Boston Marathon Training: Week 9

I’m halfway through my 18 week training plan and feeling really strong. I’m doing the Pfitzinger 18/55 plan which is the most aggressive marathon training plan I’ve tried so far (this will be my 5th marathon). It’s been a challenge to make time for the runs but I feel like it’s really paying off. Even the long, hard runs are starting to feel ok.

Monday: Rest Day

There’s a manicure place that opened up in the same building as my office. I didn’t have enough time today for yoga so I opted for a different way to treat myself.

Tuesday: Easy 6 miles treadmill

I kept the pace a tad over 9 min miles. I think I was still sore from the Sunday 19 miler, but this was fine.

Wednesday: 14 miles treadmill

I’m pretty sure this is a new treadmill high score for me. Average pace for the first 9.5 miles was 9:06. Then I hoped off to go to the bathroom and finished the last 4.5 at 8:56.

This scheduled run has been the boogeyman for me in this training plan. The Pfitzinger plan includes a medium-long run like this each week with 14 miles being the longest. I was pretty sure I’d have to creatively split this one up somehow.

But you know what takes longer than running 14 miles on a treadmill? Running 7 miles twice in one day on a treadmill. You have to go to the gym twice, change clothes twice, shower twice…

I decided to just get up early and get it done. I started around 6:15 and just kept going. And you know what? It was totally fine. I don’t want to do it every day, but it felt easier overall than the 6 miles the day before. Figure that one out.

Thursday: 6 miles recovery treadmill

I did this one during my lunch break. Average pace 8:54.

Friday: Rest day

I play banjo and fiddle in a bluegrass/folk/Americana band. We had a gig at a new place on Friday that used to be a church and now is a Hobbit-themed bar with a really great stage. We went on 2nd which meant that we didn’t start until 10pm and finished at 12. I usually go to sleep at 9:30. It was a good day to have a rest day. I basically drank a bunch of coffee and saved my energy.

Saturday: 6 miles with 6×100 strides OUTSIDE!

This was a rough run after being up so late the night before. We didn’t get home until 1:30am. I didn’t feel super strong, but the sun was out and I was outside so you can’t beat that. I took two naps and played another gig at an Italian restaurant in town from 6:30-9:30. Much better hours and we get free pasta!

Sunday: 16 miles with 12 @ Marathon Pace OUTSIDE AGAIN!

This run was magical. I really think this training plan is working well for me even if I do have to sometimes run 14 miles on the treadmill.

It was sunny again. Temperature around 40. I did the same route I did a few weeks ago when I did 10 miles @ marathon pace and temporarily lost my car key. That run had been hard and I’d had to take short breaks a couple of times which was bad for my self esteem. Afterward, I decided I’d been running too fast so I made an effort this time to look at my garmin more often and stick as close to 8 min miles as possible.

I wouldn’t say it felt easy, but it felt kind of easy. As in, running 19 miles last week as slow as I wanted felt harder than this. I took a vanilla gu halfway through and had a large container of water with a nuun tablet that I drank out of before and after.

MP splits: 7:59, 8:03, 8:00, 7:56, 8:02, 7:58, 7:57, 7:58, 7:51, 8:11, 8:02, 7:51

Next week is a recovery week and that will conclude the Endurance + Lactate Threshold phase of training. Even with last week’s bad runs due to Ecoli recovery I feel like I’m solidly on track.

I’m linking up with HoHo and Wendy for the weekly wrap. I hope everyone has a great week!


11 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Training: Week 9

    • I totally agree. It blows my mind when I read that treadmilling is supposed to be easier because the belt drags you along. I always feel like the treadmill takes more effort for the same pace.


  1. This is a great week of training! Good on you for rocking 14 on the mill. You were so smart to just do it! It’s no picnic but yes, it can be done. And it’s a huge confidence builder when races get hard because you KNOW you can do hard things.

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  2. Playing in a band sounds like fun (well, except for the late hours)! But, how can you say no to free pasta? It seems like your training plan with its medium distance mid-week run is working well for you. Congrats on those speedy long run paces! Thanks for linking.

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