I’m Running Boston 2022 with Dana-Farber!

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I’m back baby! I am running the 2022 Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber on April 18th, 2022!  I am so excited and honored to have been selected by DFMC to run Boston and support vital cancer research through the Claudia Adams Barr Program.  You can find out more about the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge at www.rundfmc.org

Wow, where to begin. 2020 was to be my running ‘comeback year’, we all know how that turned out thanks to the pandemic! I did manage to run some races and continued to work on my running and Peloton obsession (more on that later). Last year, I ran a few more local races and the 2021 Chicago Marathon – in person! It was so great to be back racing IRL and ending the year on a high note!

Heading into 2022, I decided to “re-up” with Dana-Farber for a few reasons.  I’m so inspired by several women I’ve met in the last year who are in treatment for cancer and sharing their stories.  Runners, moms, friends, all going through treatment with incredible grace and strength.  I’m dedicating my marathon in 2022 to Jaimie, Anne & Angela who inspire me everyday.  I also wanted to make a direct impact by raising funds for cancer research by running with the DFMC team.  EVERY DOLLAR RAISED GOES TO VITAL CANCER RESEARCH!   

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

My favorite quote and personal motto is to “Dare Mighty Things”.  Why do I keep running marathons, why keep challenging myself?  I’d rather dare mighty things.  2022’s mighty thing is to run Boston and raise $13,000 for cancer research! 

Help me dare mighty things, a world without cancer! Please consider donating to Dana-Farber.  You can make a tax-deductible donation on my page below and please ask me about company matching!  You can double your donation at many companies through the company MATCHING program.  Ask me how!

Please consider a donation to my run at my fundraising page:  jennsbostonrun4dana.com

Follow along with my training here and on Instagram @jennsbostonrun

Dare mighty things!
– Jenn

Running Through 2020 Like…

WordPress reminded me to renew my blog so it’s definitely time for an update. Last we left, i was running the Chicago Marathon in October 2019. That did happen! I really enjoyed my weekend in Chicago and the marathon was very well organized and the best part is i could walk to the start line from the hotel–no messing around with race day transportation which is always tricky! For my past Marine Corps and NYC marathons, I have showed up late to the starting line late despite following prescribed transportation! (looking at you Staten Island Ferry!)

I’ll have to share more about Chicago, but after the marathon my knee was in bad shape and I had orthoscopic knee surgery the first week of December 2019. It all went well and was nice to hear my surgeon say “it wasn’t as bad as I thought” when he came around post-op. Great! So I started PT through January and on my doctor’s advice, I considered taking up cycling. Running has always been my thing, no equipment, can do it anywhere, low hassle sport. But i would have to wait a few months to get walking again before even trying to run. So enter the Peloton bike. We ordered in December specifically expecting to need a bike to rehab my knee. I think i did my first 10 min ride in January 2020 and my new obsession was born! I’m going to save my Peloton journey for a next post or next 5 posts(buckle up)!

So then the pandemic hit and we have been working from home/ schooling from home since March 13th. I’ve quit counting off the days but it’s been about 6 months and it was great timing to have the Peloton in the basement since i was not going out to the gym during the times of quarantine.

2020 was to be my big year! This year was the Comeback Tour after knee surgery. I planned to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I turned 50 in May (uh oh) This was going to be MY YEAR! I was going to get my running back on track and take my fitness to the next level!

Whomp Whomp, then the pandemic hit. 😦 So the first half of the Comeback tour was cancelled but we’ve added some new dates and new goals!

NEW 2020 Goals
I had a few fitness goals for this year and i’ve since revised them for this new world. I have been running and riding a lot more than I expected, likely had more free time working from home and not having to keep up with going places!

  1. Run 700 miles – I’m actually on track to run 1000 miles this year!
  2. Bike 1300 miles – I’m actually on track to bike 2020 miles this year or that’s my goal.
  3. Lose weight and keep it off – I’ve actually lost 31 pounds since January 2020 (future blog post!) Not much to do during pandemic but work out and I’ve been able to avoid some of my usual junk food traps by never leaving the house.

My 2020 Comeback Tour — All shows cancelled (like many a Morrissey Tour!) plus new Dates Added! Many of you know I love The Smiths and Morrissey and the latter is famous for cancelling shows though I’ve seen him 4 out of 5 shows in recent years, that’s a decent track record.

Comeback Tour 2.0 | Comeback Tour 2020 Dates!

4/18 Boston Athletic Association 5K (BAA Medley Race 1) –Cancelled. this was their Distance Medley series to run a 5K, 10K and then Half. The series was moved then cancelled.

