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Category: Boston Marathon

Road to BQ Week #8

As mentioned in this post, I’m attempting to get my own BQ.  I am excited to be training using again the Hansons Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day.  I am not sure when I will qualify but am determined to get there.

Week #8, May 15-21

M Ran 6.02 Miles
T Ran 1.63 Miles
W OFF
TH Ran 7.02 Miles
F Did not run
S Ran 6.02 Miles
S Ran 10.02 Miles

Monday’s run was awful.  I was supposed to run my 6 miles between 12:57-13:57 and even that felt tough.  On my way back I saw a new teacher’s store and went in to browse.  I am excited about school being over in a few weeks but I LOVE seeing stuff that I could use in my classroom.  I did see the best poster on the wall that made me smile and continue with my run.

Tuesday’s run did not go well either.  I was hot and just wasn’t feeling it.  Earlier that day we received our assignment letters for next year.  I was assigned to teach the same grade next school year.  That made me happy.  However, my best teacher friend was moved to another school and that made me angry.  I could not understand why.  She is a great teacher and gets her job done.  I was hoping that this anger would push me to get the workout (6×800) done but it didn’t.  

Wine in a beer glass? Why not?

Thursday’s tempo was another hot one and I did not hit my tempo pace (11:27).  But you know what?  I did not care.  I was just happy to be running.

Saturday’s run went better than I expected.  I went later in the day when it was about 60 degrees and felt so good that I ran faster than I was supposed to.  I just had this energy and just kept going.

I still felt good on Sunday and 5 of my miles were under 12:00 minutes.  According to my plan, each mile is supposed to be between 11:57-13:27.  I did pretty good!

It was hot! You can see the sweat on my face.

I know my two runs in the beginning of the week did not go well but I am happy that my last two did.

Total mileage for the week: 30.71 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  188.60 miles
Total mileage for the year: 236.79 miles

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap and Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!

 

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Road to BQ Week #7


As mentioned in this post, I’m attempting to get my own BQ.  I am excited to be training using again the Hansons Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day.  I am not sure when I will qualify but am determined to get there.

Week #7, May 8-14

M Ran 4.02 Miles
T Ran 7.02 Miles (8 x 600)
W OFF
TH Ran 7.02 Miles
F Ran 4.02 Miles
S Ran 6.02 Miles
S Ran 10.02 Miles

Monday run was faster than I was supposed to.  My easy runs are supposed to be between 12:57-13:57. As you can see below, each mile was completed under 12 minutes.

Tuesday was at the track for 8×600 with 1 mile warmup and cool down and 400m recovery after each 400.  Total was 7.02 miles.  It wasn’t easy.  Goal for each interval was between 3:45-3:54.  A few were done faster which I am surprised but at the same time happy about it.

Thursday’s tempo run did not go as I wanted to but it was better than last week.  I actually did run the 5 tempo miles but unfortunately slower than tempo pace (11:27).  I was frustrated because at one point not only was I able to run that pace (and felt comfortable) but last year during marathon training I was running tempo miles in the 9s.  

Beautiful flowers at the turnaround point.

Friday’s run was 4 miles at an easy pace.  I was tired.  It was nice and sunny but still windy which I did not like.

Saturday’s run was hot.  I waited till about 10 and underestimated how hot it was going to be.  I did not wear a hat and did not take any water.  Big mistake.  I was very thirsty and stopped at a gym to get some water.  I wore a new Oiselle top that pretty much kept me dry. <<See picture below – only two wet spots in the boob area.

How can I get up when Lola wants to cuddle?

Sunday’s run was my longest – 10 miles @11:57-13:27 pace.  I did hit those paces (slowest was 13:07 and fastest was 11:30).  I have a race (10 miles) in two weeks and it is making me wonder how I can run the miles at a faster pace.  I know I probably won’t PR (1:41:56) but I would like to finish under 2 hours.

Total mileage for the week: 38.12 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  157.89 miles
Total mileage for the year: 206.08 miles

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the AMAZING MOMS out there!  You are seriously all beautiful!!

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap and Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!

 

Road to BQ Week #6

As mentioned in this post, I’m attempting to get my own BQ.  I am excited to be training using again the Hansons Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day.  I am not sure when I will qualify but am determined to get there.

Week #6, May 1-7

M Ran 4.02 Miles
T Ran 8.02 Miles (12 x 400)
W OFF
TH Ran 1.42 Miles
F Did not run
S Ran 5.05 Miles at the Cinco de Miler
S Ran 8.02 Miles

This week was interesting.  I did my first speed workout and tempo run.  Plus, I did a race on Saturday. The week did not go as expected but overall it was still a good week.

