Monday, February 20, 2017

Boston Marathon Training {Weeks 9 & 10}

Work has been busy and stressful and everything, so this dumb blog gets put on a shelf until I have time to put some word vomit together. Now that I'm stuck on a plane for an hour, Ive got some time. The past 2 weeks have been solid workout wise- nothing superior or terrible, just been simply chugging along with consistency. Also, I'm now more than 1/2 way through this 18 week cycle!

A few weeks ago I ran and saw "Jesus geese." This always makes me smile. I also ran around Northerly Island for the first time this year which also made me very happy.

Crushing ALL THE HILLz in my mom's hood also made me happy. (No literally I ran down and walked up every hill in my mom's sub division). My legs (specifically my lower legs) have some soreness, but slowly knocking out 12+ minute miles like NBD on some super hilly streets for 2700' of gain and loss over 3 days was fun. Day 1= 6 miles, Day 2 = 8 miles, Day 3= 10 miles. It also made me realize that I should not go all out for hills when I don't train on them normally. Also, walking up hills is faster than running up them.


Nothing to write home about either week. I just put my head down and did the work. I nailed my 6x800's @ 3:20 during this week- they felt so easy and I almost wanted to do a few extra.

This past week I was supposed to do 3x 1 mile @ 6:40, but after 1 mile I felt super overheated so I ended up with 1 mile at 6:40, and 4x 800's at 3:15 to make up for it.

Training Plan

So far so good. I didn't cycle much this past week because I was in Tennessee and didn't bring Mortadella with me. I did run more outside which was awesome- and I look forward to running outside more in Chicago this week too.

Spring has sprung a month early in TN.

Goals and Stuff

Sub 3:30 still seems very achievable for Patriot's day. I need to continue with hills, but there's no reason to over do it like I did this past weekend- Newton hills and heartbreak aren't bad like the Loudon hills. Ive got this for sure.


This book is great. I haven't finished it yet, but everyone should read it. More about it another time.

I made scones for my mom and she loved them! I know CB was super jelly he couldn't have them- but he's been living large at boarding the past few days.

We made a double batch of scones last week before leaving so we would have a bunch when we returned.

Looking Forward

Continue with hillz, eat well and drink alcohol less. Yoga, cycling and possibly swimming are also things I'll be doing.

It was nice to get away for the weekend and see my mom and family in TN, now it's time to get back to reality and work and everything. Yay.

26 Days to go until March Madness Half

40 Days to go until Shamrock Shuffle

55 Days to go until BOSTON!


1 comment:

  1. I have to admit that I walked up most of the hills when I ran Boston. I was doing the run/walk thing and timed my walks to occur during the uphills. Needless to say after doing this during the Newton Hills, I felt pretty fresh after cresting Heartbreak. So I say walk up the hills if you feel like it. It won't cost too much time and will definitely help you to run the downhills and flats with more pep in your step. Nice work on your 6x800's - it's always good to leave a workout feeling like you could have done a little more! I'm looking forward to hearing how you like that book!