Monday, July 16, 2012

BayState 2012

I’m taking the plunge, and declaring that I’m training for the BayState marathon! Now I just need to register...

Of the five marathons I’ve run in my long lifetime, I’ve run BayState three times, so I guess it’s not all that surprising that I would declare that I’m running it for a fourth time. It’s just so darn convenient. And fast. I do like fast. With about 14 weeks to go, training has become more notable. Yesterday I jumped on the treadmill for my last run of the week, and Nick was all “You’re going to run again? Don’t you want to take a day off?” My miles have picked up a bit over the last few weeks. This past week I ran 60 miles, and wouldn’t mind peaking somewhere around 70, but that will depend on how my body is dealing with the extra miles. I also ran a 6 x 1 mile workout last week with the repeats slightly slower than 5K pace, but faster than 10K pace.

For this training cycle, I’m concentrating on running more miles. In my last marathon cycle, I ran a lot of hard workouts, but only peaked at 49 miles. The first 16 miles of that race were awesome, but the last 10 were ugly. The marathon prior to that, I tried to run more miles, without much hard running (and peaked at 57 miles). That entire race felt like a struggle (probably just a bad day), but the second half didn’t feel worse than the first half, which was nice. This time around, I’m going to increase the miles again and see where that takes me.

My parents will be running the half at BayState this year too, which is super cool. I love sharing the race day excitement with others (though Nick might argue that I’m really just sharing the pain). He loves to give me a hard time about running and how I’m complete lunatic for running as much as I do. Secretly though, I know he thinks it’s cool. ;)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

MIA for a whole month!

Things have been crazy! Not really planning to, we wound up moving! We were sort of thinking about the possibility, but not sure how serious we were. Then we found a place we liked...and moved! Overall, everything went smoothly, but packing up your entire home (at least for me) was extremely stressful. Now we're mostly settled though, and that's nice.

Running hasn't been high on my priority list, so for most of June I was only running 30-35 miles a week. Last week I ran 44 miles, and hopefully this week I'll get to 50. I'm starting to get into training mode for the BayState marathon in the fall. With the move over, I'd love to get back into my normal running routine.

Anyone else running a fall marathon? Have you already started training? I feel a bit behind in my training, but I'm probably okay...