January 14, 2015

Boston training, 96 days and counting

Monday marked 12 weeks until the day my sister and I will line up to run the Boston Marathon.  Back on March 16th of last year, the day that I qualified, it seemed like ages until race day!  Boy did the time fly by and now it is the heart of my training cycle so I can conquer one of the most difficult marathons in the world.  My coach set me up with a training plan that started the week of Christmas and so far, everything is going well.  With a hilly race course, my plan is very different than prior marathon training plans and Sami is certainly keeping it interesting and fun.

This week, I actually have a walk on the treadmill using the hill program.  Living in Wilmington, NC, we are basically flatlanders so unless I go over the Wrightsville Beach bridge or to the downtown area, we are running a very easy route! Game on treadmill!  I am going to kick some hill bu**!

My second and last training run on the Boston course happened Saturday morning when the weather channel showed this:



We started our run at 9 am and the temperature was not 16 degrees according to the car thermometer.  It was bitter cold, but thankfully we did not encounter any wind, at least not for the first 30 minutes!  Actually, we seemed to avoid wind until the top of heartbreak hill when we turned around to run back to Wellesley Hills where we had parked our cars.  The headwind was no joke and it was frigid.  My fingers got so cold that at one point we had to stop so I could ball them up inside my gloves.  This helped alot and yes, you are welcome for the tip!

Posted on Saturday, we now have 96 days!

Alison and I will meet up again for a run in February, but it will be at the Princess Half Marathon in Florida.  In the meantime, she will be dealing with the snow and cold in Massachusetts while I am back in balmy Wilmington where the weather outside is perfect for winter running, unless it rains!

This weekend my long run ramps up to 14 miles, which is my longest run since training for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I'm looking forward to a negative split so I can report back to coach that I aced her plan for the week!  It's fun having different goals for my long runs and this week, I start with 7 easy miles, then negative split with no set pace the last 7 miles. Sweet!

The last thing I am doing at the moment is reading lots of articles about the Boston Marathon course and how to train for race day.  Here are some that I like:

Four strategies to conquer the downhills at Boston from Jenny Hadfield @ Runner's World

3 Race quirks you must prepare for in the final weeks of Boston training Runner's Connect

4 Key workouts to prepare for the Boston Marathon  Runner's Connect

If you have any great articles to share please share a link in the comments!  What is your next big race?






27 comments:

  1. Wow, I can't believe it is under the 100 day mark. So special that you will get to share this with your sister. If I come across any interesting articles, I'll def share it with you.

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  2. Wow Pam! I can't believe it's so close! And thanks for the tip about balling your hands up inside your gloves! I wish I'd known that last weekend on my super cold long run! You're doing so great with your training! I LOVE that you and your sister are doing this together!!!

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    1. Mindy, I am so lucky my sister was willing to run a marathon to qualify AND to sign up to run with me. It will be so much fun with her by my side.

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  3. I'm so excited for you! with all of this hill work, Princess could be a PR, too!

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    1. I wish Jamie, but as you know, runDisney races have so many factors you can't control such as crowds and of course the wonderful FL weather!

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  4. Its hard to believe that there's less than 100 days til Boston! How many runners get to say that part of their Boston training included running part of the marathon course? Not only does that give you bragging rights, but extra preparation for the big day!

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    1. It was great to get a preview Kathryn. I am not nervous about those hills now since I have had two chances to run them!

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  5. SO COLD. I ran in 22 and thought I may die. My body is not used to the cold! I am SO excited for you for Boston!

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    1. Cold weather does make the training runs tough, but then we are stronger runners too!

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  6. That is great that you got to run some of the course with your sis! I am sure you are glad to be back in the warmth though! -M

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    1. Unfortunately it is not that warm here Meranda....tomorrow I have 5:45 am practice and it will be chilly!

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  7. Having just finished my marathon, it's a little hard for me to even read this (marathon training fatigue, maybe?) - but I am SO excited for you and it's amazing the detail you're putting into your training. You are so set for a great race!!

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    1. I am just hoping to get to that starting line healthy and plan to soak up every moment!

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  8. That's one cold run! So great that you get to run the marathon with your sister! My sis and I are doing Princess Half together. Can't wait! Good luck with your training. I've only run on the Boston course once--at the Heartbreak Hill Half. Those hills are no joke, especially at that point in a marathon. But I have no doubt you will crush them!

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    1. Karla that is great that your sister is running Princess Half with you. Hope we get to see you that weekend. Alison will be running that half with me too, and I hope to keep up. Last year she ran a 1:56 and that is definitely faster than my PR!

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  9. I love that you're so motivated! Have a great training season and I hope Boston is everything you want it to be!

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    1. Thanks. If I did not train hard, I would not feel that I was giving that race the proper respect it deserves. I am still shocked that I qualified and will be running....sometimes I have to pinch myself!

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  10. Oh, I can't believe you run in such cold weather! Sounds like your training is going great. I can't wait to see your amazing Boston recap!!

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    1. My theory is you never know what conditions you will get on race morning. Or race night like WIne and Dine 2014. I always do a couple outdoor training runs in awful weather conditions so I am prepared.

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  11. Sounds like you are right on target for your training, Pam! Great job! Those hills of Boston sound crazy!

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    1. Karen, they are not as bad as what I dealt with in Asheville, but that was only a half marathon, not a full!

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  12. Thank you for featuring our post, we are so glad you found it helpful! You should add this post to our linkup where other bloggers are posting about how their Boston marathon training is going. http://runnersconnect.net/running-training-articles/boston-training-begins/ We would love to see yours up there! Thanks for sharing, best of luck with your training!

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  13. How exciting that you will be toeing the line with your sister!! So excited for both of you. Boston is my home town city and I miss it so much, I hope I get to run the marathon someday!

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    1. Sue I had no idea you grew up in the Boston area. Me too although I have not lived in that area since I got married. we did live in southern NH just before we moved to NC though!

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  14. Enjoy Boston! I look forward to reading all about your race! Also, no way this Florida boy is going on a training run in single digit temps. -DG

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