6 and 6. Days til Marine Corps and months til Boston

As of the 21st, we are counting down 6 days til the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend and 6 months til the Boston Marathon!  Marine Corps will be my 3rd marathon, the last one that I ran was last year’s 2012 MCM, which I ran on the heels of Hurricane Sandy.  This year I have had some new firsts in my training for MCM.  First time doing speedwork (intervals), first time going on a “tempo” run, first time ‘tapering’ and  first time working with a coach.   I feel much more prepared and in shape this year and hope to get a PR (better than 4:08) or even break 4 hours.   This is also the first time I have tapered (running less in the last 2 weeks before the run) and I am doing my best to not freak out and take it easy on the running.  Last week the government shutdown threatened to cancel the race. This week, I’m feeling good, mostly relaxed and ready to go.  My coach thinks I’m ready, always good to have a outside opinion.  (check out my coach’s blog about yours truly  https://www.nofinishlinerunning.com/blog/what-ppt )  I’ll have a full trip report after the race.     You can also check out weekend updates on my Facebook page.
For Boston, I also met up with a new DFMC running buddy in my town.  It will be great to have someone to run with on long runs and car pool to DFMC events down in Boston.  I am starting to think about my training plan and my fundraising campaign.  And believe it or not, planning Marathon Monday 2014.  Where will I stay, how will I get to the starting line, what things to watch out for (from my in-house former dfmc runner-advisor).  Can you tell I like to plan ahead?   More updates this weekend from DC.  Don’t forget to subscribe here and “like” me on FB. 😉

the starting line

It has been a goal of mine to run the Boston Marathon *someday* and I am so excited to join the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team for 2014!   I submitted my application and expected that I would wait the 4-6 weeks, as advertised.  But I received an acceptance email back on September 25th which was great!   I will be running in honor of my grandmother, Peggy Murtagh, who is a cancer survivor and my inspiration to meet and overcome new challenges in life.  I’m lucky to have Scott, who ran Boston with DFMC in 2011, as my in-house expert (literally).  As well, DFMC has fundraising and marathon coaches to get me to the finish line – for the run and the fund raising.   My fundraising goal is $10,250.   It’s pretty ambitious and I’m a little nervous to meet it, but I know all my friends, family, colleagues and friends of friends will support me!   Speaking of support, have you donated to my run?  Did you know that 100% of the funds donated go toward cancer research?  I’m thinking to run a promotion,  if you donate $100 or more, I’ll send you some tasty gluten free baked goods.
You can give at my DFMC page:  http://www.runDFMC.org/2014/jenniferh  Also, don’t forget to check if your company may match your charitable donation.

I’ve run 2 marathons so far and scheduled to run Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) again on October 27th.  Boston should be a piece of cake, right?   I’m a fair weather runner, so the Boston course will be a challenge for me mentally and physically but also training in New England in winter.  I just got chills thinking about the freezing temps and snow.  But I am committed to crossing the finish line and raising funds for Dana Farber.   I plan to update my progress and post ‘news’ of my journey on this blog.  First time blogger, first time Boston Marathoner, so we will see what happens!   Stay tuned.  You can also “follow” this blog (see the button on the right) and/or follow my page on Facebook,  https://www.facebook.com/jennsbostonrun    speedily,  – jenn