Day by Day

April 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010, tapering | 3 Comments

“Keeping my eye on today is about all I’m capable of.  And today, I think I’ll go for a run.”

John Bingham, “Back to the Future”, Runner’s World

Amazing quote, don’t you think?  It struck a chord with me when I read it yesterday.  Life is hectic and living it one day at a time is about all I can do.  Each day, I think about how I will fit in my workout…especially my run.  Although it may seem downright impossible to run at times, I’m always sooo glad I did!

And today I think I’ll go for a run…a short, easy run, that is.  With the Boston Marathon only 6 days away, it’s mostly active resting that I’ll be doing this week and that’s what I did last week.  Sound like an oxymoron?  Not really.  I feel that it’s important to keep my body moving during taper week; I just move it more slowly and more gently with much less time devoted to training of any kind.  For example, previously on Tuesdays I ran and swam…a 9 mile hill repeat run and an hour and a half swim.  Tonight, I think I’ll run an easy 4 miles.  Sounds like I’m a whimp, right?  No, just actively resting.

Monday, April 5 – Long Run 12.2 miles in 1:45:32.

Tuesday, April 6 – Tempo Run 5 miles, Swim 1.5 hours of drills.

Wednesday, April 7 – Mountain Bike  21 mile ride.

Thursday, April 8 – Run Hill Repeats for 7 miles, Swim 2000 yards.

Friday, April 9 – Rest

Saturday, April 10 – Easy Run at Marathon Pace  4.5 miles (Tapering in Earnest now!!!)

Sunday, April 11- Last kinda long run of 8 miles at marathon pace.


Training Week March 22 – 28, 2010

March 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010, Goals, Marathon training | 1 Comment

This week I backed off of the cross training due to time constraints.  Boy, do I feel the difference!  When I incorporate biking and swimming into my training, I feel much stronger and less achy.  When I add a dash of yoga to the mix, I feel even better!  Anyway, my main focus this week was running, not purposefully…it’s just the way life worked!

Here’s what I did:

Monday, March 22 Easy recovery run 5.25 miles at an 8:40 pace This run followed a tough weekend consisting of an 8 mile run Friday evening, a 10 mile run and 30 mile bike Saturday, and a 12 mile hill run on Sunday.

Tuesday, March 23 – No time! 😦

Wednesday, March 24 – Hill Repeats.  9 mile run consisting of 8 hill repeats.  1500 yard swim immediately after.

Thursday, March 25 – Fartlek run 7.25 miles

Friday, March 26 – Rest

Saturday, March 27 – Long Run.  20.25 miles with the last 9 at 8:57 pace.

Sunday, March 28 – Easy recovery run – 4.25 miles.

 Goals for the week of March 29 – April 4

  • Swim and Bike more
  • Run less with more emphasis on quality runs
  • Get more sleep
  • Eat fewer jellybeans!!
  • Work on keeping my mind positive

Running, Biking, Swimming…TIRED!

March 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010 | Leave a comment

Someone once told me that the more I worked out, the better I’d feel.  So, if I’m running, biking, and swimming 12 hours or more per week, shouldn’t I feel like a million bucks?  NO!  I AM TIRED!

I think my problem is that I’m running too much, but how do you train for the Boston marathon if you don’t run a lot?  So many of my running buddies are putting in crazy running miles…60 or more miles per week and they’re running so well.  I’m only running about 40 miles per week but I’m also biking 5 or more hours and swimming at least 3 hours per week.  Does all of this training make a slow, sluggish runner?  HELP!!!  I need some advice!

On another note, I registered my new husband and I for the Cozumel Ironman in Cozumel, Mexico, November 28 this year.  I have a L-O-N-G way to go before then, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Dreams Really DO Come True

March 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Boston Marathon 2010 | 2 Comments

A familiar Disney tune from Cinderella chimes,

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you’re fast asleep.
In dreams, you lose your heartaches;
Whatever you wish for, you keep.
Have faith in your dreams and some day
Your rainbow will come smiling through.
No matter how your heart is grieving,
If you keep on believing,
The dream that you wish will come true.

I happily report that a long-time dream I’ve had is finally coming true.  I’M RUNNING THE BOSTON MARATHON APRIL 19, 2010!  I’m so excited…I just can’t believe it!  Well, maybe I can; afterall, it took me 9 marathons to finally  qualify. 

My training is going fairly well to date.  Actually, I spent a considerable amount of time on the treadmill this winter and I believe that the emphasis on intervals and hill repeats is making me stronger.  The treadmill can be mighty boring but mixing it up with different workouts helps with the drudgery. 

I just can’t believe that I’m running Boston in just 6 weeks…6 WEEKS!  I’m over-the-moon, over-joyed, over-the-top excited!

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