nycrunningmama Saw this sign while in Boston - so much truth to these words from the amazing Bobbi Gibb!
We are all working hard to run our own race. The finish line clock doesn't define the effort it took to get there.
Tag a running friend whose hard work inspires you!
#run #instarunners #teamwr #bostonmarathon
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nycrunningmama There's something magical about watching the sun rise as you run. So much hope and promise for the day ahead - always the best way to start the new day. #nofilterneeded #almosttheweekend #beatyesterday #instarunners 2d

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nycrunningmama Training for marathons make me happy because I love the journey. Each one is its own little chapter in the story of my running "career" with highlights and low times. They are all separate but also all connected. Each one teaches me to push past my limits. And each one empowers me in new ways.
So even though last Monday didn't have me crossing the finish line in the time I was in shape for, it was the culmination of a training cycle filled with success beyond my wildest dreams. That is why last Monday will always be viewed as a successful chapter in my book.
AND, because I love the race and its history so much, I've decided to run Boston again in 2017! Hotel has already been booked!!
You can read my full recap of last Monday through the link in my profile!
#instarunners #findyourstrong #teamwr #beatyesterday #lifeunfiltered
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  •   reginamcwhirter AMEN Michele! Ever race is not the icing on the cake, we have to enjoy the journey no matter the final day results because so much can happen on race day. Great idea to book for only one night...I'd have to book 2 at least coming from Ca., too rich for our budget right now though. 2d
  •   runningmom1115 @nycrunningmama as always, you inspire me!!! Keep reaching for the goals! Thank you for showing us that marathon training goes beyond a time in a race. You are "training" yourself to be a better person and to persevere. You are amazing! 2d
  •   rgonzo2 This is such a wonderful photo that demonstrates a beautiful spirit. 2d
  •   milemarkermom Woohoo!!! 2d

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Back to early AM running. LVE this year's @bostonmarathon top!
Looking forward to lots of non-headlamp, bright, sunny runs the next few months thanks to earlier sunrises! 🌞#trusttheprocess #instarunners #bostonmarathon #beatyesterday #findyourstrong
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nycrunningmama First run (or activity of any kind!) since Monday. 4 short miles to get legs moving again.
Don't rush the recovery -> I'm a big believer in giving your body (and especially your mind) the time it deserves to rest and recover after a big race. Some fitness will be lost during this down time but this is good for your body. And it will return once training picks up again. I'm very much looking forward to next week -> nothing but short, easy runs.
PS Loving my bright pink @saucony Freedom tank! #recovery #trusttheprocess #bostonmarathon #findyourstrong #beatyesterday #teamwr #instarunners
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  •   the_final3 Way to get back at it🏽 6d
  •   runfargirl Today was my first run too and I think the mental recovery is bigger for me than the physical. 6d
  •   nycrunningmama @runfargirl it's hard to not get discouraged after training for months. BUT just know that it wasn't for naught. You made huge gains this cycle - especially considering you are so soon postpartum. It's a deposit in the bank. Wasn't our day for a withdrawal yet. But when it is, it will be a bigger pay day than we hoped for this time. 6d
  •   nicolek815 You look so tall in this picture! #opticalillusion 5d

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama I usually post pictures of me smiling and loving life while running. And that happens a lot - but it's not always the whole picture.
This is how I spent most of Monday - hurting and uncomfortable. At no point during the race did I feel good or feel like it was my day. I tried to smile and enjoy the crowds but it was a struggle. And I just wanted to finish and sit down.
I look at this picture and remember how I felt and how dark that period was for me. But I kept pushing. My body wasn't up for the fight but my mind was. And that is a victory in my book. #instarunners #findyourstrong #beatyesterday #bostonmarathon #keepingitreal #lifeunfiltered
1w
  •   milemarkermom Love this. 7d
  •   mandeelang You are a major motivation for me. I see this and see a hard working athlete that isn't giving up. I'm having such a mental block in my own training and can't seem to get past it. 6d
  •   lyonelty I could imagine how tough it was for you to hang on. Thank you for sharing your experience. 5d
  •   happytrigirl Love you girl!! 4d

