This year my marathon training seems to be proving the theory of quality miles versus quantity of miles.
I realized this morning that I am feeling really ready for Boston. Even more so than past years. And I don’t think it’s just because it’s my third time around. I think it’s because my training contains a lot less miles.
Last year I was running 5 days a week and logging 35-50 miles a week. I was tired, ate more cupcakes than I should have (but I was running 8 miles on a Wednesday so that meant cupcakes were allowed, right?) and 2 weeks after Boston I broke my hip.
This year (because of said hip) I’m only allowed to run 3 days a week. And my peak weeks are only 35 miles. And I’m feeling really good.
I think, because I only get three runs a week, that I’ve learned to make them count.
Sunday is my long run. It’s my build endurance / marathon test run run. And my last 20 miler was fantastic. I practiced my race day nutrition plan, I ran easy and aced the late run hills.
Wednesday is my 10k / speedwork day. Most of my runs are “progressive” – teaching me to run negative splits and push it at the end.
Friday varies – depending on the week. It has been hills, it has been tempo, it has been 400 repeats and it has been easy/fun. It’s my “play day”. And it’s awesome.
I spend my non-run days either resting or crosstraining (weights, walk, bike).
And as a result – no doldrums, no crankies, no “is this training over yet”. And a lot less cupcakes.
It’s just been good.
So…is it April 21st yet? 🙂
I want a cupcake.