Week 11 of 16
“I’m on the right track baby, I was born to be brave.”
Marathon training has finally caught up to me. I woke up Monday morning feeling like I got hit by a bus. I thought it was the extra effort of running 18 miles in a storm but the beat up and exhausted feeling continued all week. Marathon training is hard. Training plans are designed to gradually build on the long run and weekly mileage and it’s sometimes easy to forget where I started and exactly what I am asking my body to do on a daily basis.
With that being said, this week was my highest mileage week so far in training. Next week is a recovery week—THANK GOD—then I have one BIG week left before taper begins!
Monday was the new usual… lift then sunset run. I wasn’t having a great day on Tuesday so I made the decision to skip Run Club and stay after work for a treadmill run. I was afraid if I went home after work, I wouldn’t want to leave the house so I cranked out 4 miles with 4x800s on the treadmill. My boss Joe—who is also training for Boston—had to one up me and run 5 miles with 5x800s! He said I motivated him to do it so that made me happy.
On Wednesday I worked out with Erin and then we both hopped on the treadmills for a quick run. One of the members has been bringing me Snickers bars each visit because it’s my “Birthday Month”—on Wednesday he delivered it right to my treadmill!
I spent most of Friday morning in a waiting room while work was being done on my car. It went from beautiful sunny morning to snow squalls to GREY in the few hours I waited. Once I got home I was not feeling the run. Kellen convinced me to take Georgie to Cotuit for our beach to beach run—which was a good idea since G was cooped up in the house all last weekend due to the storm. We had a nice run, stopped to chat with the boys for a little bit and then I continued out on my own to finish up my mileage for the day. I was super sluggish. My legs felt like bricks. Not a good feeling knowing I had 20 miles on the schedule the next day. I skipped the gym that night to recover and went out to dinner with my parents instead. Chicken parm FTW!
I was super nervous for my 20 miler. I’ve done it before in other marathon training plans and I’ll do it one more time before the marathon but every time it’s still a big deal to me. The plan was Falmouth. The skies were sunny. The beaches looked beautiful. The problem—it was cold and it was windy.
My dad was at a neighbors chopping up a tree that fell down in the storm so I ventured out on my own. I try to stay optimistic and hopeful but honestly I knew from the first mile that it wasn’t going to be a good run. I could just feel it.
The first 4 miles I couldn’t get into the groove. The theme of the week was “tired” and I just didn’t have the usual pep in my step. Miles 4 to 9 I ran along the water straight into the wind. Constant wind. And as crazy as it seems, 18 miles in a nor’easter with wind gusts over 50 mph was easier for me.
My original plan was to run 2 more miles out before turning around but I knew if I did that I would have never made it to 20. I turned around early and re-routed my course. My mom drove by to check on me and asked if running with the wind at my back was any better. It wasn’t.
I got to 16 and pretty much gave up. I did actually run 20 miles that day but I stopped and walked way too many times to count. I always stop by watch when I stop but I predict that it may have taken me an hour to cover the last 4 miles. My dad appeared out of nowhere on his bike to finish my last 3 miles with me. Oh em gee, it was a battle!
· On Saturday night I traded in my running shoes for ice skates! Cape Cod Rehab had a “Glide & Dine” staff outing at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. I tested my fate and participated however I went very slow and stayed close to the walls.
· Boston Marathon bib numbers have been assigned!
· 5 weeks until the Boston Marathon!
5 miles (39:27)
Greg’s Workout #10
Taught spin class
4 treadmill miles (29:31) with 4x800s
3 treadmill miles (22:56)
Greg’s Workout #11
Taught spin class
2.5 miles with G (23:02)
3.5 miles (27:15)
20 miles (2:34:29)
Taught spin class
This week’s mileage: 38 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2.5 miles
March Totals: 61 miles
2018 Totals: 294 miles