The Boston Marathon that broke my heart

Yesterday, at my first-ever Boston Marathon, I withdrew from the race at mile 22. I was soaked to the bone, shaking from the cold, and dealing with shooting knee pain that left me barely able to walk, let alone run. The wound is fresh and I’m sure it won’t ever fully heal. While I’m disappointed, I don’t have any doubt that I made the right choice. I let my brain win out over my stubborn heart.

I had the typical weekend leading up to Boston–trying hard to rest up while being tempted by all of the running fun to be had around the city. I met up with the Oiselle gang to spectate the 5k, visited all the pop-up shops and spent too much money, and took a million photos at the finish line. As the weather reports got worse and worse, I spent hours going back and forth on outfit choices–not daring to believe that a trash bag would end up being the smartest way to go. Something felt off for me all weekend. It’s hard to say what it was, but it never felt like I was really about to run Boston. As it turns out, my gut was right.

Monday morning my running partner Denise and I woke up to frigid temps and whipping winds. Undeterred, we donned our throwaway layers and heavy-duty trash bags before getting a ride downtown to the busses that would take us to athlete’s village. The start area was chaotic and muddy–the huge tents were strewn with mylar sheets and heaps of discarded shoes and clothing. I had a wristband for my charity team that was supposed to get me into a heated indoor space, but no one knew where to tell us to go. Undeterred, we used the facilities and squatted on an old shower curtain while we pulled on our dry socks and shoes with shaking hands. My best-laid plans of warming up, carefully hydrating, and leisurely eating my last pre-race snacks quickly went by the wayside and we strained to listen for the announcement that it was our turn to join the parade of figures in ponchos trudging to the start.

At the start line in suburban Hopkinton, I had a decision to make–either stick with Denise, who had no time goals and wanted to run for fun, or to push for the 3:25 I had trained for. As the first gust of wind whipped the rain into our eyes, I told Denise I would stick with her and we would get through it together. The first few miles we kept our spirits up, dancing along with the music being blasted from inside homes and under tents along the way. The crowds were thin but enthusiastic, screaming encouragement from the sidelines. We made a few bathroom stops but kept up a fairly steady pace as the rain pounded down, soaking through every layer.

We stopped into a med tent in Wellesley when my mittens had gotten so heavy and cold that I couldn’t move my fingers, and a helpful doctor worked my numb fingers into a pair of rubber surgical gloves. At mile 13 I saw Jeremy and gratefully accepted the poncho he had ready and waiting. Just after that, we got a huge lift in Wellesley when we heard that Desi won! What a gutsy and well-deserved win from one of my favorite runners!

The happiness carried us down into Newton, where I handed my soaked gloves off to my dad and trucked up the first of the Newton hills. Then out of nowhere, I felt a sharp, stabbing pain under both kneecaps. I gritted my teeth and trailed behind Denise before finally admitting to her that I needed to stop and see what was going on. Being the amazing friend she is, she immediately hooked her arm under mine and we hobbled together to the med tent at mile 20. The tent was teeming with runners convulsing from cold, their heads bowed under heat sheets and blankets. After manipulating my legs and seeing my grimace, the doc in the tent quickly concluded that it was likely patellar tendonitis, and handed off what he said was his first ice pack of the day. Denise was insistent that she wanted to stay with me, but I knew in my heart that I wasn’t going to make it and told her she needed to finish the race.

Alone in the tent, I put my head between my knees and sobbed–through the haze of tears, promising the volunteers that I wasn’t sobbing from the pain in my knees. It wasn’t the first round of tears and it won’t be the last. After 15 minutes of ice I was numb enough to give it one last shot, even though my gut was telling me it wasn’t smart. I knew my friend Bry would be volunteering at mile 21, and by the time I hobbled up to her, we both knew my day was over. She walked me to a church nearby that was open as a warming station for volunteers, and with wet and trembling fingers I called my dad to get a ride home.

