Movin’ On Up!

First things first, happy Friday! I celebrated this mild achievement (making it to Friday is always an achievement) by having a super awesome breakfast. TJ’s waffles, small smear of almond butter in between, plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey, and warm blackberries. Good breakfasts like this always make my day better.

After I entered the blogging world back in December 2011, I never thought that I would enjoy it as much as I do. I’ve learned so much from other bloggers and I’ve discovered new blogs every week. I enjoy connecting with my readers and I continually think of ways to write interesting posts for everyone. Now, after a little over 4 months into blogging, I’ve decided to take it to the next level…

I’ve decided to move my blog over to self hosted! It was a big decision, and a somewhat costly one at that, but I think it’s what’s right. I want to grow the blog as much as I can, and I’m the type of person who doesn’t do anything half-assed. I want to be able to make my blog more tailored and customized, and the only way to do that is to by self hosting.

So as the blog is transferred over, Blonde Bostonian will down starting Saturday and will most likely be back up early next week. It will have a new design that will hopefully be cleaner, more robust, and more tailored to what I want to bring to my readers. Also, be on the look out for a recap of the Boston Marathon, the Marathon expo, and the B.A.A. 5k!!!

I promise not to be gone too long! While I’m gone, I’d like to wish the best of luck to all the people running The Boston Marathon on Monday! You guys inspire me so much and I can’t wait to cheer you all on!! If you’re running the race, let me know when you think you’ll be running through Cleveland Circle/Washington Square – that’s where I’ll be, cheering you all on! Maybe I’ll see you at the race expo on Saturday or the 5k on Sunday!

Also, I’ll be live tweeting from the Expo on Saturday, the B.A.A 5k on Sunday, and the Marathon on Monday. To get updates throughout the weekend Follow me!

Have a great weekend!

Bloggers: Any tips for self-hosting? When did you make the decision to switch over to self-hosted? Anyone running the B.A.A 5k on Sunday? My roommate Steph and I will be there!

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Boston Fever

Boston has been hit with marathon fever!

Every April, the city begins to develop a certain buzz around the famous marathon. Television channels have been running commercials about their upcoming marathon coverage, blog posts and articles are showing up in the local papers, and my neighborhood is FILLED with runners every weekend mornings.

Every year, I seem to miss the marathon for various reasons. The Boston Marathon always falls on Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts state holiday that commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Schools are closed, city businesses are closed, and some offices are closed. When I was in college, we always had Patriot’s Day off. I always wanted to spend it by making my way to Copley Square to watch the race, but I never made it. School work, part time jobs, and other things always got in my way.

There’s something about the marathon that’s really special to the city. The marathon is such a storied race with a rich history of marathon stories – it’s the world’s oldest annual race, the challenges of Heartbreak Hill, the “scream tunnel” at Wellesley College, team Hoyt (who actually ran the New Bedford Half with me – and I saw them!!), Rosie Ruiz, and much more. It’s awe inspiring to watch the runners push themselves to the limit, both mentally and physically.

This year, my roommate Steph and I are going to watch the marathon for the first time ever! We’ll be watching from the Brookline area of the race. I feel like it’s the perfect location. The runners will have just finished going through Heartbreak Hill, and at the Brookline point of the race, they have about 4 miles left. The runners are going to need all the support that they can get – and we’re going to give it to them!

Steph and I are also running the B.A.A 5k the day before the race and will be attending the Marathon race expo. I’m super excited!! Running races always gets me super pumped about running more, and I can’t wait to be inspired to keep running.

Another story that is part of the famous Boston lore is the story of the first female runner ever to enter the marathon: Kathrine Switzer. In 1967, Kathrine entered the race using the name K.V. Switzer. Not realizing the name was that of a woman, no one noticed and Kathrine ran the race and finished. I saw this NPR quick story and video about Kathrine and learned something I had never known – she was almost physically pushed off the course by a race organizer. Check it out – it’s a pretty amazing story. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 40 or so years since women were allowed to run marathons. It seems that women dominate at running races as much as men these days – it’s definitely an equalizing sport and I love it!

