Boston Marathon Training

Boston Marathon Training – Week 13 Recap & Giveaway!

Well the hay is officially in the barn and we have only 14 days until the 2014 Boston Marathon!

I don’t often do giveaways on this blog, but heck why not this week! Be sure to read to the end of this post to see how you can get your hands ON-and your feetsies IN-a pair of OrthoLite Comfort insoles!

Boston Marathon Training Summary

  • Total Running: 52 miles
  • Total Yoga: 3 hours
  • Total Weights: 1 hour
  • Total Cross Train: 1 hour

This was a good week. Just about the best I’ve had in over a month. Monday I was still recovering from…let’s just call it being sick, but I do believe I was also buried under a pretty tough hangover from opening day Sunday Funday.

  • Tuesday I got out and ran for the first time in a week. It was nice to remember what it feels like to run on rested legs. During marathon training, you’re always running on tired legs because you run 4-6 days a week. Having a week off due to illness made me a bit stir crazy and I was relieved to find that it was almost effortless to run 8:15 for 7 miles.
  • Wednesday I put in the last really long, slow run and rocked out 22 flat and easy. And I won’t lie, it wasn’t that “easy.”
  • Thursday I spent the evening at the gym with more energy than I’ve had all year it felt.
  • Friday I went for a 8 mile performance (2×2/2×800/2×400) run and beat all the paces from the training plan.
  • Saturday I did just yoga as it was a rest day.
  • Sunday I did the 15 mile performance run I missed 2 weeks ago. I ran 8 easy on the trails in the park (super hilly) and then the rest flat down by the marina and again found 8:05-8:15 to be my pace.

I had higher hopes when I started this training series, but after all is said and done, I’m still optimistic I may finish in under 3:40 and lock up another BQ in 2014.

I realized I had taken zero pictures of running this week so I went to get one of my shoes after the last long run...and Sophie just thought that was a great idea :)

I realized I had taken zero pictures of running this week. So I went to take one of my shoes after the last long run…and Sophie just thought that was a great idea 🙂 I just love this dang cat!

How I’m Feeling

Finally like my old self again! Woo hoo! It was a like a month of being under a thick and gloomy fog. That cold was terribly timed! I was trying to remember the last time I got sick, because I really don’t get sick very often at all. And it usually always happens in marathon training. It must be something about the increasing weekly pressure and challenge to your system. But I usually get sick in taper, right before the race. This leaves me in a mad panic that I’ll have to run with compromised heath. And in fact, one year I did! Ug — the 2010 San Diego RnR marathon. It added 15 min to my time and 2 days after the race I was the sickest I’d ever been in my life. That was just a really long way for me to say that I’m happy that it’s behind me now and hopefully this time around I’ll get to truly enjoy my taper!

runner food

This is such a fun way to eat! Colorful, homemade, and healthy!

Lessons Learned

That hamstring was bothering me pretty badly after my 22 miler and on Thursday it definitely had limited range of motion. So I booked an ART consultation and sports massage on Friday. But by Friday morning after spin, weights and yoga at the gym Thursday night, I felt just about fine. It was the best massage I’ve had in years. The ART consult revealed I’m out of alignment — big surprise. But I feel like signing up for 2 weeks of a new therapy, when I’m already feeling pretty strong, is kind of like fixing something that just ain’t that broken. I’ll consider the therapy after the marathon 😉

We also learned that clean weekends are really just as much fun as “fun” weekends and Monday is a much better day when you have these healthy weekends! Instead of knocking back beers, we grilled up delicious chicken, made colorful kale salads, hiked, ran errands, got pedicures. Just really good self-care stuff that leaves you feeling pretty magnificent. I don’t know why we can’t remember this and resist the party urge more often.

This is a really good Sunday Funday!

This is a really good Sunday Funday!

Moving Forward

This week is clean eating, lots of water, sleeping without an alarm clock and sticking with this no caffeine. Did I mention that? I stopped drinking coffee on Monday and had more energy last week than I’ve had in a while…interesting. I’ll have a fully loaded cup again on race morning and use it as jet-feul-leverage to propel the extra miles! I have about 34 miles on the calendar this week with just some performance work on Tuesday and Friday. We are hitting the road for a mini-poolside getaway Friday and Saturday. I’ll do my last long, slow, easy run on Sunday.

It feels weird to think all the way back to week one of this training cycle. I’ve never blogged on a weekly basis about training and it really has been a great experience. I think next week I may do a full training review summary. I’m starting to feel like I might be stronger than I think. These past few weeks were brutal, but reviewing all those posts where I had great weeks may be the mental boost I need. I have put in a lot of work!

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Look what was waiting for me inside the cabinet this morning?

OrthoLite Comfort Insoles Giveaway

A few weeks ago a nice gal from OrthoLite reached out to me to see if I had any interest in running the Boston Marathon more “comfortably.” Well, if you recall, my Boston 2013 experience was anything but comfortable, so this proposition was very appealing. She shipped me a sample and they are very cushy! They have been generous enough to offer three free pairs to my readers. So that would be YOU! All you have to do is like them on FaceBook and/or follow on Twitter and then fill out the form below before this Friday April 11th. I’ll pick three winners at random and look forward to hearing all the reasons you want to run in more comfort — especially for free. Woot!

And like always, I am grateful for this opportunity.

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  • Melissa Unrath

    I have been following your training and want to wish you the best in Boston! I was training for Boston also and 7 weeks into my training was injured. Shin splints have kept me out and sadly I won’t be there on April 21st. I’m totally bummed and sad about it but I know I will qualify again and will be back there. Thank you for your great blog! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading about your training. Good luck!

    • Teresa

      Hi Melissa — what a nice message, thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear you like the blog!! I’ve been there! I was supposed to run in 2012 and had a stress fracture that delayed me. I was so frustrated, but the old saying really is true. Time heals everything and you will be there in 2015! And with even more appreciation! Keep me posted 🙂

      • Melissa Unrath

        I ran Boston in 2012…the year of the extreme heat. I finished in 3:54 and knew I could do better in spite of the heat. So new goal…qualify again and get to Boston in 2014. Ran a full in Texas last spring and qualified with a 3:31. So was super fired up to be going back to Boston this year. But… it is what it is. Like you said…time heals. Just needed to rest. So excited for you and some others I know running it. Please be careful and take care. Above all…have fun!

        • Teresa

          Oh you ran the year I missed because of that fracture! We are like ships crossing in the night! And similar runners too because my PR is 3:29 in Chicago 2011 🙂 Yes to careful and getting really excited! Fun is on the list, I have some great friends coming along. Some to run, some for the fun! You will be there again to redeem the heat. I was trying to redeem last year, but now it’s a wait and see…thank you so much for the support!

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