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<i>(As to not hijack the "Official Boston meet-up" thread)</i><br><br>
How's it going?<br><br>
Me: My training volume this season is sucking. Quality workouts almost non-existent. Mileage over the last few weeks: 40, 48, 40, 57, and this past week 33. Last summer season I averaged 55 mpw for the 12 weeks prior to the race, but with hitting the quality workouts on schedule. Weather last week nixed two of my runs -- even my gym was closed, preventing me from running at all. Yesterday was to be a fitness test (15k) but I did not race cause I thought the race course would be snow covered. To make me feel worse, the course was okay to race.<br><br>
While I think I can still step up the training, with six weeks to go I might have to reassess the Boston goal.<br><br>
Enough ranting from me. How's it going out there, with 6 weeks to go?
 

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Weeeelllll, if we have a blizzard or its -10 on Patriots Day, I'm all set! If it's warm and sunny I'm doomed......<br><br>
I have been doing pretty well at getting the workouts in, but have had to add a few modifications. I figure that running 2.5 hours in a snowstorm in ankle deep snow has to equal the 17 miles I had on my schedule for Saturday. Yesterday there was no safe place to run, so I hit the park trails for some snowshoe action. Hill work has been done in the 6 story parking garage at work because there always seems to be an ice storm on hill work day. Speedwork, not so much at 0F, more like running normal pace for the interval and slowing down for the recovery to let a lung thaw<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I really have to learn to not hate the treadmill.....<br><br>
Fortunately I have no real goal for the race except to be fit and strong enough to handle the hills and enjoy the experience. I wouldn't mind a couple of decent weather days between now and then so I can get a good speed workout or two in, however so I have some clue of what pace I should keep in the back of my mind.<br><br>
I hope everyone is progressing well with their training. I'm just happy to be at the point where I can say that my race is next month - it seems like I have been training forever!
 

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I restarted my training last week with a piggy weight of 238 after taking 5.5 weeks off to be depressed and not care much about anything. I jogged 5 days last week for 40 miles. The 1st day was torture and I struggled to do 4 miles at 7:00 pace.<br><br>
M off<br>
T 4/4<br>
W 8<br>
TH 8<br>
F off<br>
SA 12<br>
SU 8<br><br>
5 more weeks to go from a flubbery out of shape - hard to run 4 miles to a flubbery out of shape, but can jog a marathon.<br><br>
My plan - no real plan<br><br>
Try and lose 20# (goal #21<img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br>
Run one longish midweek and one longish weekend run<br>
No speed work - just endurance with a couple of striders once in awhile<br><br>
Keep up my beer drinking endurance <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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took it outside yesterday for the first time since Jan 1. 45 minute run. Outside today for another 85 minutes. Mileage very low for me, hovering around 60 mpw vs previous training of 80+. Biking has strengthened my quads and I think I have a better range of motion, yet concerned that this has caused a change of gait and concerned I might not be able to handle impact of hitting midfoot versus forefoot (although my toes are happy) I've been hitting paces for my threshold and MP runs on the treadmill with, nailed my MP run on Saturday (but again on treadmll) Still losing too many fluids. Drinking about 1/2 of what I need and didn't eat anything for my 22 miles with 15 at MP.---dumbship.<br><br>
please, please, body hold up for 6 more weeks! I think I can yank out a good one
 

