Back in Boston

Hi friends! How has your week been? I made a sneak attack visit to Boston on Tuesday night, two days before I was supposed to arrive. When I saw that I wasn’t scheduled to work Tuesday or Wednesday, I changed my flight immediately. Six days in Boston sure beats four. I surprised Chris literally by hiding behind a tree outside the restaurant where he was eating (I don’t recommend doing that if you’d like to keep your self respect), but the surprises went off a little more seamlessly at November Project the next morning.

Chris and I woke up offensively early to run nine miles before the stadium. I had a tempo run on the plan, but my tempo pace quickly became a lot more like marathon pace (8:00 versus 7:20). I wouldn’t change a thing though because I had my favorite view again.

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We finished the run at the stadium, where I did about five sections at a “social pace.” Meaning I walk alongside friends and cut across the sections to catch people. I had no desire to be sore or do much of anything thanks to nine miles + exhaustion from basically no sleep. It was such a wonderful morning catching up with people.

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After a leisurely breakfast at Swissbakers, I headed downtown to meet Alia (work wife) for lunch and Kim (roommate) for coffee. I didn’t have a voice by 3:00 p.m. after talking non stop for hours, and I’m so thankful that nothing changes with your truly good friends despite the distance. After coffee I met my friend Matt to lounge on the Esplanade docks and soak up the beautiful day. We met Chris and Ricki afterwards for a solid three hour dinner at Life Alive, and I really couldn’t have asked for a better day. Thursday morning I rallied a small crew for track, and I ran 10 x 400s a little slower than normal but still a solid pace considering the week’s mileage.

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The rest of the day was largely spent like Wednesday – breakfast with Ricki, lunch with Amanda, dinner with other friends. I’m seeing as many people as I possible can while I’m here. Friday started like every other Friday for the majority of the last 2.5 years  - Summit Ave. hill repeats. I ran the three miles to Brookline and ran two full hills, stopping when I hit around 45 minutes per my training plan. My legs were complete dead weight, no surprise there, but you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

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I’ve been a lot more sluggish this week than I was hoping for, but I’m truly taking the pressure off and am thankful that I’m running in my favorite city. I peaked with a three hour, 21 mile long run on Monday. The first two hours were solid, and I crashed on the third. I was extremely dehydrated, which I know from 1) refilling my water bottle three times, 2) finishing in pure salt streaks, and 3) feeling nauseated the remainder of the day. Combine that with a cross country flight, minimal sleep, tempo + track + hills and we have dead legs. So while tomorrow’s two hour run will be interesting, what I care about now is the fact I’m seeing many of my favorite people for dinner tonight and that’s all that matters.

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I’m back in Boston and finally feel like myself again :)  Have a great night, friends!

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