Category Archives: Running

Boston Marathon Week 16: Sweet, Sweet Week 16

Boston Marathon TrainingTaper time is so sweet–at least physically. It’s really nice to be able to choose a less strenuous workout, and not only not feel guilty, but actually feel like it’s the better choice for my upcoming marathon performance. After three months of internal pressure to run more, faster, and farther, this is a nice change of pace (pun completely intended). Continue reading Boston Marathon Week 16: Sweet, Sweet Week 16

Boston Marathon Week 15: Our Long National Nightmare is Over

Boston Marathon TrainingYou guys, it’s finally here: The best part of the marathon training process. It’s TAPER TIME!

Taper time is that part of marathon training where you’ve built up the fitness and stamina to run 26.2 miles, but need to start resting to build up strength and keep your muscles fresh. During taper time, the distance of my long runs will drop dramatically–just 12-14 miles next week and 8 the weekend before the marathon. I’ll also begin to reduce the amount of other exercise I do. Continue reading Boston Marathon Week 15: Our Long National Nightmare is Over

Boston Marathon Training Week 14: It’s Getting Real

Boston Marathon Training (1)The 2015 Boston Marathon is now less than a month away. When I was accepted to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team way back in September, race day felt very far away. The time has flown. Perhaps the thing that’s made the marathon feel most real in the last week or so was our coach’s statement that at this point in our training, we are physically capable of completing the marathon even if we don’t do any more long runs. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 14: It’s Getting Real

Running Playlist: Marathon Edition

Running PlaylistI’m not shy about sharing how much I love to listen to music while I run. Don’t worry, I’m good about keeping the volume low for safety.

Training for a marathon during this particularly cold and icy winter has made me even more grateful for the pick-me-up of a good playlist during my runs. My feet and hands may be cold, my clothes may be wet from snow, rain and sweat, and my legs may be aching, but dammit, I’ve got some good tunes in my ears! Continue reading Running Playlist: Marathon Edition

Boston Marathon Training Week 12: My First 20 Miler of the Season

Boston Marathon TrainingSpring is coming! Even though it’s still cold and icy out, there’s that subtle change in the air that signals warmer things are coming. Finally!

Week 12 of Boston Marathon training was a little different because the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge group long run was scheduled on Sunday this week instead of the usual Saturday. That caused a little shift in how I planned my workouts (as well as an unfortunate drop in Saturday night fun). Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 12: My First 20 Miler of the Season

Boston Marathon Training: 11 Weeks Down, 7 to Go!

Boston Marathon TrainingTime flies! As of today, Monday March 2, there are fewer than 50 days left until the Boston Marathon–48 to be exact. That may seem like a long time, but before it’s done, I’ll have logged a couple of 20 mile runs, even more 15-19 mile ones, and a ton of shorter workouts. All of this on top of working full-time, traveling frequently for work, and maintaining my volunteer work and social life. It’s a lot, and I feel race day looming. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training: 11 Weeks Down, 7 to Go!