Friday Five: Catching Up

Happy Friday!

I haven’t been blogging as much lately. I’ve also taken the whole month of April off from Instagram. This intentional time off has been a challenge, but refreshing!

I’ve been loving this “break”, but I look forward to jumping back into SGMG full swing in May. And I’ve got some new fun things coming to the shop this summer that I’m anxious to share with you!

In the meantime, I thought I’d pop in for a quick Friday Five and share some of what’s been happening in our little corner of the world this April… and some things that I’m loving in the running community. It was Boston week, after all!

Friday Five: Catching Up

1. Daaaaang, Des!

What a joy it was to watch Desi Linden FINALLY win the 2018 Boston Marathon (in crazy brutal conditions) on Monday! First American woman to win in 35 years! This photo of her gutting it out in the “pain cave” will serve as my inspiration for the rest of my marathon training cycle. She is such a fighter!

I love Des’ no-BS, believe-in-herself attitude. She has such a positive mindset. I’ve listened to many podcasts with her this week (they were all recorded while she was training for Boston) and I was so impressed with how genuine she is and her “nose to the grindstone” work ethic. What’s more, she is from San Diego and loves coffee and whiskey! She seems to have the balance thing perfectly figured out and I love that she lets herself have fun and indulge while training her butt off. I think it’s official — I’ve got a new hero, folks.

And her HUSBAND. Can we just talk about how precious he was watching her sprint to the finish?! I love his excitement!

2. FINALLY Sub-2!

Man, has this been a long time coming. I finally got an official chip time sub-2 hours half marathon!

I have attempted this for my past five half-marathons. Last time, I was 36 seconds over 2 hours! At times, I felt very frustrated and discouraged while chasing this goal – many people get sub-2 at their first half marathons and it’s no big deal for them. But for me, it never came easily – and it didn’t happen until my 10th half-marathon this past Saturday at the San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, when everything just clicked and came together! It was a beautiful course and I look forward to returning next year with new goals.

And my talented running buddy Ali designed the race shirts! Making this PR even sweeter.

But perhaps the best part of the PR was treating myself to this ice cream that I’d been craving for weeks!

3. Bikes, Brews, and Buds!

This month we also enjoyed an epic, 7 hour adventure with some friends. We biked together all over downtown and made stops at five different bars/restaurants. It was a blast!

4. Juice, Juice, Baby

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the juicer I bought for $15 from Offer Up. I’ve been making big batches every week and love having healthy, refreshing options on hand!

Juices can have a LOT of hidden sugar. Even though it’s natural, it can still be too much. I’ve been focused on creating healthier recipes that are tasty and nutritious without all of the unnecessary sugars from fruits. I’ve been enjoying this blend lately!

  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Granny Smith apple (the lowest sugar of any apple!)
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Dash of ginger

5. Who the heck is Sarah Sellers? She’s got an amazing story!

The Nurse Who Took a Very Different Route to Second Place in the Boston Marathon

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Listen to Lindsey Hein’s interview with Sarah.

What have you been up to this April? Wishing you a fun, adventurous weekend!

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Friday Five: Reasons to Watch the Boston Marathon

Happy Friday! Better yet – happy Friday before Marathon Monday!

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That’s right – runners’ Christmas is just around the corner! The 122nd Boston Marathon kicks off at 8:50 a.m. (EST) on Monday April 16, 2018.

Even though I have never qualified – the Boston Marathon means so much to me. It holds a special place in my heart, because the first time I watched it was 2013. I had just gone through a few tough things in my personal life just weeks before and was feeling a little lost and down. I remember sitting on my dorm room bed on Marathon Monday, glued to my laptop, watching the runners who had worked their butts off to get there, absolutely in love with the sport I had abandoned and knowing that I desperately needed to get back into running (I had run XC in high school but fell out of it as college and other priorities took over). Later that day, the bombings happened. The next week, I asked my mom to sign up for a half-marathon with me.

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That summer, I visited the memorial and will always remember the flowers, running shoes, stuffed animals, and candles left on Boylston Street. I stood in front of the Marathon Sports store and imagined being a spectator that day. I wasn’t a Bostonian, I wasn’t a marathoner, and I hadn’t even run more than 3 miles in the past 4 years – but the Boston Marathon grabbed my heart in 2013. I was grieving the tragedy of the bombings and simultaneously was drawn to the beauty and mystique of the marathon. I wondered – could I ever do something like that? The rest is history and though I have a long road (and, ahem, 50 minutes to shave off) ahead, I dream of making it to Boston someday. You could say I like to dream BIG. 🙂

All sappiness aside – I LOVE the Boston Marathon! It has become one of my favorite days of the year. I have watched it every year since 2013 and have been fortunate to either take the day off of work to watch, or have had really kind bosses who let me stream it on my computer all day long. This year I am lucky enough to have the day off to celebrate and can’t wait to follow the elites, San Diego Track Club pals, and friends who will be toeing the line in Hopkinton. They have worked incredibly hard to make it to Boston and I will be cheering loud and proud from San Diego!

