Training for the Boston Marathon is well underway and things are going well! I hit my highest weekly mileage so far in this cycle and feel great. Enoch, my coach, made a few tweaks to my training based on how I was feeling, and it’s so nice to have a coach to help keep me from making dumb decisions and pushing through when I shouldn’t. He’ll make changes before I even realize it (like changing Saturday’s run) which helps a LOT, ha! It’s different when you can see the plan written in ink in a book – the custom approach is one of the biggest perks of having a coach. I’m still SO happy with my choice to hire one this year! (Here’s why I did and five things I learned in the first month.)
Overall, marathon training this year has stressed me out much less than it did training for the 2018 Boston Marathon AND my body feels so much better. I think part of it is adapting to higher mileage over time and part is having more easy days. More on that below!
M – 1 hour fartlek run + short upper body strength work
T – 90 minute recovery run
W – optional recovery or cross-train day
Th – 65 minute recovery run + a few strides to finish
F – 45 minute recovery run + 2 strides at the end + needling/scraping
S – 2 hours, easy recovery pace
Su – REST. I’m hoping to do yoga this afternoon!
Each day I also have accessory work to help strengthen my core, hips, glutes and feet/ankles/calves. I’m not super consistent with the exercises, but I’m doing my best to stay on top of it since I know it help. I also try to foam roll every day which is making such a big difference!
Even though I’ve still been dealing with a some plantar fasciitis issues, it’s SO much better after a few tweaks from my coach, and we dealt with my hip right away. And I just don’t feel beat up and tired all the time like I have in previous training cycles. Even Tommy made a comment last night that I have more energy and less aches/pains than I did during training last year.
I also got a little boost meeting the race director of the Boston Marathon last night!!! He spoke at a Twin City Track Club event and it was so fun to meet him. He asked where I qualified for the 2019 race and when I told him at the 2018 Boston Marathon, he told me that was seriously impressive considering the conditions. Made. My. Night. 🙂 (Oh, and he told Tommy to run a race in front of the entire audience, ha! Watch that on my Instagram stories, ha!)
This coming week I have a few doubles (!!!) which I haven’t done since college when I was running those Ragnar Relay 24 hour races every year. The second run of the day is short and I’m actually really excited for them, more from a mental aspect than anything else. Work is super intense lately and it’ll force me to take a break rather than working nonstop into the night!