Boston Marathon Training {Week Five}

There they were, my shorts and running shoes tucked into my gym bag waiting for me to put them on. With two hours until preschool pick-up, I had plenty of time for the tempo run my training plan called for. I looked down at my feet as I hung my coat in my locker, my retired running shoes slightly wet from the slush already on. With a sigh and a shrug, instead of changing, I put my bag into the locker and walked out onto the gym floor. I could not bring myself to run.

Motivation was a huge issue this week. I didn’t have it.at.all. None. I’m not sure if it’s a combination of lack of sleep and the gloom of winter or if I’m just burned out. I have a feeling it’s the latter with the lack of sleep just an added bonus. For a solid two years, I’ve been training hard. I’ve been working to continue to set new personal bests at every race I do. Working to get faster and stronger to run my way to a place in Boston.  Now that I’ve done it, I should be full of motivation to train hard for it. But I’m not. I’m tired.

Boston is my victory lap. It is my celebration race. While obviously I will not go in under-trained, I don’t really feel like working so hard to gain speed. Honestly, I’m ready to be done with marathon training for a while. I need a break. I’m looking forward to it. With 11 weeks to go, I need to get my shit together though. I’ve worked too hard to let myself down now. So tomorrow, I’m going to try to add a little more pep in my step. Try to remotivate (is that even a word? I don’t think so but I’m going with it.) myself to put in the miles so that when I make my way down Boylston I’m not upset that I didn’t work a little harder for the race I’ve been working towards for years.

What helps you when your motivation wains?

Monday – 3 mile walk
Tuesday – 5×1200 @ 6:53 min/mile (8.75 miles total)
Wednesday – Orangetheory (3.94 miles)
Thursday – 30 min elliptical + 15 min bike + strength
Friday – 9 miles w/ 7 at tempo
Saturday – 15 mile run + 4 mile walk
Sunday – Rest

Boston Marathon Training {Week Four}

Another week in the books and I feel exhausted. This week was a bit much for me effort-wise. I had three very intense runs this week that I normally would not do in rapid succession or ever recommend for a client to do. Lesson learned and not to be repeats.

It was also another week inside, unfortunately. While warm enough to run outside late Saturday morning, my stomach was none too happy which made the treadmill a must. This week was killer for speed work. Three intense workouts had me exhausted going into my long run this weekend.

The highlight of the week, my fastest 24 minutes of running ever. It was peak performance week at Orangetheory. The performance challenge for my class on Tuesday night, run as far as you can in 24 minutes. Going in I figured I would start out at 9 mph and just see how long I could hold it. Once on the treadmill, after the warm-up, I started getting a little nervous. Thanks to a testimonial posted on my local OTFs Facebook page, it’s out there to all the members that I’m a pretty fast runner these days. No pressure or anything on workouts like this…

I hung onto a 6:40 min/mile pace for the first two and a half miles. Then I needed to slow a bit. I was feeling dinner trying to come back up which eek. At my slowest, I was down to a 7:04 min/mile pace before ending my run at a 6:31 min/mile pace for a total of 3.562 miles. That’s an average of 6:44 min/mile for that 24 minutes. I was pretty excited but kicked myself when I realized I could have had the farthest run for a female if I’d just picked up the pace for like 10 more seconds. Next time!

The rest of the week:

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Orangetheory (3.562 miles)
Wednesday – 8 mile run (6 at tempo)
Thursday – 3.14 mile walk + light weights
Friday – 10×400 @ 6:13 min/mile w/ 2 mile WU and CD (8.75 miles)
Saturday – 14 mile run
Sunday – 3.25 mile walk

Boston Training {Weeks 1-3}

Whoa, I just wrapped up week three of Boston training and it’s been months since I posted. I completely missed blogging about Thanksgiving and the new 5k PR I set at our Turkey Trot. I missed blogging about going to the tv show Bones wrap party and getting to meet the stars of the show. (I’m so Hollywood. Ha.) I missed Christmas and New Years. I’m sure no one cares that much so we’ll just move on. Rather than go back through the details of the past three weeks, I’m just going to go over some highlights of my training thus far.

  1. Realizing I’m training for the freaking Boston Marathon. THE BOSTON MARATHON! Holy crap.
  2. This beautiful view during one of my runs in Colorado. It was an amazing eight miles at an unexpected pace considering my first run at altitude felt ridiculously difficult.15777103_10103294110233673_1644035172606486817_o
  3. Gaining a new appreciation for the treadmill. Training is off to a rough start weather-wise. The Polar Vortex took hold my first week and another round came through this week. It seems that it’s nicest mid-week then gets bitterly cold on the weekend. I’m sorry, but I’m not going outside in sub-zero temps with wind chills up to -20+. Nope. Thank you treadmills. I love you and hate you. To mix it up, I’ve been running various courses on the ‘mill or hitting random so that my inclines change periodically. After all, Boston is not flat.

Not many highlights just yet, but that’s ok. We have 99 days and a lot of training left. While I’m training hard, I’ve set only one goal for this marathon, enjoy every minute. That’s it, that’s all I want to accomplish. I’m so excited for April. Josh has even booked my post-race massage already. Yassss!