Boston marathon training: weeks 15 and 16

Well, well, well–back to weekly recaps after a little bit of a break! As I mentioned in my race recap, I’m home from an incredible 3 week honeymoon and diving right into the peak weeks of marathon training. I was pretty nervous to pick right up where I left off with training after running infrequently on our trip, but the past couple of weeks have been good and I’m actually feeling way less fatigued than I normally would at this stage of training. I’m recapping a funny half week together with this week, where I reached my peak mileage both for this training cycle and my highest mileage ever!

Backing it up to last week, we got home from NZ on Wednesday night and I had taken Thursday off to rest and recuperate. I slept, did laundry, and also hit up a yoga class to stretch out from the 29 hour trip. And I did my first workout back, which was a full hour at marathon pace. I was worried this one might not be in the cards after such a long travel day, but I got it done. Friday I was happy to rest, and Saturday I met up with my Oiselle friend Sarah for a bus ride to Hopkinton to tackle the first 22 miles of the Boston course. I can’t say this was easy, especially as we treated ourselves to a little Heartbreak Hill action after mile 20, but it was great practice for Boston. Sarah has run Boston multiple times and had great tips for race day (she is training for London where she’ll get her six star medal–so impressive!) We did have a tailwind for this run and it was amazingly helpful. I would like to order another for race day, please!

Sunday I wrapped up the weekend with an easy recovery run with J, and then Monday I split my easy miles into two runs since I had gotten a crappy night of sleep. Tuesday was just a fabulous run! I felt like I was finally 100% back in my groove–it was one of those “I could have run forever” nights. However, it was followed by a really tough workout the next day–3×2 miles at HMGP. I got it done, wrapping the last set up at 6:59 pace, but it hurt.

The next day I had planned to run with my brother, and I pushed the mileage a bit beyond what was planned since I wanted to hit 60 miles for the week. My brother has an amazing sense of direction (it’s an occupational asset) so we ran a fun route, including running through the middle of a train station. I think people thought we were sprinting for a train 🙂 It was fun to run with him, especially since we’re both gearing up for Boston. Friday was off, and then Saturday was the big “last long run!”

The last long run is a really special day in Boston–most folks grab a bus out to mile 5 and run the last 20 miles of the course. All of the charities and sponsors are out, there are cops to help direct traffic, and it feels like a big party. This year was no exception, and I started the morning with my OG gals Alexa and Danielle. My plan was to run the first 10 easy and the last 10 at MGP (7:40-7:50). We all stuck together at a slightly fast pace until the Newton Hills, when we split up. I totally locked into what felt comfortable and was able to pick it up and get faster up and over the hills, wrapping up 21 miles at a 7:55 average. This was one of my best long runs to date and a HUGE confidence builder going into Boston! Sunday I followed that up with an easy recovery spin and a short yoga class. I’ll leave it there since this is already a novel, but more honeymoon pics are coming soon!

Week 15: 37 miles

  • Monday: 3 hour hike down a mountain
  • Tuesday: Driving around New Zealand
  • Wednesday: Flights on flights on flights
  • Thursday: 90 minute AM yoga; 1 up, 1 hour at MGP for 9.4 total
  • Friday: Rest day!
  • Saturday: 22 mile long run
  • Sunday: 5.5 mile recovery run

Week 16: 61.5 miles

  • Monday: 4.5 miles AM, 3.5 miles PM
  • Tuesday: 7 easy
  • Wednesday: 3×2 miles at HMGP for 10 total
  • Thursday: AM mini band work + core, PM 11 miles
  • Friday: Rest day, best day
  • Saturday: 21 miles (10 easy, 10 MGP + fast finish)
  • Sunday: 60 minute vinyasa yoga AM, 5 easy miles PM

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

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Boston marathon training: week 5

Greetings from the tundra! I am so, so glad the cold snap is ending this week–this was a tough one with temps in the single digits and a 14 inch dump of snow on Thursday. We definitely have stretches like this most winters in MA, but this one was early and it was HARSH. I was glad that I was able to stick to the plan this week and really pleased to see my first 40+ mile week since October.

