Boston Marathon Training: Week 1 & 2

Two weeks into Boston Marathon training and I’m feeling GOOD!

After taking so much time off in October and gradually increasing my miles in November in prep for Honolulu, I was kind of worried about what my state of running would be in when Boston training began. My Achilles is feeling good. I do feel a creak every now and then. That’s got me a little concerned. I’m keeping on top of foam rolling and just bought The Stick to really dig into my calf knots. But my endurance is just fine. There’s no problem with that at all. That’s not to say every mile has been easy.

Two years ago when I trained for VCM, I did a weekly vlog about my training progress. I thought it would be fun to share my workouts again. It’s kind of fun for me to look back and review online in addition to my training journal.

A few of you have asked what training plan I’m following. It’s actually a mish mash of the plan from our Team Stonyfield coach and my own ideas. I have the prescribed workouts written out for each week but I’m trying something new this time around. I’m not going to be a slave to the plan. In the past, I’ve followed the plan to a T. If it said it, I did it. Now I’m going week by week, workout by workout. Some weeks I may run 5 days. Some I may run 3. I’m really going to try to listen to every single creak and ache in my body. Hopefully there won’t be TOO many or any at all. I’m serious about kicking my injury addiction.

Boston Marathon Training Week 1 & 2  happyfitmama.com

Week of January 5 – 11

Monday – Bike trainer 50 minutes, 15 minutes PT exercises, weights (upper body)

Tuesday – 6 miles: 1 mile WU. 10 X 1:00 @ 7:20; 2 min easy pace recovery. 1.5 mile easy pace/CD. Core, PT exercises.

Wednesday – sick!

Thursday – 6 miles: 15 min w/u, 20 min tempo @ 7:41 – 7:47, 15 min C/D. Core/PT exercises.

Friday – REST

Saturday – 13 miles, 1:54, avg pace 8:46. FREEZING cold run. Couldn’t feel my legs for hours.

Sunday – 5 miles recovery. BOSU ball workout.

Total mileage: 30

Week of January 12 – 18

Monday – Bike trainer 50 minutes, core/glute, weights (upper body)

Tuesday – 7 miles, 1 mile w/u, 90 seconds hill climb@ 6% on TM x 8, 60 seconds recovery , 3 miles easy pace. Glute/core/PT exercises.

Wednesday – 5 miles, easy pace. Glute/Core/PT exercises, weights (upper body) P.M. Yoga

Thursday – 8 miles, 1 mile warm up, 5.5 miles at easy pace, 8 x 20 sec strides, 1/2 mile cool down. Glute/Core exercises.

Friday – Active REST. Easy yoga. Glute/Core/PT exercises. Full body weights.

Saturday – 3 miles easy. Glute/Core

Sunday – 15 miles, 2:13, avg pace 8:50. Much better temps but had to walk 2x through sections with deep snow. Glutes/core. Easy yoga.

Total mileage: 38

Overall, it’s been a marvelous 2 weeks. Despite having a respiratory virus, I was still able to get my runs in. Running actually made me feel better. But then again, doesn’t it always? I’m now recovered and ready to tackle more miles. I’m ready for week 3!

Are you training for anything?

How do you track your training?

42 comments on “Boston Marathon Training: Week 1 & 2

  1. It seems like everyone is sick!! I hoping to dodge that bullet but you know how that goes. Despite that your training seems to be going GREAT!! I’m training for 26.2 at the end of April (so I have at least a week on the Boston peeps!) but so far, so good. Let’s hope this trend continues!!
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  2. I’m two weeks in too, and my weeks look very similar to yours! I already feel stronger, getting excited, now if I can avoid getting the flu that is traveling from child to child in my house!! I have another one sick today and poor little guy gets more sick than the others (He has epilepsy and some birth defeats that make it hard for him)— do you have one gets more sick than the other? Love you sweet twin Momma! xoxo
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    1. Yay for feeling strong! Boo for the sickies. My son seems to get sicker than my daughter. I hope you escape the flu bug. There’s nothing worse when the whole family is down and out! Love you back lady!

    1. Every runner has different so don’t compare! It’s taken me years to get up to running that amount of mileage comfortably. For my first marathon, I peaked at 40 miles and it seemed like a ton (which it is!).

  3. I’ve just signed up for the Wings for life run, in May. I’m hoping I get to 25km before the chaser car gets me.
    So my training plan has changed. I’m currently using the myasics training plan to record my runs.
    I’m also going to be starting a new weight training program (on monday) and I will have that recorded in a spreadsheet.
    Hope you are feeling better, nothing worst than being sick.
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  4. Good job on the last 2 weeks. I enjoyed reading the breakdown of what you did. I am training for Manchester marathon (UK) on April 19th but will be doing the rock n roll dc as a ‘training run’ if indeed that is possible- we’ll see. . Last training series I recorded my workouts on a diary but this time I am using a phone app plan and, like you I am being flexible which I find fits around the family batter than the first time when I was also really rigid with my training. Glad I found your blog- look forward to following your journey! Good luck!

  5. I can’t believe it’s Boston training season already! I’m currently training for a marathon at the end of March. Being a last minute thing, my only goal is to cross the line, haha!
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  6. I am training for my cycling season and then summer/fall triathlon season (: I use training peaks for training tracking. I love it because I have the athletes I coach on their so I can see what they are up to, my coach can see what I am up to and at the same time I can track my training. Plus it has a snazzy app and pops out good charts to track your progress.
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