We are 39 days out from the BOSTON MARATHON. Even though it will be my 4th Boston, I am still as excited as if it my 1st! I thought I would update everyone on how my training is going and what my plans are for the race. As you may or may not know, I ran Hilton Head almost 4 weeks ago. I followed a different training plan than I have in the past. I really don’t know if that effected my race or the many other factors.
Therefore, I reworked my training schedule back to my original plan that I have followed for years and adding speed work one day a week and tempo one day a week. For the next 3 weeks, I will be running 50-65 miles a week then I go into a 1 week lower mileage and 2 week taper (very low miles). Ekkk. I get legit taper crazies! About 2 weeks ago, I was on a stroller run and I pulled my hamstring just slightly. I have been icing and taping. It was feeling better until I did some speed work on Tuesday and felt a little tweak to the hamstring at the 6:30 ish paces. So, I think my speed work until Boston is going to consist on not pushing my paces too fast. I went my hamstring to be 100% on race day.
Also, when I was training for Hilton Head, I was focusing a lot on paces that the training plan told me to run. Since then, I have been running off feel for the days that aren’t speed and tempo. I feel more relaxed when I can just go run and not look at my watch to see if I am running too fast or too slow. If my legs feel tired I slow it down. If my legs feel good, I speed it up. I know what I want my comfortable and uncomfortable pace to be.
Now what is my Boston Marathon goal? Well, I am not going to set one. All of the times in the past that I have set a goal time, I was very disappointed because I did not achieve my goal. Without a goal, I run without the stress of being on pace or off pace. I am going to go out and run my race. It has worked very well in the past. The stress of a time goal freaks me out and I feel like I have to prove to everyone that I did it. Even though the marathon is one day of the whole training cycle. It could be a good day or a bad day. There are so many factors that go into how we are going to preform and the training up to it is just one little part. We could be sick, having GI troubles, lack of sleep, just not feeling it the day of the marathon. I am going to lie and say I have not time goal. I have a time in my head, but I am not going to focus on the time. I will run more marathons and will get a PR someday. Who knows maybe it will be BOSTON.