Monday, April 5, 2010

Boston - 2 weeks!

Yep, I can't believe it either, just 2 weeks until the running of the Boston Marathon. 
My training didn't go exactly as planned last week as far as quality goes, but the quantity was right on target, 55 miles.  That was the goal, and I made it.   My highest mileage to date was 63 miles for St. George.  With the late start of my training and slow entry into training because of the hip issues, I am happy to have made it back up to 55 miles this time around.
Last week's recap:
Monday - 19 miles on hills - was supposed to be 20-22.   Called it a day at 19 miles.  Today, I felt it was better to call it quits than to push through.  Some days it is really important mentally, to push through, but today I felt it was more important to listen to my body than to practice pushing through.  So I called my hubby for a pick up and "saved myself"  Truly, I felt that finishing this run would do more harm than any benefit that I would get from the last 1-3 miles.
Tues. - easy 3 mile recovery run on grass around our property - .44 mile per loop.
Wed. - 3 miles easy am. and 8 miles easy on the flat Longleaf trail, with  Dawn and Vicki.  Nice run!
Thurs - 8 miles am with 3 of the 8 miles being uphill and downhill repeats, running semi-hard.  Definitely not 100% - feeling this weeks miles adding up.  PM - 3 miles easy on flat surface.  Yoga @ Kelly's.
Fri - 6 miles easy on the flat Longleaf trail again.  Wooo!  Think I can make it!  50 of 55 done.  Heading to New Orleans to meet my Mom and sister (Linde) to see "Wicked"  It was GREAT!
Sat. - rest day - Linde and I walked about 40 min. along the Crescent City Classic 10K course.  It was warm and humid and I was thankful I was not racing today.  For the following reasons, I was happy I was not racing today - too many miles this week, too humid, and WAY TOO MANY RACERS.   Not up for the bob and weave again this week.  It was neat to watch the elites pass by followed by hundreds and hundreds of runners and walkers.  To top off the day....  you know it ..... Cafe DuMonde.  One of my favorite places in the world.  Yes, I realize it's a little early for carb loading, but I couldn't resist.  I couldn't resist!
Sunday - Happy Easter!  Thankful for ALL of my MANY blessings.  Chad and I spent a great day on the boat.  The day started out foggy, but ended with beautiful sunshine. (sorry no pics - cell phone died after pouring 32 ounces of unsweet tea on it,  and didn't bring the camera)  What a great day on the water!  What a great day on the boat!  What a great day with hubby!  While Chad cleaned the boat and the fish (sorry Chad - I MUST get these last 5 miles for the week), I headed out to get my final 5 miles for the week.  Another flat run, easy pace.   Feeling much better today after the rest day on Sat.   Woo Hoo - 55 miles DONE!  No Garmin today, just running.  The danger in doing this, is running to fast.  I hope I didn't do that because I have 12 miles today.  Heading out now.

17 comments:

HappyTrails said...

Sounds like you had an awesome week, Ginny. I am so excited for all you "Bostoners" - will be looking forward to all the race reports! That is neat about your friend moving here - hopefully they are liking it??? I'm not liking it too much today - the wind is AWFUL! Needed a short, faster run on smooth dirt but may have to go for some shelter on trails - at least we have options!
Have a wonderful week,
Kathleen

Meg said...

Nice mileage this week, Ginny. Thanks for the wishes and thoughts regarding the quake. Our friends down south had it much worse, so sad. I hope you're tapering goes well...this time has just flown by!
Hugs, meg Did you want the info. on the get-together for Sunday or Monday post-race?

Jill said...

Good Luck with the 12 today; you're doing amazing!!

Scott Keeps Running said...

Awesome week.

Man, I'd like to have a Boston countdown on my page someday. Maybe... :)

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

12 miles done - negative split run - 2 miles warm-up @ 9:30 pace - 9:08 average pace for the 12 miles. 2nd 6 miles - 8:56, 9:08, 8:45, 9:03, 8:59, and 8:38 - lovin that last one.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

You must be dealing with humidity like I am now, but it didn't seem to slow you down! You did a great job!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Oops, my comment was about today's 12 mile run with 6 fast miles. Speedy!

Running and living said...

Listening to your body shows confidence. Nice call! You are so ready for Boston!

misszippy said...

I think I never feel like I've done enough when prepping for a marathon, but somehow it all falls into place. I'm sure you're gonna rock it!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

That sounds like a great week. I have not hit 50+ yet in my previous training, but have it to look forward to in mid-May.
You are doing awesome to get this training in. Nice job.

TRI-james said...

Time for the taper!

Julie said...

Hi Ginny,
Wow, just two more weeks until Boston!! I am getting so excited for you and the other girls that are heading out there!! I would love to come and cheer you all on:) Good work with training, you are going to do fantastic!!

LMC said...

Good job on the miles last week and on today's 12 miler!
I ran the Crescent City Classic 10K a long time ago (pre-Katrina). I loved the run and the park at the finish line. It was my first visit to New Orleans, so the whole experience was awesome.
Have a great week tapering!

Karen said...

Great job on the mileage! So excited for you about Boston!!

Jennifer said...

I can't believe it Ginny! It's almost here. I remember when you qualified, how excited you were and when you started your training... You have come on such along journey and it's been great to share it with you. Cheers to you and have a great taper. I know you are ready to kick some booty in Boston!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Great job with the marathon training! Good luck at Boston!!

Teamarcia said...

Nice running girl! It'll be here before we know it now. Yum Cafe Du Monde! I was there once eons ago and loved it!