I am still in the midst of processing everything that happened. I pride myself on being fairly in tune with my body, and as I sit here icing my tender, swollen knees I am 100% certain that I made the right choice to stop. In fact, 23 elite runners made the same choice. I have had a fairly charmed running journey up to this point, and there were always going to be bumps along the road. I’m not sure what exactly caused the knee issue, but I’m sure it has a lot to do with 2+ hours of running hunched over against the rain and wind on slippery and unstable surfaces. That was the single hardest run of my life and I’m proud to have made it as far as I did. I’m not yet a Boston Marathon finisher, but I will be. Congratulations to everyone who gutted it out to the finish yesterday–you all are beyond amazing!

The list of thank you’s is too long to include here, but it’s coming. Huge VIP shout outs to Denise, Bry, Jeremy, my parents, and everyone who reached out yesterday. I have the most fantastic support system.

Because I take my advice from the best, I will keep showing up. I will finish the race. Thanks for being here–the journey is far from over.

Leah

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Boston training: week 18 (ONE WEEK!!!)

Greetings from taper town! This was a bit of a ho-hum week of training, but I’m going with the adage that a mediocre taper can lead to a great race. Things overall just feel a bit heavy and tired, but I think cutting back even more next week will give me the pep and zing I need on race day.

Workouts: Both my HMGP miles and my MGP miles this week felt harder than usual. I did them without music and hit my paces, but it took effort to get there. I ran the MGP workout way too fast and my stomach was not cooperative, so my goal for this week is to run my marathon pace miles at true marathon pace and to let them feel easy breezy.

Skiing: Since spring doesn’t seem to be arriving any time soon in Boston, we made our way up to Vermont for a day of xc skiing on Saturday. It was such a pleasure! The conditions were near-perfect (I kept having to remind myself it was really April 7th), and it felt good to take a breath and be out in the woods.

Long run: Since Jeremy is ramping up for the Old Port Half Marathon in June, he agreed to join me for my for 10 miler. It was so nice being able to share my last long run with him! He is totally embracing this crazy running thing… my bad 😉 It was his longest run since the fall and he rocked it!

Be Race Ready workshop: On Sunday, I did a restorative yoga/mental race prep workshop with one of my favorite marathoners/yoga teachers, the lovely Cara Gilman. It was a great opportunity to breathe, relax, and practice some meditative strategies for race week and race day.

That’s all for now, folks! I’ll be back later in the week with a gratitude-filled post about the people who have influenced me most in my running. If you need me, I’ll be resting up and chowing down on my favorite marathon lasagna from Run Fast Eat Slow. One week to go!

Week 18: 34.3 miles

  • Monday: 2×2 at HMGP for 6 total
  • Tuesday: 4 recovery
  • Wednesday: 10 at MGP
  • Thursday: Rest day
  • Friday: 4 easy
  • Saturday: XC skiing!
  • Sunday: AM: 10 easy with J, PM: yoga and meditation workshop

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Boston marathon training: week 17

First taper week is done done done! This was a super duper busy week/weekend, so I was grateful to be able to carve out time to get all of my workouts in. Monday started with easy miles, and then Tuesday I ran a really strong workout. I’m taking advantage of the lighter evenings to do some of my harder runs later in the day–much as I love to get my runs out of the way in the morning, I definitely do better when I’m fueled and rested. I hit the first set of these half marathon paced miles at a 6:58 average and the second set at a 6:50 average. I felt so strong and steady during this workout–which was definitely the high point of the week.

Wednesday I was supposed to have an easy run but my stomach was really off, so I gave myself an early day off. Thursday I was still feeling a little funky by I got through my 6 easy miles. Friday I forced myself to get my run in early, and then I descended into holiday madness for the rest of the weekend. Friday night was the first Passover seder at our house, Saturday we went to the second seder at a friend’s house, and Sunday was Easter brunch in NH with Jeremy’s family. It was all so fun, but the heavy, salty food and copious amounts of sugar and wine made my Saturday and Sunday runs feel like garbage. I did my long run with my brother and the last 6 miles at MGP were a little bit slower than I was hoping for, but again, chalking that up to not setting my body up for success.

