9:30AM: B.A.A. 5K Charles St. at Boston Common; between Beacon St. and Boylston St.
9AM – 7PM: John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and Expo Seminar Series and Official Boston Marathon Number Pick-Up. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
10:30AM: B.A.A. Invitational Mile & Middle School 1K. Boylston St.; between Exeter St. and Dartmouth St.
Start Times 10:30AM Middle School Girls’ Race
10:40AM Middle School Boys’ Race
10:55AM Scholastic Girls’ Race
11:05AM Scholastic Boys’ Race
11:20AM Professional Men’s Race
11:30AM Professional Women’s Race
1PM – 3PM: B.A.A. Relay Challenge. Boylston St.; between Clarendon St. and Dartmouth St.

Sunday, April 17: 9AM – 6PM: John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and Expo Seminar Series and Official Boston Marathon Number Pick-Up. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
4PM – 8PM: Boston Marathon Official Pre-Race Dinner. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE OFFICIAL BOSTON MARATHON NUMBER PICK-UP. City Hall Plaza, Boston

Monday, April 18: 8:50AM – 11:15AM: 120th Boston Marathon Start Hopkinton to Boston
Wave Start Times 8:50AM Mobility Impaired Program
9:17AM Wheelchair Division – Men
9:19AM Wheelchair Division – Women
9:22AM Hand-Cycle Division – Men & Women
9:32AM Elite Women
10:00AM Elite Men and Wave One
10:25AM Wave Two
10:50AM Wave Three
11:15AM Wave Four
6:30PM – 10:30PM: Boston Marathon Mile 27, Official Post-Race Party. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE OFFICIAL BOSTON MARATHON NUMBER PICK-UP. Fenway Park, Main Entrance, Gate K

The Boston Marathon will be here before you know it! It’s the most exciting weekend to be in the city, and it’s one of my favorites for working.

Do you enjoy following the Boston Marathon? What’s your favorite race?