Well, it’s official. Boston marathon training kicked off this week!
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
Saturday: Long run (12-22)
Sunday: 4-7 recovery run or spinning
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?