I promised a training update today, so here goes!
There is now less than nine weeks until the Boston Marathon and that is exciting! It is crazy to me to think that a year ago I was training for the Salt Lake City Marathon, and was scared to death to try and run a sub-four marathon (and wasn't completely sure I could do it). I ran a 3:57 in mid-April last year (and was THRILLED) but remember saying that I could never qualify for Boston because I "knew" that I had run as fast as I could. Ha! I never, ever would have guessed that I would take almost 30 minutes off of my PR in five months, and that I would be running Boston this year and setting a goal to qualify for the Olympic Trials in 2016.
But here I am! (So learn a lesson from me, and never doubt or limit what you can do/achieve).
Training is going great I think. This week I will be up to 78 miles and after a scale back/recovery week last week, I enjoyed some speed work today and am looking forward to my 19 miler on Friday. I am still getting up at 4:30 am to get myself awake, get my strength/core work done, and then be running by 5:30am. It is working out well, although there is very little hope of me staying awake past 10:30pm any night.
With the snow, ice, and dark combination we are stuck with right now, almost all of my runs are forced on the treadmill. It is definitely not my favorite, but it is getting the job done. I am looking forward to things hopefully warming up a little in the next few weeks so maybe by early to mid-March I can take my runs outside. (We will get snow at least through May, but the icy roads should stop being a constant issue in the next few weeks). Fingers crossed!
Coach Ray and I are working really, really well together. There is a lot of communication back and forth that I think is really helping this training benefit me as much as possible. Today was a new work out for me. It was a 3.5 mile warm up, then 5x8 minutes at 6:58 pace with 1 minute jogs in between, then a 3.5 mile cool down (it was just over 13 miles total). It was a great run! It was fun to run faster. It wasn't a maximum effort and I could have pushed the pace, but I am following directions. :)
My training plan is only a 12-week plan, but I came into it after months of high mileage and regular speedwork and long runs, so I have a very sturdy base to build on.
I do really love the high (for me) mileage and I am very happy with how well my body is responding to the training and how great I feel. I am excited/optimistic about Boston. But for now, I am just going to keep working hard and doing all that I can to stay healthy, so I can get to that start line ready to run fast and strong.
What are you training for? How is it going?