{Boston Marathon Training} Corral Assignment, Chia seeds and Long Run Alliances

by Monica on March 14, 2013


Bib           WaveCorral             Name               Age    M/F

17969            2/9             Anderson, Monica     50      F


I received my bib number and corral assignment!    It conjures the sobering thought that I will in fact actually have to run a marathon next month.  I made it into the second wave by a few hundredths of a second.  I will start at 10:20 am.  Everyday the training gets a little bit better and I can feel the change in my body…I feel stronger.  I have been somewhat half-hearted this time, so I am just hoping it’s enough.  Since I last blogged I have discovered a new love for Chia seeds on peanut butter before my long runs and re-discovered the magic of long runs bonds.

Trader Joe’s almond butter has disappeared from the shelves at out local store so I was forced to settle for the salted crunchy peanut butter I had left behind.  A spoonful of it dipped in Chia seeds and glopped onto a bowl of oatmeal is my new pre-run meal of choice.  I even started making coffee (this has always been a no-no for me) on those mornings and take just a few sips (of course, I have to use the cheap coffee we keep as back up because I can’t rationalize using the good stuff for a two-sip fix).  Now that I am fifty, I have adopted a rebellious (#thatfiftything) mentality and see no reason to deprive myself of the morning caffeine rush (even if it means a potty stop along the route).  I also now buy the pre-bagged single servings of cashews and trek mix because they provide the perfect after run/mid-afternoon snack in guilt-free serving sizes (they have also become a staple in my son’s lunch and tennis bag).

This week I will venture out for my third really long run (19,20,20).  There are only two of us among the extended group of runners I have trained with over the years committed to a spring marathon.  The running solidarity that forms from hours of struggling through and mastering the miles (and so much Gatorade later) has officially replaced our formerly acquaintance-ish dynamic.  The tipping point in a running friendship is often realized on the long run, sometimes the most unexpected alliances of heart occur.  Getting up at 5 am to run for 20 miles in the cold requires that you rely on your most effective distraction—each other.  Long run stories endear us to each other in ways that are not possible in familiar settings, cocktail or water cooler chatter would never cover 20 miles. Proving once again that “long distance” friendships lie at the heart of my running.

Strength training, a vitamin regime, and rest are the most consistent elements to my training.  I know each one helps in different ways to keep my miles strong.  I can’t wait to get to the starting line this time and relax and enjoy the ride!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Art @ Fit at Fifty April 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I am jealous!
My goal is to qualify for and run Boston!

Monica April 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

Thanks Art! I wish you the best in your training–I look forward to checking out your blog!

Joshua April 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I am posting song suggestions here cause didnt know if you still read comments on past posts. Just went through most of the running list trying to update my list. Genius on itunes just doesnt cut it. Pulled some songs from it. Thanks, But want to suggest a few songs for this run. I call these my “pressure tested songs”. Human by the killers, don’t change INXS, rebel yell and white wedding by billy idol and gypsy rhapsody by Bond. Bond has a lot classical running songs you might look at. These songs always make me pick my step up.

John April 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Hi Joshua — Thank you for the note! We do read all comments, but no problem posting here as well :) Great suggestions…can’t believe I haven’t used Don’t Change yet, it’s perfect at 162 bpm…definitely going on next playlist, thanks! I’ll also check out Bond, not familiar with them. Please keep in touch!

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