I feel ready for Boston. I had a long run today that at first buoyed my spirits and then temporarily killed my confidence. I ran (with J4) 10.7 miles this morning with 2 miles by 2 at my marathon pace (~7:50 min/miles). The marathon pace stuff was fine which is way better than things went during the end of my training for my first BQ (2011) when I could not muster any marathon pace miles (8:22 min/miles) in my last long run before the race. When I was able to knock out the marathon pace miles today I felt confident. Then, however, I finished the last two miles of today's run between 9-10 min/miles. That wasn't the strongest finish of a long run to lead into the race with! However, I have 7 days to recover, sub-8 minute miles sounds within reach (i say from the comfort of my sofa), and there is always race day magic which is good for some extra speed! Things will be all good. I am so excited to get to Boston.
I did my long run today b/c yesterday I FINALLY got to participate in Girls on the Run! I have wanted to participate for over a decade but my school and work schedules never lent themselves to being able to coach a team and I have no daughter in a GOTR program. Turns out, all I needed to do was borrow a kid! My co-worker has a daughter that didn't have a running buddy b/c they "couldn't find anyone fast enough to run with her." I was a little worried and tried (to no avail) to get some clarification on just how fast her daughter is. If the program couldn't find anyone fast enough could I also not be a fast enough buddy? On the other hand-the girl is 8. So I said I would be her run buddy and we ended up cruising to a 33:26 5K finish. She and I think she was the first in her school to cross the line (that was HER goal-she is competitive!). The event was pretty awesome and so girl powered. J4 came out and cheered at two spots on the course and confused the heck out of the girl I was running with when he took a shortcut to get to the second cheering spot. The girl asked me, HOW DID HE GET OVER HERE?!? The whole morning was fun. My only regret is that I did not get a chance to stop by the hair station where you could put colors (polka dots/streaks) in your hair!