Boston Training: Week 2 Recap

This was a very enjoyable week. I had been a little nervous, but excited, to do a hilly long run on Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive. Unfortunately my training buddy was not able to go, but we’ve got a lot of time before Boston to get out there at least once.

Week 2, January 28-Feb. 3

Monday — 8 miles easy on roads

Tuesday— 6 miles including 8 hill (Okisko Road highway overpass) repeats. 4 X hard up/easy down, and 4 X easy up/faster down.

Wednesday — Taught Spinning and did 30 min. more on the very fun Expresso interactive stationary bike to cross-train. Lifted weights.

Thursday — 8 miles with 7 at marathon pace (treadmill). That wasn’t planned; it was just how I was feeling that day.

Friday — Rest day, but I did some Boston prep by finding and booking my flights and filling out the race registration! 🙂

Saturday— 17.25 mile long run on U.S. Hwy. 17 and the Dismal Swamp Canal multi-use path.

Sunday — 6 miles easy on roads in 60 degrees. Gotta love wearing shorts in early February!

Totals:45.25 miles running + 1 cross-training session; 1 weights session; 4 pilates and 4 yoga sessions (all teaching). 

Good stuff: First and foremost, I was healthy and able to complete each workout. The weather was mild all week, too. Saturday and Sunday were especially gorgeous with no wind, sunshine, and temperatures from 50-60. That’s pretty perfect for running.

Stuff to keep an eye on: Going up another 1/2 size in running shoes seems to be helping my poor mutilated toenails, but the medial side of my right foot especially is getting more calloused and blistered than usual from I guess rubbing in a tiny bit roomier shoe. So, a “home podiatry session” and pedicure will be in order. Maybe one week I’ll get really brave and post a photo essay of my poor feet.

Goals for the coming week: Stay healthy and able to complete each workout; continue being mindful with nutrition; mental toughness during Tuesday’s Tempo run (my least favorite, but an important workout).

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