Training Week: Feb 26-March 4

Short week and a travel week, but I still got some good work in.

From a recent track session. We’ve been working on an exaggerated high knee (ahem, the audio). I am not fast compared to people who actually compete in masters track, but what I at least try to do is have good form. That is one of the things I think about when it gets real like on the third rep of a 120 (after hill work).

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Training Week: Feb 19-Feb 25

To sum up the week: “What did I do?” Here are the highlights.

Started the week with an active recovery day. I did an easy 2 miles (9:28) and then had a full body conditioning session with Trainer that included 1000 jump ropes (7:12 sec!) and core work. Pro tip: Do not reveal your weakness. I told Trainer about my penchant for late night snacks. I LOVE my late night snacks. Last night after dinner and after my post-dinner snack, I then had a Lara bar, nuts, vegan cheese, and dried fruit. I don’t know how I don’t weigh a gajillion pounds. Anyway the core work felt extra hard today. Ugh.

 

I didn’t do nearly as much recovery this week, and had a difficult track workout with Trainer. Hill sprints, 120s and 80s, then some footwork on some tired legs. Sheesh. Anyway, I paid for it on my long run. It was a struggle run. Mentally wasn’t feeling it at all; physically legs were dead. Oh well, I figured it out. Highest mileage week and longest run in a minute. Just being patient and knowing that this is the time to build my endurance and trusting the speed will show up later.

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So I was feeling so good after last week’s long run of 10 miles that I went ahead and made the commitment. On my long run, I was seriously questioning my life choices.

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Total Weekly Mileage: 28
Long Run: 12

Training Week: Feb 12-Feb 18

This was a breakthrough week for me. Here are the highlights.

Short run and then a conditioning test and prehab with Trainer. Lord, I wasn’t ready for it. In the middle of the test I demanded that Trainer trade me! Sheesh. I ended up doing two sets of 13 exercises in an hour — not including a dynamic warm-up and stretching 😩. Train hard race easy right?

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Training Week: Feb 5-Feb 11

Here are the highlights from this week’s training.

The thee words the best describe me lately: sore, exhausted, and hungry. It’s all fun and games when you’re just kicking it during the holidays/vacation with some light running and regular conditioning, but then you come back and…I dunno it feels like it got real, real fast lol. More speedwork, increased mileage, and the addition of a new leg strengthening routine that Trainer has me doing that seems cruel 😩 It’s not right! Anyway, I am walking weird, napping, and eating anything that isn’t nailed down. Feels like training has finally begun!

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Best Race of 2018

It was a bad running year due to the wonky foot and inconsistent training, so I skipped out on doing a review of my racing year. I just wanted to put it behind me and start fresh. But I came across a photo that reminded me of a race that I didn’t mention to anyone (except Trainer) that I was going to run. It ended up in a DNF – my second of the year — and was my best race memory of 2018.

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Boston Marathon 2018 Recap: DNFing is Harder Than It Looks

Well, this wasn’t the trip I had planned when I booked it in February. It certainly wasn’t what I had in mind when I qualified for the Boston Marathon in November 2016. But life is funny, and it’s the trip I ended up having. Here’s the rundown on my trip to Boston to NOT run a marathon – runner’s version.

We landed in Boston Thursday morning and went over to the expo. Let me back it up a bit. About 15 minutes before we were going to board our flight, I realized I had left the one thing I had to bring: my Boston Marathon Passport.

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How An Average Runner Qualified for the Boston Marathon Part 5: Mindset

“When you make a choice and say ‘come hell or high-water, I am going to be this,’ then you should not be surprised when you are that. It should not be something that feels intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that…when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time because it has been [in your mind] the whole time.” — Kobe Bryant

This is the last installment in my series of how an average runner finally — after four plus years and seven marathons — qualified for the Boston Marathon. As I previously wrote, I did three things in one year of working with a trainer that helped me to BQ: changed from heel strike to a midfoot strike; ran less (and did more of everything else); and did speed-hill-agility training. The final piece was mindset.

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