Monday, February 26, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 11}

Week 11!

Weekly Miles

Running: 60.49 miles, 08:35:25 hours
Cycling: 0 miles, 0 hours
Yoga/stairs: 00:32:11

Total Miles for this cycle
Running: 540.42 miles, 76:34hours
Cycling: 186.63 miles, 14:42 hours
Yoga/stairs: 03:05:00 hours


What a week! I completed my first race of the year and also ran my highest mileage week ever- 60.49 miles! I feel great and will continue to do everything in my power to ensure I feel this way for the next 7 weeks leading to Boston!

I bought my first Boston Marathon item this week- a scarf. I had seen one similar last year but when I went to purchase it- it had sold out. So yay for unicorn scarves.

The boys had a nice week too. Puppy brother went to school on Saturday so we could enjoy a beer festival - and I’m sure CB dog was happy to have some quiet time. PB has also been mastering the art of jumping through a hoop made from my arms. Because that’s important life skills to have. Totes.

I’ve also been teaching them about social media. They’ve had their own Instagram accounts for a while now and post sporadically, but I feel they need to know some important things. Pretty much the main thing is that they can never ever post a picture and start (or end) with anything that is wrong with the picture. Only positive, only real, only authentic. None of this “I look so fat and tired in this picture but wanted to document that I chased a squirrel.” Eliminate the BS and say “I enjoyed chasing that squirrel- I bet he thought I was going to get him this time.” If they can’t handle social media and comparison, I’ll yank their accounts. I also deleted any face editing apps on their phone- nothing is more awkward to see than someone’s face blurred into oblivion, yet their fur is perfectly crisp.

Keeping it real and authentic since 2005


My 8 mile tempo turned 8 miles at goal pace with short pauses to stretch my calf felt hot and tired and crappy. Broken record. The calf/ankle thing that was giving me some minor discomfort the past few weeks has disappeared.

Feeling dehydrated post stair climb.


Tuesday’s 6x 1 Mile repeats at 6:58 with 5th mile recovery went so smooth! I went in thinking id have to switch it to shorter intervals (why?get out of your head, k!?) but felt in control and smashed each of of them with ease. Tuesday uniform FTW!

I climbed to the top of this building!

I also completed my first race of 2018- Hustle up the Hancock! 94 flights of stairs in 18:02. I can absolutely say my half assed stair climbing /jump squats helped tremendously with preparing for this event. (And executing the race perfectly) I’ll write a race recap with more details.


I’m so happy with how this week went minus feeling dehydrated post stair climb. I feel like the work I’m doing each week is putting me closer to achieving my goal of 3:1x which is exciting. I’m really happy I took on the challenge of the stair climb- the additional stair sessions I’ve been doing to “train” for the event is definitely making a positive impact on my running.

I’ve been wearing green a lot the past week and felt the need to document it

Looking Forward

I’d really like to run outside for a long run soon. The cold wind snow whatever is no fun- and I don’t need “practice” running in shit conditions. Been there done that too many times in Chicago. But it would be nice to not run on a treadmill. Heat training > cold weather every single day.

We went to one of my favorite beer festivals this past weekend- Uppers and Downers. All the beers had coffee in them. Perfect pre race event to go to!

In 2 weeks I’ll pretty much cut out alcohol until Boston. I have one more beer festival to go to before that starts. In the meantime, I’m making sure I stay hydrated on the weekends (big issue for me- at work I drink tea and water all the time) and not solely with beer. Ha

I’ll continue to do stairs on hard run days and throw some cycling in here and there when I’m not running on fumes.

#22 not updated yet- Brussels sprout salad with faro and oranges and candied walnuts. Lunch for this week.

I’m enjoying cooking new to me recipes and am currently at 21/52 for 2018. A continually updated list is {HERE}

Days to go: 49! 🦄



  1. I was wondering if you were going to continue with stairs! Your legs are going to be so much stronger from it!

    Nice job on the new weekly PB!

    Show us the scarf!

    Good idea teaching the boys about social media. I just can't with all the negative crap out there anymore. Or people forcing themselves to workout when they hate it and then being so negative about it. I am just over it. Unfollow, unfollow, unfollow :)

  2. 60+ miles? Nice job! The heat training will definitely pay dividends regardless of the temps in Boston. You are setting yourself up for a nice little run in Boston in a few weeks.

  3. Wow! Congrats on your awesome high mileage week! :)

    Heidi is always asking me to airbrush her jowls in pictures, but I really want the image she presents to the world to be authentic.