5 Things Friday – Boston Marathon Edition

Hey, long time no post!  I really don’t know how some of you do this whole blog thing what with training, a full-time job/school work, and a life!  I’ve had full time student teaching, classes I’m taking (and work for them), and marathon training all colliding, and, well I think it’s been pretty easy to tell – at least I’ve been consistent with my weekly rundown posts?!  In any case, I’ll be finishing up in the next few weeks (that deserves a post in and of itself) and I have mixed emotions about that.  Regardless, it means I’ll have some more free time, and am hoping to get some recipes up and back to more regular posting.  No promises, but that’s what I”m aiming for at least :)

And because we’re about 2.5 weeks out from Boston, that’s clearly been on my mind recently – surprise surprise.  So, without further ado, my five things friday, marathon edition:

1)  Iraq’s ambassador  is running Boston, and had this to say in an article on RunnersWorld: http://www.runnersworld.com/boston-marathon/iraqs-ambassador-to-us-prepares-for-boston

“It is a statement that terror will never win, and that we have this universal language called running or marathoning or sport that we can use to talk to one another with. So I can see the fear, but I can’t see it being sustained. Because terror is not the language we like to talk about;  defeating it is the one we have to focus on.”

2)  This song – brings tears and chills http://bdcwire.com/video/local-songwriter-michelle-lewis-releases-marathon-tribute-video-for-new-single/

3)  This ad is pretty amazing too http://bdcwire.com/local-director-releases-wewillrun-commercial-dedicated-to-boston-marathon/

4)  Anyone else running?  this turn by turn recap is helpful! http://boston.cbslocal.com/guide/mile-by-mile-guide-to-the-boston-marathon/

5)  I really can’t believe I’m going to be a part of this in just a few weeks…this http://www.luciewickerphotography.com/boston_marathon_2014#h1c2a2114 is an amazing collection of photographs

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Weekly RUNdown – Marathon Training Week 15

Week 15?! Seriously?  That’s right, it’s taper time!  And while I am excited about that, the thought of reducing volume and cutting back for three weeks is kind of terrifying…I know it’s a time tested training tool, but seriously?  I have this feeling that while I’m excited about taper now, I’m going to be chomping at the bit to run long/hard towards the end.  Maybe this is my chance to finally get in the pool or on the bike a little to mix things up?  In any case, here’s how this week played out.

Monday – 5

Tuesday – 5

Wednesday – 8 on the TM

Thursday – off

Friday – 65 min spin in the afternoon – felt SO good

Saturday -PDR of 22 (more like 22.2) miles!  6 alone, then 3-4 with a local group, then the rest flying solo, until I saw my friend(!) out for a run around mile 18.  So what else would I do but turn around and retrace my steps to run with her for a mile or so, only to turn around and re-head back.  Oh the things I will do to have company on my long run :)  What an absolutely gorgeous day I had for it – shining sun, only a touch of black ice at the start, and minimal wind – a taste of spring, and I loved it!

Sunday – 3.5 on the TM before my stomach wouldn’t have it anymore, for some reason my stomach’s been feeling off ever since the long run (and those are all the details I’m going to give you)

Total: 43.5

Are you training for a race? How’s it going?

Marathon runners – any tips on the last few weeks?

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Weekly RUNdown Marathon Training Week 14

Monday – 5 miles 

Tuesday – 5 miles

Wednesday – 5 miles 

Thursday – off

Friday – 12 miles 

Saturday – walking

Sunday – 7 miles, 30 min spin, 10 min foam roll, 8 min abs

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Happy Wednesday

Happy Wednesday

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