Did 20 miles last Wednesday in L.A.- started at the L.A. Zoo
down to my house in Hancock Pahk and then back up hill to the zoo. 20
miles in 3 hours, which theoretically puts me under 4 hours for 26.2.
THEORETICALLY!!!!! I will say that the hills on that 20 mile run seemed
(and I believe factually) are much tougher than Boston, so I felt like
if I can do that specific 20 then I am “ready” for Boston. I wanted to
have a long run that started mostly down hill like Boston does. Everyone
says how the downhill- in Boston the first 5 miles are noticeably
downhill- can reek havoc. However, my trainer has told me a way to
combat that is to act as if you are about to sit down in a chair and let
the moment do the work. Also always staying light on my feet. So far
that has worked. That being said it was getting hot by the end of that
20 miles and I did feel for a second that I was running at an angle-
like diagonal, if that makes any sense…mind trippin’ out- but I paid
attention to that and thought “run tall” and corrected myself. I
definitely finished strong because I started “booking’ it” as we used to
say as kids, so I could make the 20 miles in 3 hours. And I did.
BUT! The ice bath after the 20 mile run was the most painful
thing of this whole training period. (No, there aren’t any other photos
of me in the tub…haha!!). I realized that the easier way to go is have a
cool bath and then slowly start to put more and more ice in it so you
don’t have to get shocked so much…really painful the way I did it.
I’m am so lucky to be able to train in warm L.A. but I got to do
10 miles today in Boston (gotta do 14 more tomorrow). My hometown- that
connection like no other we all get from our hometowns. And that’s why I
have to run Boston before any other marathon (if any other). My love
and emotions for this city run as deep as the Charles River.
So now comes the time to tell you of another big reason why I am
running the Boston Marathon: my mom has Alzheimer’s. And its not getting
any better. And the only way to make it better for anyone is research.
And research costs money. So for my mom and so so many family’s affected
by this disease I ask you to donate whatever you can BECAUSE EVERY
DOLLAR MATTERS to alz.org by going to http://www.crowdrise.com/joeymacsrun/fundraiser/joeymcintyre1
Again whatever you can give matters. AND!!! Just for fun!!! I will be
randomly giving away (regardless of the size of the donation) 5 pairs of
tickets to The Package Tour: This summer’s boy band bonanza across
North America: New Kids on the Block/BoysllMen/98Degrees…and 10 signed
tour T-shirts…and 10 signed NKOTB “10” CDs.That’s 25 prizes in all!! :)
But I know you’ll donate just because :)