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Boston Marathon Training {Week 7 & 8}

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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.

Yoga at home | happyfitmama.com

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

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Thursday: 7 miles total – 2 miles w/u on treadmill and then I took it outside. I’m taking back winter! Yoga @ studio

Friday: Rest!

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?

You Know You’re in Marathon Training When…

You Know You're in Marathon Training When...  happyfitmama.com

Over the weekend, it occurred to me that I have developed marathon training brain. It’s all about running. All the time. Every day. Every minute. I know even when I’m not training for anything, I talk a lot about running. Running pops into my thoughts often. But on Saturday, it got a little out of hand. I was obsessed with the hour by hour forecast for my planned 20 miler. It’s a long story but the 20 miles didn’t happen because I got too wrapped up in the forecast. Gah! Anyway…I know I’m not alone. There are plenty of us who are “suffering” from this marvelous condition.

You know you’re in marathon training when…

You obsess over the weather forecast. Particularly your long run days. At any given time, you know the projected forecast for the next 5 days, including sunrise and sunset, chance of precipitation, windchill factor, and whether there’s even a remote possibility that a winter storm can blow through, dumping extra snow before your run.

You are really, really upset when the weather is going to be better the day AFTER your long run and you can’t rearrange your schedule.

You arrange your long run around the warmest part of the day in the winter/coolest in the summer. You delay getting started because even a slight degree in temperature change really does make a difference.

Sleeping in on the weekend is still 5 a.m.

All you can think about besides running is eating and sleeping.

You want to eat all the food.

Your skinny jeans are just a little bit skinnier around the quads and calves.

Marathon Training Run | happyfitmama.com

You arrange your schedule based on how many miles you have to run that day.

You wonder a lot…will this make me too sore for my run tomorrow?

You think 9 p.m. is staying up late.

You ponder your long run outfit more than your daily “real clothes.”

You want to know the details of the race course from every person who has run the race before.

You spend lots of quality time with a foam roller, The Stick, Lacrosse balls and other sports equipment for relief even though it hurts like hell.

You wear compression socks for recovery no matter if it’s 90 degrees and clashes with your cute skirt.

You wear compression socks under your “real” clothes.

You talk about your training in any and all conversations without even trying. People talking about the weather? You comment on how awful/wonderful it is to run in this. Plans for the weekend? Running, of course.

You have a training journal that you write in everyday. It’s like your diary from middle school years, full of all your hopes and dreams.

Believe I Am Journal | happyfitmama.com

You have a whole stash of GU, Honey Stingers, Huma Gel or whatever mid fuel run you love.

Your laundry basket is always full of sweaty workout gear.

You second guess yourself often - Why am I doing this?

You have a countdown calendar app to race day.

You want to talk about training plans and running with everyone. Oh wait, that happens even when you aren’t training for anything.

Your feet have more callouses than you can count but there’s no way you are getting a pedicure till after race day.

Your turn! You know you are in training for ______ when…

Boston Marathon Training {Week 5 & 6}

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The snow keeps flying. The temps keep dropping. And Boston Marathon training keeps running. We are a mere 63 days from Marathon Monday. AHHHHHH!!!

Here’s the rundown on how training is going.

Week 5: February 2 – February 8

Monday - Snow day so I was able to do a lot more than I usually do for a Monday.

  • Yoga in the morning at home.
  • 5 easy pace recovery miles after Mid Winter Classic. Legs were a little sore.
  • Lots of quality time with The Stick. Core and glute exercises.


  • A.M. 8 miles total: 2 mile w/u, 5 X 5:00 @ 1/2 marathon pace (8:00, 8:00, 7:53, 7:53, 7:47). 1.5 mile easy c/d. Post run power exercises (prisoner squats, step ups, push ups, jump steps x 3)
  • Glute work/PT/The Stick
  • P.M. Yoga at the studio – yay baby!


  • 10 minute warm up with sun salutations
  • 50 minute bike trainer in a.m.
  • After work PT appt. Worked on glute firing exercises with bands in addition to manual therapy on calf.


  • A.M. 8 miles total: Easy pace w/ 5 x 20 sec strides. Tired and sore from PT. Treadmill deck breaks! Post run power exercises.
  • Glute work/PT/The Stick
  • P.M.: Yoga at the studio


  • Active rest: 25 minutes of easy yoga


  • 17.08 miles total: Met up with new and old running friends for a tour of Kittery and Portsmouth. Surprised by how warm it was, 21 degrees when we started! Felt good – plenty of hills at a good pace. Did start to feel tired around mile 15. Average pace: 8:50
  • The Stick.


  • Not my smartest idea to do my recovery run in 4-6 inches of fresh snow on the road. Planned for 5 but cut it short at 4. Worked harder for those 4 than Saturday’s 17!
  • Yoga class cancelled at the studio because of the snow. 25 minutes of easy yoga at home.
  • Lots of time with The Stick today.

Total mileage: 42

Snowstorm Run | happyfitmama.com

Week 6: February 9 – February 15

Monday – Anther snow day and another day called off from work. I could get used to having this much time for training fun!

  • 30 minute on bike trainer that was interrupted numerous times with calls from work about the snow. Called off from work. Yay!
  • 60 minute yoga class at the studio.
  • Snowshoeing – 60 min(?). Fresh powder that sinks you up to your knees even with snowshoes is hard work. My glutes, hips, quads and shins were sore for days afterwards.
  • 5 easy pace miles on the treadmill later in the afternoon.
  • The Stick, Glute/Core exercises.


  • 7 miles total – 2 mile w/u at easy pace, 6 x Yasoo 800s. First time doing Yasso’s on the treadmill. Maybe it was the early morning but I ended up being totally confused on pacing and timing. By the last 2, I think I figured it out (3:30, 3:33).
  • Power exercises post run.
  • Glute/core/PT exercises.
  • 30 minutes yoga at home followed by The Stick.


  • Physical Therapy Running Analysis – 2 miles (?). The good: cadence much better, I run with my legs underneath me and midfoot strike. The bad: hips! Need to work on hip mobility and strength.
  • 10 Minutes sun salutations mid day.


  • A.M. – 10 miles total – 2 mile w/u at easy pace, 6 miles progression (8:43 – 8:26), 7 x 20 sec strides, remainder easy.
  • Power exercises post run.
  • Glute/core/PT exercises. Lots of time with The Stick.
  • P.M. Yoga at the studio

Friday – REST


  • Moved my long run to today rather than Sunday because of the blizzard/frigid temps. It was -6 when I woke up. Decided to split the run because of appointments in the morning.
  • 10 minutes sun salutations to warm up.
  • 11 miles on Treadmill – 2 miles w/u (9:05, 8:57), 2 mi @ 8:50, 6 x 3:00 @ 7:50-7″33) w/ 5:00 recovery in between, 2 mile easy pace.
  • 7 miles outside – Fresh air!!!
  • Total for the day: 18
  • Glute exercises + The Stick.


  • 5 miles total in blizzard force winds. Roads were snow covered from the 12 inches of snow we got the night before. Stuck to side roads and the cemetery (one of the safest places to run these days!).
  • p.m. Yoga + The Stick.

Total mileage: 47

Blizzard Run | happyfitmama.com

I’m happy with my training. I feel like I’m in a marvelous place physically. Paces that would have seemed hard a month ago, are comfortable. Mentally, I’m battling the weather and cabin fever. I’m yearning for more time outside to run. Just not in temperatures that are below zero and on roads that feel like I’m running on sand. March is quickly approaching. I’m hoping that the weather changes just with the changing of the calendar.

How’s your training?

Anyone have a cure for cabin fever?