Boston marathon training is moving right along. Race day is less than 2 months away. How did that happen? If you missed my previous training updates, you can find them here: Week 1 & 2, Week 3 & 4, Week 5 & 6.
Last time we chatted training, I was feeling pretty good. Things changed, running wise, Week 7 and 8. It was a rough 2 weeks. The monotony of treadmill running is getting to me. I never really dread my runs, but lately I haven’t been bounding out of bed at zero dark thirty like I usually do. And then the morning of what was supposed to be my first 20 miler of this training cycle happened. It was -8 (not even sure what the real feel was). I was all prepared for -2 degrees temps NOT -8. It threw me for a loop and I started to panic and over think things. In the end, Sarah and I decided to switch the 20 miler to the following week. That meant week 8 was a mix of cut back during the week and the long run distance of week 7.
Needless to say, I was quite nervous for our 20 miler yesterday. Neither one of us has really been logging many miles outside. The forecast said it was going to be 10 at the start but it really was 1. Yay. We were frozen for the first 4 miles and then the temps finally did start to warm up. Thankfully, our 20 miler was marvelous with great conversation and finding a fire hydrant just at the right time. (I’ll let your imagination wonder what that was all about!)
Here’s the run down:
Week 7 (February 16 – 22) – 43 miles
Monday: 50 minutes bike trainer, 10 minutes sun salutations, glute/core work, strength training whole body
Tuesday: 9 miles – 2 mile w/u @9:00, 3 miles @ 8:00, 2 miles @ 7:53, 2 mile c/d @ 8:34. P.M. Yoga @ studio
Wednesday: Easy 5 miles. Glute/core/PT work. 10 minutes sun salutations for warm up. Strength training whole body.
Thursday: 10 miles – Went into this workout feeling tired, tight and sore. 2 mi w/u, 6 x 4:00 @ 10k pace w/ 2:00 recovery, 2 mile easy pace. Yoga @ studio.
Friday: Rest! Easy yoga, core/glute work
Saturday: 2 miles w/u, 3 miles @ 8:20 on treadmill. 8.5 miles outside once it warmed up a bit. Yoga @ studio
Sunday: Easy 5 miles. Yoga @ studio. Snowshoeing w/ the fam.
Week 8 (February 23 – March 1) – 41 miles
Monday: 60 minutes bike trainer. Strength training, glute/core/PT
Tuesday: 6 miles – 2 mile w/u, 6 x 0.4 miles @ 7:20 pace, 0.2 recovery in between, 1 mile c/d. Yoga @ studio
Wednesday: Easy 5 miles. Strength training, glute/core/PT
Thursday: 7 miles total – 2 miles w/u on treadmill and then I took it outside. I’m taking back winter! Yoga @ studio
Saturday: Easy 3.25 mile run outside. Yoga @ studio. Glute/core work.
Sunday: 20 miles! Average 8:50 pace with rolling hills and tip toeing across lots of icy roads.
While I didn’t feel my best for the past 2 weeks, I’m feeling a little bit like myself again after the 20 miler. However, this week is going to be difficult in training. Not because of the workouts but of my options of getting it done. Fingers crossed it works out.
How’s your life in running right now?