Boston marathon training: week 9

Well well well, another week of training and my first time hitting 50 miles since last spring–woot woot! Mentally I’m feeling good but I definitely overdid it a bit this weekend with a 17 mile long run followed by a hard 5 mile race. My knees are still creaky and sore, so it’s been a little bit rough getting back into training this week (hence my late recap!) Lesson learned–adjust your training accordingly if you are planning to race hard! Secondary lesson learned–I’m really bad at not racing hard 🙂

Rewinding a bit, I started last week with a hill workout that felt tough (as always) but fairly good. I do question if I should be working hill repeats somewhere steeper–the hill I run on is fairly gradual, but I definitely feel the work. Let me know if you have insight on this! I’m all ears. Tuesday I geared up for 7 early miles in a fairly steady snowfall. This was my first time running in the snow with my headlamp, and it was really disorienting to see the flakes really brightly in front of/into my eyes. The footing was actually pretty good, though, and it felt peaceful to be out there by myself. I did stop at 7 instead of 8 when the snow really started to pile up. I was pretty much the abominable snowlady after this one.

Wednesday I did my first workout at the Y near my house–it’s cheapest gym option that’s close to both home and work. They supposedly have fancy treadmills that can connect to TV streaming services but I couldn’t figure them out, so I made do with an episode of The Crown on my phone. Things to work on for next time!

Thursday I decided to do my strength work in the morning and save my run for after work, when the temps were going to be in the mid 40s. I had a half marathon pace tempo workout and brought my headphones to make the time pass. Of course, I plugged them in and realized my music player was dead–so I was on my own. I gave myself a little pep talk and settled into a hard but comfortable pace. I was so in the zone I barely recognized a running buddy whizzing by me! It turned out to be one of the best workouts of training so far–5 super steady miles at a 7:06 average pace. A confidence builder for sure!

Friday I took completely off, which was super necessary, and Saturday I ran 5 before meeting up with the girls for a chilly spin around the river. We were all dragging a bit but I felt pretty good, managing to nail my fueling (toast + pb + banana pre-run, 2 gels during the run with water, carb-y breakfast and Nuun after). My knees were feeling it a bit by the end but we got it done! I spent the rest of the day at a super fun Chili Cook-Off in Cambridge and a night in watching Where to Invade Next with J.

Sunday J and I ran the Super Sunday 5 Miler! Despite some logistical hiccoughs, we had a fantastic turnout from the Oiselle gang and I managed a 20 second 5 mile PR. I have a recap of this race coming shortly, so stay tuned for that.

Week 9: 50.8 miles

  • Monday: 2 up, 8×90 second hills at 5k/10k effort, 1.5 down for 7 total
  • Tuesday: 7 miles in the snow
  • Wednesday: 5 easy treadmill miles
  • Thursday: 2 up, 5 HMGP, 1 down for 8 total, mini band work + core
  • Friday: Rest day!
  • Saturday: 17 mile long run
  • Sunday: Race day! 6 total with warmup and new 5 mile PR of 33:12

Linking up with The Weekly Wrap (hosted by Hoho Runs and Taking the Long Way Home).

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4 thoughts on “Boston marathon training: week 9

  1. It looks and sounds as if your Boston training is right on target. That had to be a huge confidence builder by running the 5 miler at HMRP and without music too! I’m guessing you don’t listen to music when you run with your girls. There always seems to be plenty of conversation when I do that. 😉 Thanks for linking!

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