Boston 2019: pre-race

I’m flying to the 223rd Boston Marathon.
My 5th one in a row.
As always, I don’t know what to expect.
First of all, I’m not injured.
Ticked as a good news…
I started my training cycle on New Year’s Eve and I was in top shape.
Never started a training cycle before feeling that good.
My Personal Record was in sight, as I promised to myself after finishing the weather affected 2018 Boston Marathon.
That mood lasts until the 9th of January when I fell badly on icy roads while I was running early in the morning.
3 cracked/broken ribs as a result…
I tried an early comeback; even if it was good to check my motivation and that I was able to run through pain, I clearly feel that any attempt like that would have delayed the full recover.
At the end it was a 3 weeks and a half break in the training cycle.
As a matter of fact, after some days when even breathing was so painful, sleeping has been really difficult and that made also my herniated discs to misbehave.
During the first decade of February I resumed running and the big question was: “How should I ramp it up? Should I do it softly loosing more time/workouts or just jump into the training plan risking injuries?”.
I decided to focus on key workouts, doing just short General Aerobic runs any other day.
At the end, I logged an hard workout per week (Long Run at an easy pace or a Medium Long Run at faster pace) and they came all out very satisfying.
I’ve always been happy about my pace at shorter distances (until Half Marathon) but I’ve never been confident about endurance.
I’d better not talk about not having logged hilly runs, so important for the Boston Marathon course.
Should I comment about the weather?
I already mentioned that the 2018 Boston Marathon was weather affected. to say the least.
Well (or not so well…), a few days ago the Boston Athletic Association sent to every participants a weather alert because the forecasts are very similar to previous year.
Please, not…
That email didn’t surprise anyone because every Boston Marathon runner is continuosly checking many weather websites since more than a week ago but it hurted, anyway!
So, it’s taper madness time and you don’t want more trouble to think about, right?
While dealing with questions about pace strategy, why not add the “how to dress problem” that fast translate to “what should I put in my small cabine baggage”?
I found myself not only checking the weather forecasts for the marathon (and I’m not talking only about Boston but Hopkinton, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and so on, following the course and the hour of the day when I expect to be there…) but also similar forecasts at home to test how to dress!
Obviously, weather forecasts for New England are fast changing and this makes things worse.
Meanwhile, I set my Garmin to match my current PR.
I still don’t know if it will reveal itself as a smart move or not but that’s my benchmark and I take it!
Many external factors may go wrong.
What about the flight?
I’m used to suffer it.
I tried to make it a good one buying an active noise cancellation headphones.
Hope it helps…
Another disturbing factor on flight is the smell, in particular when the crew prepare the meal distribution.
I’m experimenting a solution also for that and I had to use it very early during the trip, when hostess started giving to passengers a snack with garlic!
OMG, really?
I took out of my baggage a small box with a few Viks Vaporub, similar to the Tiger Balm, and I place it under my nose.
Does it work?
No answer yet, still flying…

Ok, I’m finishing this piece of text the day after.
The day after the travel and the day before the 123rd Boston Marathon.
What happened since I left?
Well (or not so well), my stomach got upset landing to Newark NJ!
I had a 3:50 layover but I hardly feel to be able to get on the plane for the short flight to Boston.
Unable to eat as I needed, anyway.
I survived the flight to Boston and I even eat a pizza.
Then to bed, even if sleeping was not so good.
Today I picked-up my bib number and carbo loaded.
We will see tomorrow!

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