The Road to Boston: Week 7 Recap

Sunday (8.12)

After last week’s debacle in mileage in conjunction with the debacle of my final exam on earlier in the day, it was time to release some stress. Nothing like 7 miles and being able to hit the pace I wanted to get felt really good. I’ll need to hold a 7-minute mile if I want to even have a chance to sniff an opportunity for Boston in 2019. But with only a few weeks left, I know I’m going to need quality running days and lifting days in order for it to happen and a Sunday Seven was great.

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Monday (8.13)

I just doing my best to focus on having really quality sessions in terms of pace. With two-a-days still in full swing but not having to study for finals I’ll get more mileage. But not tonight, I just did a short 5K but pushing a 6:18/mile pace.

Tuesday (8.14)

What a terrible day, in terms of mileage. I just had to salvage my streak with a run like this. I should have woke up early to get a longer run in but I just wanted the sleep. With a short fast run at 11 PM and needing to be up at 5:30 AM for work the next day, it was just enough to salvage my streak.


Wednesday (8.15)

I wanted to get more mileage in, especially after the showing I had the day before but with my legs feeling a bit heavy and having some achilles’ stiffness most of the day I didn’t want to push it too much knowing how close I am to having to race.


Thursday (8.16)

Quality day all around. 7 miles at a 7:30/mile pace and able to get into the weight room. This was a day I absolutely needed. It had been sometime since I was able to get into the weight room but it’s an important part of my training plan to get into Boston.

  • Single-arm Kettlebell Swings: 6 sets of 10 repetitions
  • Single-leg Romanian Deadlifts: 6 sets of 5 repetitions
  • Reverse Leg raises: 6 sets of 8 repetitions
  • McGill Curl-ups: 6 sets of 8 repetitions


Friday (8.17)

My main run was close to 5 miles and over the course of the entire day with a warm-up and cool-down I ended up with an 8 mile day. The “hard” 5 miles allowed me to pace around 6:53/mile which was awesome.


Saturday (8.18)

A short recovery run on top of needing to study for an exam that I have on Sunday. But was happy with the drastic improvement on mileage I had compared to last week. We’re not too far out from Erie.


4 weeks to go until the Erie Marathon. 4 weeks to go until I make my first attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon 2019. With two-a-days done this past week, there’s going to be more time (hopefully) to get even more mileage in. But also with four weeks to go, I’m going to have two weeks of heavier training and have two weeks for a taper. Recovery and treatment couldn’t be more valuable down the home stretch either. Time to hit up the massage therapist and the cryochamber.

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