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Mileage Monday: Boston Style

I have mixed feelings about the Boston marathon. I’ve been twice. The first time I went was in 2010 with Jason (my ex husband) and things were super shitty with us back then, so I have zero pictures and we did zero things while we were there. Zero. He didn’t even see me run, and I don’t blame him for that. It’s just the way it was back then and if you feel like you might want to climb upon your judgemental horse then I am here to tell you to go for it. And then ride it far, far away from me, and then eat an inedible plant that gives you ferocious diarrhea.

Actually? I have one photo. ONE PHOTO. And it’s of a mug I bought at the Starbucks in our hotel, and it broke. It legit shattered into a zillion pieces.


The second time I went was with my friend Lora the very next year in 2011. She was supposed to go with her husband but they split up that year and he gave me his ticket. This is Lora about to run the BMO Vancouver marathon Boston Qualifying race:


And then this is the two of us in Boston:

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And then at the pub after the race:


Many thoughts and good wishes to the people running Boston today (Monday).

I’ll make my mileage recap short and sweet. I hit 80 miles this week, but with a bit of a sore knee.

Monday– Mile repeats 2 mile warmup 400m recoveries .75 mile cool down. 10 miles total.

Tuesday– I woke up at 6am and couldn’t go back to sleep so I ran super slow on the treadmill for 14 miles and listened to podcasts.

Wednesday– Okay so, this was so hard. I have such a hard time running faster paces on the treadmill! I wanted to do 8 tempo miles (6:53 min/miles) but I managed 7, took my cool-down mile and then did my 8th tempo mile at the end. Oh and 1 warm-up mile at the beginning. 10 miles total.

Thursday– I ran 4 miles in the morning (couldn’t sleep again because of my stupid cough) and then 4 miles with the stroller. My body is telling me to fuck off.

Friday– Just an easy flat 10 miler on the treadmill at 8 min/miles.

Saturday– My knee is a bit achy still so I didn’t know how this run would go. I headed out and felt like it would be too much for me to run a tempo run but I also knew that I needed to run faster than a slow run, so I did these 12 miles in an average of 7:20 min/miles and it felt perfect.

Sunday– Ten miles early this morning and then 6 miles pushing Callum in the stroller later while he napped.

Has anyone else been to Boston?

What about a sore knee? Mine is sore right under the kneecap. It’s sore when I start running but then it subsides once I’m about a mile into my run.



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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine April 18, 2016, 2:10 am

    I’ve never been to the Boston marathon- hopefully I’ll be running it one day! Not sure about the knee, but I do know the random aches I have had around my knees have been due to tight muscles around the area. I found a spot near my hamstring/inner thigh muscle that was close to the knee and foam rolled it alot and that seemed to help. Hope it goes away quickly!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2016, 7:22 am

      That’s exactly where I notice a lot of tightness is that medial hamstring that comes down the inside of my leg and attaches to the lower part of my knee!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run April 18, 2016, 3:07 am

    I hate aches and pains! Pain under the knee- sounds like runners knee? Sometimes I have things that hurt a little bit but then once they are warmed up it subsides. Then of course it will hurt after my run! I take rest days and try to nip things in the bud, although I know you are not going to like hearing that!

    I went to Boston in 2009 (we just missed each other!!!) and 2014. Both times were AWESOME and I hope to go again. I pretty much have to be in the best shape of my life to qualify, although if I run a race in the fall in apply or 2018 Boston I will have 5 extra minutes because in 2018 I will be gullllp up an age group.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2016, 7:21 am

      I have noticed that I get hints of this knee pain if my mileage is up and if I’m doing a lot of hills. I think I can heal it up if I stick to the treadmill or flat roads for a while and just keep my paces easier.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe April 18, 2016, 3:55 am

    The knee pain does sound like runners knee but I would imagine that it would get worse, not better if it was that. Try some light massage to the area. It could be that the tendons are just needing more time to warm up.
    Yeah, I can see why you have mixed feelings about Boston–you don’t like big races and you have some not so great associations with it.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2016, 7:20 am

      Yeah, it’s runners knee for sure. Dammit.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 18, 2016, 5:42 am

    I hope your knee feels better! If it is runner’s knee like Meg and Susie think, then any hip/glute strengthening may help! Sometimes bodies just throw hissy fits also but then everything is better.
    You know my thoughts on Boston, and it’s so far away and expensive from here—I feel like it’s different as a West Coaster than an East Coaster in terms of the allure of Boston. We visited Skagit yesterday and I’m already toying with the idea of their marathon some year. Or BMO Vancouver, or Portland again or even CIM. I know they’re not the prestige of Boston, but those views, you know?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2016, 7:20 am

      Well, Skagit Flats is boring. No scenery there, unless you’ve got a thing for long stretches of road and farm fields. But Vancouver is gorgeous! I want to try the Portland marathon one day. I’d love to.

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns April 18, 2016, 7:15 am

    You have a thing for even numbers don’t you? I feel like you’re always finishing with 80 miles or 70 miles or 100 miles.

    I’ve been to Boston once and I honestly loved it. It’s a city I could see myself living in if only I could afford it! Dan and I both thought it reminded us a lot of European cities we’ve been to which makes us really like it!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2016, 7:19 am

      It really is beautiful, and clean. I noticed how clean it was, although maybe they just cleaned it up for the marathon weekend? I’m not sure. But anyway yes, I have a thing for even numbers. Once in a while I’ll end it on something else besides 5 or 0, but it drives me a little crazy.

  • Heather@hungryforbalance April 18, 2016, 10:03 am

    I’m sorry your knee is being pissy! I hope it is already feeling better or will be shortly!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2016, 10:21 am

      Thanks lady!

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs April 18, 2016, 1:45 pm

    So, I was going to say runners knee, but about 6 other people have already said runners knee, so ignore me 😉
    When I first started running Boston was my #1 goal. Now? While I’d love to run it, I wouldn’t be happy making all the sacrifices I’d need to make in order to get there. Instead, I’ll cheer for my friends and maybe run for charity in the future.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2016, 8:09 pm

      Sounds like a great plan to me!

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