Boston Marathon Training: Week 3

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Good Morning and Happy Monday! There are now three weeks completed in my training plan and week three was my best week so far! I finally got all six runs in and while two were on the treadmill due to inclement weather, I still got in 74.6km! Super hapy with how things unfolded this week!

[ Training week 3 / 13 weeks until the Boston Marathon ]

Monday – W03D01 – Steady Run (11.3 kilometers/59:33/5:14 pace | Strava Results). First day back to work after being off for two weeks! Now that I’m back at work, there will be some early morning runs in my future. While I enjoy my sleep, I can’t control my work schedule so I will have to run early to avoid missing my run.

Today I seem to have misjudged the distance and it was getting a bit late. I had to run 12 kilometers, but only made it 11.3! I highly doubt I’ll be on the Boston course wishing I had back that .7 kilometers. LOL

Tuesday – W03D02 – Workout (warm-up | 6 x 1,000m | cool-down) | (Strava Results). I always get a bit nervous before speedwork because I know it’s going to hurt. Speedwork in the Winter is another reason to get nervous because it’s also difficult to breathe in the cold weather!

The funny thing about speedwork is if you put 100% in, you tend to get 100% out of it; slightly less in tough weather, but close enough that it will still pay dividends! I ended up smashing my workout and averaged about 3:48/km for each repeat! So happy with the way everything is coming together with this plan so far!

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Wednesday – W03D03 – Recovery Run  (10 kilometres/59:14/5:54 pace | Strava Results). Had to hop on the treadmill for my 10 kilometer recovery run due to freezing rain. Treadmill runs are becoming a reoccurring thing this Winter thanks to the wacky weather we’re experiencing! Everyone knows how I feel about treadmills, but it’s better to have the option than miss a run!

Thursday – W03D04 – Workout (warm-up | 10:00, 3:00 jog | 5:00, 2:00 jog | 3:00, 1:30 jog | 2:00, 1:00 jog | 1:00 | cool-down) | (Strava Results). If Tuesday’s speedwork wasn’t tough enough, the mother of all workouts was planned for today. The last time I did this workout, I was training for the Mississauga Marathon and my family was in Punta Cana. It was so hot when I attempted this and I remember how difficult it was attempting this on the resort. This time, I would be attempting it in the cold, in a cemetery!

Running for 10 minutes at 90% is hard. Really hard. It has the feeling of a 5k race and I’ve never officially raced a 5k! Of course, I was nervous before I started, as usual, and of course, on the way to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery where I have been doing my speedwork, I stepped in a few puddles and my socks and shoes got wet! Awesome start!

As soon as I got to my starting point, I didn’t think twice. I got off to a great start and was pleasantly surprised when I ran 2.5 kilometers in 10 minutes! Just about where I want my 10k pace to be. Super happy with the way things turned out! Two big workouts in three days is a HUGE confidence booster!

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Friday –W03D05 – Easy Run (6 kilometres/36:57/6:09 pace | Strava Results). Back on the treadmill again. I wasn’t able to get my run in earlier in the day when it was raining, but actually fairly warm out! By the time I got a chance to run, the weather dropped almost 20 degrees and the sidewalks were freezing over! I made my way down to the basement to complete my run on the treadmill for the second time this week.

Saturday –W03D06 – Long Run (26 kilometres/2:21:20/5:26 pace | Strava Results). Another ridiculously cold Saturday. Seems mother nature is saving her really brutal weather for Saturdays when I have to do my long run!

I got started a little early and ran 12 kilometers to my buddy Dom’s house. We then met our other running buddy Daniel and knocked off another 14 kilometers together. I was so happy when the run was done! Looks like next Saturday the weather will be on the plus side when I have to do 30!

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Sunday –– W03D07 – Rest Day!

Super happy with the way things went this week! 13 weeks to go!

Total kilometers this week – 74.6

Hope you have a great week and thanks for reading!

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