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama The harder we have to work for something, the more rewarding it feels when we achieve it.
Worked my butt off for this medal. It capped off a breakthrough training cycle where I finally believed I'm faster and stronger than I had ever imagined I could be.
The race didn't go as I hoped but the 4 months leading up to it did. And so I will always view this medal as a celebration of the hard work and the magic I felt during that time.
And coming up short only makes me more determined to work hard again when it's time (because right now the only thing I'm thinking about is rest, recovery and sleep!). Short update about Monday on my blog - full recap later this week! #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #instarunners #trusttheprocess #believe #TeamWR #beatyesterday
1w
  •   lilyoginee Weather was a huge factor - no one I know ran their goal pace. Most ran much slower 😕 Mother Nature is unpredictable! 1w
  •   cyu888 1w
  •   molliedeturner I had a similar experience, including a surprise trip to the med tent. Brutal, but a few days later it stings a little less. The volunteers and crowds were incredible! 1w
  •   pammyruns Looking forward to your re-cap Michele. You're a rockstar & I love your perspective & attitude. Shine on 1w

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nycrunningmama Mile 20+. Base of heartbreak hill. Nauseas and feeling awful but it's hard not to smile and keep running when you have a million people lining the course cheering for you. And even more so when you see a good friend. Thanks to @chrisheuisler for the photo, hug and push up the last hill.
And a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers and spectators who were there yesterday - you are the reason the Boston Marathon is so incredibly special. #bostonmarathon #instarunners #TeamWR #beatyesterday #findyourstrong
2w
  •   turtlegirl00 I know the race didn't go as you hoped, but illness and weather are out of our hands... And you listened to your body and still kicked some A! So so so inspired by you!!! 1w
  •   katiesfitscript Aw you did so awesome even with everything going on! Im so sad we didn't meet up but as you know things are cray here! 1w
  •   yoga.breathe.love Awesome!!! 1w

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Some races it's just not your day.
After fighting something for most of week (still not sure what it was), I spent most of yesterday in bed not even sure I would run today. Woke up and decided to give it a shot.
Truth be told, I never felt good today. Pace-wise, I was on track but it just felt tough and forced from the beginning.
By mile 6 or 7, I was no longer sweating. By mile 16, I was in the medical tent - <this> close to dropping. I was nauseas and couldn't stomach any calories since mile 10. After 7 or 8 minutes of getting salt+ water and ice chips (and getting the okay from the med professionals), I got back up to finish. We were ALL dealing with the heat, headwind and sun. Just because I wasn't going to run the time I hoped wasn't enough of excuse for me to quit. So I got back up and ran (walked) the longest 10 miles of my life.
Finished in 3:25:55 (unofficial). Not my day nor the time I was trained for but any day you can finish a marathon (and not just any marathon, but the Boston marathon!!) is a pretty freaking good day.
Thank you for all of your love and support this cycle. Hands down, it was the best 4 months of training of my life and I'm excited to build upon that in the fall. #bostonmarathon #Boston2017 #instarunners #beatyesterday #TeamWR
2w
  •   josephhengoed Hang in there and focus on the positives! Congrats! 1w
  •   frazier.fashion @nycrunningmama congratulations, your one incredible lady and thanks for sharing your story!!! 1w
  •   bethpresten I'm thinking that you ran walked the last 15k? Or just ran slower than you wanted? Sorry that you rode the pain train for so long. It stinks to train for a race and put all the sweat, blood, and time into it and then to come up short. It's happened to all of us! Maybe you can choose another one in a few weeks and hope for better results and then take a break? 🤔🙂 7d
  •   marjolainerapog Congrats to you. I hope you are recovering well 🏼 I ran Boston too and, same as you, my race was not what I trained for. I was not in it from the start. I ran it with the only goal to get to the finish line. No enjoyment at all. It was a disappointment especially as it was Boston. I had not envisioned this race going like that... But, well, it is what it is. I'll have to get a revenge 3d

