Boston Marathon Training: Week 15

Total Miles this week: 52.35

Today is the last day of my the “Race Preparation” phase of my training plan, which means I’m officially tapering! This last phase has done a lot to increase my confidence. I feel pretty comfortable with mileage in the low 50s. The 5k paced intervals have been (dare I say) fun.

This week I got my Boston participant packet in the mail. You guys, this is so unreal. I think I say this all the time, but I NEVER thought I’d be running the Boston Marathon. I’m an extremely medium runner. This whole thing is amazing.

Monday – Cross Training

I got bold on Monday and joined two friends for Flywheel after work. I told myself I was going to be moderate because I’d only have about 13 hours to recover from this before my morning run and I’d just run 17 miles the day before. However, this is one of those places where you can opt to have your score projected on the tvs in the front of the room and I tend to get competitive. It was fun. No regrets.

Tuesday – 7 miles recover + 6x100m strides

Treadmill before work. Now I’m onto Better Call Saul on Netflix. This is the sequel to Breaking Bad and I absolutely love it. Highly recommend. There are so many great characters in this and it’s so absurd but also realistic.

During my lunch break I went and got a haircut (see above). I told the guy I wanted a basic trim, not too many layers, and don’t style it too much because I had to go back to work. I got the opposite of what I asked for but I really like it so I guess I got the haircut I needed, not the haircut I wanted.

Wednesday – VO2 Max 10 miles with 4x1200m@5k pace, jog 50-09% in between

This was hard. Treadmill before work again. I did my intervals at 7:13 pace for .75 miles and jogged .5 miles in between. I felt like I had to dig deep to finish this workout.

Thursday – Rest Day


Friday – 11 miles

Treadmill and you know what? This was pleasant. I kind of liked it. I started off at about a 9:13 pace and progressed every few miles until I did the last mile at 8:30. This officially marks the very last double digit treadmill run I’ll have to do for this training cycle.

Saturday – Recovery 4.1 miles

My legs were feeling heavy from Friday’s run and I did this outside by my house which means hills, so I had no problems keeping the pace moderate.

This was my first run in the shoes I’ll wear in Boston. My last pair reached 414 miles and I try to be conscientious about replacing them because I got injured on a super old pair of shoes about a decade ago.

New shoes are the best.

Sunday – 20.25 miles

My husband and two of our friends went out to a paved trail about 20 minutes from our house and I knocked this one out like it was no big deal. The two guys rode bikes and the girl roller-skated while I ran. It was so nice having company and a change of scenery for my final 20-miler.

This is the absolute best I’ve felt at the end of a 20 mile run ever. I even tacked on a fast .25 at the end. Don’t get me wrong, this was definitely hard, but it was a manageable hard and didn’t knock me out for the rest of the day.

The next time I tackle 20 miles it will be on the way to 26.2! Three weeks to go!

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly wrap.



17 thoughts on “Boston Marathon Training: Week 15

  1. Wow, great Sunday miles! That’s so nice you had company – did she rollerblade 20 miles? For some reason that seems so long to me, but it’s probably because I am not very good at roller blading haha.

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  2. Great week! Doing your 20 with family/friends participating in their own way sounds so nice.

    I will definitely be on the treadmill a lot when I finally get back to running! Nothing wrong with that. Good luck at Boston! Enjoy the taper!

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  3. Reading about your 20-miler is so inspiring! I always feel like I can barely put one foot in front of the other at the end of a long run. I don’t know what you are planning for Boston, but my advice is to enjoy the race. You will feel like a rock star the whole 26.2. It is an experience to be savored! Can’t wait to read your race report!

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