With everything going on right now, I don’t even have a plan in paper yet (who am I kidding, it would be in my Google Calendar!). But, I have trained enough for Boston Qualifying that I know the routine. I just peeked at my calendar from last year and decided today would be the day my Boston training begins!
What is super awesome about this training cycle is that I am actually training to run the Boston Marathon – not to qualify for it, like I had been trying for the last two years! WOOT!
I have been plagued with an ongoing knee annoyance for the past 8 weeks. It is in no way “painful”, or debilitating, but it’s annoying, and I know it’s there. I will be addressing that soon at my first physical therapy session this week.
This training cycle I plan to focus on several things:
1) Strength training. I’ve got to hit the gym/weights at least once a week, but preferably twice a week. I find it awfully boring, but I think it really made the difference at Erie Marathon (where I got my BQ).
2) Hills. Hills. and more Hills. Everyone knows Boston is a hilly course. And, those hills will eat me alive if I don’t train for them. Hills are rather hard to find here in my part of Ohio, but I will be running the Newton Hills simulations which Coach Alan (my hubby) will provide me with on our treadmill. When the weather permits, I’ll hit the small “hill” over by the mall and do some hill repeats.
3) Focus on getting my knee better so I can finish my training cycle and show up uninjured to Boston.
That’s it for now. Be strong!