Training Tues. Glass City Marathon – 12 days to go!

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When I look at my training plan for Glass City, it really feels like it’s over at this point!  We are heading to Boston this weekend to cheer on my husband as he runs his 6th Boston Marathon.  The weekend is looking awesome!  

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BTW, If you don’t already follow me on Facebook, head over there now to Like my page.  I’ll be posting all during the weekend.  Boston Marathon overload!! ☺

As for my training plan, the “hay is in the barn” as they say.  Nothing I do at this point is going to make me a better runner, and my goal is only to get to the start line *uninjured*.  Toeing the line healthy is a major accomplishment in any training plan, so I’ll be very careful for the remaining days.  Goodbye high heels!!  I have been feeling a bit sore again on my left foot (Sesamoiditis, see previous injury due to overuse at cross country hill running).  I don’t think the soreness is anything that would stop me at this point, but I have been icing it and being extra cautious with it.

This week also has a ton of things going on, so it’s stressing me out a bit.  Soccer, HOA meeting, Track meets…  Those events really don’t affect my running schedule, since I’m always running before everyone wakes up anyways, it just gets me all wound up mentally and makes me feel like I don’t have time to relax. I rely on my husband heavily to get the kids transported to activities, but I just get a feeling that I’m going to miss something that’s on the schedule when it gets packed.  I need to leave work early to attend some events, and that always puts a crunch on me. So, another thing I’m doing this week is trying to relax and take it a day at a time! (and make sure I check my calendar several times a day so I know where I’m going!)

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My mileage for last week was 49 miles.  I had an OK 16 mile long run, which felt harder than it should have.  But I redeemed myself with a 9 mile run on Sunday with a friend and we kept a very good pace despite talking the whole time.  Well, she actually did all of the talking, so I guess that’s why my run felt so good.  Haha!!

But, back to the workouts for this week.  On my schedule I’ve got:

  • Monday – Relax!!! Rest day, and super light workout at the gym.  Oh wait… it was so nice outside [snow has melted!] when I got off work, and my family wasn’t home, so I ran 3.1 miles around my neighborhood.  Soooooo enjoyable!
  • Tuesday – 7 mile GA run, with 8 x 100m strides, and easy gym workout
  • Wednesday – 8 miles VO2 max w/3 x 1600m @ 5K pace intervals
  • Thursday – Rest!!
  • Friday – Long (?) run, 12 miles
  • Saturday – Rest, walking around Boston
  • Sunday – 8 miles easy, w/ 6 x 100m strides **
  • Total =  38.1 miles

** I’m going to run downtown in Boston.  I hope to actually run outside around the town, so I’m really looking forward to that!  However, I reserve the right to just stay in at the hotel treadmill if I can’t figure out where to run or get scared that I might get mugged in the “big city”.  Just saying.

Beyond that…

Runners start the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Monday, April 18th – Patriots Day!  Boston Marathon Monday!!  Super Race Day!!!!  6 miles for me.  * I hope to run this with my kids around the town.  I think it would be super interesting to see what the city is doing to prepare for the runners to cross that finish line.

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Q:  Are you having a relaxing week?

Q: Do you know anyone who is running the Boston marathon?  (no fair to say my husband!!)

We are meeting up with several friends in Boston.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!

8 Comments

  1. Drew Pearce

    I will be in Boston with friends who are running it this year, but I am just volunteering at the expo on Sunday. I am running the 5K on Saturday for the third time. You get a Boston shirt, Boston medal, you get to run across the Boston Marathon finish line, AND you don’t have to run 26.2 miles! I found a website that listed 5 great places to run in Boston one was along the Charles River just a couple of blocks from Boylston. I think they call it the Esplanade? I have been cutting back on running due to a pain in the top of my right foot. Thought it might be the start of a stress fracture, so I have been icing the crap out of it and took all of last week off. Ran this past weekend and now it is sore again. Always something.

