Boston Training weeks 7& 8

I seriously can’t believe I will be running the Boston Marathon in less than two months! Where has the time gone?! Not only that, but I am also running the NYC half in less than a month. Eek! I’ve been so focused on Boston that I keep forgetting about the half. Oops! Here’s what training looked like during the last two weeks.

Week 7:

Monday (2/10): Easy run, 7.3 miles

Tuesday (2/11): workout-6 x west side hills (.36), splits-2:18, 2:15, 2:21, 2:20, 2:20, 2:21. I did this workout a month ago and I’m happy to say that my times were faster this time around! Yay for progress 🙂

Wednesday (2/12): Morning run with Back on my Feet NYC and evening run with Lululemon uws run club, 9.25 miles total

Thursday (2/13): Was supposed to do a tempo, but due to the snow/ice I just ran easy instead, 9 miles

Friday (2/14): Easy run, 6 miles

Saturday (2/15): Long run, 14.20 miles (8:15 average pace)

Sunday (2/16): NYC Runs Cherry Tree Relay. I  was on a women’s team with two other CPTC teammates (Ambreleah & Megan). Our relay team won 2nd place overall for the women in a time of 1:07:50 (6:47 average pace). The conditions weren’t ideal for racing as the course had a few areas of snow/ice and it was freezing, but I still got in a solid tempo and had a good time with my teammates. I got in 10 miles for the day.

CPTC post Cherry Tree

CPTC post Cherry Tree

Total weekly mileage: 63.25 miles

Week 8:

Monday (2/17): Easy run, 8 miles

Tuesday (2/18): Hills, hills, hills- 6 x Cat Hill. The conditions weren’t ideal as it was snowing and the roads were a bit icy, but I gave it my best effort. Splits-1:51, 1:52, 1:58, 1:56, 1:52, 1:51. My times were slower this time than the previous time, but at least I was able to pick up the pace towards the end. 10 miles total for the day.

Wednesday (2/19): 7.5 solo miles in the morning & 3 miles in the evening with Lululemon uws run club, 10.5 miles total

Thursday (2/20): Tempo: 2 x 4 miles-first 4 at marathon pace, second 4 at half-marathon pace. I couldn’t make it to the CPTC workout in the evening, but luckily I had a few teammates who were doing the workout early in the morning (we met at 6:15am!). The roads were icy, which was surprising since it was a “warm” morning (36 degrees) so we had to run with caution and slow down at some parts. Splits: 7:32, 7:36, 7:38, 7:30, 7:23, 7:08, 7:23, 6:51. I felt pretty good during this workout and was pleased with my marathon pace miles, but I would have liked my first and third half-marathon pace miles to have been faster. I got in 11.5 miles  (warm up, tempo, cool down) for the day and did a Pilates band class at Equinox later in the afternoon.

The temperature wasn't freezing so I didn't have to wear a million layers. Only a long sleeve shirt over a short sleeve shirt! Is Spring on the way?!

The temperature wasn’t freezing so I didn’t have to wear a million layers, only a long sleeve shirt over a short sleeve shirt! Hopefully this means spring is on the way!

Friday (2/21): Rest Day

Saturday (2/22): Long run, 20.5 miles (8:30 average pace). This was my longest run of this training cycle and I felt good! I met two of my friends/teammates Alex and Kristen for some early miles in Central Park then headed down the West Side Highway (there were a bunch of icy patches) and over the Brooklyn Bridge to meet Megan for some miles in Prospect Park. It was definitely a nice change of scenery to get out of Central Park for some miles and the weather was beautiful!

I refueled with some margaritas that evening. Did you know it was national margarita day?!

I refueled with some margaritas that evening. Did you know it was national margarita day?!

Sunday (2/23): Easy run, 10 miles followed by gentle yoga at Equinox

Total weekly mileage: 70.5 (highest mileage this training cycle)

You’ll be happy to know that I am now up to date on my training posts! Woo hoo! Tomorrow starts week 9! Did you get out there and run in the beautiful weather this weekend? If so, where did you run?

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2 responses to “Boston Training weeks 7& 8

  1. You are so strong and so fast. And you’ve been making great progress in your training. I do miss seeing your pretty face in the park in the mornings. I literally can’t wait to cheer for you at the NYC half and in Boston! Keep up the amazing work my speedy little friend! I’m so proud of you! You’re such an inspiration and proof that hard work and determination pay off.

  2. Aw, you are too kind Beth! Thank you SO much for your words of encouragement and support. It means more to me than you know! I miss seeing your face in the park too, but you’ll be back out there before you know it because you are strong & determined! I’m so happy that you’ll be cheering at the NYC half & Boston 😃

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