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?