Monday run was pleasant.  Cool and windy but felt great to run.

Tuesday was at the track for 12×400.  Total was 8.02 miles with 1 mile warmup and cool down and 400m recovery after each 400.  I wanted to quit halfway.  It took me 1 hour and 35 minutes.  Luckily it was Teacher Appreciation Week and Chipotle had an offer for buy 1, get 1 one.  You bet I went after my workout!

Thursday’s tempo was blah.  I went to the gym because I did not want to deal with the wind and rain. Joke was on me because it was worse on the treadmill.  I could not get a groove and managed 1.42 miles.  Oh, and it did not rain at all so I could have run outside.

Saturday’s race was cold and windy but still fun!!  I love it when I get free pictures but disappointed that it was only one picture. It was my first time running this race (not a fan of Cinco de Mayo) and finish time is 57:56.  

Total mileage for the week: 26.53 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  119.77 miles
Total mileage for the year: 167.96 miles

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap and Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!

 

Road to BQ Weeks #1-5

As mentioned in this post, I’m attempting to get my own BQ.  I am excited to be training using again the Hansons Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day.  I am not sure when I will qualify but am determined to get there.

I won’t bore you with recapping every single run during weeks 1-5.  Instead, I’ll write about the most interesting runs or just give you a short and sweet weekly recap.

Week #1, March 27-April 2

First week of training.  For weeks 1-5, all of my runs were at an easy pace (12:57-13:57).  This is the pace for a 5:00 marathon finish time.

M OFF
T OFF
W Ran 3.02 Miles
TH OFF 
F OFF
S Ran 3.02 Miles
S Ran 5.18 Miles at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

I ran my fastest mile of 12:18 on Saturday.  I need to remember to run my easy runs at a slower place.  

On Sunday I ran the Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle and was pleased with my time.  It was my first race of the year.  I wanted to enjoy and finish the race since I hadn’t been doing a whole lot of running since my injury.  Secretly my goal was to finish under an hour.  Done in 56:26.

Love my shoes!

 

Total mileage for the week: 11.22 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  11.22 miles
Total mileage for the year: 59.41 miles

Week #2, April 3-9

M OFF
T Ran 2.02 Miles
W OFF
TH Ran 3.02 Miles
F Ran 3.02 Miles
S Ran 3.02 Miles
S Ran 4.02 Miles

Another great week of running.  Ran with my nephew on Saturday and Sunday and it made me happy.

Total mileage for the week: 15.11 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  26.33 miles
Total mileage for the year: 74.51 miles

Week #3, April 10-16

M OFF
T Ran 4.02 Miles
W OFF
TH Ran 4.02 Miles
F Ran 4.02 Miles
S Ran 4.02 Miles
S Ran 5.03 Miles

Spring Break!  Pleased that I did all of my runs.  On Monday I went to see a friend.  She lives almost 45 minutes from me and I made sure to stay there pretty much all day.  We did some errands, talked, and ate.  

On Thursday and Friday I went to two breweries, Lagunitas Brewing Company and 5 Rabbit Cerveceria.

Got some new shoes, Brooks Pure Flow 6, and wore them on Saturday.  They’re light and feel soft.  Love them!

Total mileage for the week: 21.10 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  47.43 miles
Total mileage for the year: 95.62 miles

Week #4, April 17-23

M OFF
T Ran 5.02 Miles
W OFF
TH Ran 3.02 Miles
F Ran 5.02 Miles
S Ran 5.02 Miles
S Ran 3.63 Miles

I watched the Boston Marathon on Monday.  I was rooting for Desi to win but overall she did great.  It wasn’t easy going back to work on Tuesday but fortunately it was a 4-day workweek.

On Wednesday I went to see “Boston: The Documentary”.  Did you watch it?  I thought it was a great movie and would love to see it again.  I enjoyed listening to the history of the marathon and the Boston Marathon.  Plus, it was great seeing Meb winning the 2014 Boston Marathon.  Of course, it got me excited for one day I hope to run it too.

I fell during my run on Sunday.  There was a piece of wire on the sidewalk which I did not see and I tripped and fell.  Luckily I used my hands to break the fall but still scraped my chin, knee, and hand.  I am feeling better but it definitely freaked me out.

Saw this on my way back from the movie theatre. Love this view!

Total mileage for the week: 21.71 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  69.14 miles
Total mileage for the year: 117.33 miles

Week #5, April 24-30

M OFF
T Ran 5.02 Miles
W OFF
TH Ran 4.02 Miles
F Ran 5.02 Miles
S Ran 4.02 Miles
S Ran 6.02 Miles

I was nervous about my run on Tuesday.  I was extra careful with every step I took and I might have been over reacting.

