3:15 -> Long Time Coming!!

I will write a full recap (or two) later this week but wanted to pop in and give a quick update on the 2015 Boston Marathon.

I am on cloud nine. The race could not have gone any better for me – fueling before and during was better than it’s ever been, I ran 100% by feel (I saw total time on my watch and only received the mile split notifications), Heartbreak did NOT break me, I ENJOYED every single mile, I high-fived the amazing spectators from the start until the finish and most importantly, did not let fear, doubt or pain get in the way of the race I knew I could run.


So thankful that I saw Pavey at the finish – and will be forever grateful he captured a special moment for me!

The weather was less than ideal but not as bad as I was expecting based on some of the forecasts I had seen.  The rain wasn’t a factor for me – I don’t even remember it coming down for most of the race (I think having some long runs in the rain and snow helped). The wind was there and you could definitely sense it slowing you down a bit (especially when the wind gusts came) but it seemed more of a crosswind for the first 20 or so miles (the wind was coming from the east and we run northeast for most of first part of race). The last 4-5 miles was when I really begin to feel the headwind. I tried to duck behind other runners which helped conserve energy and minimize the effects of the wind – but I ended up running more than 26.6 miles as a result of the weaving to try to find runners to shield me. (Note: garmin says 26.41 but I lost satellite going under an overpass the last 1/2 miles).

2015 Boston Marathon
Time: 3:15:15
6:17 PR (previous PR was 2009 Boston Marathon)

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This race was a long time coming and I feel like a huge weight (put on by myself) has been lifted off my shoulders. I finally ran the race I knew I was physically trained for and I think a LARGE part of that was from working on the mental aspect of racing (more on that in the next post).

Most importantly, I had an absolute amazing weekend in Boston. I got to meet new friends, spend time with old ones and experience Boston Marathon weekend with my roommate and friend, Kris (more on all of this in a later post, too!).


Thank you for all of your support, comments and well wishes. I’m so overwhelmed by the love I have felt the last few days.

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    2. Congrats Michele!!! I’m so, so excited and happy for you. I absolutely love this that you said: “I did not let fear, doubt or pain get in the way of the race I knew I could run.” Huge high fives and hugs to you. Looking forward to reading more. xo
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    3. Yay!! Congrats on the PR and amazing time! I hope this is just the beginning of some amazing racing for you, you’ve certainly been training your butt off and earned it!
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    4. I have goosebumps. From the moment I heard about your incredible finish, I just cannot stop thinking about it. I will be channeling all your positivity on Sunday when I face 26.2.
      I hope you are just beaming and enjoying all the recaps that I’m sure are playing in your head. You are so inspiring and just a powerful woman and athlete. Congratulations Michele. You did it.
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    5. Amazing job. As I mentioned on IG yesterday, I was tracking you and rooting so hard for you! You ran an amazing race and I seriously cannot wait for the race recap. Congrats!

    6. AMAZING JOB!!

      I was tracking you yesterday and saw how amazing your split times were – so I knew that you were having a fantastic race!

      Congrats on the new PB!
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    7. I’m SO thrilled for you! You’re my inspiration these days as I’m transitioning from regular runner to pregnant runner (and then mom runner).Enjoy your PR!!!