Boston Marathon Training: Week 1


Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! Even as I started writing this blog post, it’s surreal to think I started my training cycle for the Boston Freakin Marathon this past week! Boston didn’t feel real when I qualified in May. It didn’t feel real sitting on a 13-minute plus buffer until registration day. It didn’t feel real when I got to register on day 2 with the other 10-minute+ qualifiers. It only started to feel real when I received a confirmation email from the Boston Athletic Association congratulating me on my acceptance. It still doesn’t feel completely real today. I know you’re all reading this thinking I’m BSing, but the truth is, I’m not. I don’t know if it will really feel real until I pick-up my bib from the expo.

Regardless of how I feel, the reality is I’m training for my 9th marathon. I seem to have a lot of luck with Spring marathons (less so than Fall marathons) and while it may have something to do with heat training over the Summer, fact I am refeshed after year-end break, or something I have yet to figure out, I’m hoping to have a really good race in Boston. A PR would be nice, but at the end of the day, qualifying for the Boston Marathon AT the Boston Marathon is my goal for the big dance on April 16th, 2018.

Again I turned to Coach Colin to develop a plan that will bring me success in Boston. Coach’s plans are always tough, but I suspect this one will be the toughest. The last thing I want to do is lose the race on the hills in Newton, so I suspect there will be quite a bit of hill training in this plan. The one big difference from previous plans is I moved my long run from Sunday to Saturday. My son is registered for a number of programs during the week and Sunday is the business day for him. Being out of the house for 3-4 hours isn’t helpful; so I’ll be running long on Saturday. Here’s a breakdown of a standard week of training:

  • Monday – Steady Run
  • Tuesday – Workout #1
  • Wednesday – Steady Run or Recovery Run
  • Thursday – Workout #2
  • Friday – Recovery Run
  • Saturday – Long Run
  • Sunday – Rest Day

[ Training week 1 / 15 weeks until the Boston Marathon ]

Monday – W01D01 – Steady Run – 8 kilometres/40:33/5:04 pace (Strava Results). First training run of my Boston Marathon training plan and it was a doozy! My wife, son, and I were in Collingwood for the holidays. Our son had snowboarding lessons later in the day, so I got my run in early. It was snowing pretty good and hard to see; thankfully, there weren’t too many cars on the road!


Tuesday – W01D02 – Workout (warm-up | 4 x 3:00, 1:30 jog | 2:00, 1:00 jog | 1:00, 1:00 jog | cool-down) | (Strava Results). First speedwork session of my training plan and it was not easy! The workout itself was not difficult, but it’s been almost two months since my last race and I haven’t done any workouts since. I felt pretty sluggish and slow on the workout, but part of the reason could be the biting cold!


Wednesday – W01D03 – Steady Run  (8 kilometres/45:54/5:42 pace | Strava Results). Off from work for two weeks, so I have the luxury of running when I want. One of the challenges of marathon training is finding the time to run! Today I headed out to lunch and enjoyed a nice run in the snow! Pace should have been a little quicker, but I’m fine with it!


Thursday – W01D04 – Workout. Missed my first run of my training plan. My wife, son, and I drove down to Brooklyn to visit my family. By the time we got down there, I was wiped out and had no intention of doing any speedwork.

Friday –W01D05 – Easy Run (6 kilometres/31:20/5:13 pace | Strava Results). Brooklyn has been in the same deep freeze as Toronto and it was so freakin’ cold out today! Thankfully I was only doing an easy 6km run. Took longer to thaw out.


Saturday –W01D06 – Saturday is long run day, but my wife and I were heading to Manhattan to walk around, so I pushed my long run out to Sunday. No running today, but I did walk a lot! It was pretty cold in the city, but we stopped at our favorite oyster bar in Grand Central to warm up and then walked up 5th Avenue to check out the holiday decorations.

Sunday –– W01D07 – Long Run (17 kilometers/1:28:24/5:13 pace | Strava Results). I had two goals for this long run; don’t freeze to death and make it to the Brooklyn Bridge for a photo op. It was really cold and windy which made for a less than ideal long run. To really add to the fun times, the run as mostly uphill for the first half with a nice climb at the 7km mark. There’s a bit of a downhill run until I got to the bridge, then uphill again. It was a pretty tough run, but the reward was waiting for me near the end. I got to the bridge and was welcomed by a beautiful, sunny view of Manhattan. I ran back a few kilometers and hopped on a bus back to my parents’ home.


Not the cleanest week of training with a missed run and some juggling, but it’s early and there are plenty training days ahead!

Total kilometers this week – 51

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

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