I haven’t posted here in a while, primarily because of a health issue that I’ve had to come to grips with during the last five weeks.
This past November, as part of a routine physical exam, life was brought to a brief halt when I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). AFib is a fast and irregular heart beat. Not necessarily good news for a runner. Actually, not good news for anybody.
Below is a recent reading from my Polar heart rate monitor after a 2.2 mile run. Because of AFib, my BPM often surpassed 200 BPM.
I’m working on my medical options right now with my cardiologist, and hope to report better news soon.
In the meantime, keep running. I’ll be back.
Sometimes motivation arrives in mysterious ways…
The Boston Marathon finisher certificates were recently mailed out to all the runners from this year’s event.
My first observation was immediately directed towards the carefully chosen wording on the certificate (I tend to notice these things).
As opposed to the usual triumphant phrasing such as “Tracy Carracedo successfully completed the 117th Boston Marathon” instead the subdued wording reads more diplomatically – “Tracy Carracedo participated in the 117th Boston Marathon.” Also, printed immediately below is a computer calculated estimated finish time with the caption “projected time,” another reminder of my non-finish.
The BAA is in a tough position on this one. There’s nothing they can really do. I’m sure their goal is to provide all the 2013 runners with a sense of inclusion and belonging. There were, however, approximately 5,700 runners who did not physically cross the finish line, so, in theory, it would be wrong to state that we “successfully completed” the event when in fact we did not (in a literal sense). And on the surface, that’s totally fine. The circumstances surrounding our inability to finish were unforeseen, and let us not forget that this issue pales in comparison to those directly affected by the tragedy. This is small potatoes. Very small.
So… it’s not until I saw an actual finisher’s certificate (from someone who actually crossed the finish line) that I even noticed the significant disparity in phrasing between the finishers and non-finishers. Let’s just say it was hard not to notice.
Sometimes a chip on the shoulder can be a good thing. And though this is not the fault of the BAA or any other person for that matter, I proudly reserve the right to use this as a backhanded motivational tactic… bulletin board material if you will. Well-timed motivation to ensure that, a year from now, my 2014 finisher’s certificate will in fact read “Tracy Carracedo successfully completed the 118th Boston Marathon.”
Half marathon season is here.
Yesterday I ran the Rock ‘n Roll Providence Half Marathon. It was a great weather day down in Providence, which combined with the 7am start time, made for great running conditions.
The race was interesting… The field of 6,000 was easily 70% female. I finished in just over 2 hours, which was good enough for me. I took it easy on the three major hills, plus took a quick bathroom break near mile 10.
Next up is the Baystate Marathon on October 20th in Lowell, MA.
Only 202 days left until Boston.
Another successful day yesterday at the D.W. Field Triathlon Relay in Brockton, MA. I did the 4 mile run portion, and our team took first place for the fourth year in a row.
Summer might be over, but not before I was able to put a serious dent in my rapidly shrinking bucket list. During these last few months I was extremely fortunate to lay claim to the following feats:
1) Milking a cow (in Vermont)
2) White water rafting (in northern Maine)
3) Taking batting practice at Fenway Park (Boston)
Am I satisfied? Yes. Content? Of Course. Am I done? Never.
I don’t know what looms next, but after a summer like the one I just had, no doubt it’ll be difficult to top. See my full list here.
White water rafting in Northern Maine – August 2013
Milking a cow in Vermont – July 2013
Taking batting practice at Fenway Park – September 2013
After several months of mediocre “here ‘n there” training runs, along with participation in some shorter summer races, I’ve used this Labor Day Weekend to resume the heavier stuff as we count down to April 21, 2014.
I ran 7 miles yesterday, followed by 8 today. I’m now officially in half marathon mode, as I’m signed up for two upcoming half marathons, one in late September (Providence) and the other in late October (Bay State). Fall is a great time to train in New England, and there’s always a boat-load of great half marathons to choose from in the area.
Now its time to get focused.