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2014 Boston Marathon Training – Week 4 Recap

Time to Get Serious…

Another week down, more work done, progress made — but it’s time to get serious.

Boston Marathon Training Summary

I have always lived on either side of Detox and Retox — finding that balance in the middle is something I have struggled with my entire adult life. As it turns out, I’m really good at both of them. I’m always torn on which rabbit hole to head down when a fun night presents itself. While I did have great runs this week (especially at the beginning of the week) I fell victim to way too  much fun Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. WTF am I thinking with the Boston Marathon 75 days away? Also working against me was a serious case of PMS which rendered me completely defenseless to wine and peanut butter snickers on Tuesday. I also took a pretty gnarly fall Wednesday morning — which I was shocked I came out un-maimed, but felt as though I’d been in a car wreck Thursday morning (I don’t think the red wine from our dinner party helped much either).

This was Friday night -- and it was REALLY fun :)

This was Friday night — and it was REALLY fun 🙂

Training Summary Stats:

  • Total Running: 39 miles
  • Total Yoga: 0 hours
  • Total Weights: 2 hour
  • Total Cross Train: 1 Spin Class

I didn’t realize until just now that I missed all of  my yoga classes this week — oops. I did increase my mileage and added a Saturday trail run in Torrey Pines and ran long, slow and flat 2.5 hours on Sunday. I’ve decided to spend a week at home later in the month. My BFF of all time from high school is a crazy ultra marathon runner and her and her husband are training for a 95 mile race in Scottland in June. As a part of their training, they will be running a 50K on the 22nd — which is exactly when I will be home. So I’ve decided to sign up for the 30K, which is only 18 miles. But the kicker is that it’s an Ultra course, not your standard road race.

Lake Chabot 30K elevation

So that’s a lot of elevation = more time on my feet than I would have planned.

How I’m Feeling

Ha. Ha. Ha — somehow I’m still feeling really good. The speed I had on Wednesday morning was refreshing and my tempo on Friday was faster than last week, even with a hangover and mild “whiplash” like stiffness I had pulling me back. Next week I will start following the workouts from my new coach at Infinate Running. Clearly, I’ve had my fill of retox and am ready to detox. Even with three tough counter productive forces last week — I still rocked it on the road and am encouraged by my really easy 2.5 hour run Sunday.

7 mile trail run in Torrey Pines -- slow but BEAUTIFUL!

7 mile trail run in Torrey Pines — slow but BEAUTIFUL!

Lessons Learned

Well this is a lesson I’ve learned more than once before — but I have got to create some rules around these late nights out. With the race just 75 days away, surely I can control myself. Any tips from other runners who love the occasional retoxed lifestyle? I also learned that when legit PMS cravings hit, there is nothing better than a peanut butter snickers. You can blaze through hundreds of calories trying to satisfy the itch with “healthy snacks” or you can bite the 250 sugar and fat bullet and call it day. I also learned that my body is older than it was last time I did this. Of the ~10K miles I’ve run on the road over the past 10 years, I’ve fallen 3 times. Usually I scrape up my knees and palms. I’ve never had the full body stiffness from that fall Wednesday morning. Just one more reminder that I need to be kinder to myself.

Moving Forward

Simple mantra here. I will take each day as it comes and make the best decisions I can. I’m encouraged after my performance this week. I’m optimistic that with the right nutrition, rest, hydration and training I can knock it out of the park next week and beyond!

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I am grateful for this opportunity.

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