I’m SO ready to head into the taper and get this show on the road! I generally cut back on the booze and sugar in the two weeks before a marathon, so that should help get everything into ship shape for marathon Monday. Commence all of the weather stalking…

Week 17: 42.8 miles

  • Monday: 4 easy
  • Tuesday: 2×3 at HMGP for 8.2 total
  • Wednesday: Rest day
  • Thursday: 6 easy
  • Friday: 4 easy
  • Saturday: 10 easy, 6 MGP for 16.4 total
  • Sunday: 4 easy

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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

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Race recap: Martha’s Vineyard 20 miler

This past weekend, my running buddy Alexa and I ran the Martha’s Vineyard 20 miler. When I registered for Boston, I knew I wanted to do either this race or Eastern States, and MV won out since it would force me to get up to a 20 mile long run in before leaving for my honeymoon. TL;DR–this was a fantastic, well-run event and just the loveliest way to get a hard training run in!

Alexa and I headed down to Falmouth on Friday night, and stayed with my cousins before heading to the ferry terminal in Wood’s Hole nice and early. We ended up getting on the later of the two recommended ferries, which meant we had time to enjoy coffee at Pie in the Sky, a must-visit! We bought our tickets early and sauntered onto the ferry, which was comfortable and not too crowded. We even made some awesome ferry friends who were running the relay!

After a nice chat we made sure to use the boat’s bathrooms and walked off the gangway directly into the registration area. The bib pickup and bag drop were smooth and easy, and we were able to stay warm indoors at the ferry terminal, chatting with various running friends up until the race start.

After a loud gunshot blast, we were off! The first 10 miles of the race were beyond gorgeous–we were running along the shore on flat roads and paths, with amazing views of the ocean and the seaside homes. The weather was fabulous–in the upper 30s, sunny, and not too windy–and the first 10 miles were easy breezy. We treated this as a long run, not a true race, stopping to take water and fuel when we needed.

After the 10 mile mark we ramped it up for the first of three sets of MGP miles–just as the course got hilly and stayed that way until the end. We cranked it through three miles in the 7:30s and then hung together until mile 15, when I was feeling good enough to speed ahead. The only downside of the small race size was that I was pretty much alone for this last chunk–but the water stop volunteers and cops were awesome and I kicked it into high gear for the last three miles–7:38, 7:57, and 7:10. Overall, I finished at around an 8:10 average (according to my watch), feeling fairly strong and happy. 

Alexa was there soon afterwards and we grabbed a quick bite at the post-race gathering (they had Mexican food and hot chocolate!) We made a quick run to the shuttle though when we realized we could make the early ferry back to the Cape. We had a quick and comfy ride back to the terminal, and then we settled onto the ferry for some well-deserved post-race beers. Back in Falmouth we grabbed some stellar grub at Anejo, and we drove the 90 minutes back to Boston and were home by 6:30.

We had just the best mini racecation, and I would recommend the 20 miler to anyone who is training for a spring marathon. The relay looked super fun for anyone who isn’t (it’s 2 10 mile legs). Next race recap will be coming at you from my first international race in NEW ZEALAND, mate!

Boston marathon training: week 11

This was a huge and hugely successful week of training! First, this will be my last weekly update until mid-March–J and I are heading to New Zealand for our honeymoon on Wednesday and I’ll be mostly offline while I’m there. Follow me over on Instagram to see live updates from our adventures. I’ll definitely be running and hiking, but with no particular mileage goals. I want to fully embrace the experience 🙂

Back to week 11–I started the week off with 7 easy, creaky miles. Having switched my rest day from Sunday to Friday, I find Mondays are a little tough since I’m dealing with some residual soreness from my long runs. All the more reason to keep things nice and easy. Tuesday was my one big workout of the week and I was excited to be able to save it for the evening–I have trained myself to be a morning runner, but I definitely can dig deeper when I’m not running on empty. The first set of the 3×2 mile workout felt a little rough at a 7:09 pace, but the second one was steadier at 7:06 and the third I felt like I really locked onto the pace, and averaged a 6:54 🙂 The sunset didn’t hurt either!

Wednesday was recovery, and then Thursday I had a longer easy run (and another gorgeous view of the city). I did my core and strength work and really focused on form–man it was tough! It’s not fun but so good to get it done.

