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B.A.A. Half Marathon & Distance Medley

Yesterday, I completed my 2-in-1 goal of finishing the B.A.A. Half Marathon and Distance Medley. I finished the half in 2:02, which was a small PR for me (my best before this was 2:05). I was actually surprised that I was able to finish in this time, as most of my training runs were slow and felt difficult for me to complete. I was running 10:00-10:30 all summer and could not believe the splits on my watch throughout the race. I think part of this was mental – I have been working for 2 years to recover from an injury and was afraid of pushing too hard during the training runs. Official Results from the B.A.A. Official Time: 2:03:01 Overall: 2943/6205 In Gender: 1212/3416 In Division: 294/838 Checkpoint at 5 miles: 48:45 Checkpoint at 10 miles: 1:33:57 Warning – this post is pretty long, but if you’re thinking about running the B.A.A. half or are curious about how a beginner can prepare for a half marathon, hopefully, you’ll find some of this information useful! I’ve …

Rethinking Injuries

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been battling an injury. What started as a hamstring pull has evolved into a hip imbalance, posterior tibial tendonitis, you name it. I’m getting tired of writing about how I’ve almost healed, only to get sidelined again after a few months. Each time I start training for another race, I’m set back quickly by something that does not feel right and I return to PT.  It’s frustrating to feel aerobically in shape but feel physically restrained from going the distance. Running has been my lifeblood since I tried track and field in middle school —  it has been a constant source of joy in my life, even when times have been rough. For the past couple of years, however, it’s been the main source of my frustration. Running is the only sport I truly love. Growing up, I tried so many of them, but I’ve only ever enjoyed the feeling that comes with pushing myself to the limit on the track or until the trail’s end. Recently, I …

Winter Running Survival Guide

I usually dread winter, especially winter running, but I’m taking a different approach this year. I recently read an article, which talks about how the Norwegians handle the longer nights and cold temperatures. Instead of complaining about getting through the season, they focus on spending time with family and friends, and making every experience as cozy as possible. Norwegians keep their homes decorated for the holidays throughout the winter, cook meals with friends, and spend evenings snuggled up in soft blankets. To keep a long story short, they simply have a different outlook on winter than the rest of us. Lately I’ve been appreciating the importance of changing my mindset. Being mindful throughout the winter season is just another way to turn things around. But what does this have to do with running? I am still working at getting back on the running wagon. I’ve been diligent enough with my PT that my hamstring is hardly giving me trouble anymore, which is encouraging. Things are finally getting back to normal, and winter could not be …

Getting Ready for Marathon Monday

I’ve lived in the Boston area for almost 3 years now, and Monday will be the first day that I actually get to watch the Boston Marathon in person! I couldn’t be more excited, especially because I will be out there, on the course, handing out water at Mile 22 and cheering on The Flock and the Tufts Marathon Team. This will actually be my first time volunteering at a race, and I feel honored to have the opportunity to support the runners on such an important day. Also, I am dying to see Shalane Flanagan, my absolute favorite runner, kick some butt this year. I’ve been reading every interview leading up to the race and this year she seems so confident that it’s giving me chills! I just have a really good feeling about her this year. (Also, sidenote: have you seen that she is putting together a cookbook? I cannot wait for this. I love that one of her goals is to model healthy behaviors for younger female runners — it is so …