I have been out and around for the last few days, and what an awesome few days it has been. I guess I should start where I ended last week as it is all very tri relevant and part of this fun time I am having becoming a triahtlete!
Once a month I get a massage to allow all the work to sink in and to take the knots that I am to lazy to work on out for good. Getting a massage this time was a benefit in many ways! It turns out my massage therapist is very modest when she speaks of her triathlon experience. She has been to teh worlds a couple of times and was a competitive swimmer. So, the swim coach I was searching for seems to have come along. Then, we talked about my upcoming weekend. I told her that I was heading to Boston to cheer on many friends who were doing the marathon. In the course of discussion I mentioned my desire to qualify for Boston after IM and that I needed to get some good direction and coaching. Having only run one prior marathon at a 4:06, I need some solid direction to get me to 3:20. It seems she comes by her athletics well. Her dad has brought 5+ athletes up to the Olympic level as a Level 4 running coach. He was the winner of some big league races when he was an athlete and is well respected in the community. Best part, he is accepting new athletes, as long as you are committed to your gaol and to working for it! I am committed! Actually I should probably be committed! SO 2 strokes of luck in one good massage and discussion! I am finding things that I have searched for and they are kind of falling on my lap! I am looking forward to the next 12 months and the transition that takes place!
As I mentioned above, Saturday was a day of driving to get to Boston to support our friends at this awesome race called the Boston Marathon(ever heard of it?) A group of 10 friends were down there to give the race another good run. For the second year in a row I was there to cheer them on and enjoy the event. Saturday night the whole group went out for dinner and then continued on for some pre race celebration. Some of the runners were very well behaved, others, well NOT! We ended up out until 2:30 drinking beers and tequila! I had nothing to lose as I figured I was cheering after going out for a long run. No pressure for me, no need to behave! We had a great night, Boston is an awesome city to play and party in. We listened to some great music and had a ton of fun! not in the way that marathon runners do, but I was not one of them!
We spent Sunday afternoon watching Redsox games(them getting beat) and relaxing. Yes, I did have a beer at teh game, but focused on getting water and electrolytes into myself at the same time. It was an awesome afternoon.
After the game it was time for a pre race dinner, as you can imagine it was going to be pasta and lots of it! We all headed out and I had a great dinner, and then off to bed. I was exhausted, barely keep my eyes open. Less than 10 hours and I would be on my way to the start!
I will give you a race report tomorrow with the great details of what I consider to be one of the funnest events that I have been at. I did finish the run, with tons of fuel in the tank and with a PB by almost 10 minutes! More to come on the day and the fun details!