5/3 Margarita Half Marathon–moved to 6/13 and went virtual. Did not run

6/13 Market Square Day 10K–Moved to September virtual only. not running

6/20 BAA Boston 10K (BAA Distance Medley #2)–Cancelled

8/21 – Millennium Anytime 5K! – Did run it in 26:11! Our local running store setup a 5K course around the block with a starting and finishing timing mat. You could go run the course Anytime day or night. I ran it in June at 27:39 so happy with the improvement!

8/29 NH 10-Miler–Offered in person and virtual. Did not run.

8/29 Tour De Fox –New show added! Rode 58 miles on Peloton for Michael J. Fox Foundation! This was my first “tour” where folks stack classes back to back on Peloton. More to follow on Pelo life!

10/11 BAA Half Marathon–(Medley #3 of 3)—Cancelled

10/11 New England Half Marathon – New show added! Live and virtual offered i am thinking to do virtual. Have wanted to do this race for a few years but the dates never worked out. Now i can since my race calendar is pretty wide open due to the pandemic! The medal is pretty cool, in years past it looked like a stained glass leaf for the fall colors.

10/17 PELOFONDO ! New Show added! I will attempt to ride my Peloton for 100 miles in one sitting. Note to self, need to order those padded shorts! More to follow.

10/25 Marine Corps Marathon–Cancelled, virtual only. Deferred it to 2021!

11/26 Portsmouth Local Turkey Trot –probably not.

So I’ve changed direction a bit with my fitness plans but the Comeback Tour is still going strong! Just some new tour dates and new cities, mainly virtual ones or my basement Peloton. More to follow on the blog now that i’ve renewed with WordPress for the year! Stay safe, – Jenn

Lucky week 13

Got off to a great start last week. Thought about going for a perfect week of exercise but Friday I just couldn’t rally. Saturday I was at the kids swim meet all day so we shall consider that a 2-day rest up for my 20-miler. My training plan is off from what I wanted to do but with two 20 milers done, I think I’ll be fine. I’ve been better trained and less trained before. This ain’t my first rodeo as they say.

This week’s baking challenge: none. We did not do any baking 😦

Here’s the training rundown

Planned/ actual miles: 27 / 32.8

I plan for 27 every week, I suppose I should change it for long run weeks. I do like beating my artificially low goal tho

Monday. Nice easy 5 miles on the treadmill after the Maine Half. Catching up on the Affair on showtime. Can I just say how can do much stuff happen to 1 person. It’s getting a little ridiculous in season 4.

Tuesday. Killer workout at Orange Theory. Top 5 highest calories. They changed the formula for the heart rate monitors that should (allegedly) help women achieve more calories burned or more accurate calorie count. I’ve always come in on the low side for calories and time in the “orange zone” (HR above 84% max) but I also have super low resting HR and blood pressure. It takes a lot to get into the zone. I should dig into the science more but for now just try and kill it when I’m at OTF.

Wednesday. Treadmill track workout. 10 x 400M intervals with 200M ish rest in between. The hardest part is keeping track how many I’ve done. I actually bring pen and paper on the treads.

Thursday. Note to self, don’t be late for the tornado. OTF sometimes has the tornado workout and I walked into it 10 mins late due to just losing track time at the office. In the tornado, you rotate every 1-3 minutes between treads, rowing and floor work. It’s fast switching or rotating, hence the name tornado. I got a pretty good workout once I got into the flow.

Friday and Saturday, OFF. Taking some rest days to handle my other life events and issues.

Sunday. The long run, 20 miles.

I drag my feet so much about the long run.  My best approach is to do it Saturday morning and get it over with as early in the weekend as possible.  this cuts down on the sense of dread, fretting about my outfit, planning the route and all that goes through my mind.  It’s true, i don’t love the long run but i did it, yay me!  I left the house and decided to do an out-n-back run from downtown.   I lean toward point to point from the house if i can get a ride home after.   There are fewer short cuts when i run from A to B than if i am doing a loop, i can always bail out and cut short the distance.

The weather was actually nice, some clouds moving in but 60s and i was fine in my tshirt.  I took the Camelbak again and this time i drained it by the time that i reached town.  Waves at the beach were high and alot of surfers out there (not pictured on this beach but they were a few miles back at another popular surf beach).

I’m feeling pretty ready for Marine Corps. This has been a decent training cycle and look, i even got my blog back up and running for my 3 followers and a few bots! Yay!

see you out there,

-Jenn

Week 10: Last, last week tonight!

Very late with this update from 2 weeks ago but Week 10 went pretty great!   The highlight was running the Old Glory Relay with Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) on 9/11.   The OGR will run/walk/bike the flag from Boston to San Diego from 9/11 and ending on the West Coast on 11/11 – Veteran’s Day.  I recently joined Team RWB in Manchester, NH and this was my first event with them.  It was a great day and I met a lot of great runners and veterans from New England and the national Team RWB.  The relay is still going on and you can support Team RWB at Team RWB

Monday.  OTF workout.

