Coming off a step back mileage week, not of choice but out of necessity, I felt this week’s training allowed me to put some of those finishing touches on my training. The week was a bit of a renewal. Every marathon training has it lows and I believe I’m finally over them and springing up with strength, determination and confidence.
Keeping Pace: Boston Training
I am following the Hanson’s Less Is More Plan where speed, strength and tempo sessions combined with shorter long runs will help marathoners of all abilities run a better race. The ( )shows what is on schedule for the day, however I am not out to run 6 days a week so I am a bit more flexible. My goal is to increase to 5 days per week half way through the schedule.
Monday: (5-6 miles) Rest day for me.
Tuesday: (Strength) Typically I am an early morning runner, however I felt it better to get another chiropractic adjustment in before running again. I did not do the 3×2 mile intervals, but kept a more steady pace for the 6 miles. After coming in I believe those choices were best as I still nursed the crazy mid back/rib issues.
Wednesday: (Off) Kept this as a day off as I still baby those back muscles.
Thursday: (MP 10) Yeah, got my 10 miler in without incident this week. Can’t believe how far I’ve come in just a week. Not the MP I wanted but happy to get the 10 in and even happier the rib is staying in place. Muscles are still tight but I seem to be mending. Finished in 1:35 for a 9:31 pace.
Friday: (5-6) Another rest day playing it safe and getting ready for the big run on Saturday.
Saturday: (10 at 45-60 seconds slower than MP) Oh, the rain! Because I missed last weekend’s long run due to the rib/back issue I bumped this run to 16 miles. I was soaked to the bone, but I felt so confident after this run. It was comfortable and I felt ready for more. Finished in 2:30 at 9:31.
Sunday: (8-10) Followed up the 16 miler with 10 miles. The legs were sluggish, but overall a good run to build up more endurance. I was happy with a 9:37 pace finishing in 1:37.
Total mileage: 42 milesrunning by faith, Bekah