In 12 days I'll be lining up in Hopkinton for my 2nd attempt at the Boston Marathon (the first being less than memorable). I'm really, really, really trying to not stress about it but the reality is Boston is different. I suppose running any marathon is different. It generally requires a change in your routine and training. I don't like change.
So I've strayed outside my comfort zone and begun my 2 wk taper to Boston. It feels so anti-climatic. Reduced mileage and no races. I know deep down the rest will help. Thankfully I don't have any serious aches or pains just a little racing wear and tear. My goal for Boston is to give a good solid effort and then come out of it in good shape. If all goes well May will be a very busy month for racing. More on that later.
I've been trying to get a new pair of shoes for Boston for some time now. I knew what I wanted (Asics Speedstar 4) but for whatever reason size 8.5 is either very popular or not popular at all because it's one of the only sizes not available at Running Warehouse. So I decided to try something new and ordered the Mizuno Musha 2's. Well they arrived today so I took them for a spin. Wow! I love these shoes. They are probably the best fitting shoes I've ever worn. Seriously, they fit like a slipper, and at 8oz with decent support, they are perfect for the 1/2 marathon and beyond. Great find!
Ok, beyond Boston things start getting busy (if all goes well).
April 25 - Reds Shoe Barn 5M in Dover (2nd race in the NHGP)
May 1 - Foothealth 5k in Derry (3rd race in the NHGP)
May 2 - Seven Sisters 12m Trail Race
May 8 - Big Lake 1/2 Marathon
May 16 - Soapstone 23k Trail Race
May 30 - Pineland Farms 25k Trail Race
June 6 - Pack Monadnock 10m
June 19 - Mt Washington Road Race
Here's to a healthy Spring!