This past week was the final acceptance of official qualifications for the 2018 Boston Marathon. I was not anxiously waiting to see if my time allowed me to participate because I knew my 3:39:36 in July didn’t make the Female 18-35 year old age group cut-off of 3:35:00. This year participants had to beat the cutoff by over 3 minutes to qualify. Which is why I’m training to target a 3:30 next year.
Seeing all of this for the past few weeks on Instagram Runners’ feeds (people I don’t know but still follow through the IG running community) has really inspired me to think again about qualifying and to make a formal strategic plan. I want to try again next year and I want to do it at the same race. I’ll be familiar with the course, where to stay and the time of year spent in training. July is a long way off so it gives me time to mentally and physically prepare, too.
Big Picture Boston Plan
There are three phases of this training – 5k, half and final. The first 12 weeks, I will follow a 5k training plan to help me build my anaerobic and aerobic bases back up, and get me back down to some paces I haven’t seen in a while. For the first two or three weeks of September I was trying to hop back in on a half marathon plan and those distances were just too intimidating. I was excited to start the 5k workouts so that’s what I picked. The target race is the Rudolph Run on December 16 in Broken Arrow. It’s the last of my 4 Seasons challenge and I’ll have completed 3 of the 4.
The second phase rolls in right behind the 5k, with maybe a week off for pulling back a little bit. I’ll jump up to the half marathon distances in training to target the Aquarium Run at the start of April next year. This is the course I PRd on this year and I’m ready to do it again. A sub 1:40 would have me really feeling good about starting marathon training.
After the half race, I’ll start the training cycle for the 3:30 marathon. It’ll be just like last year except I’ll have snuck that half marathon training in the middle. When I decided to go for the full this past time, I was only training for 5k distances so really had to make a big jump in miles.
The cool thing is, if I stick with it in all areas of the training (strength, runs, yoga, maintenance, nutrition), I know I can do it. I know it. And it can be next year.
But it starts with right now. It starts with a daily commitment to some kind of progress. I ordered another Believe Training Journal so I could start fresh and enjoyed keeping track of runs this week.
12 weeks to Rudolph 5k
This first week of training went really well. I have a renewed spirit towards running after a long rest in August and a tough few weeks trying to get miles back under my feet in early September. I changed my plan to shorter distances and have enjoyed getting back out there. The temps are dropping too which is beautiful and amazing. I got three runs in this week:
- Track: 8 sets of 400. I love 400s and the quick turnover of the feet. I managed to get a few sub 6:30s and the rest sub 7:30.
- Tempo: I was planning to do a 1,2,1 tempo but got a 1.5 warmup in because of friends, 2 hard miles and about a half mile cooldown. Those 2 miles in the middle were my first sub-8 miles since marathon training. #celebratethelittlethings.
- Long: I ran long with my friend Katie this morning. We’re doing a half marathon in Boston next weekend so went a little farther than I would normally for a 5k this weekend. We made it to 8.8, taking it from the Studio to the west side of the river just past the soccer fields. It was a beautiful perfect morning.
Total miles: 25.94
That’s more than half the miles I ran all of September combined! Good turnaround at the end of the month!
I should have done more yoga this week but have been busy planning a running program here for the studio. I will do more yoga next week than I did this week and that will be an improvement!
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