Basically, this was a week of taking advantage of whatever indoor or daytime miles I could snag. On New Year’s Day J and I managed to get a run in together–I love when we can coordinate our easy runs and pass the time chatting. Tuesday I gratefully hit up my favorite morning track workout, and Wednesday I squeezed in a run commute on a busy day. Sidenote–I have a 2.5 mile run to and from work and would love to use that to my advantage more often. Does anyone have tips on run commuting? Tips on backpacks that don’t bug the heck out of you?

Thursday was the big blizzard (or the “bomb cyclone”) so I was all set to head to the gym in the morning until I discovered that it hadn’t started snowing yet! So I suited up and got my run done just as the flakes were really starting to fly. It was a little bit rough with the wind, but kind of magical to be out there in part of the storm.  Our local yoga studio was open all day, so J and I took a trudge through the snow for a nice warm class. Luckily I had Friday off anyway, but the frigid temps Saturday morning sent me indoors for my long run. I ended up taking two back-to-back classes at Heartbreak Hill Running Company’s Run Studio–it’s definitely still treadmill running, but way more entertaining than toughing it out alone. Boston folks, I highly recommend checking these guys out if you need an indoor option for your runs! I even ran into a couple of Oiselle teammates, which is always a nice surprise.

Sunday morning was freezing again, but I waited it out and managed to get my run done outdoors before J and I took advantage of the snow for a little bit of XC skiing. I even strapped on my skate skis from high school and took them for a spin–what a humbling experience! Skate skiing is super, duper hard but really fun–highly recommended for a good challenge 🙂

I can’t wait to hit the roads this week as the temps soar to the 30s and 40s–bring on the heat wave!!

Week 5: 42.4 miles

  • Monday: 6 easy miles
  • Tuesday: 1200, 800, 400 x 3 (track workout) for 8 total
  • Wednesday: 2.5 recovery miles (run commute)
  • Thursday: 6.8 easy pre-blizzard miles, 90 minute vinyasa yoga
    Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 14 treadmill miles
  • Sunday: 4.6 easy and 5 miles of XC skiing

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

Boston Marathon training begins: week 1 recap!

Well, well, well–here we are, back again for a new series of weekly training recaps as I gear up for Boston 2018! I wrote these recaps during my training for Chicago and Sugarloaf, and it was a fun way to connect with other runners and to keep a journal of my training. This time, I’m starting super early since I’m being very particular about building a strong base for my training.

My goals for this first week were to run at least 30 miles across 5 days, which I did easily. I am following a generic plan from Coach Dan until my custom plan from Coach Laura starts in January (more thoughts on coaching are here–please feel free to be in touch if you have any questions at all!!) This week included two abbreviated speed sessions, one of which I did with the Heartbreak Hill Running Company crew in the South End. It was a super short workout since a lot of folks were tapering for a 5k this weekend, but it was nice to get moving around a track again. I’m generally not an evening workout person, but I like having this option on Thursdays to get through the darker days.

This weekend was a busy one! I got in a nice, relaxed 10 miler in the snowbefore heading to my local yoga studio for my initial work-study training. I’m hoping to take on a weekly shift to get more connected with the community and to save myself some $$ on my yoga habit. Then I hit up two holiday parties, spending most of the evening with the Oiselle gals! It was a lot of fun, as always–and now I’m seriously considering running CIM next December. Anyone else looking at it? It’s only $99 if you register now… crazy. Also crazy–the elite field for Boston this year is freaking STACKED. Hype hype hype!

I wrapped things up on Sunday with a much needed rest day (after one too many glasses of vino–oops) and a friend’s baby shower. I can’t wait to meet her little guy! Happy week one to anyone else running Boston–I look forward to keeping these updates going as training progresses!

Week 1: 31 miles

  • Monday: 5 easy + strides
  • Tuesday: 12 x 1 minute at 10k pace, 5.3 miles total
  • Wednesday: 90 minute vinyasa yoga
  • Thursday: Short speed workout–4×200, 4×150
  • Friday: 6.4 miles easy
  • Saturday: 10.2 mile long run
  • Sunday: Rest dayyyy

Linking up with The Weekly Wrap (hosted by Hoho Runs and Miss Sippipiddlin), with Eat Pray Run DC for her training linkup, and with the Jess’s (Jess Runs ATL and The Right Fits).