Thursday, March 13, 2014

Boston 2014 Training: Weeks 8-11. February Recap.


That's how I feel lately. It's spring (awesome). But spring means outdoor track. Coaching season has begun once again! And since I take my job a little too seriously at times, I've pushed this blog aside to take care of professional duties first.

But alas, I feel the need to update on February. In a nutshell, this was the month in fragment sentences:

Winter. Cold. The Bottom. Frustration. Warm Weekends. Circuits. Yoga. Ex-nay on futture Spring Marathon-nay. Snow Days. 70 degrees. Happy. Cold.

Week 8 Total Mileage: 32 miles

Week 9 Total Mileage: 31 miles
Two days of cross training (weights and yoga)

Week 10 Total Mileage: 49 
(Ironically this was the week that 10 inches of snow dumped down on DC and I had snow days).

Week 11 Total Mileage: 38
1 day of Yoga
30 Minutes of a cardio/strength circuit

New Focus
All of this lack of running (I should be running 50-60 mile weeks) left me FRUSTRATED about Boston. I'm at the point that when people ask about Boston I either 1)shake my head and walk off or 2)laugh. I'm definitely going for the experience, but a PR won't be part of it. 

However, my attitude is turning around. I'm running the Cherry Blossom 10 miler two weeks before Boston. At first I said I would take it as a training/tempo run, but secretly knew that I'd end up racing it once the race started. Then I realized, hellooooooo - why have a slow, mopey spring when I could actually race this race to see what I'm capable of?! 

That revelation was all I needed to turn my mind around and become excited about racing and running again. I am totally in shape for a 10 miler. I'll do a few longer runs for the marathon but this spring's "race" will be the 10 miler with a marathon on the side. 


  1. Glad to hear you're remotivated! I've been enjoying 50 - 60 degree days in Durham, NC and am really not looking forward to returning to 2 ft of snow and negative temperatures. Seriously considering a move south in the near future!

  2. Can't wait to meet up in Boston and glad that switching your focus has you in a better place. I have always wanted to do a 10 mile race, maybe one year I'll go down and do Cherry Blossom!

  3. good plan! This winter has been killer, I feel so bad for all the boston runners in the north east.

  4. Way to figure out the best situation for your training. My year is getting packed with a lot more shorter distance races, and so far it has been fun!