A week from today I’ll be running my 11th marathon – the 2015 Boston Marathon. After about 4-5 weeks of subpar runs and workouts, I’m more than thrilled to finally start to feel strong again. Runs are more enjoyable, my stride feels more natural and relaxed and I (finally) had a great workout last week.
Workout: 2 mile warmup, 8 mile AT tempo, 2 mile cooldown. Goal pace 6:55-7:05 for 8 miles. I decided to start on the slower end and see how I felt. The week prior’s workout of 4 x 2 didn’t leave me with a lot of confidence since even 7:00 pace felt difficult and uncomfortable.
I was on the treadmill for this workout again (husband was away). Incline was at 1% for entire run with occasional jumps (every 6-8 minutes) to 2% for 30 seconds at a time.
Splits: 7:08, 7:03, 6:58, 6:58, 6:55, 6:53, 6:48, 6:35. Average pace of 6:55.
The run was definitely not easy but I hit the paces and felt stronger as the workout went on. So that’s a victory in my book.
I plan to lay low a bit this week on social media. I head up to Boston on Saturday and hope to make it to the expo later that afternoon or first thing Sunday morning. Other than the expo and the Runner’s World party (Saturday night), I don’t have any plans for the weekend except relaxing!
The Boston Marathon begins (for me) at 10:25am on Monday. I am in Wave 2, Corral 4. My bib # is 11900 if you are interested in tracking me!
I received some feedback from my post last week and wanted to address it here since I’m sure there are more readers who may be feeling the same way.
I discussed my view of the 2013 NJ Marathon. Everything that I said two years ago still holds true – down to my legs cramping and my husband helping me off the course. In my post last week I said that I “100% could have continued”. And I don’t think that this is contradictory to what I said two years ago.
The 2013 NJ Marathon was the first marathon I had raced in over four years (I ran the NYC Marathon in 2011 but only raced the 2nd half). I had forgotten the pain that comes with racing (full-out racing). When the pain (and hitting the wall) came at mile 20-21, the mental strength was not there to keep pushing. I had only envisioned the positive for the day (running the paces I had planned, feeling good, running a PR) but had failed to envision and work through what I would do if not-so-good things happened (cramps, stomach aches, slowing down). It was a “NO! This can’t be happening” moment and I panicked. I stopped to walk. My husband and I walked for a few minutes and then started running again. I made it another half a mile and then stopped. I remember walking to the sidewalk and standing there for a bit. Once I stopped, my body stiffened up.
I know that my body likely stiffened up because I stopped moving – which is why when you finish a marathon, volunteers have you keep moving through the chute. Once you stop, it’s extremely hard to start moving again. I was at mile 22.5 and had run 22 miles as hard and fast as my body could handle. So, when I stopped, my body cramped up and was done.
Looking back, I think that things would have ended differently if I had been more mentally prepared for the negative. I’m not saying I could have run the pace I wanted to all the way to the finish. But I don’t think I was ready for the pain and the possibility of failure. And the more I read and learn about the power of the mind, the more I know that the moment your mind gives up, your body follows.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the GORGEOUS spring weather! After my 13 miler, I spent the rest of the afternoon with the boys in the yard cleaning and organizing for the spring and summer!
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