Boston Marathon Training: Week 10

I got some sad family news early this week that means I’ll be taking a road trip to Utah next week for a funeral. It was a rough week in general. Just stressful and sad with personal and national events. I don’t know if this is the most healthy way of dealing with things when life gets chaotic, but I took to my planner to reschedule my runs. Barring illness or injury, running is something I can control. It helps me sleep better at night and keeps my mind a little calmer.

Fortunately this was a cutback week, so I wasn’t concerned that the schedule adjustments I had to do would be too much. Next week might be trickier though.

Unfortunately I’ve had to do so many adjustments lately that I haven’t been to yoga since before I got ecoli I couple weeks ago. I’m starting to feel the strain in my hamstrings again.

Monday – Rest Day

My sister texted me Monday night to ask about the 20-miler I have scheduled for next weekend. She’s coming to Utah too and also has a 20-miler on the calendar that day even though she’s about a month ahead of my with marathon training (hers is on St. Patty’s Day). I almost always run alone. It felt really good that she was keeping up with my schedule and wanted to figure out how to do this together.

Tuesday – 8 miles General Aerobic (9:07 avg pace), treadmill

Now that I’m running in the morning more, I’ve noticed a pattern that Tuesdays don’t feel great. I think there’s some leftover fatigue from whatever Sunday’s hard effort is.

Wednesday – VO2 Max 8 Miles: 5×800 @5k pace with 50% jog between, treadmill

I haven’t run 5k pace in a while and wasn’t sure what to expect after feeling slow the day before. I started out my fast paces at 7:13 pace and by the last one was at a 6:57 pace. It felt great.

Thursday – Recovery 5 miles (9:02 avg pace), treadmill

I did this one on my lunch break. Nothing special to report.

Friday – 8 miles with 8×100 sprints, treadmill

Normally this would be a rest day, but I’m trying to adjust my schedule so I can do long runs on Saturdays instead of Sundays the next couple of weeks and so I can use my rest days for travel days next Thursday and Friday.

Saturday – 14 miles, outside

I had crummy luck with the weather. It was sunny before and after my run, but rained most of the actual run and even hailed a little. I opted for the hilly lighthouse route so I’m sure that had a lot to do with my legs feeling so heavy, but also the no rest days since Monday were probably catching up to me.

Sunday – Rest Day!

We got a little snow this morning but it’s all melted by now and the sun is shining. I’m making chicken pot pie for dinner and spending the whole day in my pajamas, playing video games with my kids, cleaning a bit, and finishing up my library book. I finally re-organized my sock drawer which had gotten out of control and I planted a kitchen window herb planter. I’m enjoying the calm before things get busy again next week.

Linking up as always with HoHo and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.


13 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Training: Week 10

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the death in your family. I think running with your sister in Utah will feel incredible. On the morning of my Mom’s funeral (and although my husband was mortified) my sister and I got up and ran together on the country roads around our childhood home. It was cathartic. We reminisced. It was beautiful. And I’ll never regret doing that. Good luck next week. Thanks for linking!

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    • Thanks. Even though they’re sad events I’ve enjoyed the funerals I’ve been to in the past few years just because it’s so nice to be with family and friends you don’t see thy often.


  2. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss in your family. Sometimes running can help when dealing with a hard time and it hope that it will help you. Despite the bad week, I think that you still did an awesome job with your training.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your loss. I’m glad you were able to get all your runs in, tho. I find that it’s really helpful to run when things seem out of control!

    My sock drawer got so out of control that it broke. It sits in the middle of my bedroom floor because my husband refuses to fix it until I part with some of my socks. Did I mention that I am a bit obsessed with socks?

    Thanks for linking!

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  4. Sorry it was stressful for you this week and I’m sorry for your loss. It’s good to adjust your training though because the body doesn’t differentiate between running stress and life stress. Overloading on a recovery week wouldn’t have been good. I hope next week is less stressful for you!

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  5. It was a tough week for our country and it sounds like yours was compounded with a personal loss as well. I’m so sorry. I can totally relate to how sticking to your workout schedule helps. Hang in there.

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