Training: 17th April - 30th May

Mon 17th - Boston Marathon
Finish time = 3:07:03 & 191st woman...not quite what I'd hoped for. I'll write more in detail about this soon but check below. Interestingly I thought I'd lost it long before I had. Yes it was hot and yes it's a tough course but the stride and HR data are telling. That aside, I had an absolute blast and that, after all, was the main point of going to Boston.

Splits Avg Moving PaceAvg HRAvg Run CadenceAvg Stride Length

Tues 18th - Rest
Had a little pity party and eventually got a grip! 5 hr train journey to Pennsylvania to see friends. Also, legs felt fine

Weds 19th - Rest
Calves and shins feeling sore but not horrific. Not the tight bow-string feeling like after Berlin.

Thurs 20th - 30 mins easy cross training
Couldn't access any proper cross training kit and Mr B was visiting his US office so I went for a 2hr walk in the sun.

Fri 21st - Rest
Actually 30mins easy.
Mr B bought some new trainers and I was feeling much better so he persuaded me out for a 30min run around Macungie, PA
Stats: 29:49, 7'13/mi, 4.1 miles, HR not accurate

Sat 22nd - 40mins easy run
Actually did 30mins bodyweight conditioning and no run because I ran yesterday

Sun 23rd - 30mins bodyweight conditioning
Actually - went running!
Travelled to NY in the afternoon. Mr B and I wanted to run the outside of Central park and couldn't wait
Stats: 1:12:19, 9.5 miles (though srtava says 10.5 I'm sure it's wrong), HR 170bpm

Mon 24th - 60mins run
Actually, didn't run because we ran on Sunday and were catching the red-eye flight back to the UK overnight

Tues 25th - 30mins easy // Track
Actually didn't do anything due to travel and jet lag

Weds 26th - 60 minutes Strength & Conditioning Work
Ran into work AM with laptop and lots of stuff in bag and potential jetlag (though feel ok I think)
Stats: 1:10:08, 8'34/mi, 8.1miles, 138bpm
Strength work stats:  
3x12x Split squats 30kg + Low box jumps
3x 12 x Glute bridge 27.5kg+ Hop and stick
2 x 12 x squat @42.5kg, 1 x 12 x 45k + pogo jumps
3x core set

Thurs 27th- 50 mins easy
Stats: 1:03:34,  8 miles, 7'52/mi, 154bpm

Fri 28th - 10 minutes Warm Up, 2 x 18 minutes at Threshold effort with a 90 second recovery, 10 minutes Cool Down

Sat 29th - 165 minutes Easy / Steady Long Run

Sun 30th - 30mins bodyweight conditioning


5 things I don't know about Boston Marathon

The "Top Tips for First Time Boston Marathon Runners" or even "10 things you need to know about the Boston Marathon"  would be a useful blog post right now, wouldn't it? But we all know I'm not that calm or organised (unless you've been ignoring ALL my instagram, strava and twitter -ing) so instead of a lovely, useful, very predictable article, I'm going to highlight some of the things I don't know, estimate the answers and then report back with after the event.

1. What am I going to do between 6am getting on the bus at starting at 10am?

Photo under creative commons from BU Interactive News

Photo under creative commons from BU Interactive News

Will I be bored or will it just fly by? Will I have the right amount of food with me? Should I risk eating bagels etc while I'm waiting in Hopkinton? How cold am I going to get? How many times will I have to go to the loo? 
Estimated answers: both, yes, no, pretty cold, about 5.

2. What happens between the time that you leave for your starting corral an actually setting off?

55 minutes for 0.7 miles. That'll do for marathon pace.

55 minutes for 0.7 miles. That'll do for marathon pace.

According to the official info on wave and corral start times, we're leaving the race village a full 55 minutes before we set off. I know there's a 0.7 mile walk to the start and there's loos along the way (maybe let's upgrade that 5 to a 6) but will it really take nearly an hour?
Estimated answer: there'll be a portal to another world that we disappear into for a bit. Or maybe that's a portaloo?

3. Will I regret not doing the 5k on the Saturday, the pre-race pasta party or the post-race Boston Marathon Mile 27 party?

Post-race party looks... er.... 

Post-race party looks... er.... 

There's a 5k race on the Saturday before the 26.2 on Monday. Lots of people have said it's really fun and helps get into the spirit of it all. I'm conscious that I've already hijacked our holiday and that we are staying with friends of friends, so I'm not doing any extra bits and bobs. I'll go for a run on my own though. Then there's the pre-race pasta party  and the post race "Mile 27" one which is held at the Red Sox stadium. Both of these are free for me and I can purchase another ticket if I want. These fall into the same category as above at the moment so as things stand I'm sticking to the one thing.
Estimated answer: Yes absolutely. I will be kicking myself and having major FOMO about absolutely everything. If the race goes well I won't care about the pre-race bits but I'll wish we could go to the party. If it doesn't go well I'll be annoyed about the pre-race bits but won't care about the party. 2 days later I suspect I won't mind about any of it.

4. What will the weather be like?

Boston Marathon Weather Conditions

Well, the list of conditions in previous years shows that it's always pretty variable and the runner's passport says to be prepared for crosswinds at  mile 17. Over the past few weeks it's been anything between -4c and snowing to 25c and sunny. Online sooth-sayers vary between being optimistic by claiming that tailwinds may aid us or glass half empty saying that the heat may stall us. Runners world is fuelling our obsessive meteorological monitoring. Of course that later start time (10am) adds interest. So yeah, who knows?

Estimated answer: Your guess is as good as mine, but you can be sure that if it goes badly we'll all be blaming the weather!

5. Will it be fun, will it go well and will Mr B and I actually manage to see each other before I've crossed the finish line?

Yes I realise that's three questions in one but hey - "7 things I don't know" is less punchy. Will it be fun? You bet. Let me at it. I'm almost at the stage (I say almost because there's still that competitive monkey lurking) where I don't care what the outcome is, I just want to race. Thanks to the inspiration friends at Advent Running, running buddies from Euston Church, coach Ben's enthusiasm and the general hype, I suspect this is going to be an ace-race regardless of time. I don't know how it's going to go but I've seen loads of mates do brilliant things already this year in Manchester, Brighton and Paris and there's a queue forming to kick some London Marathon butt so I'm sure as heck going to get in there too and go have some fun. The one big downer of a point-to-point is that Mr B's legendary cheering efforts won't be possible. I'll miss seeing him along the way but hopefully we'll catch a glimpse before I traverse the blue and yellow line.
Estimated answer: If I have any say in the matter it's going to be a blast. Run the race, arms aloft at the finish line. That's how it works, right?

Feel free to add your own questions in the comments below and I'll go on a mission to get you answers.


Oh and by the way, if you do actually want something called "Run Your Best Boston" you can find it here. It's excellent (well I assume it is since I can't disprove any of the things it says) and it has got me even more excited.

Also, I'll talk about London soon too. I realise it's not just this race happening but, well, humour me for now.