Training update: Big Mileage starts now!
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.
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.
Boston Marathon Training Update Week 6
Here is what my Boston Marathon training looked like this week:
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.
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.
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!
Boston Marathon Link Love:
What struggles do you have when you are doing long distance runs? How far is your longest run?