Tag Archives: Marathon Training

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?

Race Week Thoughts

Last 20 miler | happyfitmama.comKailey’s last 20 miler of this training cycle.

Race week is here!

In two days, we’ll be flying the friendly skies for a (very) long time before landing in Hawaii, where it will be sunny (hopefully) and warm (but hopefully not too warm).

My mind is kind of all over the place. Right now, I’m mostly focused on what needs to get done before we leave. So many things especially since it’s the first time Ron and I are vacationing sans kids. My absolutely wonderful parents, are flying in tonight and will be hanging out with the kids while we are gone for the next week.

Since I’ve been preoccupied with all the logistics with that, I really haven’t thought too much about the marathon.

The big question that everyone asks and that is hanging over my head:

Am I ready?

I’m really not sure.

I am not completely in marathon shape. This I know is true. After having to take all of October off from running because of my Achilles and back injuries, I just started to slowly build up my mileage again in November. My Achilles is absolutely fine when I am running. It does feel “pinched” afterwards and other random times. My back is also good. No problems at all. The farthest distance I’ve covered since returning is 16 miles. I felt great during it and felt like I could do more. I’m hoping my body will remember the two 20 milers and one 21.5 miler I did prior to October.

Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still going to be an amazing race.

My goal is to enjoy. Enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the movement of running. Enjoy helping a friend reach her goal.

My number one priority is to make sure my cadet, Kailey, crosses the finish line of her first marathon. This isn’t my race. It’s hers. She’s put in the miles, done exactly as I prescribed for her. She worked really hard while training and I am so very, very proud of her!

If you are interested in tracking us, it’s available through the Honolulu Marathon website. My bib # is 14604.

It’s going to be a crazy, good time. I’m ready to be on the plane already. I’m ready to meet the other teams from Saucony 26 Strong that are running Honolulu.

I’m ready to run.

My First DNS?

Saucony Guide 7 | happyfitmama.com

After almost 18 weeks of early mornings, countless tempos, speed sessions at the track and three 20 milers, I am looking at my first DNS.

Did not start.

Technically the race hasn’t started yet – it’s Sunday, October 19th.

But I know that I am not going to be there at least for the full marathon. My Achilles is getting better. But my newest pain is from a lumbosacral segment dysfunction – a fancy term for a sprained lower back (L5 and SI). I think this happened at some point during our hike last weekend. There were multiple times where I twisted and turned in weird directions to catch either of the kids from tumbling down the mountain or tripping. In addition, I was probably compensating for my bum Achilles with every step.

As of Sunday night (when I’m writing this), I have not run at all. I tried on Thursday but I took two steps and was in so much pain from my back. In fact, it hurt to even walk at times. And forget about standing on my right leg. Yowch!

So even if by some divine intervention, I feel 100% better by marathon day, I will still take a DNS. I can’t risk the what if’s. I’ve got Hawaii in 9 weeks. And there’s something else that is coming up after that. I need to be healthy. I can’t take the risk of injuring myself even more.

Baystate was supposed to be my goal marathon. The state that I’m in right now, I am nowhere close to goal marathon shape. It pains me to “waste” all those weeks of training but I know it’s for the best. As shitty as it is.

My priority right now is taking care of my back first and foremost. I have never had back pain like this. It freaks me out. To not even be able to walk without wincing in pain at times, is scary. You don’t mess with your back!

My treatment plan is in motion. I met with a sports chiropractor on Saturday. I haven’t been to a chiropractor in 18 years and have been hesitant about going again. It’s a silly reason but I went with a chiropractor just because it was the easiest to get into. If I went to a PT, I’d have to jump threw hoops because of my insurance and the referrals needed. That would take more time.

At my initial assessment, she adjusted me, did ultrasound and Graston on my Achilles as well as muscle stimulation on both areas. Saturday afternoon I was hurting. I hobbled just to walk a 1/4 mile home from the park with my kids. But Sunday was better. Not nearly as much pain and I was even able to do yoga with no problem. Which felt simply marvelous.

I had emailed the race directors about possibly deferring my entry to next year. Not possible but I may be able to drop down to the half at bib pick up. As I get closer to the weekend, I’ll make that decision. As of right now, it’s a NO.

My fingers and toes are crossed that this is the right course to lead me back to running. I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again –

I just want to run!

Have you ever had a DNS?