Something happened over the weekend.
Boston Marathon training began!
But first, let’s back up. Remember my Achilles tendinopathy? It was mostly gone prior to the Honolulu Marathon. I would only feel pain on the tender spot with a couple of pairs of shoes. I just avoided wearing those shoes. Since race day, I have not felt ANY Achilles pain, even with the previous shoes that hurt. I really don’t get it. I did EVERYTHING wrong.
I ran a marathon. I went hiking the day after the marathon. I wore flip flops for a whole week. I barely stretched or did my eccentric heel drops the whole time on vacation.
My Achilles has never felt better! No one has an explanation for it. Maybe 26.2 miles cures it all?
After the marathon, I took about 2 weeks or so off from running. Last week, the break was up. The weather was so great that I felt like it was a crime NOT to run. I eased back with easy runs. They were extra special that they were all in daylight hours too. I’m going to be hurting big time this week. No more sleeping in!
Our Team Stonyfield coach, Megan, provided us with a training plan. I’m modifying mine a bit. She prescribes by time and my head just can’t wrap around that. I think in miles. I still need to play around with it some more to finalize it but I’m excited to mix it up.
I’m feeling pretty confident right now. I had a great long run on Saturday with a new group of runners. I’ll be relying on multiple friends to help get me through this training cycle. Winter marathon training isn’t easy. But with friends, it makes the miles just fly by no matter what the conditions.
To help kick off Boston Marathon training, Tina, from Runner’s Connect, shared a ton of articles with me that are Boston specific. I’m pouring over every single one especially these three:
Be sure to check out Runner’s Connect this Friday where there will be a huge link up for anything and everything Boston Marathon. If you are a blogger and will be running this year, you are invited to link up as well.
I am also happy to announce that I am fundraising for Girls on the Run – New Hampshire!
Even before I volunteered for the organization last Spring, I’ve wanted to get involved with GOTR. It’s a great program for girls in 3rd – 8th grade.
Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
If you’d like to donate, I’d love for your help in getting the much needed funds to keep this important program running. You can access my fundraising page HERE.
I think every girl should know the power, strength and confidence that can come from running.
Here’s to a marvelous 16 weeks of training!
Have you ever had an injury get better despite doing everything wrong?
Are you training for anything right now?