TIME TO TAPER. Hallelujah. This 20 miler felt a lot harder than the previous week’s 22 miler, but that’s how training goes.
I had a great group of girls to do this run with, and one of my friends will absolutely be running a sub 3 at Boston. It was so motivating to try to stay within eyesight of her and Jo during the speed.
I’m thankful for friends that help me out in the water department.
We did 4 x 2-mile intervals within the 20 miles. The averages for each set of the 2 mile intervals—> 6:32, 6:01, 6:48 & 6:24. That last 2-mile interval nearly killed me, but I tried to stay in the moment and do the best I could for each step. We climbed 1017 ft throughout the 20 miles, which helped me feel confident about the hills in three weeks.
I did the thing I said I wasn’t going to do. I tried out new shoes for the run. I felt okay about it this time because we were basically in the same area the whole run, which meant if I felt anything weird, I could easily get back to my Novablast that I hid in some bushes. I am happy to say that these felt amazing too. Zero plantar problems! So now I need to figure out what I want to race in. I’m not sure which ones feel faster to me yet, I’ll have three weeks to decide now!
World’s best babysitter. I feel so lucky my niece is willing to help me out with this training when Andrew is working…
And just a few more pictures from our weekend…
On my run the other day, I was thinking about an experience back in 2011… I was 100% in for Boston. I put everything into my training, and I think I visualized a sub 3 at that race at least once every hour. It was at a point in my life when running defined me. And then I got injured, and for a few weeks, my doctor wasn’t sure what was going on and whether or not I would still be able to run the race. l then found out I had a femoral stress fracture, and there was no way I could run the race. I remember that news hurting so bad, and I cried and cried and cried. I was so disappointed.
Now that I can look back on that experience, I realize how grateful I am that it had happened because that injury was a huge turning point for me in life. It was the thing that woke me up to how I was treating my body. I was severely underfueling my body and overtraining it, resulting in osteopenia in my bones (my bones are back to normal now). From that point forward, I worked really hard on increasing my body fat %, understanding how to fuel and rest my body properly to have a regular period.
It brings a big smile to my face to think back to what has happened since I wrote about missing out on the Boston Marathon in 2011 and how differently I see and treat my body. Eleven years later, I get to see Boston again with Andrew, with a healthy body, and a completely different mental mindset on running and food. Hindsight is 20/20, but I’m so grateful everything happened the way it did, even if it hurt at the time. I hope that we get the tailwind this year that I missed out on at Boston in 2011;)… that would be a fun experience!
Have you ever had to drop out of a race because of injury/sickness/life? Were you able to do that race again a different year?
What was the best part of your weekend?
Experiencing spring weather where you are?
Best thing you have eaten recently?