It’s here. 6 days away. Yesterday, was the one week mark. All day I kept thinking, one week from today I’ll be…
- On the bus to Hopkinton
- Athlete’s village
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital
If only it were that easy! I’m freaked out about my knee/IT Band. I don’t want to run in pain for 26.2 miles. I saw my Physical Therapist today and she calmed me a bit. She made me do all kinds of crazy exercises and even run for her and my knee was fine. She’s confident I’ll get more than half way through without pain. Let’s hope she’s right.
This weekend I did 1 hour 25 minutes on the bike. Blah. It was to stimulate the cardio for a 9-10 mile run. Yesterday I did a 45 min bike ride instead of my 5 miles run. Tomorrow I’m running! I need to run tomorrow and Friday so I feel good mentally.
Last night I went to the Red Sox game with friends. I don’t want to talk about the actual game because it was pathetic. However, on my way to the game New Balance had a ton of ads lining the Park Street T Stop. I loved this one so I wanted to share it!
"Excellent Trained All Winter" - The image behind the runner is Boston! I feel like I lived this ad!
Marathon prep is officially underway! I love love love that I work on Boylston Street. It couldn’t have been better timing to find a job in Back Bay. Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Exeter is now a no-parking area and the bleachers are going up! Here are some pictures of the preparation for the big event.
I really don’t have anything exciting to write about this week. No new personal records or race registrations. Just boring old training. I’m getting to the end. This weekend is the last big run before the Marathon. 22 Miles from Hopkinton to Boston College. I’m getting nervous about it, I always get nervous about long runs.
- Will I make it through the whole run?
- How will I feel that day? Will I be energized and ready to go or will my legs feel like led from Mile 1?
- How am I going to feel after running the Hills mile 15 and on?
- Will me knee and foot (injuries) hold up okay?
- What if I have a bad run and then I go into Marathon feeling anxious?
The last question is probably my biggest fear. If I have a bad run on Sunday I know I’m going to be very nervous for Marathon Monday. If I have a good run, then I’ll be excited, pumped up and ready for the big day. Cross your fingers that it’s the latter.
So far training this week has been as follows:
- Monday – Rest & recovery day – 30 minutes of Physical Therapy “homework”
- Tuesday – 40 Minute Spin Class (tough), 60 minutes of weights (including my PT “homework”)
- Wednesday – 5 mile run at a 1% incline at an 8:25 pace followed by 28 minutes of spinning (hill climb, 30 sec sprints, 20 sec sprints and jumps) totalling 70 minutes of cardio (8 mile run)
My physical therapy homework is killing me. It’s 300 leg lifts (various types) along with 3 types of squats with a resistance band that you hold for 30 seconds (3 times each) and walking squats with the resistance band. It’s tough!
I’m off to Physical Therapy shortly (I hope she goes easy on me) and then to my last Dana Farber meeting. I’m very excited to hear all the details for marathon weekend and get final training advice from our running coach and 1976 Boston Marathon winner Jack Fultz.