Boston Marathon Training – Week 6

Cutback week!

38 total miles where most were pretty easy paced. This week was really good overall. I feel strong. There are less than 3 months left before the marathon. It seems like forever, but I know it will be here before I know it and that the work I’m putting in now will make a difference on race day.

Monday – Rest Day

So after my 16 mile run on Saturday + a bonus 5.5 mile walk looking for my car keys, I jumped into my car and drove for 4 hours to attend a violin teacher training intro course. I definitely should have brought the foam roller. Driving after running was not good on my hamstrings. I sat in the class all day and drove back on Monday night.

Tuesday – 8 miles with 10 sprints

Treadmill. Warm-up 6.5, then 10 x .15 mile at 9.0 with .15 at 6.5 in between. Jog at 6.5 to finish out the 8 miles. I dig this workout. I’ve done it several times now and it always goes by quickly.

Wednesday – Yoga

I had to swap my Friday rest day for Wednesday again. The yoga teacher decided to not turn on the fan and it was really warm. I was in the mood to try new things so I tried all the optional extras with varying levels of success.

Thursday – 8 miles General Aerobic

I started out at 6.5 on the treadmill and bumped it up every 2 miles. The last mile I got up to 7.0. Felt great.

Friday – 5 miles recovery

Treadmill. Jogged it out.

Saturday – 3 miles

I royally screwed up on Saturday morning. I thought I had to get my son to the school by 7:30 to take the bus to a wrestling tournament. Turns out the real time was 7:15. If you don’t ride the bus they don’t let you weigh in or compete. He totally missed out on the whole thing. I felt like a complete failure as a human being and was so frustrated with myself for not getting this right. Like, a bit over-the-top frustrated with myself.

My son was so kind about it. I feel really grateful. He suggested we go on a run together which is basically my favorite thing in the world. Then he picked the hilliest route possible and kicked my butt at it, but for most of it talked to me about what’s going on with him and his friends. Then we played Halo together for about an hour and all was right with the world.

He’s a lot better at being a teenager than I ever was. I’m amazed.

Sunday – 13 miles

Runkeeper says this is my 3rd fastest half marathon. Average pace was 8:35. Temps were in the 40s, but it was raining so it felt super cold, and nothing’s more motivating than that. I felt like I was going fast, but it was a comfortable fast. Until the last 4 miles where it felt like every time I turned a corner the wind turned too so that it was blowing me back. Resistance training, I guess.

I got home to find that my husband had cleaned the entire house while I was gone. I expected him to leave me the bathroom because I always clean that, but he’d cleaned it AND organized the mirror cabinet and the under-sink cabinet. Astonishing.

I spend the rest of the afternoon leisurely making chicken enchiladas from this internet recipe. Did you know how easy it is to make enchilada sauce from scratch? I had no idea. I’ll never buy it again.

That’s it for this week. Next week is going to be a killer with two long midweek runs and an 18-miler on Sunday. Woohoo! Can’t wait!

Linking up with HoHo and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.

6 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Training – Week 6

  1. The men at your house sound amazing. Your son handled missing his tournament like a pro. I’m always amazed at how my sons try to make up for my screw ups. I truly think that they know I’m always trying and that’s sometimes good enough.

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    • Kids these days…are wonderful. I feel like growing up I had this idea that teenagers and adults always have to be at odds with each other but now that I’m an adult I see all these really great kids out there who are good, caring people. It makes me optimistic.


  2. Great week girl! Trust me, as a Mom of three boys …two teens and one adult, boys are so much calmer than we girls are! I messed up several times along the same lines as your little snafu and mine handled it the same way… I was the one all in a tizzy!! How cool that he wanted to run with you as a consolation prize!! You’re a blessed Mom!

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  3. I think you get the best husband award this week! How nice not to have to worry with any chores after your long run. We (moms) all goof up from time to time. I wouldn’t sweat that. It’s wonderful your son wanted to spend time with you. Those moments are priceless — even if he kicked your butt on that run. LOL. Thanks for linking!

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