Hi, my name is Marissa. I'm a 21 year old Boston College student and marathon runner. I have a passion for fitness, running and nutrition as well as music, art, concerts, playing instruments, marching band, cheerleading, fashion, Neuroscience, Psychology, cooking, Boston, movies and of course certain tv shows (The OC and One Tree Hill in particular).
This blog is for things that I like and also to inspire a healthy lifestyle for myself and others. I love sharing interesting things with the world and hope that I can help people along the way.
My goal is to get healthy and REMAIN healthy for life - Eat better, exercise, and just be the best version of myself. Just watch me.
SW: around 145-147 (6/1/11)
CW: 115.6 (5/5/13)
This is your life. Are you who you want to be?
Even though I was stopped at 25.5 miles and told to turn around because there were explosions at the finish line. Even though what was supposed to be a day of celebration and tradition turned into devastation and horror.
I was having a hard time trying to find the words to describe my experience yesterday. There are so many layers of heartbreak to this tragedy.
The race was tough for me before the tragic events even occurred that afternoon. Due to what I think was a glycogen depletion, I was severely crashing at the half marathon point. When my legs started to get tired at mile 10, I was concerned. When I got to mile 15 and they felt even more like cement blocks, I was even more concerned. My calf wasn’t really bothering me until mile 22 or 23, it was more that my legs felt like they were giving out. My entire body was being drained of energy more than I have ever felt. I felt better last year even though it was 90 degrees.
I knew I had to at least push myself to BC, so I did. I was so relieved to see my friends cheering me on, I wanted to cry. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to the end, but I needed to try. Anything past Cleveland Circle was really tough. I felt like I could power walk faster than I could actually run, so I did that every once in a while. I was getting closer and closer, past the 1 mile sign, approaching 26 when people shouted, “Stop! the race is over!” My heart sunk, I was stunned and confused. I never wanted anything more in my entire life than to see the finish line at that moment.
My first reaction: “What do you mean the race is over?! NO, I’m almost there!! This can’t be happening!”
I said, “What happened?”
“A bomb went off at the finish line.”
Then panic set in, because I knew my family was at the finish line waiting for me. We went over to the side of the road and I immediately tried to get in contact with my brother. Thank god I was with someone who had a cell phone. Eventually I found out that everyone was fine and they were not too far from me, but the moments spent waiting to hear from them was terrifying. Turns out they were in the exact spot that the bomb went off, but decided to walk 2 blocks down the road to get something to eat while waiting for me get closer.
I was so touched by all the people who reached out to me, people that I have not spoken to in years, to make sure I was okay. I am so grateful that I am safe and those that I love and care for are also safe, but I am upset for those who are currently suffering due to these terrible events.
But I love my city and the people in it. We are strong and nothing will change that. These events will not overshadow the hard work that 27,000 runners have put in over the past few months. Doesn’t matter if we finished or not, NO ONE will take that away from us.
Please keep Boston in your thoughts and prayers, especially when you go for a run this week.
If you’re looking to destroy the human spirit, marathoners are the wrong group to target.
Getting a compression sleeve on Friday…
I am so fucked =(
I need some advice on which one might be better to run the marathon with.
I am seriously considering this because my calf/shin did not feel good today at all only doing 1.6 miles. I think it helped on Sunday that I was wearing tights, so I’m wondering if a compression sleeve or KT Tape would be good to use.
What is your experience, if any? Which one would you advise doing?
I would really appreciate any advice.
But it wasn’t comfortable because my calves are still unhappy and tight from Sunday. No weird tibia pain when I ran though, which is good.
My motto for the next two weeks of taper: stretch, roll, ice, heat, repeat.
Maybe I’m just freaking myself out, but now I’m experiencing pain in my right tibia (top of my shin) when I apply pressure. I can almost feel a bump where the pain is located. I have NEVER felt this throughout any of my training, I just noticed this the day after my 22 mile run.
I jogged for 2 miles yesterday and biked 8, and I wasn’t really feeling anything. I did however get quick sharp pain at 2 miles, so I stopped.
What the actual fuck. It’s always something… I don’t know if this is just shin splints or something more serious.
Does anyone know anything about this mystery pain?