The meat of Marathon Training

Boston is 4 weeks away. This is usually the hardest 2 weeks in the training cycle. I killed it last week with:

Tues 7 miles HM pace avg 8:57 9, 9:01, 8:55, 8:53, 8:54, 9:03, 8:57

Wed 7 easy avg pace 9:42

Thur 7 miles 4×400 avg 8:31, 2×800 8:45, 1 mile 9:10, 4×400 8:34, 2×800 8:27

Fri 3 easy miles avg 9:38

Sat 18 miles avg pace 9:50 14 @MP 9:42, 9:40, 9:30, 9:29, 9:25, 9:42, 9:34, 9:45, 9:34, 9:42, 9:50, 9:48, 9:47, 9:34

Sun 10 miles avg pace 9:44. Felt very good for all of this.

 Total 52 miles! New high for me.

This week was a similar plan. Tuesday 8 miles at HM pace avg 9:03, Wed 7 miles avg pace 9:36. Wednesday I was standing up from my chair at work and felt a sharp pain in my ankle, near my Achilles. Panic set in. I hobbled in Walgreen’s for epsom salt and an ankle brace. I was very luck to land an appointment with my sports doctor on Thursday morning. I iced, heat, epsom salt soak, ibuprofen all Wed night.

 Thursday I wake up NO PAIN! It was crazy. I’m not a wimp and have aches and soreness all the time. My ankle was painful on Wed. Smart runner I am, I kept my appointment. Dr. Luna confirmed my Achilles is perfect. His diagnosis was an inflamed bursa sac and everything I did Wednesday helped. I’m very grateful that it is something minor.

 I took Thursday and Friday off this week. Completed 20 miles on Saturday 16 at MP and 10 on Sunday with 6 miles 4 minutes at 10k pace. One more monster mile week!

 On another note I was lucky to receive a free pair of Oofos shoes. Duncan is being treated at Dana Farber and her company Oofos offered a free pair of shoes to all Dana Farber runners. They are better than slippers after a long run. Thank you Duncan and Oofos!

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One Response to The meat of Marathon Training

  1. Way to go, Bethany! That’s a mighty strong week. Keep it up!

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