Just over half way there!

8 weeks down, and 7 weeks to go until the big dance. And things are gettin’ real.
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Training is going great; checkin’ off the long runs, making sure to work on speed stuff, eating clean, sleeping well. Training for Boston is just like living my normal runner’s lifestyle, but with a little more intensity I guess.

It’s nice to have something serious to focus on. I like it.

I’ve never been very good at keeping track of daily miles. I always have the best of intentions, but then 2 days in, I forget to map-my-run or wear my GPS watch or write down the stats.

But this training cycle? I’ve magically forced myself to stick with it somehow.

And now, 8 weeks later, here’s what I’ve done, weekly mileage-wise:
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Don’t mind those two weeks with zero-mileage. We were having way too much fun in Kenya to be bothered with running :)

Over the weekend, I ran my first 20 miler for the cycle. I never really know how fast or slow to pace my LR’s, so I just go out and run how I feel/comfortably, and go with the flow. Which was about 8:10 pace, until the last two miles, which felt roughly like death. A slow slog to the finish, but hey man, I did it, and I’m stoked to have one under my belt.

This week is a back-down one, so I’m looking forward to refreshing the legs, recovering a bit from last week’s higher mileage, and “only” running 14 on Saturday.

Half way there!

How do you approach pace with your LRs?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sam F. says:

    I just run whatever’s comfortable and let the pace be what it is. You’re totally cruising … I haven’t even started training yet and I’ve run twice in the past 20 days. Be sure to wait for me in the finish area. :)

    1. Efo says:

      Haha, oh Sam! You’re gonna crush Boston, you always do.

  2. runwithholly says:

    I’m too obsessive to “just go by feel”, so I use (sorry, gonna say it again) Jack Daniels’ running formulas to determine my long run pace. This helps keep me honest – and going fast enough to get the benefits, but not so fast that I’m wearing myself out more than necessary!

  3. Lisa says:

    I’m very “go by feel” and also do not stress if I don’t run on vacation (coming soon!). I’ll pack one outfit, and if I run – great; if I don’t – that’s OK too.

    You’ve got some great mileage going on there. So excited for your adventure to Boston!! :)

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