Look what I got in the mail this weekend:
I cannot believe that in just 3 weeks I will be running the streets of Boston, pinch me! My bib number is 17771 and I am in wave 2, corral 9. The start time for wave 2 is 10:20. I have never started a race that late in the morning, so that should be an interesting experience. Hopefully my body will still be on Mountain Standard Time and it will feel like 8:20, because I only ever run in the mornings.
I had a decent week of training. I ended up taking 2 days off, which wasn’t planned, but I was listening to my body, so that’s the way it went. Here is a recap of the week of training:
Miles ran: 50.5. Unfortunately, I’ve been stuck on the treadmill most of this week thanks to daylight savings and it not getting light out until about 6:45 in the morning.
Monday – 9 miles on the treadmill, including 2 x 3 mile repeats just slightly faster than marathon pace. My marathon pace that I’m using to base my training off of has been 8:34 which translates to a 3:45 marathon, which just happens to be my Boston Qualifying time. Do I think I can run this fast at Boston in just 3 weeks? Nope, not really, but I do hope to run this time sometime in the next 6 months so I can qualify for the 2014 Boston race.
Tuesday – 7 miles on the treadmill, slow recovery run.
Wednesday – Rest day, yay!
Thursday – 12 miles on the treadmill. Seeing as this was a long mid-week run, I had to get up at 4:30 to get to the gym, get the miles done and get home in time for kids, shower, work. I finally hit my marathon pace run, thanks to the mill. As I’ve mentioned the past few weeks, I just cannot seem to hit marathon pace while running outside. So, seeing as I was “forced” (there was really no forcing, I love the treadmill) to run on the treadmill, I knew I had a better chance of hitting the 10 miles I needed at marathon pace, but I was still nervous since it was such a long run. The run went great and I indeed got those 10 miles all around pace. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any indoor treadmill marathon races in which you can qualify for Boston, so I guess I will just keep trying to work on my outdoor speed…
Friday – 6.5. This was supposed to be a 7 mile slow easy run, but just before 6.5 miles I felt a new niggle pop up in my hamstring. I decided it was not worth it to finish the last half a mile, so I just stopped and did some extra stretching and foam rolling.
Saturday – Took the day off because of the hamstring niggle. As one of my friends told me, “It’s better to get to the race a little under-trained than over-trained.” I keep reminding myself of this.
Sunday – 16 miles. I had planned on running 16 on Saturday, but since that didn’t happen, I decided to give it a try on Sunday. Although, I was not at all sure how it would go, thanks to my cranky hamstring. I decided to take it super easy and did a little run/walk plan. I walked about 45-60 seconds each mile. I ran 4 miles and then met up with my friend, Sherri, and she kindly agreed to do the run/walk with me. We did another 12 miles together and I was happy that my hamstring cooperated. I was so grateful to have her company on this run and just be able to talk away the miles.
Have you ever done a run/walk program or used it in a race? I did it in a marathon a year and a half ago and it was the first time that I went sub 4 hours. I’m thinking maybe I will do this in Boston since I’m definitely under-trained and have not done many long runs.
Thoughts on under-training vs. over-training? Do you push it to the limits in your training and hope for the best?