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
  •   _nix8 Tracking you, you can do this, when it's tough you only get stronger 🏻 2w
  •   karen.moskel Stay strong! You can do it! 2w
  •   theesabrinalopez Awesome! Good luck missy and run strong! 🏼🏻😀 2w
  •   mileposts Congrats!!!! 2w

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama The finish line awaits! So special to share it with my mom! #thisisthebostonmarathon #run #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #instarunners 2w

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Nails and toes are Boston ready! (It's a fact that painted nails make you run faster )
4 miles. Almost go time!
I'm taking over the @womensrunningmagazine IG today so make sure you are following them to follow along!
#bostonmarathon #bostonherewecome #instarunners #bostonstrong
2w

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nycrunningmama Repost from @itsamarython (️ one of my fav runners to follow on IG - she's gonna have a killer race on Monday!)
Today we remember, Monday we celebrate.
4-15-13
#bostonstrong #bostonmarathon #run
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Clarendon Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama #tbt 2009 Boston Marathon. This marathon will always be one of my most special races:
- It was my first Boston
- I PR'd (3:21) which was my PR for another 6 years
- I trained for this race while deployed to Baghdad for 15 months (I qualified before I deployed and was able to defer a year).
Running and training got me through that deployment - it gave me something to look forward to each day and work towards.
I positive split like a champ, but celebrated the whole 26.2 miles. This race symbolized the end of my army days and the beginning of the rest of my life. #bostonmarathon #bostonstrong #stravarun #Strava
2w

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nycrunningmama 8 hours later, we do it all over again.
This week's running is purely about keeping legs loose, staying with routine my body is used to and maintaining what I worked hard to build up the last few months. Short runs. Easy pace.
5 miles this AM. 35 degrees. Wish this was the forecasted weather for Monday! ️🌞 #bostonmarathon #instarunners #sunrise #lifeunfiltered #morningrunner #nycrunners #findyourstrong #beatyesterday
2w

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nycrunningmama Last post-work miles this cycle
5 miles.
Less than 5 days #bostonmarathon #instarunners #findyourstrong #teamwr #beatyesterday
2w

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama To celebrate RACE WEEK and as a thank you for all of your support, I'm hosting a Running Essentials Giveaway!
Includes: Sparkly Soul Headband ($17), Petzl headlamp ($35), iPod Shuffle ($50), AYL bluetooth wireless headphones ($60), Canelbak ($50), Runner's World Book ($16), Assorted gels and chomps ($15). Total: almost $250!
To enter
Follow me @nycrunningmama
Tag a friend in the comments
That's it. You can tag as many friends as you want. One friend per comment (each comment counts as one entry).
Additional entry: repost this picture, tag me and use #nycrunningmamagiveaway

Giveaway ends 4/20/16 at 11:59pm EST. Open to residents of US and Canada. Winner will be announced here after giveaway ends. All entries will be verified. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram.
#instarunners #run #giveaway #training
2w

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Normal Michele || NYC Running Mama
nycrunningmama Well, that's the last fast-ish run this training cycle. Nothing but very short, very easy runs until Marathon Monday.
2 up, 3 @ MGP, 2 down
Ready to let the taper do its magic.
#instarunners #bostonmarathon #2016bostonmarathon #findyourstrong #beatyesterday #sub310 #trusttheprocess #lifeunfiltered
3w

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nycrunningmama Wise words from my good friend @chrisheuisler.
After years of allowing running to "run" my life and control my happiness, I finally have found that balance where running only adds to my life.
#truth #runwestin #bostonmarathon #teamwr #instarunners #run
3w

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nycrunningmama “Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” -Margaret Meade

Happy #nationalsiblingsday to my three best friends - the most brilliant, kind, beautiful and driven women in my life.
They show me, daily, what it means to be a good mom, loving wife, successful career woman and an all-around good person.
They are my biggest cheerleaders and harshest critics. They believe in me even when I don't and question why I'm not dreaming bigger.
They are the reason why I decided to leave the Army and move back home. We now all live within 30 min of each other, talk/text 50x/day and see each other at least once/week.
They are my sisters and best friends. We are all SO different. And yet the same. And I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today without them. #sappypost #iblamethetaper #andwine #sistersister
3w

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