 

Are you running Boston this year or know someone who is? Would you ever want to run Boston?  Have you ever watched the marathon in person? What do you find most inspiring about running?

Link Love

Happy Thursday everyone – only one more day to go!!

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that everyday there’s some new viral video or something funny on the internets. I just can’t seem to keep up!

Something that I noticed a couple other bloggers mention is the tumblr site #whatweshouldcallme. Have you guys seen this!? So funny!! My favorite that made me laugh this week was this one:

“Getting out of bed on a Monday”

and…“When you realize your friends are taking a group photo without you.”

I do this a lot….

and here…more subtle this time.

…and here…..

COME ON SARAH! GET IT TOGETHER!

Anyway.

Bernie also sends me/shows me hilarious gifs all the time. This one is my favorite.

I like to imagine that this is how the T and bus drivers feel in Boston.

Now for a more serious one – to all of you running the Boston Marathon!!

I found a link to a really awesome article all about each mile of the Boston Marathon and what to expect during each one. I thought it was pretty accurate. I can only speak for miles 21-26.2 because I live within those miles, but either way, it’s worth a read. Check it out here!

 

Any other fun internet things you read/see/enjoy? Any Tumblr users out there? Have you seen #whatweshouldcallme?

Double Digits

I accomplished something today that I thought I never would. I pushed myself mentally when I felt like quitting, and I pushed myself physically when I thought my legs were going to give out. Today I ran 10 miles!

I’ve never done a double digit mile run before, and I wasn’t planning on it this morning when I woke up for my weekly long run. My training plan called for a 10k race (or pseudo race) but I felt like I should just keep going with this thing I’ve been doing where I increase my long runs every week by 1 mile. I was all set today to do 9 miles. So I got up, ate my breakfast, hydrated, and was off.

Boston is an amazing city to live in if you’re a runner – you never feel like you’re alone running out there. Where I live, I’m about 2 blocks away from the Boston Marathon course. Every weekend, you can’t go anywhere in my neighborhood without coming across someone running. Training groups are constantly training in my neighborhood, flying by in groups of 20 as they down their Gu’s and gatorade. Today as I was running down Beacon St. I saw a sign that said “Runners rest stop – water, bathroom, Gu’s” on the sidewalk – it was a running association shop. How cool is that!? I love the support in Boston for runners. I always seem to get high fives, cheers, or words of encouragement from passers by.

That encouragement definitely helped me today during my run. I started out by doing a few loops of the Cleveland Circle Reservoir. I’ve been having a little pain in the outside of my knee which I think is associated with my tight hips and IT band. I thought it would be smart to do at least half of my run on the trail instead of the concrete sidewalks. After 4 miles, I broke off and headed toward Boston College and then back towards the city. At mile 5 1/2 I ate my gu and felt instantly better. I think taking the gu before I really need it (usually happens at mile 6) is the key. This whole fueling thing is such trial and error! Then I made it back to Cleveland Circle with about 1 mile to go. I decided to just go with it – I was feeling really great – and went all the way to Coolidge Corner, and then looped back. By the time I got to the street I usually stop at, I was at mile 9 1/2. There was no way I was stopping there, so I ran a little bit more to make it an even 10 miles. I was so excited when my Garmin beeped for my last lap. 10 miles?! Who runs 10 miles?! Not this guy! But I guess I do now!

Overall, I felt fantastic. My knee didn’t hurt at all (it hasn’t been hurting while running, it’s just tender to the touch in that area) and my hips felt loose. My goal for this run was to go slower! I’ve been running my long runs at marathon pace and was not recovering well. I know that long runs need to be run at 30 seconds to a minute slower than goal pace. I kept a 9:15 – 9:30 mile pace for a while and I’m happy with those consistent splits. Mile 9 was slow because I was going up hill the whole time and had a wicked head wind.

I’m in shock that I did that and I feel fantastic! My body already feels better than it did last week. I’m starting to get really jazzed about this race – I finally am starting to feel prepared. Now I’m off to spend the rest of the day chilling out with Bernie. We’re making a really yummy dinner tonight – a hint: it involves Bison meat!

Readers: Have you ever pushed yourself mentally and physically to accomplished your goals? Explain. How have you spent your weekend?