Boston Marathon Training officially starts today, January 6th. This gives me 16 weeks to get ready to run my 2nd Boston and 12th marathon. To hold myself accountable and help archive my training, I’m going to post every Monday for the next 16 weeks. Today’s post is a recap of how I got here, what I plan to do and where I am today. Moving forward, I’ll post a summary of my training, progress, tips, and any unavoidable stories of hilarity that may come up in the process of getting from here to the finish line.
A Little Bit About My Marathon History and How I Got Into Boston 2014
I’ll make this as short as possible 😉 In 2001, I ran my first marathon and finished it in 4:45. I was just happy to cross that finish line. I had a great group of girlfriends and we would run-chat together all the time and call that training. I did about 6 marathons with them in 6 years all between 4:15 and 4:45. Honestly never thought Boston was in my future because that was only for “fast” runners. In 2007 I was about finished with marathons, so I quit running for a few years. I lost about 20 pounds, and in 2009 when I started running again, it was like running in somebody else’s body. I started working with coaches and putting some strategy into my training. I was able to run a 4:05, 3:31 and 3:29. Over an hour off my original finish time — I was on a roll! It was so fun!
Then 2012 happened and I had my first injury (stress fracture) that prevented me from running Boston. Then NYC 2012 was cancelled because of hurricane Sandy (read about that here). I ended up running Seattle 3 weeks later in 3:36 (read about that here) not bad, but the shift in training was tough.
Then 2013 was really bad. I had serious runner burn out, which I’d never experienced (read about that here). That lead me to run a painful 3:45, which was followed by seriously catastrophic events at the finish line. Luckily we had all finished the race and were cleared from the finish line before the bombs went off (read about that here — which I just read again for the first time since last year and I cried all over again). Just as I was fired up again to train and redeem myself in NYC, I hurt my f–ing foot again, leaving me with only 5 weeks to train. I won’t even tell you how that went down, but you can read about it here.
I submitted my application for Boson on my 3:36 from Seattle and when I was accepted, I figured it was a must do. So I made a concious effort to take the rest of 2013 off of running. For the first time ever, I focused on only weight training and strength building. I can’t thank my amazing personal trainer, Trish enough! Taking 8 weeks to focus on muscles gives me not only a stronger base to work with, it should also keep me from getting burnt out again. I am ready to RUN in 2014!
What My Boston Marathon Training Will Look Like:
I’m going to follow a combination of the schedules I had from my coaches back in 2011 but with the addition of 4 weeks of base training to get my endurance back up. I will run 30-45 miles over 4-5 runs per week. I kick off the week with spin on Monday. I will follow my weigh training regimen on Monday and Wednesdays. Tuesdays will be speed drills and interval work with the San Diego Track Club when possible. Wednesday is a wild card run day. Thursday tempo running. Tuesday and Thursday will also involve some dedicated stretching, yoga or foam roller action. Friday is mandatory rest. Saturday long run and Sunday recovery run or spin. That’s the plan, and I plan to stick with it!
Future Boston Marathon Training Recaps:
I’ll try to hold a pretty consistent three part format:
- Part I: Summary of total performance mileage and pace
- Part II: A recap of how I’m feeling (running is soooo mental)
- Part III: Lessons learned (this might be useful or just funny)
Where I Am Today — A Far Cry From The Finish Line!
Today I suck. I ran the Resolution Run 15K on Saturday in 1:14 and change — an 8:12 pace. My legs felt great (as they should, they are stronger than ever) I simply could not run any faster. I have no speed. It feels far fetched to think I can run 26.2 in 8min pace flat — on the Boston course no less. But I believe in the human body and myself. I have a pretty good grasp of the physiological adaptations training can impart on your body and performance. So I remain optimist. I have nothing short of the BEST training gal pals Heather and Sheri who will also fly across the country and run the race along with me. And I have some pretty speedy dudes that can help push me through interval and cross training. I’ve done it before and I’m ready to do it again!
I hope you join me on this journey — whether you’re training for Boston, another race or just wondering what it takes a to carry “a normal gal” 26.2 miles in the shortest amount of time possible!
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