#7 Finished

I am blogging from my iPhone driving back to Albuquerque from California is, so this will be just a quick update. I ran a 3:58 on Sunday at the Mountains2Beach Marathon. It was a tough day for me, but I have had an amazing weekend with my husband and friends. And I finished my 7th marathon and am not injured, so I consider all of this a win in my book despite not hitting the time I hoped for. God is good and has a plan for all this, so for now I will just be grateful for all that I have.

Heading to Cali

We are leaving today on a road trip to California for the marathon on Sunday.  My BRF, Sherri, and I will be running and our wonderful husbands are driving us there in style and then cheering us on come race time.  We are traveling in Sherri and her hub’s motor home and doing a true road trip to Cali!
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The last time I road tripped in an RV I was in middle school, so I’m looking forward to this adventure.  Hopefully it won’t turn out like this:
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 The Upcoming Race in Numbers:
  • 65 – degrees that the weather in Ventura is predicted to be.  Hopefully it will be cloudy and overcast near the coast, because 65 is a little hot for this MS runner.
  • 6 – miles that my last taper run was and it felt harder than it should have.  Isn’t tapering for my legs to get rested and feel refreshed and ready to hit it hard in a few days?  I did not feel like anything close to that on this run.
  • 903 – miles to drive from Albuquerque to Ventura
  • 3:45 – Boston Qualifying time that I hope and pray that Sherri and I both make on Sunday!
  • 12:1 – my go-to race verse from Hebrews

I’m not sure what the WIFI situation will be like this weekend, but I will be sharing updates of the road trip and race on Twitter and Facebook.

Ever done a road trip in an RV before?  What plans do you have for Memorial Weekend?

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Marathon Monday – 6 days to go

My next marathon, number 7 for me, is in 6 days.  I am running the Mountains2Beach Marathon in California.  Seeing as this race is just 6 weeks after I ran the Boston Marathon, it has been an interesting training cycle, with some recovery, some long runs and a tiny bit of speed work thrown in.  After the 20 miler I did with Sherri a few weeks ago, we did another long run the following week.  So I feel good having gotten 2 long runs in (20 and 18).  My weekly mileage has been lower than my Boston training, yet I’ve done longer long runs using a training plan from the Advanced Marathoning Book.  I really don’t know what to expect come race day.  I’m just hoping to stay in one piece and run as smart of a race as possible.

This races starts in Ojai, California and ends in Ventura Beach with the last few miles running along the ocean on the beach path.  I love the ocean, so I’m hoping that this will help pull me through those last miles of the marathon when things get tough.

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Have you been to Ojai or Ventura?  Any tips on things to do or places to eat?

Marathon Mom Article

I was shocked to see this picture of my family on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal Sunday morning:

(courtesy of Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

(courtesy of Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)

A writer from the Journal contacted me last week saying she had heard about me being at the Boston Marathon last month and then found out that I was diagnosed last year with MS.  She thought my story would make an inspirational Mother’s Day article for the newspaper.  I was honored for this opportunity and was surprised when I saw the article on the front page of the paper.  Here is a link to the story.

Since the bombings in Boston, I have been interviewed by a few different news organizations, including some international media the day after the marathon when I was still in Boston.  I was not close to where the bombs went off (I was in the finisher’s chute a few hundred yards away), nor did I do anything worthy of being interviewed, I just happened to be there, like so many other people that experienced the horror on that day.  Talking about myself and having the focus be on me is definitely out of my comfort zone, but for whatever reason these opportunities have come my way, so I am doing the best I can to embrace them.  I do believe that God can bring good out of a bad situation, and I pray that perhaps something good can come from me talking about being at the Boston Marathon and sharing my story of living with MS.  I’m not sure what that is, so I’ll just have to leave that up to God for now.

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Have you been out of your comfort zone at all lately?

Ever been interviewed for something?

Any examples of how God has brought something good out of a bad situation in your life?