Monday, April 2, 2018

Boston Marathon Training 2018 {Week 16}

Week 16!

Weekly Miles:

Running: 60 miles, 8:26:42 hours

Cycling: 0 miles, 0 hours 

Yoga/stairs: 00:22:19 

Total Cycle Miles: 

Running: 836.02 miles, 117:57  hours

Cycling: 186.63 miles, 14:42 hours

Yoga/stairs: 04:45 hours </b>


Another 60 mile week! I also ran 266+ miles for March- another monthly PB. Taper starts soon-although looking at my training for next week, I’ll still be around 50, then the week leading up to Boston will cut to 26. Hanson is a 10 day taper because they believe cutting back too much/reducing too much intensity makes you feel dull. I’m feeling really good lately and excited to run Boston again! 

This week the boys didn’t want to post on Instagram if they didn’t have something “instaworthy” to share. I put an end to that quick. I don’t told them that they should put stuff on the ‘gram that makes them happy, or pics they want to remember and to forget about whatever perceived “audience” they think they have. They should never feel their life isn’t “instaworthy” enough because what good is it to add the pressure of only posting omg curated pictures from photo sessions (and recycling said photos for months)  just to keep up a front of a fake perfect life? (We see through those miserable people anyways). Why make yourself feel bad you don’t have some staged photo to share?  Double tap if you agree!


The 10 mile tempo turned Into 6x9 minutes at 7:15 with one minute recovery. I  felt tired and hot (and woke up late again). The day before I turned off my alarm and fell back asleep for a while- I needed sleep more than a tempo I guess (can’t be upset at that). 

Feeling guilty if I eat a large portion of food. I’ve worked hard to stop binge eating- mainly by having multiple smaller meals a day so I don’t get to the point where I eat a huge meal due to lack of self control. But with Boston around the corner, and wanting to stay at a lower weight, I irrationally get upset if I eat too much. Whatever. I guess it’s not too irrational- you cannot out exercise a poor diet. I attribute my half PR success to eating well, no beer and being at a lower weight. I’m only being mindful of my food intake for a month, instead of the whole 18 weeks, because balance. 


Running 4x1.5 miles at 10 seconds less than goal marathon pace OUTSIDE! It was my first speed sesh outside this year and first run before work in a while. I felt really good. 

Running 10.6 miles outside on Saturday. It was textbook easy, nothing special. I had fun seeing the gorgeous sunrise and then running into the headwind for the second half. Luckily I only encountered sleet for the final half mile. Felt like shards of glass cutting my face. 

Dyeing Easter eggs with my boys! Can you believe they’ve all never done that before?! I’m excited to have hard boiled eggs and rainbow egg salad. 

Getting my 2018 Boston jacket in the mail! I love the color combo!


Boston feels months away despite it actually being 2 freaking weeks away! I do know I’m nearing close because I’m ridiculously emotional when I think about the race and the goal I have. When certain songs come on my iPod I get emotional because they remind me of my first BQ, or other highlights of my running. 

I’ve also gotten to the place of incredible self doubt. Like- my new shoes aren’t good and I need to change the brand etc. or I need to get new race day outfit (despite it never giving me problems) and regardless of the weather I’ll be wearing the same thing I already picked out. It’s so dumb. I’ve been re reading my old race recaps (and getting emotional!) to put an end to these stupid thoughts-because what I’ve done in the past works perfect for me. 

Looking Forward

I just need to keep my head down and continue pushing towards Boston. No stupid “taper crazies” here- it’s not like I’m going back to have a significant extra amount of time to obsess about the race (and the slight extra time I’ll have will be for sleep). I refuse to waste energy on things like that. It’s not productive.  I’ll check the long range forecast soon to get an idea of what I’ll need to pack- but I’m set with my race day outfit and that’s the only thing that matters. There’s nothing I can change about the weather.

Spike and I are ready for Marathon Monday!

My run club meets this week- so I’ll drink one beer with them. Because it would be sacrilegious to not partake in post run beer. It will be nice to see everyone.  Then I’ll refrain from beer until the afternoon of April 16- or if the Boston College kids have something good around mile 22, I’ll drink that.  

I cooked new recipes again!

I made honey glazed carrots and split pea with ham soup yesterday!

I’m enjoying cooking new to me recipes and am currently at 25/52 for 2018. A continually  updated list is 


Days to go: 14! 🙀🦄


  1. The ten day taper for the marathon makes sense to me. I would feel dull if I did a three week taper (like most programs have)!

    I hope you feel more rested this week, and don't have to hit the alarm again, but if you do, your body is obviously telling you you need it, like you said!!! And gawd, how it sucks to constantly be thinking about not just WHAT you eat, but HOW much of it, cause you have a race coming up. Steven asked me if I wanted seconds last night of our Easter dinner. Of course I DO!!!! Am I going to have them? This time, no. Your overall mindfulness is on point, so don't feel too bad about the few bigger meals!

    I am glad you got to run outside a few times! I like the Boston jacket colors a lot better this year.

    OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the shoe debacle!!!! LOL! Keep re-reading those race reports and training logs and building your confidence.

    LOL at the boys only wanting to post those curated pics. I am glad you're helping them!

  2. Wait, no curated and recycled pics? What about recycled blog posts? Don't worry, your face will still be perfectly airbrushed in the pics! But L is going to have to look constipated or otherwise awkward in all of the pictures.

    I know it's easier said than done, but stop doubting yourself and just look at your training - you have been kicking serious ass this whole time!

    1. Recycled blog posts would definitely cut down on time spent on the blog- but who wants to read that crap again? Lol I’ll justmake my readers think they are omg so important so that they can supply me and the dogs with posts. Free content!

      Thank you. I agree 100%. And the other side is CHANGE ALL THE THINGS!!! It’s a crap spot to be in. I won’t change anything. Really :)

    2. Are you asking me and Heidi to guest write a blog post for you? That's what it sounds like.

  3. Shit is getting real, sister!!! :) :) :)

    1. All of this. It’s starting to sink in. Eek!

  4. 266 and another 60 week? Nice! Also good to see you are running outside for some outdoor simulation. If there are shards of ice flying in your face during Boston, you'll be prepared! :) Love me some split pea and ham soup, especially in the winter time! Which Boston jacket are you going to wear on the flight? Hope to see you on Saturday!

    1. I’m continually shocked at the cumulative mileage each week. I’ll be prepared in Boston with sunglasses to block my eyes from the sleet (unlike Saturday).

      Maybe I’ll change things up and wear my Ironman jacket (I’ll be THAT person at the expo) and wear my new Boston jacket post race. I can’t wear it pre race. Just can’t do it! :)

      See you Saturday!