Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Training for the 2010 Boston Marathon

It's been a long while since my last post -- 2 days after the 2009 Boston Marathon to be exact -- and a lot has happened from a marathoning perspective. Specifically, my wife Jenny ran her first marathon in Grand Rapids, Michigan and qualified for Boston in her very first try. And she beat her BQ time by over 15 minutes, running it in 3:45:49!

So now we're training for this year's Boston Marathon, which is being held on Monday, April 19, 2010.

Jenny has put together the training plan and we're getting out for a speed work, tempo run and long run each week -- no matter what the weather. Plus I'm playing hockey 1 or 2 times a week, and I'm also exercising my horse 3 or 4 times a week. So I have between 7 and 9 athletic events each week, which is keeping the muscles feeling like they're being worked.

I'm going to try to make posts more often. They won't be exciting -- more of 'Speed work tonight. 6 x 500 m. ' -- but it will at least let me keep a web log of our progress.

I'm not sure yet what I'm going to run in Boston. The two options I'm considering are to pace Jenny and simply enjoy the run, or train hard and try to get a Boston PB upright and smiling. Probably won't make the decision until a few weeks prior to the race. In the meantime, Jenny's training times are close enough to what I need to do that I'll run with her for tempo and long runs, and do my own pace for speed work.

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