Boston Marathon Training Begins Now!

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.

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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:

4 Key Workouts to Prep for the Boston Marathon Course

3 Race Quirks You Must Prepare for in the Final Weeks of Boston Marathon Training

How to Train for and Race Boston Marathon Course

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?

42 comments on “Boston Marathon Training Begins Now!

  1. Good luck with training!! Right now I’m training for the Seattle Hot Chocolate 15K—it will be my longest race since coming back from an IT band injury and a stress reaction in my tibia!
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  2. Yay for no achilles pain and yay for Boston training! You’re going to love it. Long runs in Jan/Feb, maybe not so muchโ€ฆ.my marathon is March 1 and I start my 20s this coming Sat. Wondering what the hell I was thinking?! But you’ll get by with a little help from your friends, I’m sure. Onward and upward!
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  3. Sometimes I feel like injuries make no sense- they come and go with no reasoning behind any of it! That is so exciting that your Boston training has started. Part of me has the itch to train for another marathon but the other part of me is ok waiting until the fall and focusing on the 1/2 for now:)
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  4. So great to hear your pain is gone! I’m still fighting some stupid knee pain and I think it’s been 8 weeks now! But, despite that, I’ve started my Boston training too. I’ve also been doing my PT exercises religiously, but heck, since I haven’t really been feeling any improvement, maybe I should take your approach! Thanks for all of the Boston info. Bring it on!!

  5. How awesome that your achilles tendon issue has mysteriously disappeared. Hopefully it never comes back! You are going to love your Boston Marathon experience. I must say a small part of me is wishing I was going back again this year. I am excited to follow all of you amazing runners as you train and race Boston Strong. Also, very cool that you are raising money for Girls on the Run NH, such an awesome organization!
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  6. I’m so excited for you. I can’t wait to cheer you on through your training cycle and on race day!! And I love that your achilles isn’t bothering you anymore. Figures, right?? Something similar happened to me and my plantar fasciitis. Just up and went away one day (not complaining). I love looking at that photo of you running in the snow. It’s gorgeous!
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  7. wow that picture is beautiful! I just haven’t been able to bring myself to run outside in the cold yet ๐Ÿ™ My goal is to qualify for Boston one day but that is a loooong ways off. I’m running a fall marathon in 2015 so hopefully I chip away at my current PR slightly. We’ll see how long it takes me to get that 3:35 (which seems impossible right now)!
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  8. I’m training for my first Boston! Started training in December for 2 weeks, after Richmond Marathon in November (and Baystate Marathon in October) then did a lighter 2 weeks leading up to my first ultra 12/28. Now I’m finishing 2 weeks of recovery from that and will start to ramp up again over the next couple of weeks, then hit it hard starting at 12 weeks out.
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