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Friday, April 11, 2014

Being Careful.

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I have to be very careful right now. None of my workouts are for fun. None of my workouts are for burning calories.  My workouts are for Boston and that is IT. When planning my training schedule for the past few weeks, I asked myself, “How will this help me at Boston?”


Intervals on my spin bike? 
Nope.

20 minutes on the arc trainer after lifting? 
Nah.

Zumba? 
Nice try.

Lifting lower body? 
Hell no!

Burpees? 
HAHAHAHAHA.


I am not doing anything except the necessary runs I need to be ready for Boston. I don't want to do anything extra that could harm my chances of finishing 26.2 miles on April 21st injury free. 

I just updated my training schedule. This is what I am sticking with until the big day… unless some unforeseen complication(s) arise!



Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

A

P

R

I

L
11

Lift
12

8 miles

13

Lift
14

4 miles
15

Lift
16

3 miles
17

3 miles
18

Lift
19

Rest

20

Rest
21

BOSTON!
22

Rest
23

Rest
24

Rest
25

Rest
26

Run (Hopefully!)


**Note: All lifting is UPPER BODY ONLY!**


While I’m obviously excited for the race, I’m also excited for when it is over and I don’t have to plan my life/recovery around it anymore! As long as I recover from the marathon well, I’m going to ease back into lower body strength training on May 1st. I can’t wait! I already had a dream about it. Yes, I dreamed I was doing squats and it was so exciting! I bet I’m going to be so sore the first week or so. Oh DOMs, how I have missed you. We will be seeing each other soon…

Well, as you can tell by the calendar, it's a lifting day for me! Back/biceps/core is on the schedule. I am very excited because I have a couple Survivor pod casts to listen to! Survivor pod casts definitely make Planet Fitness more palpable. You see, now what the weather is getting warmer, it's getting really gross and stinky in PF... The smell sort of hits you in the face when you walk in. I'm sure it's others who are causing the stink. I'm sure I don't smell at all!

How many days do you normally rest before a marathon? As you can see, I am taking 3 complete lower body rest days.

Is your gym smelly?

13 comments:

  1. Hey Meg,
    My week looks VERY similar. I have a 10 on Sunday, I run Tues 3m/Wed 4m and then not again until 2 miles on Saturday or Sunday. I agree with you in that it's all about smart choices right now. :D

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    1. Wow this is prob the only week my training looks like yours. ;)

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  2. Good for you for being careful and smart about your training. Although I am sure you will be savoring this race, i'm sure it will also be a huge relief to you when it is over. Is this your first Boston?

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    1. I guess the TRULY smart thing would to not run it out all buuuuuuuuut.... Hehe. This will be my 2nd Boston. I ran it in 2009.

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  3. Since I haven't run a full yet, I'm not sure about what my training schedule right before one would look like...but when I'm training for a half, I usually stick to my regular running schedule and take two to three rest days the week beforehand. And my runs are usually just shorter than normal.

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  4. I only take one day completely off, I do short runs all the other days that week! But you should definitely be more cautious than that, you have to protect that injury!

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    1. I was considering not running at all after my 8 miler... I guess there is a fine line between keeping the legs moving a bit and overdoing it.

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  5. Sounds like a super smart plan. I can't wait to step off the cruise ship Monday and immediately dive into Boston coverage!

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    1. I can't wait to hear about your CRUISE!

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  6. It sounds like a great plan! I normally do my last run 4 days before a race and then rest up!

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    1. Ooh 4 is good! I bet you are like a rabbit!

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  7. Sounds like a great plan. I am still trying to work up the nerve to think about a marathon...shoot I am still worried about a half lol I hope this goes great for you.

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