Two weeks out from Boston this weekend was not about running.

I squeezed in a semi speedy 12 miler on Friday because I just wasn’t in the mood to run – strange I know – 12 miles is better than no long run miles. 6 weeks between back to back marathons is too long for my mind. It is long enough that I am out of marathon mode and want to sleep in. It seems every long run I’ve gone on the thought has gone through my head that I wished Boston was sooner. 3 weeks is perfect for me – 6 weeks is not.

  • Mile 1: 8:13
  • Mile 2: 7:59
  • Mile 3: 7:47
  • Mile 4: 7:42
  • Mile 5: 7:34
  • Mile 6: 7:44
  • Mile 7: 7:40
  • Mile 8: 7:33
  • Mile 9: 7:28
  • Mile 10: 7:37
  • Mile 11: 7:53
  • Mile 12: 7:48

Hubby’s best friend got married Saturday at Veritas Vineyard. In the morning I managed to fit in a speedy 7 miles in 54 minutes on the side of busy roads where we were staying. I was kicking myself later when I learned that 6 minutes or so away was a running trail up in the mountains. Next time when traveling this may convince me to do some research on where to run. Nevertheless my run got me excited for this year. Running in the 7’s is starting to feel in my comfort zone. I remember when pushing myself during a race meant running in the 9’s.

  • Mile 1: 7:42
  • Mile 2: 7:40
  • Mile 3: 7:39
  • Mile 4: 7:30
  • Mile 5: 7:42
  • Mile 6: 7:20
  • Mile 7: 7:05

I turn 30 in 9 days. A friend on twitter tweeted me that if I add a zero to my age then I get 3:00 – my new marathon time for this year? More on this later….

My sweet Chloe was the flower girl in the wedding and hubby was a groomsmen.

Beautiful....all of it....

I literally started crying when Chloe went and sat down next to the Bride for the first time. They both looked  beautiful. I couldn’t help but let my mind wander and imagine that one day there will be a little flower girl sitting next to Chloe when she gets married – I’m sure again I will be crying.

The Wives

The Vineyard was beautiful, the weather was perfect. Good friends – wine – dancing – perfect combination for a great night.

i LOVE this girl

Hope you had an amazing weekend! Do anything fun? Have a good run? Tell us!


  1. You are SO pretty! What a fun time. And when my daughter was a flower girl I cried too, as if it was her own wedding. :)

  2. Laurie Cyr says:

    I was up and out the door before 6 a.m. on saturday to get my 10 mile training run finished. My average pace was 8:35 – fabulous!! I raced to get home to jump in the car to attend a local Spring Fever 5k. My daughter, 11-years old, ran her first race!! She did great. I ran backwards beside her singing and embarrasing her every time she stopped running. BONDING!!

  3. Ran my real race back after baby #3 (other than the one I ran/walked with older daughter)and it was fun! Felt great to push myself a bit and join in the excitement of everyone racing. Good to hear a bit about your life away from running. Glad you had a good getaway!

  4. seejayess says:

    I put in my second 20-miler this past Saturday (great run, with a negative split where my last two miles were both under 7:10). Then, on Sunday, I got to run with my wife!

    She asked me to fill in for her normal running partner. I’m always honored when a fellow asks me to run with them, but when that runner is my wife? Even better!

  5. I had such an inspirational weekend attending the Multisport World Expo in Boston! I went with my parents (both in their late 50’s) who just started triathlon-ing last year (they are AMAZING!). Plus I got to hear Dr. Mark Cucuzella of natural running talk and Mark Allen speak about his 6 Ironman Championships. Really inspiring stuff, that got me out the door at 6:30am Sunday for one of the best pregnant runs I’ve had so far. Felt good for 7 miles on a beautiful Sunday morning. Then celebrated my hubby’s bday that night. Love weekends that are filled with family and running:-)

    PS. 3:00 is all yours! Go take it!

  6. Looks like a fun weekend!

    YES. I agree with you that 6 weeks is too long in between marathons. I either need to train for the race specifically or have 3 or 4 weeks in between. Six drags on and is this no man’s land…

  7. Christine says:

    Great pics! Don’t ya love the tan lines from running! My hubby says I should walk around proud cause it says I’m a runner 😉 My feet could blind someone they’re so white compared to my legs!

  8. So you used to have to push yourself to run in the 9’s?!!! That’s where I am, any advice? I ran 10 this weekend and that was great for me. I am not training for anything right now so it was nice to get out there and make it happen!

  9. @ Christine:
    I was embarrased by my sports bra tan and WHITE feet at first but then I decided they were badges of honor – I mean I run – so what if I look like it – right?!?! :)

  10. @ Tracy Carson:
    Once upon a time in the past 10 years the 10’s were hard! The simplest answer is – speed work [tempos, fartleks, track workouts] and what pace do you run your long runs at? Most people do them WAY too fast and never get the real benefits from them! My fast runs are faster now and my slow runs are slower. It’s magic :)

  11. @ Celia:
    The dragging is killing me. When they are 3 weeks apart the first one is just my last long run….Don’t think I’ll ever do 6 weeks apart again.

  12. Veritas is a very nice place. And yes, Nelson County has some great places to run!

  13. Dorothy
    Do you utilize the McMillan pace chart? Do you think it’s accurate and what someone should follow while training? I don’t know how fast I should run my easy/long runs.

    I really HOPE you answer this question. I’m at a loss trying to figure what my pace needs to be.

  14. @ Adam:
    Hey Adam –

    ALL of my paces come from McMillan. Once I started using his paces I saw my times drop dramtically. What I’ve found is that his easy paces feel PAINFULLY slow at times – but this allows my body to recover and go faster than I thought possible on my faster runs.

    I do think you have to take into account what distance you are best at. I have a harder time hitting the track workout paces than I do hitting the tempo paces and the regular training paces – I personally just think I am better at long distances and it doesn’t equate to what he thinks I should be able to run for shorter distances. I had another coach tell me this is because I don’t focus on short stuff and don’t BELIEVE I can be faster in those distances…..who knows….

    Work backwards on his calculator. I don’t plug in a current race – I plug in my goal time and then figure out what paces I need to train at from there.

    Hope that helps!

  15. Thanks Dorothy!! I REALLY appreciate you answering my question and so fast.

  16. Thanks so much for answering. I got to get on the speed training. My pace this past weekend for 10 miles was 10:10 but I am honestly all over the place. My first mile was 8:20 (it was cold). I need to get it together! But, I am still in the place where I am just so excited that I can run like I can!

  17. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    :) I work on pacing on every single run I go on. I try to always make sure my first mile is my slowest mile and my last mile [unless it’s part of a cool down] is my fastest mile! 10 miles at a 10:10 pace is awesome!!!

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