I have also connected with Kristen from Happy Running Mama who lives in Portland. If you don't read her blog, you definitely should. It's good for the soul! She is insightful and her writing is honest and refreshing. She also includes gorgeous photos of her children who are too cute to handle. She is a kindred spirit of mine and her posts always resonate with me. It's truly uncanny how much our lives parallel one another. We had big plans to trail run and eat delicious vegetarian food when I was supposed to visit Portland this past December. Sadly, my trip was canceled and we didn't have the chance to meet. We will finally be meeting in Boston this April for the marathon. Our first time running together will be 26.2 miles!
|Kristen at mile 18 of the Portland Marathon|
|Kristen's fan club. How cute are they??|
My new plan of attack is to take it easy in Boston. I want to have fun with it. I plan to enjoy the crowds and smile the entire way. Okay, maybe not the whole way (note: Heartbreak Hill) but I want it to be enjoyable. Boston will not be about a PR or pushing myself to the limit. It is going to be all about the experience.
|Newport is a small race. Right up my alley!|
Newport is where it's at. I have plans to do really well in Newport, and I think Kristen and I are on the same page with our goals. If we are going to make it to June 1st injury-free, we need to be extremely careful in the next few months. That means icing, foam rolling, stretching, resting whenever necessary, and listening to our bodies.