It has gotten to that point in training where my goal race is on my mind for every workout. I am trying to optimize every run to be as hilly as possible, and remind myself that all this running on tired legs is making me stronger for race day. It’s that laser focus you get when you really want something or get excited about a goal. This past weekend I saw my friend who is also running Boston, and she said she was worried it was going to be snowing on race day. After my experience last year in 85 and muggy, I told her I would WELCOME the snow LOL.
The other thing that happened this week was my tooth! I have crowns on my two very front teeth. They are really natural looking and really well done. One cracked out of no where. I wasn’t even eating at the time it happened. I was able to go to the dentist right away. The first day they got a temporary tooth in, the second day they put in what was supposed to be a permanent tooth, but it wasn’t quite a good enough match. So I am waiting for a new permanent one to be made. That meant two novocaine shots in my gum on back to back days and a very sore mouth. More on that later.
2/26 Monday: 8 miles easy am at 9:16 average. I did this run on a hilly route near my house, so did a workout at home after. I have a couple of dumb bells, and a barbell – you can get quite a lot done with just a little bit of weight.
Home gym workout:
- 15 push ups & 30 second plank
- Circuit 1 2X: 15 heavy chest press, 10 curtsey lunge with lat raise, 15 skull crushers, 20 jumping lunges
- Circuit 2 2X: 12 lat raise to front raise, 15 squat to press, 12 upright row to shoulder press
- Circuit 3 2X: 8 lunges with curl to press, 10 narrow bicep curls, 10 alt bicep curls
- Circuit 4: 2X: 20 pilé pulses, 15 narrow squats with heel raise, 10 push ups
In the evening I did 3 miles easy pm at 8:50 average
2/27 Tuesday: 2 mile warm up, 6 x 30 seconds hard uphill with jog down rest, 3 min easy, then 20 min tempo (7:00-7:10), 3 min easy then another 4 x 30 seconds hard uphill with jog down rest, 2 mile cool down. 9 miles total at 8:33 average
2/28 Wednesday: 7 recovery miles at 9:24 average. Then lifted lower body for about 50 mins. From my friend Madeline Moves so I am not going to post the workout here. You can get it from her guide.
3/1 Thursday: 4000 yards. 1:21:28 – 2:02/100 yards
3/2 Friday: 6 miles easy at 9:19 average
- Circuit 1 (3X): 12 lying leg lifts, 20 v-ups, 20 Russian twists, 10 exercise ball roll ins, 20 mountain climbers
- Circuit 2 (3X): 12 back extension with row, 12 front raises, 10 burpees (I switched these out for sit ups – they made my mouth hurt too much lol)
- SS3X: 12 single arm cable rows in squat position & 15 push ups
- SS3X: 12 lat raises & 12 bent over rev lat raise
I was also really excited excited because I always braid my hair on #frenchbraidfriday – which Colleen Quigley started. She commented on my photo haha! It’s the little things.
3/3 Saturday: 20 mile long run, with a hard 2 min surge at the start of each mile starting at mile 12. 8:59 average, 705 of elevation gain. Every time I needed to take my fuel (Gu Chews), I had to stop so I could super carefully chew each partially frozen little gummy cube. Very annoying.
The weather was a little wild for this run – it kept changing from raining and misty to sunny and hot (which I was overdressed for). I was TIRED, and overall it just felt really HARD. The rainbow at the end was pretty good though! I am getting better at trusting the process and not letting these runs rattle me.
53 miles this week. After a rest day on Sunday I am feeling ready to take this week on! I even planned our meals for the week, went grocery shopping & got the turkey lentil chili made for tomorrow night.