So, here we are. Already in the beginning of the taper before the Boston Marathon. Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve had the most fun ever while training for a marathon, this time around. I know a lot of people don’t equate marathon training with enjoyment – but it really can be so fun and so gratifying.
So what made this training cycle so special?
Two words: My crew.
I actually had a running crew for once. That in itself is rare for me. I normally train completely solo and I don’t typically have friends training for the same race as me. Occasionally I would do a long run with a friend but not consistently.
This time around, I was surrounded by a group of the coolest runner chicks you ever did see. I remember going to coffee with Sheri back in late December/early January and she asked me if I wanted to train together for Boston. It felt like a really serious proposal, almost like she was asking me out. I was super flattered and I agreed instantly even though I’ve never trained with anyone ever. Duh. Who wouldn’t want to run with THE Sheri Matthews?
I took our runs very seriously and never overslept or even considered backing out of a long run. A few weeks in, we invited Jenna to join our bunch and she was like a bundle of good energy that made us fly even faster and laugh a whole lot more. A couple weeks after that, Lauren (our superstar) joined in and suddenly our Boston bound flock of babes was complete.
We all ended up training for a collective goal: to make it to Boston healthy and strong and have a kick ass race. And maybe re-qualify for Boston while we’re there. That would be nice too.
The beauty of our bunch is that while we are all very different, we share the common thread of being wildly passionate women who go after what we want. We all wear many hats, have crazy schedules, and we do shit that scares us on the regular. I respect these babes on a level I can’t properly articulate. If you want to get to know someone, sweat with them. I’m telling you it’s the best way to see someone for who they really are. And these women are all f*cking amazing.
With all that sappiness out of the way (yes, endorphins make me all sorts of mushy), let’s take a look at last week’s training:
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 7 miles (5 @ 6:54 pace)
Thursday: 6 miles
Saturday: 20 miles (8:15 pace)
Sunday: 6 miles
Total: 45 miles
The hay is in the barn and the work is mostly done. I can only hope for a good, healthy taper without any taper tantrums!
How was your Easter?!
Do you usually run on holidays or a take a rest day?
I always run, mainly because holidays make me sort of anxious and it helps to combat that.