Boston Training: Week 12 Recap and 5 Days to Go!

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It’s now less than a week until an event I’ve been preparing for for almost two years. What a journey. 

Last week I felt road-weary indeeed, with another 550-mile marathon driving day trip and the typical taper “booster pack” not kicked in yet. That wasn’t great for confidence and Sunday after two runs in a row where I had next to no energy, I found myself on the verge of an anxiety attack about the hills, the hype, and whether or not I am a good enough runner to be going to Boston at all. It was mostly a classic case of “taper brain,” and talking to others helped me put it back in perspective.

Here are my training stats for the week:

Week 12, April 7-13

Monday –  6.2 easy (road)

Tuesday — 5 with 4 X 800m/90 sec. rest  and 2 X 400m/90 sec. rest (treadmill)

Wednesday —  Taught Spinning class

Thursday —  Rest (travel day)

Friday – 5.3 easy (road)

Saturday — 10 easy (road)

Sunday — 7 easy (road)

Totals:  ~  33.5 miles  + 1 cross training workout, 1 weights session, 3 pilates and 2 yoga practices.

This week, “taper brain” gives way to “race week brain.” This happens to me every marathon. Symptoms include nervous energy, slight irritability, being more emotional, and the urge to talk about nothing but the big day. There’s also an inability to focus or motivate myself at work and around the house, even though distracting myself with other projects would help.

This week’s plan training wise offers a little in the way of burning off only some of the surplus energy. That’s OK. I have a feeling I’ll need the extra on Monday!

Week 13, April 14-20

Monday –  4 easy (road)

Tuesday — 6 with 2 at marathon pace (treadmill)

Wednesday —  Taught Spinning class

Thursday —  5 (planned on path)

Friday – Rest

Saturday — 3 with 4 X 100m strides (planned on sidewalks of Boston)

Sunday — Rest

Totals:  ~  18 miles  + 1 cross training workout, 1 weights session, 4 pilates and 2 yoga practices.

Good stuff: Everything. Period.

Stuff to keep an eye on: Resting, hydrating, and stretching, starting now.

Goals for the week: Pack gratitude, patience, confidence, respect, and awe. Be as completely present as possible and make sharing an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience with others top priority. Manifest my daily visualization of lining up at the race Start happy and healthy.

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3 Responses to “Boston Training: Week 12 Recap and 5 Days to Go!”


  1. 1 anthonyp April 16, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Rest up and good luck ! You will be great !

  2. 2 Lloyd April 16, 2008 at 6:09 am

    I am so very excited for you. Your training has been solid and you know how to marathon. Good luck and see you there!

  3. 3 Carla April 17, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Thinking of you and so excited to hear more about your awesome experience! You worked hard to get to where you are, now make sure you enjoy the ride!

    Lots of love!


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