Boston Marathon Training Week 1

And we’re off! Like a herd of wild buffaloes racing across the open prairie! Can we BE any more excited?

Because of the fact that Minnesota and the entire upper 49 have succumbed to yet another “polar vortex”, most of my training runs were forced to occur inside on the treadmill. Yeah, it sucks. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad. The only thing incredibly bad about it is that I’m slowly running out of current entertainment. I finally caught up on the Biggest Loser, and I only have two episodes left of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. I either have to run faster, or watch slower.

Oh, and just for the heck of it, I included this graphic from the National Weather Service regarding the “polar vortex”. Having been a former employee of said government office, I can assure you that most of them have this stale sense of humor, fueled mainly by their geekly love of the weather.

What is the Polar Vortex?

What is the Polar Vortex?

Back to Marathon Training:

Here is what I was slated to do this week.

Monday: Day 1 – 3 miles

I plugged 30 minutes into the treadmill and did a run at an easy pace…somewhere between an 8:30 and 9:00 pace. Then, I topped it off with an hour walk of 4 miles so I could finish watching Episode 10 of Extreme Makeover.

Monday's Treadmill Run

Monday’s Treadmill Run

At noon the same day, I had my first experience with the Graston technique at my PT place. She just had orders to do my right hamstring and glute, and I was kind of disappointed about that because I was hoping to have both legs done. And to be honest, after the procedure I thought, “Is that all there is?” I wonder if this is really going to work. Afterwards, I had to pedal 8 minutes on the stationary bike to get the blood circulating in the leg. Bonus workout!

And that was Monday.

Tuesday: Day 2 – 4 miles 

Hill repeats, shredmill style. Worked up to 7 mph (8:30 pace) to first mile. They half mile at 4% incline, half mile at 0% incline. Repeat 3 times. Cool down. Hopefully next week I can do them outside so I can get the “downhill” part in there, as well! Still struggling with which output to believe. My Treadmill Dashboard, RunMeter, or Garmin. All different readings. I guess, it really doesn’t make a damn bit of difference, but I’m so anal when it comes to numbers. I believe this is why I was an ‘A’ math student. Perhaps I should have been an accountant.

Tuesday's Treadmill Run

Tuesday’s Treadmill Run

This was followed up by a 3-mile cool down walk. Up until this point in time, I have been feeling great with no leg or back discomfort…until this night. It wasn’t dreadfully painful, but rather a reminder that it still existed. Wouldn’t you know it. I just couldn’t figure out what was happening this time. What is up with my body?

Cue the violin music: My damn period?!? But I just had it! This is the third one since mid December. OK, mother nature. Let’s get on with this menopause thing before I lose my *&^@*#^ mind, OK? Oh, and this one is a doosy.

Wednesday: Day 3 – 4 miles easy

Today, my daughter had surgery on her foot. With a million other things running through my mind and me having to wrap everything up by 10:30 am so I could get her there on time, I ended up running faster than I was asked. According to the Treadmill dashboard, I ran 4.06 miles in 32:10. Since my 4 mile PR is 28 and change, I’d say this was an easy pace. Looks like it translates to about an 8:02. I followed this up by an hour walk which was another 4 miles. And, yes…my husband DID P90X by himself. Bravo!

Thursday: Day 4 – 5 mile Tempo run

Thursday turned into a bit of a fiasco. I was quite determined to do this outside, but the morning turned into a winter wonderland. The snow literally fell in buckets. My husband was kind enough to plow a little bit of the back loop so I could at least stay on the property. After he took the kids to school, he forbade me to hit the roads.

I wasn’t out there a mile when my phone died. I had recently purchased the Wahoo Fitness Key so that my Garmin heart rate monitor could speak to Runmeter. And despite the fact that it works well, it eats up my battery like a starving hyena. Clearly, this will not do and I’ll have to forgo using the key outdoors, anyway. As I continued to run, I had the distinct feeling my husband was going to try to connect with me since my daughter insisted on going to school today. I had a feeling she wouldn’t make it through the day. So, I doubled back after only doing 3 slow miles in the snow, which I swear added 2 inches to the path I was running on in just 30 minutes time.

Bummed and disappointed, I arrived back to the driveway just in time to find my husband had in fact picked up my daughter. So, I got her situated and comfortable and I headed down to the treadmill to finish the run. Since I really couldn’t tempo outside, I did this instead on the treadmill.  I set it for 30 minutes. And, I worked up to 8:00 the first 10 minutes, then 7:30 for 5 minutes, 7:05 for 5 minutes, and finally 6:40 mph for the last 5 minutes. Yep, tempo with a little speed.  Worked well. (Thank HEAVENS for my Energybits. I’m sure this wouldn’t have happened without them!) And let me tell you, I slept like a baby that night.

Outdoor run/Indoor run

Outdoor run/Indoor run

Friday: Day 5 – Rest Day

Ah! A day of rest. I had a 9am PT appointment and I was prepared to get another adjustment from my PT, but alas, it was just another Graston session. We did meet, however, and decided that on Monday I would have both hammies Grastoned…and…I was cleared for EVERYTHING P90X except for legs…and Plyometrics. SCORE! I’m very happy! And my husband will be too, I’m sure.

I did, however, want to keep my run streak going. The definition of such is to run at least 1 mile each day under one’s own power. The weather was nice, and the back path was fully plowed by now, so I used the excuse of needing to walk the dogs to get out there. I had planned to sandwich a one-mile run between a two-mile walk, but ended up jogging the entire 3 miles. It averaged around a 10:00 pace. And since I didn’t even break a sweat, I call that a rest day. Done.

Saturday: Day 6 – 6 mile run/Sunday: Day 7: 80-minute run

Ah! Hal says to always be ready for obstacles along the way in your training. Sunday is a great day for me to tackle long runs, but Saturday, it just so happened that the sun was shining, there was no wind, and the temperature was above 10°. This, as compared to the weather earlier in the week, was a high-five kind of day. It is a do-or-die kind of day. It was a “Better get that long run in today” kind of day. So, I did. I played it by ear. When I reached the 3.5 mile mark and a decision had to be made here whether to go long or turn around, I went long.

At this point, I already blew the instruction that read:

       Consider doing this as a 3/1 workout, where you run the first 3/4 of the workout at an easy pace, then pick up the speed for the last 1/4. In other words, 60 minutes easy followed by 20 minutes at an up tempo.

So, I just ran at a continuous effort and finished out the run. Miles 5-7 began to get very warm. But wouldn’t you know that as I turned into mile 8, the wind had changed directions and was headed right for me, so I had to up the hood again and put the mittens back on. But, I got it done…and at less than marathon pace. I’m pleased.

Saturday's Run

Saturday’s Run

Sunday will be Saturday’s run of 6 miles. Indoor? Outdoor? I’m undecided and I’ll just play it by ear. This one Hal did want me to run at marathon pace. Therefore, perhaps I shall attempt to do the above instructions in regards to this run. Oh yeah, I know how to adjust…

Coming up…a few reviews. I have been lax in getting these out and I apologize in advance to my sponsors. Please look for a few this week!

January is OVER! I racked up 169 miles for the month. How many miles did you log for January?

3 Responses to Boston Marathon Training Week 1

  1. cathy says:

    Thank you for sharing this!!!!

  2. Katie says:

    Just 40 and some change this month for me! 🙁 Ah …. new month = new miles. Good luck on training week 2!

  3. Laura kidman says:

    GT works when it’s done correctly and then followed by corrective exercise. Haven’t read entire blog so don’t know what injury you have, but sounds like you’re on the mend :-).

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