Six months after being accepted to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team and four months after starting my training (at the onset of what I did not realize would be the most brutal winter in recent memory), it’s finally here. Today is the Boston Marathon. Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 18: The Big Day is Here
I am now deep in the depths of taper time. Week 17 of my Boston Marathon training was all about taking it easy. I reduced the distance of my runs, told myself it was ok not to push, and generally tried to take care of myself as I began to feel symptoms of a cold (terrible timing, self!). Continue reading Boston Marathon Week 17: It’s Showtime!
Taper 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
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
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
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
It’s a good thing I’m not superstitious, because the 13th week of Boston Marathon training included a Friday the 13th. I also unthinkingly wore my shirt from the cancelled Black Cat 20 miler race on one of my midweek runs; cancelled race AND a black cat? Am I asking for bad luck? Continue reading Boston Marathon Training Week 13: Superstition
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
Time 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!
At last week’s Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team meeting, Dr. Grayson Kimball gave us advice rooted in sports psychology to mentally prepare for the Boston Marathon. One piece of advice that I found particularly interesting had to do with creating positive mantras. Continue reading Motivate Yourself With A Positive Mantra