2016 Boston Marathon Training: Week Eight of Eighteen

Week 8 Boston Marathon Training

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.

Week 8 Boston Marathon Training
Whaaaat? Only 10 weeks until Boston?

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. 

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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

Bill Evans, Boston Marathon
Bill Evans running in the 2016 Houston Marathon. He wore a “Team MR8” shirt in support of Martin Richard, who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Photo by MarathonPhoto

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.

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7 thoughts on “2016 Boston Marathon Training – Week 8 of 18

  1. I have really been enjoying reading your ‘Road to Boston’ posts every week. Having run Boston in 2010 I can relate to what it’s like to train all winter. Although at that point in my running career I didn’t train with a goal time in mind having trained intensely in 2009 just to qualify. Good luck to you sir, stay healthy and rock Boston!

  2. It’s very motivating to read your posts every week. I’m also doing JD’s 2Q program for the first time (although for 40 mi / wk) for the Nagano marathon here in Japan which is a day before Boston, so we’re both on the same week. Keep it up! You’re a great inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Daniel! I wish you the best of luck in Nagano. Have you tried other marathon training plans as well? If so, how do think the JD plan compares?

      1. I don’t have a lot of experience with other plans as Nagano will be just my second marathon. I followed a beginner program that I found online for my first, and although I was happy just to finish that marathon, I felt that I needed a better program to take me to the next level. I was a bit worried if I could handle it, but I like the JD plan a lot. I think it pushes me but I don’t get the sense that I’m overtraining either. I like how the quality sessions are very exact and varied, so I’m always looking forward to the next one. It’s also nice that the rest of the week is flexible. How do you think the JD plans compares to other plans that you’ve tried?

Thoughts?