. #15 . 2016 Spectra Neon Blue /60
Spectra may be one of my favorite lines based solely on how the cards feel in hand. The thickness of each base and parallel just makes them so different. Additionally the parallels are beautiful, from bubbles to scopes to the amazing pink and orange parallels that I dont even know how to describe!
Yay for my second Unicorn! 39 minutes faster than last year, and 20 minutes faster than Tokyo 6 weeks before. 🙂
I might not have told my coach yet, but after CT 70.3 in early June I'm definitely switching gears a little. Still planning to train all 3 sports, but focusing on the running more in preparation for Berlin. 27 year-old me is finally going to lose the marathon battle against 46 year-old me there!
Thanks @dburnsa1 (congrats on the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!), @cfointhecity, @rogrunner, @the_migster_runs, @susanhurley262, and everyone else who made Boston 2019 special for me! ❤️
68420 April, 2019
2019 Boston Marathon - Race Recap 4/5
Look, I know it's still a slow marathon time, but I was completely overjoyed when I hit that finish mat (swipe for the stages of my celebration!). For the first time since I've started running marathons again I didn't give up when my prime goal was clearly out the window and I kept fighting the whole way along the course. I made good strategic decisions (for me) to get me through the race and give myself a shot at sub 5.
I'm sure the volunteers are used to seeing lots of folks happy at having finally conquered Boston, but I'm betting at least some of them were wondering why I was animatedly talking to myself, first pumping, celebrating hard, etc. 😉
52120 April, 2019
2019 Boston Marathon - Race Recap 3/5
Decided around Mile 14 that sub 5 was the new prime goal. I'd take it easy running/walking through the hills, conserve energy, and then speed it up on the way back down the hill to Boston. The sun was still beating down on me - I was actually praying for the cold, wind, and rain I'd expected. And except for a 1 minute shower I never got any more rain all the way to the end! Totally bizarre - Cat got rained on for her last 5 miles 15 minutes in front of me, and David got the same treatment behind me - I ended up literally running between 2 sets of rain clouds the whole way!
With 2 miles to go I had about 19.5 minutes left to get my sub 5. I really picked it up. My legs felt great since I'd taken it really easy through the hills and I hit the mile to go mat with just about 10 minutes left. Turned right onto Hereford with about 3:40 left, and left onto Boylston with just under 3 minutes to get to the finish... I started sprinting, channeled @tombrady, and was randomly screaming "Let's Fucking Go" to complete strangers all the way down Boylston Street. Looked at my watch at least 100 times in those final few hundred meters. At about 25 meters to go I knew it was happening! :)
57220 April, 2019
2019 Boston Marathon - Race Recap 2/5
First couple of miles were a little fast (9:30/mile) but I wasn't that worried because of the (mostly, sorry Cat!) downhill gradient. It was hot and humid though - not what I was expecting at all! Still feeling pretty good though - good heart rate and cadence, and wasn't really feeling the effort. Lost touch with David at the 5K mat when he needed a quick walking break and decided to keep my current pace. Through 10K I was pacing myself perfectly, right around 10:00/mile average. Feeling awesome!
Passed mile 7, still on target, and then the sun came roaring out. ☀️😝 Hilarious given how much shit I'd given David at the start for bringing his sunglasses ("What weather report were you conceivably looking at that suggested the need for those?"). 😉 I was REALLY hot at that point, and I could feel it affecting my effort and pace. Started to get worried... Had to answer the call of nature around Mile 8 and lost a few minutes, but nothing like Tokyo's fiasco. I was definitely slowing down though. and I had a couple of short walking breaks headed into the half way point. 2:18. Shockingly still on target, but didn't feel like I'd done the training to even or negative split over the hills and back to Boston.
51120 April, 2019
2019 Boston Marathon - Race Recap 1/5
As I've probably mentioned before, my preparation for Boston wasn't optimal - I'm training for a 70.3 and whilst I've been doing reasonable long runs in preparation, my overall running mileage has been pretty low for a marathon effort. That didn't mean I hadn't set some goals! 😉 My running has finally been getting faster and I felt like I could come close to Chicago 2000 (4:38:55 - swipe for my motivational duct tape) if conditions were right. Failing that, I'd been chasing anything sub 5 for a year and I'd be overjoyed by that. Worst case I was out to beat Disney/Tokyo (5:20), my "Old-age Colin" marathon PB.
I was a bundle of nerves all week. Couldn't believe the weather from 2018 might make an encore. And was generally down on my chances at a good run. But the B.A.A. 5K made me feel pretty good - crushed my time from last year at maybe 80%-90% of maximum effort. So, I figured I'd go out at 10:00/mile for the first 10K and see where I was - a little faster than I needed, but pretty comfortable for me, and seemed reasonable given the net downhill.
Got to the start, bid farewell to Cat, and David and I started the race...
53220 April, 2019
Demaryius Thomas is a great addition to the team in my opinion. Many people consider him washed up which I highly disagree with. He hasn’t played with a high caliber QB since Peyton Manning and didn’t stay healthy long enough to shine when catching passes for Deshaun Watson. With a QB of Tom Brady’s caliber I have high expectations for Thomas this upcoming season in Foxboro. He’s a very well known receiver around the league and has something to prove. This guy can without a doubt still play but it’s only a matter if he can stay healthy. The Patriots desperately needed a star WR after losing some depth in Free Agency and overall still needed help at the position regardless if we lost players or not. We need a deep threat and that’s what we’re getting from this man. He has the entire offseason to learn our system and to build chemistry with the rest of the team. I’m very excited to see Thomas in Foxboro for the 2019 season! 🔥
My two loves: Brady and Jules. Why am I posting a picture of my dogs instead of my products? I don’t know...just ask the guy who brings a puppy to a brewery the same question.
In all seriousness, I think it’s important for my audience to know ME and not just the stuff I make. My puppies are kind of a big deal. Also, I have absolutely no idea how I got them to sit still for this long!