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Whether you’re a runner or not, we can all be inspired by the Boston Marathon. If you’ve never watched it before, I highly encourage you to change that this Monday morning!

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1. History! Boston is the world’s oldest marathon, and considered to be one of the most prestigious. It began in 1897, just one year after the Olympic marathon debuted in 1896. There are so many traditions tied to the Boston Marathon, and it’s also where Katherine Switzer paved the way for all of us and became the first woman to complete the marathon in 1967 – while fighting off tackles from a male race official who tried to stop her!

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2. The competition. Every year, the Boston Marathon attracts the best runners in the world. They are phenomenal athletes and it’s so rare to see them all together, competing against one another in one race. They are truly beautiful to watch! This year’s field is the best I’ve seen in recent years. There is going to be some tough competition for both the men and women and I’m excited to see which Americans come out on top. And there are some REALLY great women this year!

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I look forward to cheering for a solid finish for Sara Hall, her first time at Boston, just because I adore her heart and look up to her. It will be exciting to watch Jordan Hasay again – but I hope she isn’t first American woman because she’s still young and has so much time to shine and win throughout her career – I would love for some of the other, older elite women to have a better day!

 

I’m also excited to watch SD local Meb Keflezighi run. This is his first marathon being “retired” and he is running on Team MR8 – in honor of Martin Richard, the little boy who was killed during the bombings five years ago.

3. Shalane’s last shot. Above all, I’ll be rooting for Shalane Flanagan to win Boston. She won the New York City Marathon in November 2017 but being a Massachusetts native, I would love to see her end her professional career by breaking the tape in Boston.

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Plus – I LOVE that she is a foster mom to two teen girls. She is a great role model for girls and young women in the sport and I would love to see her on the top of the podium this year.

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4. Seeing hard work pay off. It is an amazing accomplishment to qualify for the Boston Marathon. To give some perspective, only 12% of marathon finishers are fast enough to go to Boston. The average marathon finish time for women 18-35 in 2018 was 4:47, and to qualify for Boston, women ages 18-35 must run a 3:35 or better. And because the Boston Marathon is so popular, even 3:35 won’t get you in these days – you actually have to run somewhere around 3:30 (8:00 min/mile) since you are competing with so many people for not very many spots, and they take the fastest times until the spots are full. The Boston qualifying standards are tough to meet, and it comes easily for a very small percentage of runners.

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The tens of thousands of runners you see on race day have made many sacrifices to be there – early training runs in the dark, dialing in their nutrition, countless speed work around the track, weight loss, balancing training with work/family, overcoming mental illness, insecurities, doubts – the list is endless. What I love about Boston is knowing that every single runner we see on TV had a unique story and their own challenges to get to the starting line – but they all shared the same dream. It is incredibly uplifting to watch them and to celebrate their hard work!

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5. Inspiration! After watching the Boston Marathon, you’ll no doubt want to go run a mile, or 26.2 — and you’ll find the courage to actually do that hard thing you’ve been dreaming about, whatever it may be. The Boston Marathon is a beautiful display of the human spirit and will encourage you to get out the door, get intentional, and do something big with your life!

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How to Watch the Boston Marathon:

  1. If you’re a west coaster like me, set your alarm clock EARLY and get the coffee pot ready! The elite women’s race starts at 6:30 a.m., Pacific Time.
  2. Stream the race on the Boston Athletic Association site.
  3. Snuggle up with your dog, blanket, cup of coffee, be inspired, and cheer!

 

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In the Comments:

  1. Who are you rooting for to win the women’s race?
  2. Have you run Boston, BQ’ed, or are you dreaming of a BQ?

Marathon Training Playlist

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Happy Monday!

Monday is my favorite day of the week – and it always has been! To me, it signifies a clean slate, a fresh start, new goals, and new chances. Viewing it in this light helps me to fight against the dreaded “case of the Mondays” and instead, I just get excited!

If you’re feeling a little sluggish or unmotivated this morning (hey, no judgment – we all have those days!), I’ve got you covered with a motivational marathon training playlist. It’s sure to bring joy and pep to your workout, commute, or chores around the house. It’s full of songs that I’ve been enjoying over the past couple of months on this marathon training cycle. These songs pick me up and pump me up like no other – and they range across many genres. It’s an eclectic mix, but a fun one. 🙂

Download the playlist here.

Have a wonderful Monday and stay great, my friends!

In the comments:

  • Do you train or race with music?
  • What’s your favorite pump-up song?
  • Do you love or hate Mondays?