Boston Training: Week 3 Recap

I am again pleased with and grateful for a successful week of marathon training.  Workouts this week offered a lot of variety, including tempo running, treadmill hills, and a fast-finish long run. For sure there wasn’t a dull moment.

Last week I mentioned that I don’t like tempo workouts as much as the others. Physically the pace is “comfortably hard” (just barely!) as it’s supposed to be, but I noticed that I felt impatient and even a little anxious during the tempo running. The miles seemed endless, and I wanted to take brief breaks in the middle. It’s probably more mental than anything and learning to get more comfortable mentally with comfortably hard.

Week 3, Feb. 4-10

Monday — 8 miles easy on the Dismal Swamp Canal path. It was almost 70 degrees.

Tuesday — 8 miles including 4 miles of Tempo pace running (currently 8 min/mile) in the middle. (treadmill)

Wednesday — taught Spinning for cross-training.

Thursday — 9 miles of random treadmill hills between 2.0 and 6.0 incline.

Friday — rest day from running; weights

Saturday — 18 miles with 4 at marathon pace near the end (supposed to be 8:35 min/miles, but more like 8:15-8:20) . (roads)

Sunday — 6 miles recovery/very easy (treadmill). My legs are still sore and stiff from the weights. I will not do weights the day before a long run again!

Totals: 49 miles + 1 cross-training workout, 1 weights session, 8 yoga & pilates sessions (teaching)

Good stuff: Thanks to generous donors, I’ve been able to generate enough support as a member of Team Boomer to receive a uniform to wear in races. If anyone who contributed is reading, thank you again from the bottom of my heart! I am thrilled to be getting closer to my goal. The volunteer coordinator asked for a photo to include on the Web site, so here’s an outtake my friend Mert took today.

Stuff to keep an eye on: Getting better rest to prevent becoming run down and promote recovery from workouts. Lately I am in a weird cycle of falling asleep instantly, but waking up several times and wishing it was already the new day so I can get going. I guess for all the reasons a person can have disrupted sleep, excitement and anticipation are among the best. 

Goals for the coming week: Stay healthy and able to complete each workout. On Saturday, I plan to race a 5K for the first time since September. Depending on the day’s conditions, I want to give my very best effort and get an idea of my current fitness level.  And I’m looking forward to the challenge of a hilly long run when I visit a non-flatlander friend who is also training for Boston.

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1 Response to “Boston Training: Week 3 Recap”


  1. 1 mert February 11, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Hi Andrea! Just browsing your blog this smokey Monday morning in Northeast North Carolina! Regarding your training I have only one thing- no two things to say to you: “Run Bitch!” & of course “Malt Balls!” xo mert

    PS- have fun running those hills this weekend!!!!


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