Happy Marathon Monday!

I LOVE Boston Marathon Day! It's one of the best days of the year because it's the day that reaffirms everything I love about running and the running community.

From the female battle at the finish that had my eyes tearing up, to Meb crossing cheering on a fellow runner, and to a Boston bombing victim reclaiming the course with an amputated lower leg. This is amazing stuff!!!

I always feel so inspired and ready to hit the ground running. I still want to get to that start line. 2 years ago I promised I'd be at the start line by 2017 and either through my own power or through a charity group, I will uphold that promise. I'm chomping at the bit to earn my own unicorn medal.

I have my last long run before tapering for my next marathon and after watching the females push to the very end and Rotich's final surge to win first place I have a new mantra -- fight to the finish. Those ladies fought HARD to the finish this year.

No matter how fast or slow you are the marathon is a beast you must fight to tame it and train to earn your times. I will fight to the finish at my next race and push myself to achieve what I know I can do - a Boston Marathon qualifying time.

Congrats to all the finishers, you are my inspiration!

Friday Link Ups!

Running Stuff!

Weekly Workout - Week 12 - I'd say my calves are the muscle group that I'm most concerned about almost all the time. Looking to try out some of these Runner's World tips!

How to Avoid Overheating on the Run - Overheating is a problem I face as do many runners. It's never the wrong season so read up on this!

Kara Goucher Targeting Fall Marathon - Because I love Kara!

Eight Tips for Improving Pre-Race Sleep - I'm a bad sleeper and race jitters make me the worst sleeper. Some solid tips to help!

2015 Boston Marathon Cut-off is 1:02 Under Qualifying Mark - I've definitely got BQ on the brain so this is something I'm super interested in. It's also sparked a debate between cutting off qulaifiers to make room for charity bibs, I don't have a strong feeling on either side of the equation.
Food Fun!

21 Boozy Cider Drinks To Try This Fall - Yes, yes, and yes!!!

Veggies Have Protein, Too! - I'm not a vegetarian but I do go days (unintentionally) without eating meat. This is also my excuse for consuming all the beans!

Mini Chicken Pot Pies - These just look plain delicious!

Other Internet Happenings!

First Look: The New Beautifully Disney Haunted Mansion Collection at Disney Parks - I'm not one to wear a lot of make-up, but the cases for this collection might make me open my wallet a bit.


This week... this week... I don't really have anything to say that hasn't already been said. I've had a lot of runs this week where I've processed what happened at the Boston Marathon. It really shook me. Shook me to my core. It felt like someone had attacked me. Like I was at the finish line even though I'm 3,000 miles away. I've run marathons between 4:00 to 4:20, the clock read 4:09. Those are the runners I would've been pacing against. Those are the runners I would've been racing against. Those are the runners like me. My family would've been at the finish line. My friends would've been anxiously awaiting a text about crossing the finish line. My world at that moment would've been focused on that finish line.

This is what I've been processing and this is where I've landed.

My ultimate runner goal is to run the Boston Marathon. I set this goal a year ago as something I wanted to do before I "aged up" (aka moved into the next age group with a higher qualifying time). I'm more determined that ever to run now. I want to cross that line. I want to be a part of that event. I want to meet the best runners and run along with them. I want to do it by 2017. There, I've said it, and I can't take it back. I want to be at the start line by 2017. Last November, I ran 3:59:22. That gives me a few more to years to shave that down and come in under 3:35.

The only question I have is, why? Why did they target this event? If they wanted to take a stand against American's "loose values", why are you choosing to attack an event that people train years for and are disciplined and are just good people? Not that this attack should happen anywhere at anytime, but why a marathon?

So I'm moving forward. I'm standing on firmer ground and I'll keep putting one foot in front of the other. Will this change how I race? No, but I might tell my parents to watch somewhere other than the finish line.

Now, the sport has changed and only time will tell what that means. My heart breaks for all those that finished in Boston to only have their victory overshadowed by this attack or those whose race was cut short. We will race again!

#BostonStrong always and forever.

Want to help support those affected?
Check out the #BostonStrong<city> movement here: http://pavementrunner.com/boston-strong-city/
Sparkly Soul is also donating 20% of Blue, Gold, and Blue/Gold head bands to the Boston relief effort: http://www.sparklysoul.com/Home_Page.html