This Runner's Trials

Try to Qualify for the Boston Marathon Training Plan

Posted by runnerstrials

In the past 36 hours I've successfuly done a longish run, lake swim and bike ride. I'd say I'm finally healed from surgery and ready to get back into training :) 

I finally have my 14 week training plan together for the Atlantic City Marathon on October 17.

I don't officially start training  until July 12.  I'm taking the next 2 weeks to build-up AND triathlon train. I almost forgot I have my first Olympic distance triathlon in fewer than 5 weeks- and one of those weeks I'll be in NJ without a bike or place to swim! Oops.

I chose the Atlantic City Marathon for one reason: it's flat. I've only "run" one marathon before, in January 2009. I didn't properly train and it was a horrible experience. I said I'd never do another one...

But something weird happened in the past year. I changed my mind. I blame it all on  Runner's World SmartCoach.

Last Fall I plugged my numbers into the SmartCoach system for a half marathon. My previous 1/2 PR had been a 1:50:25 on a very flat course. SmartCoach said I could run a 1:47 if I followed their plan.

Ha. I didn't think there was any way I could run a sub 1:50 half. But I decided to humor SmartCoach and follow my prescribed plan to a T for 12 weeks. I did speedwork. I hung out with the dreadmill a lot. I hiked a mile in 2 feet of snow to do a long run on the treadmill.

But guess what? I didn't run a 1:47 half.

I ran a 1:43:12 half on a hilly course and had the time of my life!

Then 3 weeks later I ran another half. In 1:45 and change, in the rain. A month later, I finally ran a 1:47 half... with walk breaks.

I started gaining confidence and thinking maybe I could run a full marathon again. So I consulted SmartCoach. Not only did SmartCoach say I could run a marathon, but it said I could run one pretty well, in my opinion. Below the time I'd need to qualify for the Boston Marathon- 3:40:59- which has always been a dream of mine.

I smelled a challenge with my favorite competitor: myself.

I have my doubts. In fact, I mostly have doubts! I know this is crazy ambitious. Especially since I'll also be triathlon training for a possible 1/2 Ironman in November. But SmartCoach has worked for me before, so why not give it a go? :)

Here's my training plan (it will open in a .pdf file). Based on SmartCoach and tweaked a bit by me to add swims and bike rides.

Some notes:

  • I often change the days of my workouts based on weather, work, etc. The goal is just to get in all the runs for that week.
  • I am such a slacker when it comes to strength training! Though I know how important it is. I'm going to try to get in one lifting session per week.
  • I don't always stick with my time goals- especially on long runs (speedwork being the exception). I figure, as long as I'm below them, I'm good.
  • I need to work in more "brick" workouts- a bike ride immediately followed by a run. So my training plan will be adjusted to add those when I feel like it :)

What's the craziest event  you've ever trained for? Did you meet your goal?

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Something new to help something old

Posted by runnerstrials

Yesterday morning, I met Kelly at Freedom Park for a new kind of workout. It was Beach Body Boot Camp taught by Anna Kooiman.

It was so much fun doing a different kind of workout! We danced, did drills, Indian runs and some turbo kick moves. Our instructor was energetic, the setting was beautiful, and my workout buddy was wonderful :) Perfect way to start the weekend.

Honestly, except for the "burpees"- squat, plank, squat, jump, repeat- I didn't find the workout that physically challenging. But believe me, I couldn't keep up with the turbo choreography because I'm special like that. I'm not used to thinking during my workouts!

Group shot: Kelly is in the middle in the pink, and I'm to the right of her.

But, guess what? I woke up with super-sore calves today! Meaning Beach Body Boot Camp may not have felt like the most grueling workout, but it was. Soreness= success in my book.

I'm blaming it on all the jumping and bouncing around.

In fact, I think I'm missing out on something by not doing plyometrics- explosive bounding exercises like jumpies (where you squat and then immediately jump as high as you can then repeat). Doing these exercises regularly can help you get speedier.

Ummm... yes please! Speed is the magic word around here. If I'm really going to try to qualify fo the Boston Marathon this Fall, I need tons of help in the speed department.

And these exercises don't take much time. Check out this article from Runner's World. I'm tweaking my Qualify for Boston Marathon and Complete a 1/2 Ironman Training Plan (which I should have ready soon) to incorporate these drills- or a modification of them- at least once a week.

Do you do plyometrics? What exercises do you do to help you gain speed?

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3 years ago today…

Posted by runnerstrials

I got up at 4:00 am and it wasn't to run a race.

I had to wear a lot of make-up and a heavy, hot dress.

And my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

It was totally worth it though because I got hitched to this guy.

But first, let's back up.

I ran 5 slow mi yesterday without any walk breaks (on the treadmill because it's cactus hot out  'round these parts).  Wohoo! It's funny, I didn't realize how much I missed my chronically tight hamstrings until they were gone. It's so nice to feel like a runner again :) I hope by next week I'm back to doing early morning workouts and 2-a-days!

Anyway, today is our 3 year wedding anniversary! It feels like we've been married waaaaay longer (I say that with the deepest love, dear) since we've been together almost 9 years.

So here are some pictures of my wedding day. Enjoy folks :)


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