i dont think im going to race.
hey, i think i might race.
i dont think i can race - my foot is still pretty sore.
i think i can race if i only run it once.
If I take it easy, it shouldn’t be a problem…
yeah if i take it easy then…no, i shouldnt race
im cleared to race, but i dont want another set back…
A year of pain, a couple months of being at races in crutches and/or a boot, plenty of time off training, off cardio, and feeling depressed about my broken foot...
The road to Fenway 2014 was a little longer than I originally anticipated.
As my “hometown ” race, Fenway has always meant a lot to me. It definitely holds a special place in my heart: I’ve hung out there as a fan, met friends and made memories, hosted events…the list goes on. My first ever Spartan podium finish - and the start of me really training and pushing harder.
Let’s start at the beginning…
Two years ago, I won Fenway. The very first Spartan Stadium “Time Trial” (read: Sprint) and believe me, I’m just as surprised as you are. I got to the race late, I wasn’t feeling awesome, and I seriously only raced for fun. And fun it was! I think I ran Fenway 2012 about 9 times between those two days, and won for women’s elite both days, clinging pretty tight to the men’s elite times. As fun as those heats were, I had equal fun racing in the opens with my friends, and pushing others in their first race. Freddy and I ran through together as fast as we could, pushing each other to a new PR. I ran in a group with Ryan, Maureen, and Gino and took silly pictures, made pushup pyramids, and genuinely enjoyed my friend’s company and the time we were sharing in the stadium.
Fenway 2013 was a completely different story. For too many reasons to count (and no excuses here), I wasn’t on top of my training, and I didn’t place nearly as well as I wanted to. But I still had fun racing, and made plenty of memories with Freddy, Kate, Ryan, Angela, and racing with Adriana in her first ever race.
Fast forward a year worth of races, a couple Spartan podiums, some serious injuries and time off, and a lot of hard work... and I’m standing next to the Kraker brothers on the podium at the 2014 Fenway Spartan Sprint. I wanted so badly to keep adding amazing memories to this stadium. This race. And I did.
This course has constantly changed over the past three years, from the time trial to an official sprint race – from rowing machines to atlas carries and some crazy plank wheel invention, the obstacles never cease to challenge me. This year, the distance (about 3 miles) made it perfectly accessible to anybody willing to give it a shot. That’s my favorite part of the Stadium series, these courses are short and sweet with a perfect blend of running and obstacles. You never have the time to get bored from running, or feel frustrated at an obstacle – it’s so fast paced. This also means you have time to run it more than once if you want to, rather than taking up your whole day. The only thing it’s missing is some mud!
Between racing elite and seeing all my friends out there on the course, to registering some close friends for their very first Spartan ever, to running with the rest of Team Core Power for a fun lap, to starting Team Ilene’s lap with some fantastic people, and just hanging out with people both inside and outside the stadium – I can’t say enough great things about this race. Stadiums hold a special place in my heart for so many reasons, and I love being able to share it with such amazing people. Congratulations to all racers who started the course, and a huge shout out to those who finished with smiles on their faces.
I can’t thank my friends and family enough for the support that they gave me throughout my time off for my injury. From hearing me complain about how much my foot hurt, how I couldn’t race, and how my motivation for training was dwindling… or the inspiration and support and positivity that they injected into my daily life to keep me going. keep me training. and keep me working towards my goals. They knew I wanted it. and I knew I wanted it. But I had to get out there and make it happen. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
If you’re ever lacking the motivation to train, to race, or just to get out of bed or off the couch – text or call me. Facebook me. Email me. We all have times when we don’t want to do something or we can’t articulate the lack of motivation that we’re feeling. Just message me and give me a chance to make your day better. I promise to get you moving, and help you reach those goals.
Photo Credit: Richard RicciardiEdits: JT