Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Well, I finished...

So I ran the Boston Marathon yesterday... I knew at about 10 miles that it just wasn't my day. My legs weren't reacting well to the downhills and my goal changed from getting a PR to finishing the race. I ended up slowing way down but getting through it in just under 3:43.

That course is tough... I actually found myself looking forward to the Newton hills once they got started because going up felt so much better than going down by that point. I dreaded getting to the top and having to go down again. But I finished. So I did it. That's something.

Tonight, as I half walked/ half limped to a local restaurant for dinner, I told B that I guess this meant I'd have to pick a fall marathon so I can re-qualify for Boston next year and prove that I can have a decent race on that course... We'll see... Fortunately I have some time to think about that.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This is it!

Just did my last run before Boston, an easy 3 miler in the park, early in the morning. I'm taking the bus up to Boston this morning - figured earlier was better so we can be sure to get to the expo with plenty of time. I'm pretty excited. I feel ready to go...

I have high hopes for this marathon. I put in the highest mileage I've ever done and I'm hoping for a big PR. It's also my first Boston. I remember back in middle school when my dad was into running and he did the NYC marathon. I wanted to do it too, and I made up my life marathon plan. The idea was that I'd do NY as my first one, just to enjoy it, and then run my second marathon fast, to qualify for Boston. #3 would be Boston and then I wouldn't have to run a marathon ever again.... We'll see if I stick to it - I really like the marathon now that I've tried it (we'll see if I say that after tomorrow) so I can't imagine this will be the last one, but it will be special as it's something I've thought about doing for such a long time. Time to go catch the bus. I can't wait to cross that starting line tomorrow morning!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Race Pace

I did the final "workout" of my training plan today - it called for a 7 mile run with 2.5 miles at marathon pace, designed to make you confident with the pacing for the big race. It worked - I ran right at 7:30 pace and felt great! I'm so ready. Now I just have to eat some pasta and take it easy the next few days...

Distance: 7 mi
Time: 57 min

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Last Workout!

Today was my last real workout before the big day. B joined me which was nice after a whole winter of no workout running partners! We did 3xmile in Prospect Park at a little faster than 10k pace... Splits were 6:36, 6:49 (up the hill), 6:36. It was a beautiful day for a workout and I couldn't stop smiling while running the last one... It felt so good to know I was going that fast but felt so relaxed at the same time. I think I might be ready! Only 11 more days until my first sub 3:20 marathon!

Distance: 6.5 miles
Time: 51 min

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Tapering

As indicated by the less frequent posts, it's not as fun to write about my running when it's not going exceptionally well. The knee is feeling better, still not all better, but getting there. The taper has begun, and I have to say I don't really like it. The last few days have been all easy runs and a long run on Monday. Tomorrow I do my last real workout (3xmile) before the marathon. These last few weeks always seem to be the hardest for me... Once I get used to the miles, I love doing them - I love how it feels to get through the hard workouts and when they are cut out of the training, it's hard to stay motivated, even though the hardest run yet is coming up fast...

Partly in hopes of keeping me excited about running these last few weeks, I broke down and got myself a Garmin 305 last weekend. I figured it's an early birthday / making it through Boston training present. I haven't figured out how to use many of the features but I can take it out for a run and have it tell me exactly where I went and see a graph of heart rate vs elevation on the run... I don't know if its really useful information, but it's fun to look at.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Pain free knee!

I did my first workout since my knee started bothering me today and it went really well! I did a long warmup and stretched really well - I think that made all the difference because my knee didn't bother me at all during the 5 mile tempo run. I ended up going pretty fast, my splits were:
6:40
6:48
7:05 (uphill)
6:40
6:43
It was super windy out there today so it was good to be able to run that fast with the hills and the wind. I was pretty excited that my knee felt good with Boston coming up so fast.

I bought my bus ticket today - now all I need to do is figure out where to eat the night before and all the plans will be made. I had a bad dream last night about Boston - I got to the starting line late and I'd forgotten to bring gloves and gels and I just felt totally unprepared and stressed out. Good thing that won't actually happen...

Distance: 8.7 mi
Time: 64 min