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Good job Hawk, battling the blizzard. Was a dandy, eh?<br><br>
The blizzard has messed up my schedule for the remaining weeks. Missing yesterday's 15k tune-up has me scrambling for an alternate event. I was planning on this race to indicate training levels for next 3-4 weeks before taper. Quality workouts have been mediocre (or non-existant) in the frigid weather. I need to rearrange the schedule. Here's what I had planned for March:<br><br>
Week of 3/1: Long run 18, Long tempo workout<br>
3/8: 15k race, recovery week<br>
3/15: Long run 20, Long tempo<br>
3/22: Mid-long run, long tempo<br>
3/29: Long run 26.2 (Georgia), interval workout<br><br>
Now that I missed the tune-up race, I am looking to replicate the effort this weekend. Although there is a local 5 mile race on Saturday, I cannot make it due to work obligations. Nor will I get my 20 miles in on Saturday. This Sunday there is a HM (100 miles away in Toledo) I could possibly do, or I am thinking of a solo time trial (5 mile or 10k) that I could recruit some friends to help me with.<br><br>
If I wait past this weekend, I will not have the time trial I want to dictate my intensity for the remaining weeks. My only tune-up race so far this year is a 5k on Feb 19.<br><br>
So...I ask an informal poll of my fellow Boston runners: What should I do as a tune-up effort?<br><br>
This weekend:<br>
3/16: Half Marathon race (100 mile drive)<br>
3/16: 5 mile or 10k solo time trial (with help from buddies)<br><br>
Next weekend:<br>
3/21: Racing is out. There is nothing local, and I have visitors.<br><br>
Following weekend:<br>
3/30: I will be in Atlanta. PLanned on the 26.2 for a long run, but could/should I do the HM as my tune-up?<br><br>
More ranting, I know. Life/weather/work getting the way of training plans.<br><br>
What would you do, in regard to tune-up races or quality workouts, with the remaining 6 weeks?
 

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Roots - where is the 1/2 marathon? That would fit perfectly in my schedule this week as I have a long mp run on the schedule this weekend. I was actually hoping that the 15K would be postponed until this week, so I could do it there.<br><br>
I think I'm going with the informal race plan, though: I'm going to ask my sister if she wants to join me for a long run - her lsd pace is my mp and normally I hate running with her cause she kicks my booty, but it might work out as a good mp run or at least an indicator of where I am in my training, so I can adjust accordingly. I might regret this <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><br><br>
After this weekend I have a long run of 17 miles and then last 20 miler I'm doing at a 30k out of town, just for a change of scenery with my training partners (first time we're not doing the same spring marathon). Then it's time for the Taper! I'm not planning on any tune-up races during that time, will just do my own time trials and speedwork.<br><br>
Roots, as for the last long run, I'd choose the option that will give you the most confidence going into Boston. For me, that would be a long slow warm-up, the half marathon with some marathon pace miles and then a strong finish the last 2 miles. Everyone is different, though and I'm just some random stranger from the other side of town who runs in *%#@^! blizzards! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Maumee (Toledo), Sunday 3/16. 1:00pm start.<br><br>
What is your schedule this weekend? Want to run a trial, or part of a trial, with me? I could go real early Sat (need to finish by 7:30a), or anytime Sunday.<br><br>
Also, next Saturday (3/22) I plan to run a hilly 20 miler at Hinckley. I've read somewhere that you need to run early to get home. Hinckley is down in Medina county, but a beauty of a hill road course
 

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Hmmm Toledo - I had the misfortune of living there for a year and a half. We are almost assured it will be gray and cold and windy and rainy, cause that's pretty much what it did the whole time I lived there <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"><br><br>
I think your time trial and my time trial are in two different time zones! You're fast <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> and I'm not! I would most definitely slow you down, unless you were planning on doing the run in snowshoes or something <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hey roots - You could always jog it with me <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hi all - training is ok despite tax season and a nasty case of the flu (and some on-again, off-again injury issues).<br><br>
I've added a weekly hill session - 7 miles of hills, up/down both steep and gradual hills.<br><br>
Long runs have been 19 and 20 the last two weekends. I feel like my endurance is now there, so I'll focus on some more speed and fast finish long runs.<br><br>
I should be able to get 3 - 4 more runs in the 20+ range.
 

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Training is going good for me - I did a treadmill marathon yesterday (damn snow storm!) which was my I think my 5th 20 miler in the past 7-8 weeks. I'm done with those for awhile and I'm now focused on sharpening the speed (so far so good - I ran a decent 10k 8-9 days ago and was pleased with the effort). My goal is still I think ambitious but I don't think unrealistic. We'll see I suppose!
 

