Boston Marathon (2016) Training (T-15)

Running tends to mirror other aspects of my life. If I have a stressful week, running typically doesn’t go well. If I’m having a good week, running usually adds to the happiness. This past week was filled with so much family, happiness and love – and I feel like my running really showed that.

6 total runs for 57 miles with one planned rest day. This was the first week where I made the decision at the start of the week to take a mid-week rest day – and man, did it feel GOOD. Sleeping in felt great but more importantly, I felt energized for Thursday and Friday’s morning runs, not exhausted or dreading them. So, for the time being, I’m sticking with a rest day (planned for Wednesday but staying flexible with the day).

Here’s how the week broke down:

Monday, Thursday, Saturday – easy miles in the bank
6, 8, 6 miles – all easy paced/recovery runs. Monday’s run was garmin-free and the other two were with my garmin (I averaged 8:18 and 8:20 paces for those two).


It’s been COLD in the AMs !

Tuesday – hello, speed!
This was a really tough workout. After being up a few times during the night with my son, I decided to sleep in. The stars aligned and I was able to do the workout later that night (which meant I got to sleep in again on Wednesday).

10 x 600m repeats at 6:10-6:15 pace. My legs haven’t moved at that pace for that duration in a long time and I felt it. The first few felt like I was running 5:00 miles…I finally got a bit more comfortable as the repeats went on but by the last 2, my legs were done. After the workout, I did some strength and core for about 15 minutes.

2 up: 8:11, 7:58
10 x 600 (with 200m recovery): First 4 @ 6:15, Last 6 @ 6:10 (recoveries were around 9:00 pace)
2 down: 8:13, 8:13



Friday – building that endurance
18 early-AM miles. Although I was off from work (for my oldest’s birthday party that afternoon), I still had to be done early. My son’s school has a school mass on the 1st Friday of each month and parents are welcome to attend (and sit in the rear). My in-laws and I decided to go – so I needed to be done running by 7:30 so I could take a quick shower and make it to their school/church by 8am. (This ended up backfiring on me because after showing up, we found out that there was no church b/c of a church event.)

I was out the door by 5am – so not as early as a normal Friday when I have work – and was finished by 7:35. Overall, the run was a success, but it didn’t feel great. I just don’t have that effortless stride and pop in my legs that I remember having in the fall. I know I’m only in week 2 of training for Boston, but the last few long runs have felt like a death march. Just sluggish and kind of blah running. I know these runs help me the most mentally because I spend a lot of the run forcing positive thoughts and to keep moving.

I made a quick gel/water stop at mile 9.5 and felt energized that I was more than half done. But I had to make an emergency stop home at mile 13 to use the bathroom. This has only happened to me once before – ever – during a long run. My stomach usually holds up really well, but Friday it was not having it. Thankfully, I was only about 3/4 mile away from the house when I realized that I needed a bathroom – otherwise I don’t think I would have made it!

Splits: 7:51, 7:50, 7:59, 7:54, 7:46, 7:48, 7:53, 7:53, 7:47, 7:54, 7:59, 7:48, 7:44, 7:53, 7:38, 7:35, 7:51, 7:45 – average 7:51


First sunrise run in weeks!

Sunday – race pace time
9 mile “brisk” pace run. Coach has added this workout into my training plan this cycle – and I was both excited and nervous to try it.

A “brisk” run is “aimed at improving your energy system efficiency and is 4-5% slower than aerobic threshold (AT) pace.  For the sub 3:00 marathoner this will be a slightly slower than marathon race pace.  For a mid 3 hour marathoner this will be marathon pace to 10 seconds a mile slower and for the 4+ hour marathoner this is will roughly marathon race pace.” (Source)

Goal was 7:10-7:20. I haven’t run these paces for this duration in months, so was worried it was going to feel too uncomfortable. But, my legs got the memo and I started off with a 7:17 mile which felt GOOD. I didn’t pay much attention to paces – just tried to keep steady effort throughout (next time I will focus a bit more on paces since purpose of run is not to run faster, but make the prescribed paces feel easier.)

Splits: 7:17, 7:15, 7:16, 7:04, 7:12, 7:09, 7:04, 7:03, 6:55 – average 7:08

I’m really pleased with this run and it gets me excited about this cycle and Boston. I’m definitely not in the shape I was in September/October yet – but I know I am in better shape at this point in the cycle than I was at this time for Boston (last year) and for Wineglass. Two steps forward, one step back.


My in-laws are in town visiting from Alaska. Our entire family was together to celebrate my oldest son’s birthday party on Friday and birthday on Saturday: soccer, my niece’s basketball game and a huge dinner at Hibachi – it truly was a perfect weekend!


My youngest’s first soccer clinic! He LOVED it!

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    1. you are such a role model. I get so frustrated trying to fit workouts in with my work and family life and worried about doing everything, you do it with such grace (and success!) Congrats on the great progress, your son is adorable. Mine turned 5 in august and is also obsessed with star wars somehow. We never exposed him to the franchise purposefully, but the out of control merchandising (and legos) must have gotten to him.
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    2. I’m so excited about Boston for you! You are going to kill it. Your drive and dedication seriously keep me motivated. I love that you seem to embrace your early wake ups and full days with positivity. This is a lesson that I think we can all learn from!
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