Beth Lingard’s Blog

Two heartbreaks within 3 days = a firm butt
January 25, 2009, 10:34 pm
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bosprepEarlier in the week, I decided I was going to do my all time favorite hilly race  – the Boston Prep 16 Miler in Derry, New Hampshire. But last Saturday, when I concured that I was trained enough to run 16 miles, the race had already sold out.

Where else was I going to get some hills?

If you can’t run the Boton Prep, then I suppose the next best thing is to run on the Boston Marathon course. Twice, I said “hello” to my old friends  – the Newton Hills, including the infamous Heartbreak Hill.

Today, I’m reminded of my hilly runs as when I ran across the street to avoid traffic, I could feel a burn in my butt … I believe those hills are responsible. I can’t complain though, as the burn can only improve my gluteal muscles and hopefully my running.


We’re having a heat wave
January 20, 2009, 5:47 pm
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Finishing a New Years Day race a few years ago (I'm in the red & yellow)

Finishing a New Years Day race a few years ago (I'm in the red & yellow)

After a 12-mile run in 4*F on Saturday, my chapped face is loving the recent heat wave Boston is experiencing.

Yes folks, it’s 29*F right now. Last night and this morning I ran without my headband and gloves. Funny how almost 3 months ago, I complained about 27*F – boy, was I a wimp!

I owe this heat wave to my friends Tania and Grant who must’ve brought back the warm weather from Houston. Both were running the Houston Half Marathon (congratulations, guys!!!).

Let’s hope the weather holds up – I have a 16 miler planned for this weekend.

A BIG thank you to all who are supporting me as I train for the Boston Marathon. When I lie in bed on days like last Saturday (when it was 4*F), and contemplate skipping my run… it’s your support that gets me out the door.

If you haven’t had a chance to support me yet, I’m still raising money for Brigham and Women’s Hospital – please make a donation here:

Lotsa love!

Beth xoxo

Keep on dreaming
December 4, 2008, 4:18 pm
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As a coach, many of my runners have heard me say, “Sleep is one of the most important parts of training and can have a huge impact on your performance”. As I realized this morning when I woke up – it can have an impact on your mental game, too.

This morning I woke up motivated, with more confidence than yesterday, and excited about my training and the Boston Marathon. Last night, I dreamt that I was in the Ironman and at the end of the 26.2-mile run. My legs were fluid and surprisingly fresh – my stride was smooth.

For those who’ve never done an Ironman, as you can imagine, that’s a rare feeling to have, especially at the end of a l-o-n-g day.

I love dreams like that! I’m sure last night’s track workout aided in my fantasy, as there was evidence that after a 2-month hiatus, speed has found my legs again.

I’m looking forward to more visions as Boston nears… pleasant dreams!