Boston Marathon Training – Week 5

Linking up with HoHo and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

45 total miles

I felt pretty good about it, but I’m definitely looking forward to next week’s cutback.

Monday – Rest Day

I had my 6 month dentist appointment after work. Getting my teeth cleaned is like a mini-spa day. They have this warm wax hand treatment you do while you get your teeth cleaned and you get a warm cushion under your neck. My hygienist ran her first marathon last summer and my dentist is a triathlete so we chat about running and racing a lot. It’s rad.

Tuesday – 9 miles w/ 5 at Half Marathon Pace (7:47)

I continue to struggle with this pace on the treadmill. It makes no sense at all to me. My 10k just last month was way faster than this. Part of it might be that I’m not used to the early morning workouts since I’m usually a noon runner. I had to jump off to use the bathroom a couple of times.

Anyway, after warming up for 1.6 miles, I made it 3 miles at 7:47, then had to step off to go to the bathroom. Then I did two more sets of 1.25 with a little jog break in between and then I jogged to cool down until I got to 9 miles.

This run was frustrating and I think next time I have a half marathon pace run scheduled on the treadmill I’ll just knock it back to an 8 min pace to start and then get faster if I’m feeling good after a few miles. I want to be able to run a tempo without stopping.

Wednesday – Yoga

I was planning this for Friday, but got scheduled for a meeting during my regular yoga time so I switched it up.

The yoga woo woo of the day for me was noticing how my ability doing a pose on one side doesn’t predict how well I’ll do it on the other or how well I’ll do it next time on that same side. I decided to give myself a break about the run the day before. It’s just one run and doesn’t need to mean too much.

Thursday – 10 miles General Aerobic

Got up early again to hit the gym. I took it easy at about a 9:13 pace for the first 5 miles and then pushed the buttons every mile for the last 5. I finished feeling like I could’ve kept going and decided maybe morning runs aren’t that bad after all.

Friday – 5 recovery

I was still feeling really good after the 10-miler from the day before. I averaged an 8:59 pace.

I have a pair of running shoes I keep at my desk and use only on the treadmill. They’re this year’s model of a shoe I really liked last year and the toebox is now way too narrow for me. I’ve been trying to tough it out, but I’m 182 miles in on these and my pinkie toes are 1/3 blister on both sides. This run was fine, but I think I’m done with these shoes.

Saturday – 5 mile recovery

I had two of recovery 5-milers in a row since I shuffled around for yoga. I convinced my husband to go outside with me for a slow jog since I didn’t want to overdo it in advance of my tough long run planned for Saturday.

He talked the whole time about music podcasts and his plans for our album. It was like running with my kids. As soon as we set out I heard all his hopes and dreams and thoughts. I’m definitely going to try to repeat this.

Sunday – 16 miles with 10 at marathon pace

I decided to circle the same 2.5 mile loop for most of this run which turned out to be very handy later…

I stashed a water bottle by a tree, drove to a Starbucks to park, and jogged a 4 mile roundabout warm up that ended on the loop. This loop has a bit of a tiny uphill on one side of it and a bit of a downhill on the other.

I didn’t run this super well. My goal is to stick as close to 8 minute miles as possible on these but my garmin tells me all sorts of paces so I end up trying to guess what marathon pace ‘feels’ like and failing. Here are my paces, but I’ll be honest that I stopped 3 times for water and I think I could’ve skipped at least one of those stops if I’d slowed down a bit. I took Gu at mile 7 while running (salted watermelon – this one’s actually pretty good).

7:53, 7:43, 8:03, 7:42, 7:49, 8:06, 7:49, 7:48, 7:57, 7:52

I jogged 2 miles back to my car where I discovered I’D DROPPED MY CAR KEY ON MY RUN!!!!!

I retraced my steps back to the loop and texted my husband to come bring me a coat. He came up and we walked the entire loop together searching for my key. I have no spare and I had to drive to Oregon tonight. We finally found it retracing part of the loop I’d already walked while waiting for him to meet me. So freaking relieved.

I went home and plugged the garmin in to the computer (still can’t get it to connect via Bluetooth on the new phone). It says I traveled 21.5 miles on foot today. So 16 miles running and 5.5 miles looking for my keys. That’s rough.

Everyone, don’t be like me. Make sure your keys are very securely tucked into whatever pocket you have them in.

Tomorrow is a rest day and I’m grateful.

15 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Training – Week 5

  1. I find that treadmill runs always feel harder than running outside. I can’t exactly figure out what it is but for me, my breathing just goes out the window. You’re still pretty early in your training cycle, so don’t beat yourself up too much over finding the feel for race pace. You have a lot of time to figure that out! And the weather is also a factor in that feel. Really cold or hot temps increase your effort for the same pace. And you had really good splits….I would call that a win!

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  2. Oh wow, I’m so glad you found your key! Nerve wracking for sure. Great week of runs! My former hygienist was a runner. I miss her and our chats. My dentist needs to up her game with some spa treatments! Haha!

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  3. Great week of training! I adore the idea of mixing spa treatments with dental services. I’m going to make that suggestion to my daughter in law who is a hygienist. I’m so glad you found your key! I lost my phone on a long bike ride and never found it. It was so stressful. But, lesson learned about where you put things! Thanks for linking!

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  4. oh wow, you are so lucky you found your key! I have lost a house key on a run before and tried to find it with no luck…how fortunate! I’m glad you found it.

    I struggle with tempos on the treadmill vs. outside; paces that I should be able to hold feel harder for the sustained period time. I do better with short intervals on the treadmill….

    You still had an awesomely strong week and are going to have a strong Boston marathon!

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