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2014 Boston Marathon Training – Week 9 Recap

Well, they can’t all be gems.

Boston Marathon Training Summary

Training Summary Stats:

  • Total Running: 37 miles
  • Total Yoga: 1 hour
  • Total Weights: zero
  • Total Cross Train: 1 Spin Class

It was bound to happen after 8 solid weeks of training. But this was a tough week no doubt about it. I was just tired! I slept almost two extra hours each day, pulled my workouts back quite a bit and took two full rest days. I felt like I was running harder, but everything was slower than I’d expect at this point. It felt a little bit like the runner burnout that I had last year. I did the 11 mile double tempo run on Tuesday and the San Diego Half Marathon Sunday and the rest of my runs were 4-6 miles and pretty slow and difficult. Definitely hoping to get my runner spirits back this week after taking it easy last week.

How I’m Feeling

Tired, beat up and a little defeated. I ran 1:47:57 in the San Diego Half Marathon which is more than 10 minutes off my PR from last January. I knew I was in no position to come close to PR, but I certainly hoped to break 1:45. The race is a miniature version of Boston with a HUGE hill mile 9-10 and then flat and down hill the rest of the race. It’s tricky because you just don’t know how much energy to save for the hill. It turned out to be not so bad and ran 7:40, 7:35, 6:45 on the final miles into downtown. I also ran the entire race with my runner soul make Kate (some of you may know her as So Cal Runner Gal). Never in all my years of running have I ever run an entire race with someone and it was a good push for both of us. It was a very fun day in all, but the time still stings.
SD Half Marathon

Lessons Learned

Patience, patience, patience. When I was running well in 2012 and early 2013, it was because I had been consistently running well for months and months. I’m only two into this, so I will be grateful for where I am. This is the same talk I had to give to myself about a month ago, and I’m imagine the same talk I’ll have to give to myself in another month.

I don’t feel bad about taking it easy and skipping a few workouts last week. I am a person who absolutely loves to exercise. Because of that, when I don’t want to — I just don’t. I figure it’s my body telling me something. If I force myself to go when I’m in no mood, I feel like I may build resentment for the activity, and then is completely counter productive.

fitness motivation

Moving Forward

This week I plan to follow the schedule and smile. I have 7 weeks to go and I have come a long way since week 1. I will remain very optimistic about where I’ll be on race day. I think it might also be time to invest in a new pair of NEWTON running shoes. I saw more on the course this year than ever! People ask me all the time about which shoe I love, and without a doubt it’s these bad boys. They are a bit pricy, but they are most certainly worth it! A new pair of shoes might quite literally, but a bounce back in my step!

Best running shoe ever!

Best running shoe ever!

Back to the grind this week, all continues to go well in Teresa’s land of Boston Marathon Training.

And like always, I am grateful for this opportunity.

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