Let me just say it: Last year, running Boston sucked. The weather was wayyy too hot to run three miles, let alone 26.2 miles.



But like I said in my race recap, you can’t control Mother Nature. You just have to take the punches… and roll with it.

So, after dwelling on this for a year… I’ve decided that 2013 is the year of redemption. This is the year that I have the most fun in a marathon ever combined with the best physical results ever.

I have some big goals. I feel like I’ve trained hard (although I must admit that I’m a little nervous about the whole not running more than 16 miles thing, but I am trusting in the plan). I’ve done the work, and now it’s time for the pay off right?

In an ideal world, I would bust out a sub 3:30. I had a dream that I finished in 3:23… how sweet would that be as a reality! I know that is likely out of bounds for me, but if I could pull a 3:28 or 3:29, I would seriously be the happiest girl alive.


As my 11th marathon, I’ve learned that goals don’t always come true. Sorry to be such a Debbie downer realist. That’s why I’ll always say my ultimate goal is to have fun. After all, that’s why I do this. If I wasn’t having fun at it, I wouldn’t be waking up at 6 a.m. for 16 mile runs. As long as you are having fun, everything else falls into place.

And of course, soaking up the experience and enjoying it all is also a priority for me. These are the memories that I’ll remember for the rest of my life, and I love that I get to cherish them with the most special people in my life.

OK, sap sesh is over.


See you on the other side.


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