Apr
17

Friday Five: Boston Edition

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3.  BAA Boston Marathon App.  For everyone cheering on a friend, family member, or running the race…you need to download this app!
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4.  Race Advice:
You Guide to Running the Boston Marathon Like a Pro from Daily Burn…great course strategy!
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Boston Marathon Course Tips for Runners from Runner’s World…great mile by mile breakdown!
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Boston 365 from Fleet Feet Sports: Boston Marathon advice from Fleet Feet owners and staff
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Including advice from one of my best friends, Christi Beth!!!
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5.  Lastly, My Boston Goals!  Be kind…sharing race goals is a little scary!
I have started every marathon too slowly (I might be the only runner with this problem!).  Negative splits are good, but I had a 15 minute negative split in Chicago.  So, I’m going to trust my training and get into my goal pace sooner rather than later.
  • A goal: BQ (sub 3:40)
  • B goal: sub 4:00
  • C goal: finish!  If I’m having a really off day, I plan to slow down, high-five, kiss the girls, and have fun!!
I’m not a great runner…I just love to run.  I have a few nerves, but mostly I’m excited and curious for the experience.  This is BOSTON and I refuse to have a bad race!
Happy Friday to all of you and CHOOSE JOY!
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Join the Conversation

  • http://twitter.com/happyfitmama Happy Fit Mama (@happyfitmama)

    I fully agree with all of those! Three days to go…maybe I’ll even get to see you around town or at the Athlete’s Village. Best of luck to you!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Yes!!! And thank you!!!?

  • http://danarunsboston.wordpress.com danarunsboston

    My goals are almost identical! Good luck, you will do great :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      You too!!!

      • http://danarunsboston.wordpress.com danarunsboston

        maybe I will see you at the expo! I will be working at the brooks booth today from 2-7 and I will be at the expo tomorrow afternoon. I would love to meet you, you are such an inspiration for me :)

        • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

          I’m hoping to make it there today!

  • Kelly

    Good luck. You will do amazing!!!!
    Can’t wait for the recap.
    I m also a slower start. Sometimes it makes racing and pacing hard!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m going to do a good warmup so maybe I’ll get on pace a little faster.

  • amyc08

    Have a great race!
    PS: OMG, Kara’s legs!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      She rocks!!!

  • http://armywife0613.wordpress.com armywife0613

    Us along with all of your nephews and niece will be cheering you on! Good luck and have a great run!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much!!!

  • http://www.RUNNINGaroundmykitchen.com Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen

    Good luck and have such a great time :) Run strong and run happy and take it in!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://racepacejess.com Jess

    I don’t have to tell you that Boston is amazing and you’re gonna have the time of your life. Soak up every minute and every high-five.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://www.sarahruns26.com Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    You have great goals! I think you’ll BQ, especially if you are someone who can start out a bit more conservatively. Have you run Boston before?

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Nope! This is my first time and I’m super excited!!

  • http://montrealrunnermom.wordpress.com Jennifer Florence

    AMAZING goals!! Enjoy every minute of this fabulous experience. I will most certainly be cheering you on from my living room!! xo

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://gretchruns.com Gretchen | Gretchruns

    I have a feeling you’ll crush your goals. You’ve been running fantastically and are a GREAT runner!! I know you can do it :) I’ll be cheering you on from Pittsburgh. Good luck girl!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much!!!

  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    Every runner is a great runner and you most definitely are a great runner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I most definitely have the opposite problem…I go out like I stole something :). Trust your training…..you can do this!!!!! Setting goals can be scary, but it also challenges us to be the best we can be. I also always have that same C goal…running is tricky and any day can be an off day. I try to prepare myself for that. I love running and I want to enjoy every bit of it even on the off day :). Good luck! I will be cheering for you from MD!!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much for your encouragement!!!

  • http://thelittlegsp.com Annie at TheLittleGSP.com

    Good luck to you!! I’ll definitely download the app and follow friends from my desk at work on Monday. What is your bib # and/or full name? (if you don’t mind sharing – otherwise don’t worry about it!)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Jennifer Chaffin and thanks for following along!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/amahoney81 AmandaM

    I always choose an A, B, and C goal too. And in my past 4 Boston’s those have been my exact same goals! :) You will do great, Jen! So excited for you and all the runners. Lots of luck and happiness on the travel and your time in Boston. I hope you like it “here” ( I live one mile from Heartbreak Hill!) My plan is to cheer at the 20 mile mark but not 100% sure yet if I am going to be out there. I will look forward to your recap of the experience!

