It Takes a Village (For Me) To Run a Marathon

Tomorrow, I will run the 119th Boston Marathon. It is a dream come true and one that wouldn’t be possible without the support from so many wonderful people in my life. Training was really tough at times. Dealing with the snowiest winter ever in New England made running seem almost impossible at times and figuring out how to balance training with a baby, work, home life, and everything else took quite a bit of coordination.

But, of course, I know I am very lucky. So very lucky. It is a privilege to run the Boston Marathon, and I am so fortunate to be chosen by Stonyfield to represent the brand and run the marathon that I have always wanted to run. I couldn’t have made it to race day without their encouragement and support as well as that of a number of important people in my life. This post is dedicated to them because they were part of the “village” that helped me prepare for one of the most special days of my life.

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Mal

Mal was so supportive during my training. He watched Quinn while I ran for hours and hours + while I recovered (and we know how time-consuming the recovery process can be). Mal also encouraged me to run the marathon because I really wasn’t sure if I could. When Stonyfield approached me about running Boston, I was only 3-months postpartum and running just a few miles at a time, often with walking breaks mixed in. I really didn’t think I could run 26.2 miles, but Mal kept emphasizing how it was such an amazing opportunity. Of course, I knew that, but I still wasn’t sure. After debating about it for days and days, Mal finally said: This is the race you’ve always wanted to run; you should do it. Eventually, I said ”˜yes’ to Stonyfield and haven’t looked back since. I am so grateful to have Mal as my partner, best friend, my everything. He knows me better than anyone else, and he knew I would regret turning down a chance to run the Boston Marathon, so I am incredibly thankful he encouraged me to do it.

Quinn

This kid. He is such a great baby. I am so thankful that he’s flexible, adaptable, and enjoyed going to daycare a couple of days a week while I trained for this marathon. He’s my heart, my little love, and the most joyous part of my life. And training for this marathon made me a better mom to him. IMG_1404

Monica

I can’t say enough wonderful things about my friend Monica, especially during my training. I literally talked to her everyday and asked her all sorts of questions about running and marathons. Some of them were probably dumb, but she never once made me feel that way and always offered her honest opinion. AND she flew across the country to run 20 miles with me! She is an incredible friend, and I honestly don’t think I could have gotten through marathon training without her.

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Kerrie + the lovely ladies of KFIT

I have so many things to thank Kerrie for during my training: The great programming at KFIT that kept me strong, her treadmill that she let me use whenever I wanted (and, boy, did I need it this winter), and her unwavering friendship and support for all 15 weeks. And a huge thanks to the lovely ladies of KFIT, especially the evening Tuesday classes, who listened to the constant whirl of the treadmill while I ran and ran and ran. I also appreciate the supportive waves, smiles, and company, so I didn’t feel like a total weirdo running on treadmill all by myself.

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Marisa

My long-distance running buddy! Marisa is an incredible athlete, who trained for a couple of Boston Marathons herself, so she was always willing to join me for long, cold, and snowy run during my training. It was so nice to have someone to chat with for all of those miles.

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Allison (my massage therapist)

Allison at Muscle Medics kept my body happy and healthy for 15 weeks of training, so a huge THANK YOU to her. I honestly don’t think I could have made it to race day in one piece without her magic touch.

Megan of Run Like a Mother

Megan’s Boston Marathon training plan was amazing. It had me running three days a week with two cross-training days mixed in, so I didn’t experience the typical overuse injuries that I did in the past. I also loved the variety in her plan (hills, tempos, Yassos, long runs), so I was never bored and always looked forward to my next run. I truly can’t thank her enough– obviously, for such an awesome plan, but also for her constant support and running expertise during my training.

Brooks 

Oh, how I love Brooks. They are such a wonderful company, and they provided me with the most important piece of equipment for my training: Glycerin 12s, which carried me almost 400 miles since the New Year. They also outfitted me in some pretty snazzy gear that kept me motivated and excited about running, including the Boston Launch 2s (aka “lobster sneakers”) that I love sooooo much.

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You guys

A BIG THANKS to you guys! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your motivating comments, running advice, words of wisdom, and endless support. You guys are the best. Thank you for following my Boston Marathon journey!

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Stonyfield

And, of course, none of this would be possible without Stonyfield. From selecting me to be part of Team Stonyfield to sending monthly coupons and everything in between… THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Question of the Day

When it comes to training/fitness/exercise, who is part of your village?

93 Comments

  1. Good Luck tomorrow! My favorite marathon advice ever is, “when your legs get really tired, focus on moving your arms. The legs will know what to do.” This has helped me through the tough miles! Enjoy every moment.

  2. I can’t believe it’s already time for the marathon! It’s been such a joy following you through your journey – you’re such an inspiration. I’m so amazed that you’ve trained for this race with everything on your plate! Just goes to show you can do anything you set your mind to!

    Good luck and have fun tomorrow! Enjoy every mile of it!

  3. i loved this post :’) you are so inspiring for saying yes to this incredible opportunity! i hope to run boston someday myself– although i still have a long long looooong (and fast) way to go! but knowing that you endured all that training in the midst of all that snow helps make it seem much more doable. GOOD LUCK tomorrow tina!
    i am sure you will have the greatest post-marathon recovery of your life 😉

  4. It has been so fun and interesting to follow your training, Tina! You are prepared and will do great. Enjoy this awesome experience!

  5. Tina, I am SOOOOOO pumped and excited for you!! I have run many half marathons and one full marathon and hope to run Boston some day too! Best of luck to you. You are going to kill it!!
    I am a mom to 2 young boys (ages 2.5 and 5 months), so I know very well what it takes to fit in workouts in addition to everything else. You definitely need a supportive/understanding partner and a lot of your own motivation so good for you!
    Best of luck!!!

  6. Congratulations on making it this far, you will rock it tomorrow! Enjoy every mile and remember to soak it all in!

    p.s. Beautiful photo of you!

  7. I’ve loved hearing about your marathon training! Good luck tomorrow and I look forward to reading about how it goes. You’re an inspiration!

  8. I’m glad you are making the most out of such an amazing opportunity. It seems like you’ve gotten a ton of support. I’ve never run a marathon (maybe some day), but I rode a 275 aids bike ride. I will say it was one of the best experiences of my life, and hopefully this will be one of the best of yours.

  9. Good luck with Boston! My husband was my biggest supporter when I trained for my first marathon. He worked nights and would often stay up hours after work to stay with our daughter while I logged hours and miles. My mom and sister were also very helpful and supportive.

  10. My boyfriend and my family for always watching my dog when I am meeting up with friends to run long or running a race. It’s nice to know duncan is cared for so I can be gone for 6-7 hours on a Saturday or Sunday.
    And my running friends. I have so many and they are always supportive whether we are running together or separately. And of course they listened to me moan about all my injuries and missing lots of events. And most recently I have a sports Chiro who fixed my knee issues. He dug deep and left me with bruises but I’m healed and the pain was worth it.

    Have a great race today. Enjoy your journey to the finish.

  11. Good Luck! So excited for you 🙂 This post had me shedding a few tears, you’re amazing and very humble of you to take time to thank all your supporters along this journey!
    xoxo

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