Two weeks down and 14 to go! I essentially have an entire training cycle ahead of me and anything can happen at this point. It’s a bizarre feeling to be training for such a huge race without any real concern for my performance. I’m so excited to run the Boston Marathon again and I know it will be a total blast, but I truly have zero expectations for my finish time. I mean it. It’s basically a running vacation in a cool, historical city with a ton of other running obsessed people like me. Last time was so chaotic that I’m excited to slow down and take it all in.
I’m also looking forward to meeting a new client I’m coaching to run Boston while I’m there. That makes the trip even more meaningful. My goal is for her to smoke me. And she’s super speedy so I am pretty sure she will.
I saw this on Instagram and love its accuracy:
It’s been a really long time since I’ve done any speed or tempo work, so I am easing myself back in and just dabbling with faster paces. I knocked out some miles in the 6:40s pretty easily Week 1 but I’m not pushing it just yet. For my tempo run this week I took it pretty easy again because I don’t want to rush it. I have plenty of time and I believe easing in is the best way to do it. I’ve been injured enough to know, progress takes patience.
Last week looked a little something like this:
Monday: 5 miles (easy)
Wednesday: 6 miles (4 tempo @ 7:10-7:14)
Thursday: 5 miles (easy)
Saturday: 12 miles (easy @ 8:24)
Sunday: 5 miles (easy)
TOTAL: 33 miles
Next week, I will start to push it more on the paces for my speedwork and I’ll begin to increase my a little bit. I take the 10% rule very seriously and never increase more than that. Too much, too soon is a recipe for disaster.
I did my long run Saturday morning and it felt surprisingly easy until about mile 11 and that’s when I realized my endurance needs some work. I really lost it these last few months with my random running adventures and lack of long runs. It’s totally ok though because it gives me something to work towards and I need that. I sort of require that, actually.
In other running news, I am almost completely maxed out on virtual run coaching clients. This is so exciting and it makes me giddy to have the chance to work with so many cool runners from all over the country with different goals. I feel so lucky to get to do this and I spent most of my weekend preparing plans, creating accounts, talking shop with a fellow run coach friend (Sheri), and Skyping with clients. And honestly, there isn’t much else I’d rather be doing… other than running. And I did plenty of that too.
This training cycle is so different than any other I’ve been through before because I am so laser focused on the runners I’m coaching at the moment. I think I may actually kick some ass in Boston, for them, because I know how hard everyone is working and that inspires me.
I am back to eating a Pitaya bowl after every long run. 🙂 And I ain’t complainin’!
This weekend was very run focused with the exception of Sunday night. I went downtown to Little Italy to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays at a trendy new spot, Bracero Cocina. It was ridiculously tasty and super fun. I highly recommend it if you’re local and get the cauliflower taco. It’s TO DIE FOR.