2016 Boston Marathon Training: Week Eight of Eighteen
We had a nice taste of spring weather here in the Granite State before winter came back in the form of a Friday snow storm that closed schools and left tree limbs all over the roads. It was crazy. One day it was 55 degrees and sunny (shorts and T weather!), the very next it was 30 degrees with 7″ of wet heavy snow. Fortunately, I scheduled my long run for Thursday and made snow removal my Friday workout.
Q1 Workout: 10 easy + 2@6:44 w/2min rest +2@6:44 w/2min rest + 2E
Q1 Reality: 10 easy + 2@6:21 w/2min rest +2@6:33 w/2min rest + 2E
Have faith in yourself and your training plan. By the time I reached the 10-mile point in Monday’s workout, I was done. It was really tough to convince myself to keep going. I fought the urge to call it a day and decided to power through at least one 2-mile segment. I looked at my watch after it beeped and was stunned to see a 6:08 split. My legs had plenty of zip, it was brain that was tired. The mental piece of training, especially for the marathon and beyond, is so important. Your body can usually do much more than your mind wants to acknowledge.
Tuesday and Wednesday were easy runs. My home is infested with germs. Both kids stayed home from school at least once this week, and I’m doing everything I can to avoid getting sick.
Q2 Workout: 8 easy + 5x (3min I w/2min jog) + 6x (1min R w/2min jog) + 2 easy
Q2 Reality: 8 easy + 5x (3min Interval pace w/2min jog) + 1 easy + 6x (1min Repition pace w/2min jog) + 1 easy
Thursday’s workout was brutal. At first glance I figured it wouldn’t be that big a deal. But, fatigue creeps up on you quickly when you’re stacking up intervals like that. I altered the workout by adding an extra easy mile in between sets. It was a point in my run that was all uphill and I was fried. I regrouped and made an effort to hit my marks on the second set.
Saturday’s run was a moderate 8-mile effort to make up for my missed day on Friday. It was a beautiful run along mostly empty roads with snow-covered trees and sunshine. The snow sparkled like glitter and little powdery waterfalls fell from the branches. Other than fearing a *widowmaker might fall from the heavens and end it all, it was one of the most enjoyable runs in recent memory.
*widowmaker – a dead branch caught precariously high in a tree which may fall on a person below
Boston Marathon: In the News
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, 57, of South Boston, Massachusetts is running the Boston Marathon this year. It will be his 50th marathon. “People always say to me, ‘I don’t know how you do your job.’ Well, the secret for me is just making sure I get my run in every day. I can basically conquer anything, as far as I’m concerned, as long as I get my run in” said Evans in an interview with Runner’s World.
Amen to that, brother.