    (crazy thing is that I actually have a number from bq’ing at last year’s race but I needed a season off from training. still planning to pick up my number at the expo and I WILL return next year. WHEN you BQ, let’s plan to meet up in 2016 :))

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much for coming out to cheer on the runners!

  • misszippy1

    Love this: “I refuse to have a bad race.” Amen to that attitude. Both times I’ve been to Boston, I’ve actually had awful marathons (one was the 90-degree year!) but both times, I’ve had fabulous races. How can you not?

    Thanks for including my DB article and best of luck on Monday!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Exactly!!! Thanks for your encouragement!!

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    That’s an awesome Friday 5 Jen! Best wishes and take it all in you earned and I’m super proud of you chica! xoxo those Saucony’s look so cool … makes me think of Jamaica lol ūüėČ

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Wouldn’t a Jamaica vacation be perfect?!! Sounds like a great spot for marathon recovery!

  • Amber S

    I know you will crush your goals! I’m an A, B, and C goal runner, too! I know you’ll crush your goals! I can’t wait for your recap. Have the BEST time!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!!

  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    What is your bib number? I would love to track you along the way!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks!! I’m #21194.

  • paria@momontherunsanity.com

    Goal C sounds great to me…..don’t be too caught up in your time to not be taking in everything that happens around you…enjoy the experience and the other runners….there are runs you do for time, and runs you do for the experience….When I did the Nike Women’s in San Fran, I didn’t care about time at all, and wanted to make sure I ran with my friend the whole time and had a chance to really take in the course, the people, the excitement….we crossed the finish line together….
    Boston is once in a lifetime….if you can do A and C together, great, if not, go for C !!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love this mindset!!!

  • http://rachelrunsmusiccity.blogspot.com Rachel

    Hey now! You are a great runner AND you love to run! From what I’ve heard (never have been there myself) Boston is about celebrating the love of the run and that is what makes the race one of the greatest there is. That’s why you are a great runner ,because you love to run. I’m so excited to hear how the race goes for you. Represent Nashville well! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!!!

  • http://www.minutespermile.com mary @ minutes per mile

    good luck on monday! didn’t know about the boston marathon app — downloading it now! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • A different Jen

    Great attitude and great goals!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com lmicklich

    I tend to start races more conservatively as well, because I like to negative split and pass people the whole way, but I’m getting better at not starting too slow. Just remind yourself that you are ready now!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    Woo hoo!! I’m so excited for you, Jen! You’re going to have a great run; can’t wait to hear all about your trip and the race, and thanks for sharing the app info!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much!!!

  • http://motherhoodandmarathons.wordpress.com Molly@MotherhoodandMarathons

    Great favorites! I’m rooting for you! Have fun!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://veggierunningmomma.wordpress.com Jessica @ VEGGIE RUNNING MOMMA

    what do you mean you’re not a great runner.!?? um yes you are.!! love this post, boston, boston, boston. :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thats kind of you…thank you!!!

  • http://travisandmarilynkeys.blogspot.com Marilyn

    Good luck, Jen! I will be cheering you on from Seattle! #headupwingsout

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!!

  • http://www.thesimplepeach.com/ thesimplepeach

    Girl, you’ve got this! Stay out of your head, your legs know the way!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks!!!

  • http://eathostrunstyle.blogspot.com Sun

    I am seriously loving those shoes! I hope you got a pair or will get a pair at the expo :)

    Best of luck on Monday!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I picked them up at the expo…so much fun!!!

  • mamontherun

    You will be sooo fantastic! I’m super excited/nervous for you. I’ll be cheering you on from Ireland. GOOD LUCK!!

  • http://www.mommiesrun.com Cecilia @ MommiesRun

    Woohoo! I already have you loaded into my app! I can’t wait to follow along! Best of luck to you!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!!!

  • http://routeslesstraveled.wordpress.com werunnc

    Good luck love! Run hard, dedicate a mile to me! One day I’ll be there too, once I recover from my surgery and injury!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Will do!!!!

  • http://www.runjenniferrun.com Jennifer

    Good luck!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!