I started training for the Boston Marathon this week. It is safe to say that I am the last person who qualified for the race to start training. Due to being sick for 10 days at the end of December/beginning of January, and focusing on speed work for the Ice Breaker Marathon Relay, I lacked getting any long runs in. Against all normalcy, I am completely OK with this. I feel like I am decent shape, and although I am a good 4+ miles behind on my long run compared to where training plans say I should be, I'm not concerned.
What did I do this week, running-wise?
Monday - 10 miles at 9:13 pace. The first 6 were with a friend from running club and were done at 9:30 pace, then I felt good so I picked up the pace for the last 4 I did solo. This was a make-up long run from last week. It was wicked cold and by the time I got done running it was -14*. This was my coldest run outside, ever. However, I was happy to get the miles in.
Tuesday - Rest. I was completely exhausted from the race on Saturday, running on Sunday (although only 6 miles, and Monday's 10 miler) so I took the day off instead of doing speed work this week. I'm trying to listen to my body more this training cycle.
Wednesday - 6 miles on the treadmill at 8:30ish pace average. It has become so hard for me to run on the treadmill, but I got it done.
Thursday - 2 miles at 5:00 AM at 8:20 pace and 6 miles at 6:30 PM at 8:43 pace. It felt good to run outside at night with my running club. It always makes me happy.
Friday - 1 mile. Once again, I was tired. By the time I got to the gym it was already 6 PM and I wasn't feeling it. Like I said on Tuesday, sometimes rest is more important.
Saturday - 15 miles at 9:00 pace on hills. First training run for Boston is in the books and it could not have gone any better. I felt great the entire time, and was a little disappointed to stop. I love long, slow runs.
Sunday - 6 miles at 8:48 average with the running club. I felt surprisingly good after my long run on Saturday and we picked it up at the finish.
Total mileage: 46 miles
It was a good week :)