First and foremost, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who voiced their opinion on my post on the Boston qualifications. You can definitely tell that there are some strong opinions from a very passionate running community. If the BAA folks want to chat…feel free to give me a call! I can already feel the online repercussion no matter what race directors decide and I think they need a good Twitter strategy in place (I can help with that!).
But let’s talk about some happy news, shall we? BOSTON TRAINING! Thanks to the help of my friend Aron, I feel like I’ve got a strong plan that will help me prepare for Boston and a special little challenge that I’ll explain more about in another post.
16 weeks. Peaking at 63 miles. Three 20 mile runs.
Mondays : Rest
Thursday: Steady mileage that increases
Friday: Tempo runs
Sunday: Long run
Intervals: Confession time: I have never done actual “track” work during training. Any sort of “speed” work I have done has been on the dreadmill and I need to change this. I’m hoping I can work out some sort of WFH days to ensure I can get to the track. Let’s cross my fingers the boss is reading this 😉
Hills: In preparation for the rolling hills of Boston, a new element to my training will be hill work. Whether this means upping the incline during the tail-end of dreadmill workouts or trying to find more courses with hills, I will dominate those hills, dammit.
Rest Days: Slashed! I usually would take two rest days and a day for cross training, but this time, we’re upping the ante! Don’t get me wrong ,with my past injuries I am really going to have to listen to my body and if it’s not feeling it or my knee or hip start to act up, you better believe this girl is taking a rest day. No shame.
Yoga/Core/Strength: This may be the toughest part for me. It’s hard enough to find time to fit in the runs with my chaotic schedule, so how am I supposed to fit these three elements in as well? Sorry Chicken Face, there may be less couch cuddling after work. You can watch Myth Busters and I’ll be getting down with downward dog (whoa, did that sound wrong? Eeew, you know what I mean).
There is something a bit intimidating about putting your goals down on “paper,” but there is also a sense of accountability and empowerment that comes along with it. So here goes:
Goal #1: Kick some serious ass
Goal #2: Finish in 3:20 – 3:25 (GULP! I said it!)
I can’t say anymore. It’s there. It will haunt me. It will tease me. It will be my life for the next 16 weeks.
What’s next? I should be finishing my Christmas shopping (I’m late, I know), but instead I’ve lost my voice and my nose is doing the running for me (hardy-har-har). I’ll opt for lying under this electric blanked with what might be my sixth cup of green tea for the day.
Happy running and Merry Christmas!