It's a new year, which means I'll be spending the first quarter of the year preparing for the Boston Marathon again. This year's Boston Marathon will be my 6th total Boston and 5th consecutive since 2012. Just as I did last year, I'll be posting my weekly marathon training and journey to Boston here on my blog.
Here's the last two weeks of training.
January 4 - 10 Training
Mon: AM - 9.2 miles including 6x60s uphills, 2x60s downhills. Ran the uphills starting at slightly faster than 5K effort and working down to mile effort. PM - 5 miles easy (7:24)
Tue: 10.1 miles easy/medium (6:38); first five miles easy and then the last five at 6:00-6:15 pace. Felt nice and comfortable.
Wed: 8 miles with 8x20s pick-ups (7:15)
Thu: AM - 10.3 miles including 6x1K w/ 400 rec jog. Goal was to start out at 3:15 feeling smooth and then work down to 3:10. Ran 3:14, 3:14, 3:12 and 3:11 for the first four reps and then picked it up some on the last two running 3:08 and 3:05. Finished the workout feeling like I could do one more rep. PM - 5.3 miles easy (7:18)
Fri: AM - 4.3 miles easy (7:43); PM - 6 miles easy (7:12)
Sat: 18.1 miles long run (6:39); normal long run feeling nice and smooth. I really enjoy the long run where I get out there and just cruise at a comfortable pace.
Sun: 8.6 miles easy (6:59)
Weekly Total: 85 miles on 10 runs/7 days
A good week with a little more volume and intensity. Happy with how my legs and body recovered following the hills and 1K interval session.
December 28 - January 3 Training
Mon: 7.2 miles easy with 8x20s pick-ups (6:59)
Tue: 10.1 miles easy (6:51)
Wed: 11.3 miles including 8x400 with 400 rec jog. Plan was to run 75s for the 400s with a full lap for recovery. Splits were 72, 74, 72, 72, 72, 73, 72, and 72. Felt good and smooth. Nice to get the legs to turnover.
Thu: 10 miles easy (6:59)
Fri: AM - 6 miles easy (6:58); PM - 4 miles easy (7:30)
Sat: 16 miles long run working from easy pace down to low 6:00 (6:34 avg pace). Ran a rolling route for a change. Felt really comfortable and like I was cruising the entire time. It actually didn't feel like the pace was changing much over the course of the run, which is a good sign. First three miles pretty easy, next three in the 6:40s, next four in 6:30s, next three in 6:20s, and the last three at 6:18, 6:09, and 5:57; .8 miles cooldown (7:32)
Sun: 8 miles easy (7:21)
Weekly Total: 76.5 miles on 8 runs/7 days
A really good week of base. It's been four weeks since California International Marathon and I feel like I've recovered well from the marathon. I also feel motivated and rejuvenated to start training again, especially after following many of the US athletes' training as they gear up for the upcoming Olympic Marathon Trials.