One Boston Day + Women’s Running Instagram Takeover

4-15-13. The Boston Marathon bombings occurred two years ago today. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years already since that horrific day.

“A moment of silence, a call for kindness and the pealing of the city’s church bells will be the hallmarks of Boston’s events noting the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon on Wednesday”  This will occur at 2:49pm EST (at the time when the first bomb exploded). “Mayor Marty Walsh has declared April 15 One Boston Day, beginning a tradition that organizers say is about “resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that make Boston the great city it is.” Click here for the entire story.

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One of my favorite parts of sharing my training here and on social media is the interaction that occurs. I read every single comment I receive and bookmark the ones that hold special meaning to me.

I wanted to share a comment I received on one of the posts from last week. I have read this comment no less than 10x already and plan to print it out and carry it with me to the start line in Hopkington. I had the pleasure of meeting Judith (the author) about 18 months ago while my husband was competing in a half Ironman in Maryland. She is an incredible runner, mother and friend and I’m so thankful she shared her experiences with me.

I was going into races with plans for the neck down, but none for my head. So–I sat in the car before the race and gave myself a talk. I said: you cannot control the weather. You cannot control the course. You cannot control how you feel on one day out of 365 this year. But you CAN control how you talk to yourself for the next few hours. You know you can do this and do it well. You know what running too fast feels like and you can rein that in until the second half of this race. You also know what it feels like to hurt and you EXPECT that. Say hello to the pain and keep going. Smile at it and move along.

Felt tired at the end, kept running. Smiled at the volunteers. Told myself I only have to be brave for 1 more hour, only ½ an hour, only 10 more minutes. I cheered myself on, sometimes just saying “lock it in, lock it in, lock it in..” like a metronome to keep myself steady.

Number of times I looked at my watch: ZERO!!! I trusted my knowledge of my body. By this many years of running, I know what running and racing and going all out feels like and I controlled it without being a Garmin slave. I was my best friend on that course and every time a negative thought or pain crept in, I would hear it and replace it. I didn’t hear it and listen to it or internalize it.

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I am super excited to be taking over the Women’s Running Instagram account on Sunday!! I will be posting about my day up in Boston and everything and anything to do with the Boston Marathon! My pal, Janae, will be posting over the weekend as well! So make sure you head over and follow them to get all the updates!

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    10 thoughts on “One Boston Day + Women’s Running Instagram Takeover

    1. You got this, Michele! I’ll be tracking you (of course) but more than that, I’ll be thinking of you the whole way. The excitement at Boston is infectious and you’ll be smiling from ear to ear the whole way. My dear dad used to say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” That’s YOU—you are tough and you can do it. Neck down—GOT IT!!! Neck up–GOT IT!!!! You have a plan, you have the ability. Now just get out there and have fun!! Hugs!!!!!!!

    2. Maybe it’s because of the hornones, but your friend’s comment just had me in tears. I know you can take her advice and follow it as well – you are so determined and inspiring and if there’s anyone who can say hello to the pain, smile at it and run through it, it’s you Michele!! Have a wonderful race – I’ll be tracking you along the way!
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    3. I will be glued to my IG all day on Sunday!! Women’s Running magazine definitely made an excellent choice to have you take over their account! :)
      Trust yourself and trust your training. Just know that you have so many people cheering for you!!!
      Have a wonderful race!!
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    4. “Say hello to the pain and keep going.” Yeah. THAT. Wonderful words, thank you to you and your friend for sharing. We all need a pep talk like that! Best of luck to you on Monday, I can’t wait to read about how hard you rock it : )

    5. As someone who ran Boston in 2013, I can tell you that having a day like One Boston Day is very important. I crossed the finish line just 10 minutes shy of the bomb. Sometimes I feel like reliving is too painful. I think about all of the people lives that were forever changed, but if I allow myself just one day a year to grieve, cry and let all of the emotion from that day seep out of me, I find that I actually feel much better. So having a day that I allow myself to go there is very important. I can’t wait to follow along as you take over WRM instagram on Sunday. I can’t think of a better person to give us insight on that special day. Sending you love and light as you toe the line on Monday. xoxoxo
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    6. “I was my best friend on that course…..” Oh my gosh I love that. Can totally relate to all of it. May we all be our own best friend. All the best in Boston!