Category Archives: Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon Training Week 4 Update

Boston Marathon TrainingThe themes of my Week 4 training were “Damn, it’s cold,” and “Damn technology.” The weather finally became truly winter-like here in New England last week, which didn’t stop me from squeezing in some outdoor runs but did make me shuffle the days of my runs a bit. If I can avoid being outdoors for a prolonged period of time when it’s zero degrees, I will. This girl is no fool.

As for technology, I had two separate instances this week where my tech tools didn’t operate as expected. This didn’t really impact the quality of my workouts, but it hurt my data-nerd soul. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 4 Update

Boston Marathon Training Weeks 2-3

Boston Marathon TrainingThe second and third weeks of Boston Marathon training are now done, leaving only 15 more weeks to go. That sounds like a lot, but it actually feels really short. I can’t believe how close the race is already.

The first few weeks of marathon training are the “easiest” in the sense that mileage is lower. What is challenging to me about these first few weeks of training is just getting into a very regular running habit, where normally I’d swap in other workouts if the weather were bad or I just wasn’t feeling like a run. Weekend long runs are also mentally tough, not as much the runs themselves as the knowing I will be spending a good chunk of an afternoon out there pounding pavement. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Weeks 2-3

Marathon Training Plan

My Boston Marathon Training Plan 2015Before I can start training for the Boston Marathon (and training should begin next week!!!!), I needed to pick my training plan. I knew a few things already: As previously mentioned, I want to include long runs, and I want a plan that’s flexible enough to include cross-training and accommodate changes when I travel for work. I also knew I really liked the Hal Higdon Novice 2 plan I used to train for the LA Marathon, but wanted to make sure I was doing some speedwork and hill training for the rolling Boston course. Continue reading Marathon Training Plan

QR Code for my Boston Marathon Fundraising Page

I’m not sure how to use this exactly, in terms of giving it to people or putting it on things to scan, but I thought it was very cool that I could generate my own custom QR code that links to my fundraising site! Check it out!

QR code for Amy Bucher's Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon donation site.
QR code for Amy Bucher’s Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon donation site.

Probably I will end up whipping out my phone at the bar to excitedly show someone my QR code only to learn they don’t have the software to read it. Plus, I realize that the QR code makes no sense on a web page since you can just CLICK HERE to donate to the #DFMC for my fundraiser. But it’s still fun, right?

Preventing Genetic Mutations that Cause Melanoma: A Barr Program Initiative

Preventing Genetic Mutations (3)I’m running the 2015 Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team. Any money raised by the team goes to support the Barr Program, which funds young scientists doing cancer research.

One project this program funded in the past untangled some of the genetic mutations that can lead to melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer (and one that several members of my pale, Irish family have been diagnosed with). Continue reading Preventing Genetic Mutations that Cause Melanoma: A Barr Program Initiative

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge 2015: The Barr Program

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge 2015Since I will be asking people to contribute to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in support of my 2015 Boston Marathon run, I feel a responsibility to not only personally understand where that money is going but share some of the projects that donations will support. To that end, I’ll occasionally post some links and information about one of the projects supported by the Barr Program, which is where any contributions to Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners go.

Before I get into my first project review though, I wanted to share some overall information on how Dana-Farber uses its charity donations. Continue reading Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge 2015: The Barr Program

I’m running the Boston Marathon!

I'm Running The 2015 Boston Marathon forGuys, I’m so excited. Earlier this week, I found out my application to run the 2015 Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team was accepted!

Like any runner, and especially any runner from Boston, I’ve always harbored a desire to cross the Boston finish line. However, I didn’t believe I’d ever get to do it. I’m not a fast enough runner to qualify, and although I loved doing the LA Marathon last year, the training was so hard and time-consuming that I didn’t feel totally ready to commit again. Continue reading I’m running the Boston Marathon!