Tuesday.  Old Glory Run Boston!  The OGR kicked off with a small gathering at Fenway park in Boston on 9/11.  Team RWB and the sponsors said a few words and then the flag was off and running (or walking or biking).   I jumped in the car and headed to leg 5 transition point in Roslindale.  I waited around for a while and then another team RWB member came running along.  I got the flag and ran leg 5 and 6 through Roslindale.   I didn’t know the route and there were a lot of turns, so i wrote the turns on my arm – poor man’s GPS tracking app!  They had the route on a biking app called Ride, but you had to pay $60 to get turn by turn directions, hence the low budget but effective Sharpie options!  After a quick stop at Starbucks to refuel (I was starving having driven down to Boston at 0500 to make it to the kickoff by sun up), we drove over to Walpole and I ran leg 16.  The relay support folks leap frog from transition point to the next.  They snapped this great picture of me where i almost look like I’m running and the flag is perfectly flying behind me!   The relay continued on to Providence, Rhode Island that afternoon and then on from there the next day.  They run during daylight hours for the next 62 days ending in San Diego on Veteran’s day, 11/11/18.

 

Thursday.
Orange Theory.  I hate it when I just barely miss 400 calories!  I was working hard though and got 1 point in the ‘red zone’ that was legit (and not the heart monitor going haywire, which often explains my time in the “red zone”!)

Foggy Friday run.  My plan called for a 10 mile tempo run but i managed to run 7.7 foggy miles.   I finished my latest book on tape (audio file from the library) so that was a plus.

Sunday long run, 20 miles and no fog!  So I decided to go for it on my long run and go for 20 miles.  I didn’t realize it would turn out to be a beautiful day, I left the house without my sunglasses but glad that i ran back in to grab them.  I actually got a little sunburn and temps were pushing 80F after a cool and foggy weekend to that point.  I also hit 900 miles this year with this run so that is pretty exciting.    I’ll hit 1000 in early October.

see you out there,

-Jenn

Week 8: 16 miles and Battenburg cake

Nailed it last, last week!  (Coincidentally if you have not seen Nailed it on Netflix, please stop reading this and go immediately to Netflix. It a cooking show, sort of, where hapless bakers try and recreate fancy cakes).   I decided to go for a ‘perfect week’ according to the Apple watch, which entails hitting my 3 goals for movement (calories burned), exercise (30 mins- yeah kinda low but not really for cross training days) and stand hours (you need to have been standing/walking for 12 hours out of your day and not sitting at the desk for 2-3 hrs straight).     I’ve hit a perfect week a few times in the spring, but unless i work out everyday to some degree, I won’t make it.  Like my 1000 miles challenge this year, having a goal keeps me motivated to workout.  If i miss my morning workout, then i make time to fit in a quick run during the day or after work to meet the goal.  I’d call it a healthy obsession.  Check out the rings, 100% perfect week!

This week’s baking challenge was Battenburg cake. We made our own marzipan which was actually pretty easy. It turned out great and we received rave reviews from the family. It’s a cake we discovered in London and they made it once on Great British baking show.  The key is to have a checkerboard of traditionally yellow and pink with apricot jam in between the squares.  We used raspberry which was a nice tart flavor.

Planned / Actual Miles: 27 / 36

I should probably up my weekly goal as I enter into the longer runs of my marathon training plan.  I just have 27 miles as default on Strava which is a good average goal for fall back weeks where my long run is only 10-13.

Highlights this week include hitting all 3 of my quality runs; tempo, track and long run plus running 16 miles for my long run.  And I took the new Camelbak out for 16 miles and it worked great!

Monday.  OTF 0530 class

Tuesday.  Tempo run on the treadmill.  Was a 3 mile tempo + warm up and cool down for 4.3 miles total.

Weds. OTF 0645 class.  This was a really good workout and I broke 400 calories which doesn’t always happen in every class!  I find that I do get a better workout when the class is 2 groups or 24 people rather than 3 groups/36 max number of people.  With 2 you get about 25 minutes on the treadmill side, with 3 you only get 14-15 minutes which makes it harder for me to get my heart rate up.

Thursday.   Interval workout on the treadmill.   2 x (6 x 400).  So 12 0.25 mile sprints.  It was actually not as hard as I thought it would be.

Friday.  OTF #3

Saturday.  16 mile long run! And cake!

Sunday.  Finishing out the perfect week  with a 3.1 mile run on the treadmill.

More in week 9 update!

See you out there,

-Jenn