Boston Marathon Training – Four Weeks Left
After a few pretty tough weeks, it was time for a rest week. I dropped my mileage by about 25% and let my legs recover from the previous, brutal, training weeks. With the added time I was able add some extra strength training into my routine.
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 6 miles nice and easy.
Wednesday: Speed is the one area that has me feeling nervous. North Dakota can be awfully cold in March, and speed work just isn’t the same on a treadmill. There’s something about being able to see the finish line that makes repeats easier. However, I was able to lace up my racing flats for the first time. I started with a one mile warm-up, followed by a thorough stretching routine, and then got down to business – I alternated between 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile repeats. (They would have been the familiar 400’s and 800’s had I been on the track.) I did a 80 second 1/4, followed by a 1/4 mile recovery, then a 3:00 1/2 followed by a 1/2 mile recovery. I repeated the pattern 4 times and followed it up with a 1 mile cool-down. 12 miles
Thursday: 6 mile recovery run.
Friday: Extra rest day
Saturday: I hate tempo runs, but they can be such a huge confidence booster. I started with the usual 1 miles warm-up, then eased into a 6:20 pace for 10 miles, and followed it up with a 1 mile cool-down.
Sunday: My 16 mile run felt like 6 compared to the 21-miler from the previous Sunday.
This weeks great observation.
Running offers a great deal of time for thought and reflection. These countless hours inside my head have helped me sort out some of the most puzzling situations life has thrown my way.
This week, I discovered what it is that draws me to marathoning. The marathon is as honest as it gets. It can’t be cheated (at any level). It requires dedication, resilience and hard work, but once you’ve completed one you’re forever branded as a marathoner – someone who has put in the time, fought through the pain and accomplished something that is truly worthy of the pride it brings.