    • What day/times are you at the expo? Maybe we will see you there! I really wanted to run the 5K. That sounds like a lot of fun. We don’t get in town earlier enough to run it. I’ll have to keep it in mind for another year. And please share the name of the website for running in Boston! (…and hope the foot issue is nothing!!!)

  2. Drew Pearce

    Couldn’t figure out how to share this to your FB page so I just copied the whole thing. I will be working at the ADIDAS store in the expo on Sunday morning. Weird place to be “volunteering” but I guess since they are a major sponsor, the BAA lends them some FREE help. For the price of those jackets, you would think they could afford to hire.

    The Charles River Bike Path
    Known affectionately as “The Rivah” by locals, the Charles River Bike Path is perhaps the most popular—and easily accessible—running route in the city. The paved path runs along both sides of the river, and passes through parts of Boston, Watertown, Waltham and Cambridge with plenty of access points. You can run out and back for as long as you desire, and numerous bridges allow you to cross from one side to the other to create loops of varying lengths. A full loop from the Museum of Science in Boston to Watertown Square will get you 17-18 miles. The path tends to get busy in the warmer months with runners, walkers and cyclists all taking advantage of its skyline views of the city, so heading out early is your best bet to beat the crowds.

    The Emerald Necklace
    The popular B.A.A. Half Marathon runs along this route every fall, but you can explore it on your own at any time of the year. The Emerald Necklace is a series of winding, paved paths that begins near Downtown Crossing in Boston, runs along the Boston/Brookline border and heads into Jamaica Plain. It ends at the southern part of the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale. You’ll get about 7 miles by running point-to-point, but you can turn around anytime (or jump on the T to get back to your hotel) to meet your mileage needs.

    Jamaica Pond
    Boston Marathon legend Bill Rodgers logged many laps around this tiny body of water in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, which is also part of the aforementioned Emerald Necklace. Only 1-1/2 miles around, Jamaica Pond is a paved loop popular with runners and walkers. You can incorporate a lap of the pond as part of a run along the Emerald Necklace, or you could follow in Rodgers’ footsteps and run from Cleveland Circle (where he used to own a running store) to the pond, run a lap, and head back for a nice 6-mile run.

    Newton Hills Carriage Road
    The carriage road is the narrower, less trafficked road that parallels Commonwealth Avenue along the infamous Newton Hills of the Boston Marathon course. Throughout the year you’ll see runners running up and down the carriage roads toward Boston College, which sits near the 21-mile mark of the historic point-to-point marathon route. From downtown Boston, run west on Beacon Street toward Cleveland Circle (or take a cab to Boston College if you don’t want to run too far). At Cleveland Circle, head up Chestnut Hill Avenue toward Boston College. From BC, you can run 3-5 miles on the carriage road along Commonwealth Avenue toward Wellesley before turning around and finishing with some challenging ups and downs back to your starting point.

    Brookline and Chestnut Hill Reservoirs
    Looping one of these bodies of waters once doesn’t get you much mileage, but running a few laps of each makes for a fun run that will technically take you through Brookline, Newton and Boston. Starting at the Brookline Reservoir, which is at the intersection of Lee St. and Route 9 in Brookline, run a lap (or 2, or 3) of the crushed gravel path around reservoir, which measures just shy of a mile. From the “Brookline Res” as it’s known by locals, take the sidewalks down Chestnut Hill Ave., toward Cleveland Circle and Boston College, where you will encounter the “Chestnut Hill Res,” a 1-1/2 mile dirt loop that is popular with walkers and runners, including many of Boston’s competitive club teams who use the path for speed workouts on weeknights and weekend mornings.

    Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2015/04/features/5-places-to-run-in-boston_125684#BMEpOIvJYzys9TS9.99

    • Bahaha on the jackets! $$$ We will be at the expo on Saturday, but perhaps you will be at Beerworks on Sat night?
      Forget the marathon, I’m excited to run around the town now!!!

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