13 weeks until race day
M: 10 mi @ 9:35/mi. No group run because I slept a little late and did this at ~7:30 am on Labor Day.
T: 9 mi + 6 x 30s hard. Felt like I needed a really gentle chill run, so 10:30/mi it was! 20 min strength for runners (Becs Gentry / Peloton) and 15 min barre (Hannah Corbin / Peloton)
W: 9.1 mi total – speedwork day. 14 x 90 seconds @ 10K pace. Warmup @ 9:42/mi (3 mi), then intervals ranged from 7:27-7:52 pace. Cooldown 2 mi @ 9:09/mi. Wore my AlphaFlys for this workout and feel like I could have maybe pushed harder but I don’t think I totally know what 10K pace actually feels like.
R: 8 mi easy, 10:13/mi (always need a slower one post speed day). Also started this one later (7:30ish) to get more sleep, which was good.
F: 6 mi easy @ 9:33 + 20 min full body weights (Andy Speer / Peloton)
S: 18 mi easy @ 9:41/mi. Weather was 75-80F and 88% humidity and this felt pretty good. Honestly anything under 80 feels decent so I guess this summer of south FL running did its job of acclimation. I used Josh’s Nathan water bottle carrier and didn’t hate it too much (usually I just run loops and swing by my house). I really enjoyed this run. I honestly would have happily kept going
S: will be yoga/barre at home, my hips and glutes need some serious stretching.
How high will my mileage go? Not sure. Guessing will peak close to 70. This week felt doable but it helped that Monday was a holiday.
Total: 60 mi / strength x 2
Marathon Race Pace?
If I continue to see improvement this cycle (and I’m hoping with cooling temperatures I will) – I probably am going to try to run a BQ in December (sub 3:40, or 8:23/mi). I absolutely might crash/burn/fail but I feel like if I am hitting the marathon pace workouts then it’s probably worth a try. I will obviously see what my coach thinks!
If I don’t though, I won’t be devastated. This will almost be like . . .a practice attempt? Particularly because there will be other chances to qualify for the 2025 race. Josh is likely going to do it in December and I would sooo love to go too, but it might take me more time to get there and that’s okay.
(Also if it happens to be hot that day I will either run it as a training run or not at all. I may be acclimated but I have limits.)
PS: Yes aware that 3:39:59 would not guarantee me an actual 2025 Boston marathon spot but they did let everyone in last year and honestly going for any faster than that for me would be insane.