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Living in flatline country with just bridge overpasses for hills I will feel light on hill work no matter what, but otherwise I am very happy to have remained healthy and able to stay on my plan. All I can ask is for that to continue.<br><br>
This Sunday is a tune-up: Shamrock Half Marathon in Va. Beach. Hopefully the weather will be kind. I do have travel plans the following weekend and the first weekend of April which should allow me to do some hilly long runs (planned 20 and 15).<br><br>
I don't have a time goal or anything for Boston though, just to feel like I run it well for a first-time flatlander.
 

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Hi all,<br>
I have been storing up a rant about constant non stop 30 mile an hour head winds killing me on my long runs but...having read the posts above I think I'll just count my bessings. Clearly Irish winters , though wet and windy, are'nt a patch on what you guys have to work through.<br>
Apart from that training going ok, no injuries and averaging 45/50 miles pw ( which is a little down on plan). Have managed 5 20 mile runs in last 6 weeks though !<br>
My tentative goal for Boston is a sub 3.10 PB but due to complete lack of race opportunities I have no clue if I'm on track or not.<br>
Really looking forward to my first visit to Boston....as somebody else said, its great to be able to say its happening "next month".<br>
Good luck to all .<br>
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My training is going fairly well. I'm sticking pretty closely to the Pfitz 55 plan, getting in most of the speedwork, and adding a mile or two to most long runs. Last few weeks have been 46, 55, 38 (6 days), 44, 55, 46. Not super-high mileage, but I guess I've learned by now (after 3 Bostons) that Boston is not a PR destination for me, so I'm not going to kill myself in training.<br><br>
I've done one 20 and two 21s, and I'm running the Atlanta marathon as some sort of workout 3 weeks out from Boston, so I'm fairly happy in the long run dept. And I'm getting in TONS of hills here in NH. The weather has made it a challenge, but I guess I can't complain. I've managed to get in all my key workouts, without resorting to hitting the treadmill. I've even run in shorts a few times, including 3 out of the last 4 long runs, amazingly enough.<br><br>
I've also managed to avoid getting a cold this winter, for the first time in recent memory. Not coincidentally, for the first time in a few years I'm not traveling between coasts every few weeks. Makes life so much easier! And I've had no serious physical issues preventing training. Some annoying shoe issues to work through a couple of months ago, but manageable. One thigh muscle has felt a bit iffy, causing me to dial back a run or two just a bit, but I don't think it's going to become a real problem.<br><br>
My biggest issue, I guess, is lack of tune-up races. It's amazing what a couple of months of holiday eating and no serious training will do to you, and it's hard to gauge what I've built back to. It looks like all I'll have is a 5k next weekend, and the Georgia marathon, which I'm going to run as some sort of workout.<br><br>
Arc - 3-4 more 20 milers, with 5 weekends left between now and Boston???
 

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I think 3-4 is right - race looks to be 6 weeks from this weekend and I'll do a two week taper<br><br>
so 3 if I need to step back one week, 4 if I run long each weekend up until taper time (April 5/6)<br><br>
we'll see how it all works out
 

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It appears that training is going well for many. <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"><br><br>
Though I sounded a bit panicked earlier, I know its nothing a few runs won't fix. Cabin fever from the blizzard and a missed race had me down. I'm looking forward to stepping it up this weekend.<br><br>
SGH - Good luck in your HM!
 

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Trust me my friend! You will get out the door and make up for those runs. Chances are it didn't affect you at all. Plus, it gave your mind/body a chance to reflect. Good luck out there on Saturday.<br>
-craig
 

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Not in the race this year despite a burning love for it that smoulders in a place I dont talk about...<br><br>
so, I'm helping a first time runner have a blast instead! My aunt, star of this <a href="http://forums.runnersworld.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/662106038/m/1411049292?r=1411049292#1411049292" target="_blank">race report</a>, will be running her first Boston this year, which she says will probably be her last marathon before she steps back down to the half.<br><br>
On March 22 we will be going out to Natick and running the last 20 miles of the course as a training run. We're taking the 10:55 commuter rail from Back Bay, which gets in at about 11:30, so that will be our rough start time. Probably run about 9:00's. Anyone up to join in? She is worried about the hills, which she is going to laugh at when she runs them, being a Vermonter with a distorted perception of hillyness, but she wanted to check out the course.
 
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