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.
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?