Friday was a much-needed rest day while Alexa and I hit the road to the Cape before Saturday’s Martha’s Vineyard 2o miler. I’ll have a recap up in the next couple of days, but we had a blast! It was an incredibly well-organized event on a gorgeous day (mid-30s and sunny). Despite a hilly second half, it was a perfect way to get my first 20 miler of this cycle done. Today I enjoyed the gorgeous snow from an overnight storm and J and I did a morning yoga class–a great start to working out the kinks. This afternoon once most of the snow had melted away I did my recovery run. Onto two more days of work before we jet off–can’t wait!!!

Week 11: 52.2 miles

  • Monday: 7 easy
  • Tuesday: 3×2 miles at HMGP for 9 total
  • Wednesday: 3.6 recovery miles
  • Thursday: 8.3 easy miles, mini band work + core
  • Friday: Rest day!
  • Saturday: 20 mile race
  • Sunday: 60 minute yoga, 4.1 recovery miles

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Boston marathon training: week 10

What a fun sports and running-filled week!! Any other Olympics fans out there? I definitely miss the running and gymnastics from the summer games, but I love watching the winter sports, especially the figure skating. We had people over to watch the Opening Ceremonies for the 4th Olympics in a row! Fun fact–Jeremy has actually been at all four of these parties, although for the first one we weren’t dating and he was just some cute kid from my kickball team 🙂 You’re welcome for the photo below. This year we repped Japan because we were gifted these amazing kimonos for our wedding from cousins who live there–pretty cool, right?

I kicked off this week super sore from the long run followed by a hard race, so I kept Monday really easy and backed off the pace for true recovery miles. Honestly Tuesday I was still feeling some DOMS and should have taken another easy day, but I hit the track for a mixed workout of 1000s and 200s. The last 1000 hurt but the 200s went ok. They’re over so fast!

Wednesday I treated myself to a rest day and did a bunch of foam rolling along with my core and mini-band work. Thursday dawned super icy so I hit the treadmill for my tempo run. I had some technical issues with the interface on the mill at the gym, and as usual, it went by slowly, but I got it done. Friday was a super easy recovery run before a huge day of running fun on Saturday! I met up with some of the Oiselle gals for an 18 miler. It got up to 50 degrees and I felt pretty good the whole time! We ran on the Boston course and ended up with 852 feet of elevation gain. My fueling was on point and we even finished with a couple of strong fast miles at the end. As always, happy to have great company 🙂

After some recovery chilling I was out the door for more running fun! A big group of the O girls met up for the New Balance Grand Prix event. It was my first time attending a professional track meet and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was SO much fun and so exciting! The big stars of the night were Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn–Jenny took home the W in the 3000 in an amazing performance! I also loved watching some of the other less familiar runners and events. Like the 60 meters, where the runners are going so fast they hit a crash pad at the end. Wild! Also, I run on this track every Tuesday so that’s pretty cool.

I wrapped up the weekend with another Oiselle brunch gathering (we had a fun bird weekend in MA) and some more house hunting with J, followed by a wet and wild rainy run. And some more Olympics, because of course 🙂 Another 50+ mile week is DONE!

Week 10: 51.1 miles

  • Monday: 7.6 super easy recovery miles
  • Tuesday: Track! 4 x 1000, 8 x 200 for 7 total
  • Wednesday: No running–20 minutes of mini band work + core
  • Thursday: 1 up, 7 MGP on the ‘mill
  • Friday: 3.7 easy
  • Saturday: 18 mile long run
  • Sunday: 6.5 easy

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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

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Boston marathon training: week 8

The theme of this week was: hooray for the cutback!! I definitely was feeling the accumulated stress of 3 weeks in a row at close to 50 miles, so was glad to be taking it a bit easier. I had some residual tightness in my right hip after last week’s 16 miler, so this couldn’t have been better timing. Monday I kicked things off with 6 really easy miles at 9:30 pace, keeping it light so my hip could loosen up. After some quality time with my foam roller Tuesday’s marathon pace run felt pretty good. I haven’t been running with headphones much recently, but I was definitely glad to have a little music to pump me up for this one! Tuesday was also the hubby’s birthday so we celebrated with delicious tacos and this amazing flourless chocolate cake. SO good.

