Training Log: 20th - 26th Nov 2017

Training Log: 20th - 26th Nov 2017

Track and Travel.

A fantastic trip to see the team from Limassol Marathon which consisted of a lot of eating and a little running! More cross training, less running sadly but feeling good on it. Mr B is getting paster all the time, he's getting faster all the time.


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Training Log: 4th - 10th Sept 2017

Training Log: 4th - 10th Sept 2017

A normal week, just a little less volume and a lot more rain! Track, Weights, intervals and a sports massage. Then a lovely 90min run with some proper flow at the start. ps. Nike Pegasus 33s are AWESOME. I love my new ones so much! Shame the 34s aren't as good.

Training Log: 21st - 27th August 2017

Training Log: 21st - 27th August 2017

Holiday! Running around beautiful bits of cornwall (though the hills are tough on the city legs). Also, now we've told the parents I can come clean and say that I'm carrying a small hitch-hiker and will be until around the end of Feb next year. So, that's why the post-injury fight back has been slower! I have the ok to keep training, just with the knowledge that it can change from day to day and that the results will be variable. I'm going to stick to this being a running blog, not a baby/mum-runner one, but I will occasionally post about how it's affecting running. When I do that I'll make it clear so you can avoid them if you're bored by it! 

Right, onwards!

Training Log: 17th - 23rd July 2017

Training Log: 17th - 23rd July 2017

My second week in Cardiff. I got to run around the bay on glorious sunny mornings, do intervals and 10miles with the Les Croupiers run club, manage a little sub-7/mi pace , 17 miles one day and 18 two days later (though it was a battle) and racked up some decent miles. Full details in the post. Next week will be slightly lower mileage again and a bit of cross trainer stuff *ugh*. Just to be safe. Zzzz.

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.