She’s going the distance…again! Meg Rabinowitz has been training through the harsh New England winter preparing for her second Boston Marathon (and second marathon ever!), all in support of Ocean Education for our Future Blue Planet Heroes.
The MsFits wanted to know how this year’s training, regime and mentality towards the marathon has compared to last year’s:
Being my second time through the ropes, I felt really good about kicking things off this time around. Anyone who knows me can tell you that motivation and dedication are never in short supply – I’m all in when I put my heart into something. And when it comes to following the training plan and keeping up with all the miles it requires to prepare yourself for the 26.2 on the big day, I’m ready! I’m always up for a challenge, and not afraid to push myself to be my best. This year, I took it a step further and I set a goal to be better about meal planning and nutrition, hoping to feel good from the inside out about every aspect of the training process.
But, the biggest challenge of training in 2015 took me by total surprise, and was completely out of anyone’s control. Winter in New England hit us harder than anyone could have expected. Between January and March we were buried under 10 feet of Mother Nature’s winter rage – and that snow had a serious impact, both physically and mentally, on training. Practically every weekend in February we were preparing for one winter storm after another, each dropping multiple feet of snow at a time. It was disheartening to say the least, to look out on those sidewalks and streets I hoped to train on, knowing it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. But I marched (see: ran, trudged) on, knowing some way, some how, I needed to get those miles in if I was going to get my legs ready for Marathon Monday.
And I never gave up. I strapped a headlamp on over my winter hat and ear warmers, cleats over my running shoes, and layered up with brightly colored and reflective winter running gear and I hit the road. One weekend I was plowing (see what I did there) for 12 miles in loops around Brookline through heavily falling snow. The next weekend, out and back for 14 miles on the marathon course through storm #2. And on the pattern went for weeks. It felt like it was never ending. At times I wanted to cry, I nearly did! But I knew if I could train through a snowstorm, I could run through anything to get to that finish line on Boylston Street.
Had this been my first rodeo, I may have lost all faith in my ability to get through training. But the challenge of this winter had the opposite effect on me. I feel tougher and stronger than I ever could have imagined. It helps that my boyfriend and favorite supporter is just as enthusiastic about encouraging me on my toughest days with his ever-entertaining megaphone antics as he is in eating well and feeling good. The combination of eating right, and proper rest and recovery after each of those snowy, wet and cold runs made getting out for the next, that much more possible.
And now it’s less than two weeks until the marathon and I feel more ready than ever. Having been here at this stage this time last year, I know what to expect and I have the nerves at bay. I feel confident in my training thus far, and really happy with the mileage I’ve achieved and relatively (knock on wood) injury-free season I’ve had. I almost feel that we’ve been fortunate to have had the most testing of winter trainings, because it is making all of us marathoners that much more prepared for the big day. If we can survive winter 2015, we will truly run as one strong Boston on April 20th.
I couldn’t be doing this without the support of the MsFits and everyone who has sent me those good vibes all winter. Both the moral support and donations to my marathon fund have helped me run strong over these 18 weeks of training. The miles I’ve run and money I’ve raised to benefit the outreach education programs at the New England Aquarium wouldn’t be possible without my *team* by my side. As we say on the Aquarium Marathon Team, “Go Fish!”
We love that Meg could share her story for the second year in a row and hope that whether you’re running a marathon or running through the marathon we call “life,” that you can reflect on Meg’s story and keep on running like the wind!
Please help cheer Meg on on Monday and in the meantime, you can make a donation to support Meg in her marathon efforts and read her blog here.