Category Archives: Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon Training Week 12: My First 20 Miler of the Season

Boston Marathon TrainingSpring is coming! Even though it’s still cold and icy out, there’s that subtle change in the air that signals warmer things are coming. Finally!

Week 12 of Boston Marathon training was a little different because the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge group long run was scheduled on Sunday this week instead of the usual Saturday. That caused a little shift in how I planned my workouts (as well as an unfortunate drop in Saturday night fun). Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 12: My First 20 Miler of the Season

Boston Marathon Training: 11 Weeks Down, 7 to Go!

Boston Marathon TrainingTime flies! As of today, Monday March 2, there are fewer than 50 days left until the Boston Marathon–48 to be exact. That may seem like a long time, but before it’s done, I’ll have logged a couple of 20 mile runs, even more 15-19 mile ones, and a ton of shorter workouts. All of this on top of working full-time, traveling frequently for work, and maintaining my volunteer work and social life. It’s a lot, and I feel race day looming. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training: 11 Weeks Down, 7 to Go!

Boston Marathon Training: The Perfect (Week) 10

Boston Marathon TrainingTen weeks down and only eight to go! This is the part of marathon training where the big day truly seems both close and very far away. It’s amazing how much training I’ve already done, but also how the hardest and longest training runs are still to come. It’s looking like there are multiple 20 mile training runs in my future, which is a scary and exciting change from my last marathon training experience. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training: The Perfect (Week) 10

Why I Run: Fighting Cancer with the Boston Marathon and the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge

Why I Run-Dana-Farber does research that can save, extend, and improve lives. Help me support their work by donating to my Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fund.

I filmed a short video with the DFMC to describe just some of the reasons why I’m running and raising money for this particular cause. I hope I can honor those people we have lost to cancer and be a part of helping those yet to fight their battles. Continue reading Why I Run: Fighting Cancer with the Boston Marathon and the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge

Boston Marathon Training Week 9 Update: Taking The Show on the Road

Boston Marathon Training (1)I’m not always excited about how much travel I do for work, but this last week I could not have been happier to be on the road and out of perpetually snowy Boston. During the week I was in Orlando, Florida, and then I spent the weekend in San Francisco visiting family. This means I was able to do lots of running without ANY snow!

Before you get jealous and/or hate me, there are no more warm weather respites in sight for me before the marathon. From here on out, I’ll be struggling through the snow with the rest of you. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 9 Update: Taking The Show on the Road

Boston Marathon Training Week Eight: I H8 Snow

Boston Marathon TrainingI know I said I didn’t want to complain endlessly about the weather in my marathon training updates, but COME ON. The amount of snow New England has experienced recently is truly exceptional, and exceptionally bad for outdoor distance running. And it’s not stopping any time soon!

All I can say is I am truly earning that finish line.

Here’s how Week Eight went: Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week Eight: I H8 Snow

Lucky Number Seven: Boston Marathon Training Recap, Week 7

Boston Marathon Training (3)This week, Mother Nature clearly showed her disapproval of my marathon training. Like a proper brat, I did my best to get in the miles anyway.

I don’t know if the media coverage was as crazy everywhere as it was in Boston, but in case you missed it, we got a little snow. The news claimed we got about 25 inches here in the city, or roughly 31% of Rob Gronkoswki by height. Continue reading Lucky Number Seven: Boston Marathon Training Recap, Week 7

Super Bowl Squares Winners!

Super Bowl Squares Winners!First, great news: The Super Bowl Squares Against Cancer sold out early last week, meaning I was able to make a $1000 donation to Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge in support of the Barr Program.  I really appreciate the support of so many friends, colleagues, family, and friends-of-friends who bought one or more squares. You guys rock.

Second, hooray for the New England Patriots! I know a lot of people hate them, but they’re my hometown team, so . . .  sorry.

So, without further ado, here are the Super Bowl Squares winners!

Quarter Winner Prize
First Johnna Murphy $100
Halftime Jim Bucher $300
Third Jim Bucher $100
Final Brian Trahan $500

 

Congratulations, winners!

I feel obligated to point out that my husband took the last five squares remaining and did not actually CHOOSE them. His winning is some sort of sick karma that will unfortunately reinforce his love of procrastination.

(If you didn’t get a chance to play and want to support my Boston Marathon run, you can do so any time by visiting my RunDFMC page!)

We did it!
We did it!

Boston Marathon Week 6 Training Recap: The Week Where I Try Not to Complain About the !#$&!^@ Weather

Boston Marathon TrainingI was thinking it would be fun if every week my Boston Marathon training had a theme, but honestly, at least for January and February, every week’s theme would be some form of complaint about the weather. Not only am I not a cold person anyway (which you may have guessed from my tendency to live in northern states), running in the cold increases the mental and physical challenges quite a bit. I figure that people probably aren’t here because they want to hear my thoughts on Mother Nature, but please know they aren’t very complimentary right now. Continue reading Boston Marathon Week 6 Training Recap: The Week Where I Try Not to Complain About the !#$&!^@ Weather

Boston Marathon Training Week 5 Update

Boston Marathon Training (2)Week 5 of Boston Marathon training is done. Since this is an 18-week plan, that means I’m almost 1/3 of the way to the big day. It feels so close and yet so far away.

Fundraising News!

I wanted to do something to raise money that would be fun and interactive, so I set up a Super Bowl Squares fundraiser for my Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fund. Right now about a third of the squares have sold. With two weeks left before the big game, there’s plenty of time to buy your square ($20 each) and take a chance at winning some cash. Not into football? A great way to make the Super Bowl more exciting is the knowledge you could win some money. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 5 Update