My mother swears that everything is cured with Vicks VapoRub.  Mothers know best, right?  

Mother Nature is being a pain.  Rain and cold weather (at least for April) this week.  I want it to be warm again so I can wear tank tops and shorts.

Total mileage for the week: 24.10 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  93.24 miles
Total mileage for the year: 141.43 miles

Today was my last run for this month.  I am proud for running 90 miles in April.  I am feeling good.  My legs do get tired but make sure to stretch and foam roll on  a regular basis.  I look forward to see how it goes in May.

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap and Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!

 

Training to train to train to train for a BQ

I remember back in 2006, two days before my first Chicago Marathon, I was talking to my coworker (cannot remember about what) but I do remember telling her that I wanted to BQ before I turned 40. Umm, clearly I had NO idea what I was talking about at that time.  I was a newbie runner.  I had began running the year before and there was still a lot for me to learn about running and races.  My goal was simply to finish and on October 22nd I ran my first marathon in 5:53:33.  Not horrible but maybe I could have done better.

In the next few years I ran a couple more marathons:

I think I used Hal Higdon’s training plans for most of them except the last two marathons.  My goal was simply to finish.  While I did PR on most of my marathons, I never really seriously trained because my goal was simply to finish each race.  I could have done better if I had trained better. << Maybe.  You never know how it will go on marathon day.

I worked with a coach in 2014 to train for the Chicago Marathon.  I liked my coach.  She gave me fun and challenging workouts. I ended up not running it because I got to a point that I did not want to run anymore.  I was burned out.  I did have a GREAT time spectating the marathon.  

I decided to try again for the 2015 marathon.  I hired another coach.  My previous one couldn’t coach me.  She also gave me fun and challenging workouts too.  I finished in 5:21:17.  I was disappointed.  I was devastated.  I had trained hard that summer and I was hoping for a finish time under 5 hours.

Last year I trained using the Hansons Marathon Method.  It was tough.  I was running 6 days a week and I was ALWAYS tired. I felt strong and had some great runs.  I remember one Sunday morning I ran 6 miles @ a 9 minute pace and I was very happy to have done so.  My marathon finish time was 5:12:59. Yes, I did get a PR but I was again aiming for a finish time under 5 hours.  I did so well during the first 9 miles and then I had some hip pain and then struggled the rest of the race.  I remember wanting to quit about 3 times but by the last time I was at mile 22 and I kept reminding myself that I had 4 miles to go.  Why quit now?

I decided not to run the Chicago Marathon this year.  I needed a break.  I did not want to run anymore marathons.  Instead, I wanted to focus on my half marathons and my quest to run one in each state. Well, I was bitten by the BQ bug and decided “Why not?  I can get a BQ.”  Will it be easy?  No.  Will it be this year or next year?  Probably not.  It will take me a few years but I am determined to get there. Reading and writing about Elizabeth Clor’s book Boston Bound about her struggles and determination to BQ also motivated me to work towards a BQ.  

I need a 3:55 for a BQ.  My marathon PR is 5:12:59 (let’s just go with 5:13:00).  That means I need to cut 1 hour and 18 minutes off my marathon time.  << But even that will not guarantee me a spot at the marathon.  So, I will need an extra 5 minutes (1 hour and 23 minutes).  Once I hit the next age group, I will need a 4:00 finish time.  You bet I want to do it while I’m in this current age group.

For now I am running again using the Beginner’s Plan of the Hansons Marathon Method.  The plan ends in July and I am scheduled to run a marathon on July 30th.  I will be on my way back from a cruise in Alaska.  I haven’t decided if I want to run a marathon or run an unofficial one on my own (if so I will probably add 1 or 2 weeks of training depending on how much running I do in Alaska).  The Chicago Lakefront is 18 miles from beginning to end.  With the right preparation and planning I can run my own marathon at the beginning of August. No pressure.  It will be good to see where I am training wise/marathon time.

Another marathon I am thinking about is the Miami Marathon on January 28th, 2018.  But the thought of training during the winter makes me NOT want to sign up.  We’ll see.  <<Edit: I am not attempting the Miami Marathon as a BQ.   Since I am not running the Chicago Marathon I would like to see where I am fitness wise with my training.

I know I still have to make more decisions (hire a coach, use Hansons Method or Run Less, Run Faster Method, sign up for a marathon, etc) but what I do know is that I want to get a BQ.  

I hope you follow along in my journey as I attempt to get a BQ.  The goal is to run The Boston Marathon before I am in the next age group which will be in 2022.

Have you run The Boston Marathon?  Am I crazy for thinking I can qualify when I have to cut more than 1 hour from my marathon PR?  Any advice you have for me?

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap and Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!