Holy cow – we’re already six weeks into Boston Marathon training and guess who hasn’t even booked her flight or figured out accommodations –> THIS GIRL. Yeah… so that’s not going to be a cheap purchase. Flights to Boston during marathon weekend are just outrageous and so are hotels and even a lot of airbnb rentals. I guess we will see what happens there. If you have any suggestions on how to snag a great deal (sites or apps to use), please share!
Honestly, I don’t even know if I’d be running Boston if it weren’t for Sheri. When she decided to run it, I was in. Prior to that I was about 50/50 and I can tell you for sure I would have backed out due to financial reasons and simply because I would rather focus on the athletes I’m coaching instead of my own training at the moment. But now that I have Sheri to do my long runs with on the weekends and to meet at the gym for side-by-side treadmill dates, I have something to be excited about and I am all in. 100%. I’m not shooting for a PR but I want to have a great race and finish strong.
Here is what last week in workouts looked like:
Monday: Rest (happy hour with friends)
Tuesday: 7 miles (5 tempo @ 6:59)
Wednesday: 5 miles easy
Thursday: 7 miles (7 x 800 @ 6:15-6:29) next to Sheri
Friday: Rest (drove to AZ)
Saturday: 16 miles (8:45 ave)
Sunday: 5 miles easy
TOTAL: 40 miles
Brittany and I were in Yuma, AZ this past weekend visiting her dad and step mom. They live there half the year and in San Diego the other half. Yuma is the most random town ever without a whole lot to do but when we stay at her dad’s, it’s a weekend of total relaxation. Her dad always takes us to get manis & pedis (at 10:30 a.m. sharp – when he has his standing appointment), we drink coffee outside by the pool while the dogs play, take naps, watch movies, read, and eat. It’s a nice little getaway actually.
On Saturday I had to get 16 miles in and that wasn’t the easiest. I ended up running alongside a pretty busy street with farm fields on both sides and cars speeding past. The semis were the most annoying because I had to close my eyes to avoid dirt getting blown into my eyeballs. There were some really strong winds which had me running around 9:00-9:05 pace for just about the first 8 miles. Since the roads were flat, I counted this as the equivalent of some hill work. On the way back I sped up and although my average pace ended up being around 8:45, it was the best I’ve felt at the end of a long run in a very long time. I finished feeling abnormally energized considering I’d just run 16 miles in 75 degree weather. This run was a confidence booster and also a reminder that slowing down on long runs makes them way more manageable and less taxing.
After my 16 miler, we all ate breakfast together and eventually everyone passed out for a little afternoon siesta. The weather was GORGEOUS so I laid outside reading for awhile and eventually Brittany and I went and grabbed some food by ourselves. Sunday was the Super Bowl, obviously, and per usual – I didn’t watch. I did a little workout by the pool and then ran 5 miles on the treadmill while the game was on. We eventually headed back to San Diego and sang our favorite songs of all time at the top of our lungs for the entire 3 hour ride back (think CCR, Elton John, The Eagles and The Rolling Stones). It helped to pass the time although I’m pretty sure the dogs were hating us from the back seat.
And poof! Just like that – it’s Monday again! I am excited to run 18 miles this Saturday along the coast with Sheri — back to my gorgeous run route (which I am SO grateful for). I am hoping to get in around 45 miles this week and I am trying REALLY hard to keep my schedule open so I have more time to get the mileage in. This is the week of #NoPlans! (Let’s see how well I do with that…)
Where is the most random place you’ve ever squeezed a run in?
Yuma takes the cake for me 🙂