Happy Marathon Monday!!!

I was lucky enough to be able to see the Boston Marathon at work as my students had state testing that didn’t require me to proctor. So I did what anyone else woulda done 😀

When the kids are away, the teacher will play..er...watch the Boston Marathon. Same thing ;)

When the kids are away, the teacher will play..er…watch the Boston Marathon. Same thing 😉

More so today, but even on other big marathon days, I get the inkling and wishful thinking of training and attempting a BQ time. I’m ridiculously so far away from what I would need to do– but kinda like driving by your dream house, or test driving your dream car, it’s perfectly normal to dream a BQ, right?

Age Men Women
18-34 3:05 3:35
35-39 3:10 3:40
40-44 3:15 3:45
45-49 3:25 3:55
50-54 3:30 4:00
55-59 3:40 4:10
60-64 3:55 4:25
65-69 4:10 4:40
70-74 4:25 4:55
75-79 4:40 5:10
80+ 4:55 5:25

Anyway, I like to live vicariously through others and right now I’m living through Amber @Pb and Prs who’s running Boston as I type!

I’m also living vicariously through my BRF, Salt, who I know with all my being has a BQ race in her future. You better believe I’ll be on the sidelines on that big day to cheer her on ❤

I didn’t race this weekend but had a longish run that was much needed but not much wanting to do. (did that even make sense?) My legs have been feeling so heavy lately and I totally feel like I’m back at the very very beginning of running. After so many months of training, I feel like my body began to shut down and that’s when I got really sick. Now, I’m starting to finally feel better but I def feel like I’m starting over. Luckily, I don’t have anything huge I’m training for (except for a 1/2 marathon in 2 weeks!) that would cause me to stress–I find out about Chicago Marathon next week!

On Sunday, yesterday, I ran a 4.15 mile run for Boston with several local running groups. It was a fun run and my friend and I ran with a guy who ran while holding the American flag. He got a ton of honks and thumbs up along the way and it was such an enjoyable run in that respect.


I needed more mileage so I ran right after with my local MRTT group and got in a 3.5er. I didn’t do the exact 8 I had planned but I was totally fine with what I’d done and really had no motivation to run more. I felt like the two runs were a lot harder than they needed to be and they kind of brought me down spirit wise. I know it’ll take a few weeks/months to get back into the swing of things and for my body to get used to mileage again. And I know things will be okay. Just need to be patient 🙂

My daughter had another race yesterday and unfortunately, any progress made beforehand was nowhere in sight. Prior to the start, my daughter said to me, “Mommy, I really don’t want to do this.” It about broke my heart–not because she didn’t want to run–but her having the courage to tell me she didn’t want to do it. I said it was okay, that she didn’t have to, and that we were going to stay and watch her friend J run his race. And we did. She was quiet as we cheered for him and when we were done, she turned to me and said, “Mommy, I’m ready now.” ❤ I told her that she’d have plenty of chances to run fast in the future. 🙂

She was back to all smiles when we went to our favorite burger shop afterwards!


Did you watch the Boston Marathon?

Any BQ dreams of your own?

32 responses

  1. Lucky for me my boss and my assistant were out of the office today. Entire Boston Marathon watched uninterrupted! 😉 and your little one is too precious. She’s still so small but eventually she’ll figure out the running thing – whether to do or not to do. Great job mom!

  2. I wish I could watch, but am at work sadly! I did get some text updates tho, so so super exciting. My fastest full marathon is 4:25 (I’m 42) so I don’t see me ever being fast enough to qualify, but I do love to cheer all my speedy friends on!!!!

  3. I’m missing out due to work, boo. While it would be awesome to BQ someday, I just don’t have it in me to train hard enough to get there. It’s a huge commitment that I just can’t see myself making.

  4. I wasn’t able to watch the Boston marathon today. I was testing today too but we had to actively monitor so no computers allowed to be on. Boo. It would be awesome to run the Boston Marathon but I am so far from that right now. You will get there Helly!

  5. I got to watch it this morning 🙂 and I do have hopes of BQ’ing someday.. but it’s not on my top priority list.
    You’ll get there 🙂 you have many years to try and practice.

  6. I couldn’t watch it online but tracked a few runners that I knew which was cool! And yes, I too looked up my BQ timing, currently 3:35 but I move up to the next age category this summer. I still need to run a FULL and praying I’ll be healed enough to do so this fall.
    It’s hard for little ones sometimes. We just went through that with swimming with our oldest. She was scared that she couldn’t touch the bottom of the pool…but eventually touched it and was fine. It’s all about building their confidence and competence over time (physical literacy).

  7. Ah, so insanely jealous of your Monday haha. I avoided most forms of social media until I could come home and watch it on TV this evening. I came to your blog this morning, saw the title and was like gotta come visit later, after I watch ha! We’re in the same BQ age group! 😀 Let’s do it!!!

  8. Thank you thank you thank you Helly! Thoughts of my blogger friends were what kept me on pace over the last few miles in Boston ❤
    I know both you & Salt have a BQ in you! Each marathon is a learning experience, so each one will get better. (But please don't get sick right before your next big race!)
    Your daughter is adorable! Kudos to you for being a good mom & not pushing her to go through with the race. Hopefully next year she'll be ready at each & every start line!

  9. I definitely watched the Boston Marathon. I have big dreams for it someday as well and being from Boston makes me want to run it even more!