My Boston Training Plan

Well, it’s official.  Boston marathon training kicked off this week!

Boston training begins

What a week for it, too.  We’re expected to have the coldest days and nights yet, plus a mix of snow.  I hit the treadmill on Monday for 8 miles with intervals and swapped my 6 mile run yesterday for a spin day.  Any one want to come meet me for some long, cold winter training runs? I need a buddy to get me through January and February!

But despite my dread of icy 20 milers, I really am psyched to kick off this training cycle and run Boston! It’s been a long time goal and I get giddy everytime I think about it.

As part of Team Stonyfield, we were linked up with Megan to coach us through the training.  Her plan includes 3 days of running with a mix of cross training and core work.  Similar to the FURST Training plan, the scheduled workouts have purpose.  Each week includes two tough workouts (a mix of hill repeats, tempo runs and intervals) plus the long run.

I’m planning to loosely follow her schedule but I’ll add in a few extra easy running days and maintain spinning twice a week.  So a typical week might look like this:

Monday: 45 minute spin + strength

Tuesday: Intervals or Hill repeats (8-10 miles)

Wednesday: Easy 6 and/or spinning

Thursday: 8-10 with tempo + strength

Friday: Off

Saturday: Long run (12-22)

Sunday: 4-7 recovery run or spinning

Boston training scribbles

I’ll probably max out somewhere around 50 miles per week.  Last year I hit 60 several times but I don’t see that happening with all that I’m juggling right now (baby’s sleep schedule and breastfeeding, maxed out client load, training and blogging.)

I’ll continue to post my weekly workout recap every Sunday (along with the meal plan link up) so you can see what I actually do each week.

If you’re interested in all things Boston as I am, Runners Connect is hosting a Boston link up this Friday for runners to share their training plan or goals along with links to all of their Boston related articles.  Here are a few of their posts that I’ve found helpful already:

Boston Marathon Pace Calculator – How to pace this race with the downhill start and uphill finish

Boston Marathon Training Tips – Some great insights!

Qualifying for Boston – Curious about qualifying? Times needed and qualifying marathon courses are listed here.

This week I also had the chance to do a functional fitness assessment to learn about my weaknesses.  I’ll share more about that soon… I’m determined to stay strong, balanced and injury free during this training cycle!

Is Boston on your bucket list?

How do you handle winter running? Love it or dread it?


40 thoughts on “My Boston Training Plan

  1. A lot of people started training for Boston and it sounds awesome. I think everyone has their different goals and good maxing out mileage and I’m glad you have found something that works for you! Good luck with your training and I cannot wait to follow.
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  2. Yay! I was excited to read this post, and look forward to following you in your training plan! Looks like it is set up right! Boston is on my list, and I have a feeling I am gonna end up incredibly jealous of you all as the next few months go by 🙂
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  3. I wish I could run with you all winter long! I guess we’ll have to settle for virtual runs and motivation. I’m having a functional assessment done this weekend before I start working with my new strength coach. Like you, I am determined to kick my weaknesses to the curb!
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  4. Your plan sounds really great. Boston is definitely on my bucket list and I am hoping to BQ within the next year or two, but we will see! I definitely still have a long way to go. But hearing about all the runners who are starting their training makes me want to qualify even more!
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  5. I used to dread winter running, but now I kind of like it. Who am I??? The only time I really dread it is if there is ice out just because it’s dangerous. Can’t wait to follow your journey to Boston!!

  6. Thanks for sharing the Boston information. Even though we are many miles away from each other I will be out there running the long cold runs on Saturday as well preparing for Boston. Have 15 this Saturday and hoping the weather shapes up as this morning “real feel” is -45. I guess that is why a treadmill comes in handy but cannot picture that many miles on a treadmill. Enjoy the training!

  7. This is great! I’ll be back to read more carefully but good to see this. I’m thinking I will max at 50 or as close to 50 as possible this time. For various reasons. With past Bostons I’ve run up to 80 a week with average around 60-65 and honestly, I’m just not so sure I’m in the same place with running…well, I kNOW I’m not. I do need to get my butt in gear with some speed work though or I’m just going to be one speed: slow. Excited to meet you in Boston Laura! It’s a must.

  8. Boston is not within reach for me so I plan to live vicariously through you! 🙂 I think now is the perfect time to train…isn’t that better than in the summer when it’s so hot? Although, you did live down south, so maybe you’ll disagree! 🙂
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    • Yes, definitely better than summer. I like fall training the best… a marathon in November is ideal! But I’ll manage somehow. 🙂

  9. Best wishes as you kick off training! I can’t imagine training for a full during the winter. I stick with spring halfs and fall 26.2s. Indiana is far too yucky (for me) to do anything else! I will say that we do have a good group who will help those training for marathons tackle long runs. Last year, we would take shifts with a girl doing LA.
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  10. Best of luck on your training! I’m excited to read more about it as it progresses. There’s awful, awful weather up here (like, high of 4 degrees, -15 degree windchill, and snow everywhere), so I empathize with having to adjust training for the weather! This whole week looks like it will be treadmill running for me, since I use 10 degrees/windchill of 0 degrees as my cut-off point.
    Boston is definitely on my bucket list! I haven’t run a marathon yet but I might try one this year and see how close I get to a BQ.
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  11. I started yesterday! I’m actually excited to have some kind of plan– I’ve been running with no structure for quiet sometime, so I’m ready to be organized. I’ve seen a few people post the Runner’s Connect info– it sounds like a good resource, I’ll have to check that out. I’m glad to be familiar with the course this time around– that helps.
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  12. I’m feeling your pain on the cold!! It’s 17 and windy here today and I only ran 8.5 and thought my face froze off for part of it. YIKES!!! I’m training for a NJ marathon on April 26th so I’m in the same freezing cold boat. I wish we lived closer so we could freeze together 🙂
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  13. I like your training schedule. It is quite similar to mine (what works, works, right?). I’m topping out at 45 miles, which is a lot more than I’ve run in years, so I’ll have to keep an eye on how my body likes it. Also depending on how I feel, I may add another hard workout during the week. Mixing it up between hills (SLO is a hilly course), tempo, and some longer intervals.

    So, here we go again, right?
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  14. I’d love to run with you, but I think I’m too slow. I’m training for the NYC half, so I’m facing the cold long runs too

  15. GO MAMA GO!!

    Boston is on my bucket list, but I have accepted the fact I will never qualify. But one day I would like to go and just cheer!

  16. Sounds like a great plan! Congrats to you on the BQ!
    I am scheduled to do Boston also, but have been sidelined with a knee injury. 🙁
    Lots of cross training right now for me 🙂
    Looking forward to following your progress!
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  18. So excited to hear about your Boston training. Sadly, I will have to wait a little longer for Boston. Despite running a qualifying time, my husband was one of the 1,000 qualifiers who didn’t get in b/c of the registration limit. It’s always been our goal to run together, so we’ll run another qualifier later this year. He patiently waited thru 2 pregnancies, so now it’s my turn to wait. It’s a bummer but glad I can live vicariously through you!

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