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Training update: 18 miles on the road to Boston.

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Training Update-Boston Marathon

Training Update-Boston Marathon

The weeks until the Boston Marathon are flying by and I can’t say that I have too many complaints about the unseasonably warm weather. While more snow would be nice for cross country skiing the temperatures have been perfect for training. I can’t say that I am missing the bone chilling winds and having to wear many layers only to still feel the chill.

Bundled up training for Boston in 2014.

Bundled up training for Boston in 2014.

During previous Boston Marathon training cycles I have had to venture out to run when it has been -10. I have had to put feet warmers in my shoes to prevent my feet from feeling like blocks of ice. I have gotten frostbite on my fingers and after long runs it would take the rest of the day to thaw out and feel warm again. Yesterday I was able to head out for my run wearing two thin layers on top and only one layer on the bottom with no hat! I’ll take it! The “warmer” temperatures make it much easier to get the training miles done and to hit the paces that I want to be running. I am also struggling less with fueling because my body is not having to work as hard to stay warm which causes you to expend way more calories. It is also nice to not have to worry about having the tubing and valve on my Nathan hydration pack freeze up leaving me without water to drink.

Crazy eyes on an 18 mile training run

Crazy eyes on an 18 mile training run. Loving the “warm” training temps! Training update.

Boston Marathon Training Update Week 6

Here is what my Boston Marathon training looked like this week:

Boston Marathon Training from The Sustainable Athlete

Boston Marathon Training Update from The Sustainable Athlete

My training was spot on this week except for one missed run towards the end of the week due to a migraine headache. My running this week was spot on otherwise. I had a great fartlek run early in the week nailing speedy paces during the “1 min on” portion of the run. I even managed some sub-6 min/mile pace for a couple of the intervals which was a little crazy. Hitting paces sub-6 min/mile pace makes me realize how absolutely super-human the elite women marathoners are. The elite women marathoners are able to sustain 5:30 min/mile pace and lower for 26.2 miles. Insane! I cannot imagine running that fast for that long!

I missed tempo intervals due to a wicked migraine headache on Friday. These have been happening more frequently and are almost debilitating. Usually the only way to get rid of the migraine is to try to sleep it away so  I spent some of my day taking a nap.

Partridge Lake 18 miler

Partridge Lake 18 miler

I finished the week with a solid 18 miler. The run was harder than my 17 miler two weeks ago. My body did not feel as fresh and I was not feeling as mentally tough. I managed to push through and fought with my body to maintain splits in the desired training zone. I decided to do my long run by myself again. Running by myself allows me to focus and my splits and the feel of my run and also to fight through any tough patches on my own. I ran an out and back to a little lake nearby.

18 miles, Garmin Vivoactive, Hoka One One Cliftons

18 miles, Garmin Vivoactive, Hoka One One Cliftons

This training run had plenty of flat but also plenty of hills. For the last  three miles I picked up the pace ranging from 7:20 min/mile pace to 8:00 min/mile pace which was right on target for marathon pacing. I definitely felt slightly off during my run and am wondering after the fact if I was not hydrating well enough. The weather was weird, around 37-40 degrees and oddly humid which left me sweating a ton and I was working hard. I am guessing that my sweat loss was greater than my hydration replenishment. I am definitely going to need to keep working on this part of my training as race day will probably be warmer.

Other than running this week I also had bootcamp and spent some time ice skating with my kids at our local outdoor rink!

Skating with the kids

Skating with the kids

Boston Marathon Link Love:

What struggles do you have when you are doing long distance runs? How far is your longest run?

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20 responses

20 responses

  1. You go girl…………………………love the cold weather pics…………..my index is : ” Above 30 degrees……SHORTS “………..produce lottsa heat. Definitely, don’t want to overdress.

  2. My biggest struggle, not with just long runs, is getting through those first 3-4 miles. It seems once I’m at 5-ish miles, my body (most days) goes into robotic-mode and all is well. Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to run any farther than 13.1 miles…
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  3. Nice long run! I did my longest run of my current training cycle this past weekend (13.35 miles, training for a half.) I trained for Boston last winter and am not ready to take on another spring marathon for awhile I think. I’ll stick to fall marathons!
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  4. Those cold temps make me admire you even more if that’s possible! I’m so sorry about the migraine… I have so much empathy– I have been fighting chronic migraines for the past 7 years. I’d rather give birth to twins than have one. I’ve given birth to twins btw- LOL

  5. Such a strong week of running my friend!!
    Way to get after it!
    I am so sorry about your migraine. I have never had one, but I know from friends that they can be awful.
    I think it shows such strength to run a strong 18 miler when your legs don’t feel as fresh. You can do hard things and you killed that run.
    My legs are so, so tired right now. Hoping they feel good for my run this weekend.
    So happy I get to see you in less than 2 months! 🙂 xo
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