Week two of training for the Boston Marathon – complete!
It’s been a good week of running. My body is feeling stronger. I think all the attention to eating iron rich food is paying off!
My training for the marathon has been more enjoyable this time. I have found more people to run with and that just helps the miles fly by. Also, I’m finding I enjoy 20 degree weather much more than 70 degrees with 95% humidity!
I had a really cool serendipitous moment this week. I was in Starbucks sitting and reading the paper when I glanced over at the table next to me and noticed a woman reading a book that I recognized. On the cover was a picture of a woman I owe for being the first to inspire me to start running! I met Lynn Edwards over 15 years ago. It was a brief encounter but one that I’ll never forget. Lynn, you see, was the first to plant the seed in my head that it is never too late to start running! When I met her she was in her mid 70s. She was kind and very humble. She told me she liked to run. I asked how much and expected her to say 5 or so miles. Her reply, ” I run marathons.” I was speechless! She then went on to share how she also loved to do triathlons and had competed in the Ironman at Kona. I asked if it was a special Ironman for seniors and her reply, “Oh no, we do the same one the young ones do.” I was curious to how her joints were holding up to which she stated, “Oh, they’re fine. I didn’t start running until my 50s.” She discovered the athlete within her in her 50s and went on to set records at Kona in her 70s! She is 90 now and still running! Years have passed and I lost touch with her. She now is in Atlanta with her family. When I ran my first marathon last fall I wanted to find her and tell her thank you. The woman in Starbucks knows Lynn and gave me her address. I am so excited to be able to write to her and tell her thank you. Thank you, Lynn, for inspiring me that day so long ago! It was 15 years later at the age of 49 when the seed you planted bloomed and I found in myself a runner.
This week of training (from Coach Ryan Warrenburg, Zap Fitness)
Monday– 4-5 miles easily with 6 x 20sec strides post run + core– 5 miles at 10:15 with strides x 6. Nice and easy early morning run with girlfriends. Great time catching up on weekend events.
Tuesday– 6-7 miles; 3 miles warmup; fartlek run of 2 x (4min-3-2-1) with 90sec easy jog btw each piece and 3min btw sets; start 4min piece in the 8:40 range and work down a 5-10sec/mile on each shorter piece – keep the recovery at normal day easy pace; finish feeling like you could do another set without a problem; easy cool down- Cold and windy. A really miserable day. Fortunately my running buddy, Cullen, joined me. We had a really strong workout. 7 miles total. Set 1:(8:40, 8:26, 8:24, 8:08), Set 2: (8:41, 8:32, 8:14, 8:08).
Wednesday– Off + core
Thursday–4-5 miles easy running– 4.5 miles at 10:08. Another early morning run with my girlfriends. Starting to feel strong again on hills. I think my iron level is picking up.
Friday– 3-4 miles easily with 6 x 20sec strides post run + core– 3.5 miles at 9:55 plus strides x 6. It was really hard to get out the door and run. It was cold. It was windy. But I’m glad I did. This was a great little run. It felt easy. Effortless. I felt like my old self. A definite shift.
Saturday– 16-17 miles relaxed running– 17 miles at 10:22. Fun run with a group of 6 women. 3 hung in there for 10 miles. I ran 7 more on my own. I was tired by mile 16 but able to keep a nice easy pace. Nice nap afterwards!
How was your week of training? Who was the first to inspire you to start running?