Wednesday was a bonus “rest” day, so I put in a couple of sets of strength work but avoided the temptation to sneak in an extra easy run. I think these cutback weeks are super valuable and I’m trying to trust the plan as much as possible. Wednesday night we had a team event with a dietetic intern at the hospital–definitely covering the basics, but she did an awesome job and it was cool to be reminded about how much diet affects training. I really like this graphic as a simple way to think about fueling (more info here!)Thursday was a beautiful 6 miles, the first 3 with a colleague who’s also training for Boston. Friday J and I went to a yoga class together and did some nice shoulder opening work–definitely something I don’t focus on enough!

Saturday was the big day of the week–it was a tough workout, and it was Denise’s last long run in Boston before she leaves us for Cali. She’s an awesome training buddy and I’m going to miss her but am so excited for her (she got a job at Facebook) and can’t wait to have her back for Boston! ICYMI, we qualified together at the Sugarloaf Marathon. And I’m thinking pretty seriously about heading out for CIM in December… anyone have tips??

Anywho, Saturday we hit the Boston course for a tough long run/workout–4 easy miles, 4 miles of 90 second intervals at 10k pace (6:50-7:00) with 90 second jog recoveries, 2 miles easy, 2 MGP to finish up. It was a doozy, especially with 627 feet of elevation gain, but great to suffer through it together. And today I got my easy run in with J to wrap up the week.

I’m excited to get back into the hard stuff this week–it’s gonna be a big one!!

Week 7: 37.4 miles

  • Monday: 6.6 super easy miles
  • Tuesday: 1 up, 6 at MGP (7:33, 7:33, 7:37, 7:41, 7:36, 7:31), 1 down for 8 total
  • Wednesday: Mini band + core exercises
  • Thursday: 6 easy
  • Friday: 75 minute vinyasa yoga
  • Saturday: 4 up, 10 x 90 seconds at 10k, 2 easy, 2 MGP for 12.5 total
  • Sunday: 4.2 easy

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Boston marathon training: week 7

Week 7–here we go! This one had some off moments but overall I made all of my training happen and ran outside every day, which makes me super happy. Monday was 7 miles with some snow flurries I wasn’t expecting, but it made for pretty scenery. Tuesday I had a track workout on the books so was excited to join the HHRC crew. This was a fun one–400s with 5 minute tempos alternating HMGP and MGP in between. It definitely kicked my butt but I was happy I went, as always. It’s really motivating to have pacers to chase and buddies to run with.

Wednesday a storm had been predicted but it wasn’t nearly as bad as they made it out to be. I kept it really slow and easy for a morning 4 miler and headed to the yoga studio after work for some much-needed hip opening. Thursday the roads were fairly icy and I had a rough start to my run, ending up on a slippery path and having to dive inside for a bathroom stop after the first mile. I picked it back up though and found a better spot, and ended up running some paces that made me really happy (7:08 for the first 2 miles and 7:07 for the second set, goal was between 7:05 and 7:15). Friday was a much-needed rest day before Saturday’s 16 miler.

Friday night I didn’t sleep super well, but I got up and managed to meet up with my run crew for a spin along the Charles River. It was nice and warm–high 30s to low 40s–but windy, and I was SO glad to have my girls with me. We were having such a good time running and chatting we didn’t even realize nobody had brought a phone for our post-run selfie! Luckily we were reconvening later on for game night and drinks, so we got our shot in then. Next week is Denise’s last long run before she moves to Cali, so we’re getting as much quality time in as possible.

The rest of the weekend was filled with the women’s march, brunch, and house hunting–J and I are saving our pennies and hope to buy something in the next year or so. Today was warm enough for short sleeves, so I had to head out for a 5 mile easy run. I totally overdressed but loved being out in the sun. This January thaw is a-ok by me!

Week 7: 46.8

  • Monday: 7 easy miles
  • Tuesday: Track! 4×400 at 10k, 5 min tempo, 3×400 at 5k, 5 min tempo, 2×400 at mile for 7 total
  • Wednesday: 4 snowy recovery miles, 75 minute vinyasa yoga
  • Thursday: Tempo! 2 up, 2×2 at HMGP, 1 down for 7.4 total
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 16 miles
  • Sunday: 5 easy

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