Boston Marathon Training: Week 2


Good Morning and Happy Monday! Two weeks in the books and So far, It’s been a rocky start. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as there is still plenty of time left in this training cycle!

[ Training week 2 / 14 weeks until the Boston Marathon ]

Monday – W02D01 – Happy New Year! I had a 10km steady run scheduled today, but we were driving back to Toronto and I had no energy to run after driving for 8 1/2 hours.

Tuesday – W02D02 – Workout (warm-up | 4 x Long Hils | 4 x Short Hills | 4 x 100m, 100m jog | cool-down) | (Strava Results). Two weeks into the training plan and the hill repeats make their first appearance! I have a love-hate relationship with hills and know the repeats are important because, well, the hills of Newton! I seemed to struggle a bit with my speed and endurance today and I’m not sure if that was a result of the early stages of my training or the fact is was so cold outside!


Wednesday – W02D03 – Recovery Run  (10 kilometres/59:00/5:54 pace | Strava Results). Off work again this week, so I have a bit of flexibility with my runs. My friend Christina was off as well and joined me for an easy 10km run in the hood.

My legs felt really heavy which was a great sign that I was working hard yesterday! with another workout tomorrow, it’s important to take it easy between workouts so you have enough energy to complete the second one!


Thursday – W02D04 – Workout (warm-up | 6 x 2:30, 2:00 rest | cool-down) | (Strava Results). Started to come down with a cold Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday morning, I was coughing up a lung! I debated postponing the run several times throughout the day and even posted a poll on Instagram to see if someone could provide guidance to not run or inspiration to do it (yes I see the problem with this!). 74% of voters advised me to skip it, but then I thought I didn’t give voters the option to choose treadmill instead of outdoors which I feel would have tilted the voting the other way!


I ended up doing the workout on the treadmill and modifying it a bit to ensure I could handle it! I for the intervals, I cranked my treadmill up to

Friday –W02D05 – Easy Run (6 kilometres/32:32/5:25 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 –W02D06 – Long Run (23 kilometres/2:02:12/5:19 pace | Strava Results). Toronto and most of the Northeast has been in a deep freeze and the worst of it was expected on the day I had to run 23 kilometers! The plan was to run to by buddy Dom’s place and then he would run the rest of the distance with me. I had a taste of what to expect when I walked my dog before my run. I think it would have been better had I not known what to expect! The temperature was -22c (real feel somewhere near -37c!).

Heres what I wore on my run:

  • Wool cap
  • Balaclava
  • Base layer shirt
  • Technical long sleeve top
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Lightweight wind proof jacket
  • Wool gloves
  • Mittens
  • Boxer briefs
  • Thermal pants
  • Track pants
  • Compression socks
  • @sauconycanada Peregrine Ice+ shoes
  • @garminfitness Fenix3
  • Spibelt to carry my iPhone

So why did I not postpone this run or run indoors? Two reasons: I would lose my mind running 22 kilometers on a treadmill and the Boston Marathon is officially 100 days away!

I won’t lie. The run was neither easy nor fun, but I got it done and I’m proud of that!


Sunday –– W02D07 – Rest Day! I enjoy rest days just as much as I enjoy running!

Another week where I missed a run, but I think things will start clicking moving forward. I returned back to work today so scheduling runs will be tougher, but with 14 weeks to go, it’s time to get to work!

Total kilometers this week – 56.3

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!


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