Running the Boston Marathon is kind of a big deal, and it’s an even bigger deal when it’s your first one. Nothing quite compares to the excitement and anticipation of the first time. Here at Running Warehouse, we sat down with our very own Boston newbie, Jenny, to see what her thoughts are about the big day.
What has been your biggest motivation during training?
My husband and I have been trying to get to Boston for the past 3 years and now that we both get to participate in the same race makes it all the more meaningful. We are leaving our kids with their grandparents and we are making a weeklong trip out of it. I want to run well for him. I want to do justice for all of the sacrifices he has made for me to pursue my passion to run. He never intended to run a marathon, let alone Boston. He has supported me and encouraged me and I want to show him that it wasn’t all for naught.
Speaking of training; how has your training been going?
I guess I would describe it as unpredictable. My long training runs have started at differing times and it seems each week there is a different muscle that has become super sore. I usually have a lot more consistency with my training and this has not been the case this go-around. Even my taper hasn’t followed the plan. A tight sartorius muscle forced me to take a break and cut back sooner than I had expected to. Doing back to back marathon training has definitely taken its tole on my body, but and I get a nice long break from races after this one.
What can’t you train without?
My good friend and co-worker, Erik, a 12oz handheld Amphipod water bottle, my Garmin Forerunner 230, and the Petzl Tikka + Headlamp. I wouldn’t have made it without them.
What are you most looking forward to at The Boston Marathon?
The rush. I have read about and heard about how running this marathon is more than just a race, it’s an experience. I’ve only run in small marathons so I cannot even fathom the energy that I will feel from such a big race. I cannot wait! I thrive in high energy environments.
What are you least looking forward to at The Boston Marathon?
The 3 hour lull and anticipation of waiting at the Athlete’s Village for my race time to start. I’m a very structured person, so I’m still worried about what food I can bring with me and how and when I will eat it to time it just right.
Do you have a pre-race routine?
I am the routine Queen, so of course I do. It includes coffee, a breakfast of cold oatmeal mixed with almond butter, greek yogurt, and blueberries, dynamic stretching, and when I’m at the start line, I give thanks for my body’s strength and capabilities before I take off.
Do you have a particular race strategy you’ll follow?
My plan is to keep my pace in check for the 1st half so that I don’t get caught up in going too fast on the downhill. I don’t want to thrash my legs going into the hills with nothing left. If I can feel pretty good going into Heart Break Hill, then I’ll be happy because it means I can really push my pace to the finish.
What is your goal for Boston?
To run well, run smart, and give it my all. Whatever the end result, I will consider it a success if I can do those 3 things.
Have any post-race meal cravings that you’d like to satisfy?
A turkey burger with sweet potato fries, or a huge chicken burrito, or maybe pesto tortellini, and definitely carrot cake. Yep, carrot cake for sure. Anyone know where I can find the best carrot cake in Boston?
Any advice you’d like to offer to other runners?
Stop comparing yourself to other runners or even your other runner self. Be the runner you are right now and do the best you can and never ever forget why you run and what it means to you.
Good luck at Boston, Jenny!!
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Juli is known around Running Warehouse for her vast knowledge of running product, from shoes to hydration to nutrition to… well just about anything running related. With a background in food science (Read: Bachelor’s degree and an addiction to scholarly journal articles on exercise nutrition), she’s also a trail lover that fiends for long runs in beautiful places.