Boston Marathon Training: Week 15


Good Afternoon and Happy Monday! It’s somewhat hard to believe a week from today I’ll be toeing the line in Hopkinton to participate in a 42.2 kilometer race known as the Boston Marathon. Less than 5 years ago I couldn’t imagine running a marathon and next week I’m hoping to do great things on this magical course.

The good news is my three week cold is mostly gone! Just a whisper of a cough which hopefully won’t bother me much during the race. Now I can focus on stalking the weather and planning out my weekend!

This is also the last training update! The next time I write a blog post, it will be a race report! Thank you so much for following my journey! I hope it inspired you to train for your own Boston Qualifier!

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

Monday – W15D01 – Steady Run (13 kilometers/1:07:27/5:11 pace) | (Strava Results). The plan this week is to run indoors as much as possible. The weather this week is expected to be really wonky (windy, snow at times, and cold) and I want to make sure I’m as healthy as possible heading into the race. Still not a huge fan of treadmills, but I’m getting used to being on one by now.

Tuesday – W15D02 – WTF. The plan today was to run 8x800s on the treadmill. I did a 1-kilometre warm-up and then dialled-up the speed for my first 800. About 200 meters in, I started to feel a sharp pain on the right side of my stomach. I only lasted 500 meters and had to drop the speed. When it was time to start the second interval, I could only run 200 meters before the pain became too much. Not sure what’s going on; possibly just a sid e stitch.

Wednesday – W15D03– Easy Run (11.5 kilometers/1:10:11/6:06 pace) | (Strava Results).  After yesterday’s side stitch episode, I was a bit nervous about today’s easy run. As soon as I hopped on the treadmill and started my easy paced run, I could feel the pain. It wasn’t as bad as yesterday, but still enough to be annoying. I grinded out 11.5 kilometers before hoping off to scoop up my son from aftercare.

Thursday – W15D04 – Workout (warm-up | 10 kilometers @ MP | cool-down) | (Strava Results). Good news! The pain in my stomach is gone! That was annoying! Now the fun part; running marathon pace on a treadmill. I was moving pretty well on the treadmill, but like I’ve experienced in the past, my watch barely breaches the sub-5:00/km pace. Not really fussed about it, but it was still nice to run without feeling any cramps!

Friday –W15D05 – Easy Run (8 kilometres/50:50/6:21 pace | Strava Results). Been a while since I ran less than 10 kiloemters. Today’s run was super easy and felt really good. My cold is pretty much gone and my cough is almost gone as well! Things are looking good!

Saturday –W15D06 – Long Run (20 kilometers/1:55:58/5:48 pace | Strava Results). My first run outdoors since last Saturday! Felt great to get outside even if the weather wasn’t amazing. It was a crisp morning for a run. For some reason my coah had me running 30 kilometers today, but I think that was a mistake. I’ve only ever run 16-20 kiloemters the week before a race and the plan was to do the same this week. I drove to my buddy Dom’s house and the plan was to run down to the lake and then meetup with the High Park Rogue Runners for a team photo and then watch Daniel and the rest of the crew race the Spring Run-off 8K in High Park!

The timing pretty much worked out and we got most of our run in, took the team photo, and I was able to round up to 20 kilometers before watching the crew crush it!

Laster in the evening, myself, Dom, Daniel, Anna, Rose, and Edwin metup for dinner and drinks and for desert, our amazing friend surprised us with a cake to wish us luck! Truly the highlight of an amazing day!

Photo Credit @seanpollock

Sunday –– W15D07 – Rest Day. Really toom advantage of the rest day. In the evening, my wife and I took our son to his first Raptors game!

Total kilometers this week – 63.8

Thanks again for following my journey to Boston as well as my weekly training updates! I hope you got something out of these posts and if you ever have a question about my training or anything running, please reach out!

Hope you have a great week and thanks again for reading!


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