Gimme that Good, Good Runnin’

28 days to go.  Four weeks from today, I’ll be running the Wineglass Marathon, with my first legitimate shot at qualifying for Boston.

My training has gone extremely well recently, and I can’t imagine feeling better heading into the final few weeks.  I ran that solid 20-miler early this week, and since then I’ve had two fantastic workouts.  The first was a track workout, where I ran three miles at 6:01 each, separated by 400 meters of slow jogging to recover.  This was really special for me, because every other time I’ve attempted a workout like this, I’ve been able to complete the first mile at 6:01, but have faltered on the remaining two.

But not this time.  The first was no problem, easier than usual.  The thought that I might complete this workout entered my head, but midway through the second mile, I realized that this thought always enters my head.  Nonetheless, I finished the second mile right on time, sprinting at the end to get in under 6:01.  I figured at this point I was done.  But after my recovery lap, I started the third mile.  One lap passed, about two seconds slow.  This is where I usually lose it. Two seconds becomes five seconds becomes 15 seconds and the mile doesn’t resemble what it was supposed to be.

I’m still not sure how, but I got those two seconds back in the next lap.  And after that, it felt like I was running downhill.  Knowing that no matter how much it hurt, it would be over in half a mile made it all quite—dare I say—easy.  Done.  Exactly 6:00 for the last mile.  I left that big 6-oh-oh one on my watch all weekend before erasing it.

Today’s workout, by comparison, was boring, but still meaningful.  10 miles at 7:15, Boston Marathon qualifying pace.  I did this same workout two weeks ago, so I had no doubt that I could do it.  And again I did it, but it was a lot easier than last time.  This time I got stronger at the end, rather than weaker.  Someone passing on a bike even said “Nice pace!”  That was fun.

One more week and the training starts to wind down.  15 miles on Tueday and one final 20-miler before taper time.  And I’ve never felt better.  I’m in the best shape of my life, without even a little nagging injury.  It feels weird, almost as if I’m cheating, since marathon training always means nagging injuries.  Considering the knee issues I was having when I started this 16-week fiasco, I’m ecstatic.

There’s still the uncertainty about qualifying that I’ve expressed recently.  These workouts are nothing compared to the effort that will be required to qualify.  But I just keep telling myself that these workouts were designed for Boston-qualifying, and if I’m completing them then I must be on track.  Another week of training and three restful weeks of tapering will leave me fresh and ready.  And then it will just be me, the 26.2, and a shot at the only goal I’ve ever spent seven years working toward.

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  1. Congrats! I’m so thrilled to hear the training is going well. I got my t’s the other day and thank you SO Much for the extra. I think the medium is too big on me :( I am going to try it on again and if it is…I will send them back to exchange! The medium will def fit my sister in law though. They are the CUTEST shirts…I mean toughest ;)

    Hows baby doing?
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Practice Run, Froyo, Mellow Mushroom =-.

    • Hey Erica, the baby’s doing great! Everything according to plan, so far.

      As for the shirt, sorry it doesn’t fit! Just go ahead and send it back. When I send you the new size, I’ll take care of the postage you had to pay. I’m glad you like them though. Will the yellow one fit or will you send that one back too?

  2. Glad to hear that training is spot on!
    Whenever I see someone running while I’m biking, I always want to cheer them on. It doesn’t matter if they’re out for a slow jog or running a paced one. A simple shout out can be a big motivation indeed. GREAT PACE!
    .-= Mia {runs & rests}´s last blog ..Running on Baumkuchen =-.

    • Mia, I always have the same urge. Maybe I’ll start. I’m always kind of shy and worried they’ll think I’m crazy, but I know how much I love when random people give me encouragement.

  3. Isn’t it fun when training goes the way it’s supposed to? I’m excited on your behalf – it’s so cool to have a shot at Boston!
    .-= Daria (Summer of the CSAs)´s last blog ..There’s a monster at the end of this post! =-.

    • 4 weeks! I am so looking forward to tapering. I hate tapering, but my legs will be so happy with me. Congrats on completing those tough workouts!
      .-= Robin´s last blog ..My day in pictures =-.

      • Robin, sometimes I think I must be different from other runners, because I love tapering. I don’t get any of that antsiness people talk about. I love that the very best thing I can do to prepare at that stage is rest!

  4. Awesome! I have so much admiration for those who work this hard to BQ, I dont think I could ever do that.
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..September Play-list =-.

  5. that is awesome! i am soooo glad things are going well – it’s less than a month for both of us now. wooooo woooow!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..let the pictures do the talkin’… =-.

  6. It sounds like you’re doing really great. Keep it up!
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..Nutritional Yeast =-.

  7. nice job on the running lately! solid workouts, and i love reading that they are “feeling easier” for you. i can’t remember if you’ve mentioned this before, but what training plan are you using?
    .-= lindsay´s last blog ..tiart: motivation tips & tricks =-.

    • Lindsay, I’m doing a program called FIRST (a modified version). 3 workouts per week, one track, one tempo, one long. They want you to cross-train instead of doing easy runs between workouts; I’m choosing to do easy runs because I didn’t like the results when I cut them out in favor of cross-training.

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