Sunday Runday: Week of 1/23 (Boston Training Week #6)


Wowza. I am way behind on my training log posting game. So, here’s some catch up! Thank God for running watches and that I kept up to date on Instagram…

Monday, 1/23:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Knew Tuesday was not going to be great day for running, let alone a workout due to scheduling stuff (was at the hospital at 6AM until class in the afternoon, a meeting at 5PM, and then a meeting with a potential wedding caterer at 6:30PM, with bedtime around 9:30-10PMish!), so opted to move my hard workouts up a day earlier this week. Ended up having a ridiculously long day at the hospital on Monday, though-we are supposed to only be at the hospital until 5PM each day, but we went into an OR case at 4:45PM and there was still paperwork to be completed for the next day, so I didn’t end up leaving until 7PM. :O I was worried because the gym closes at 9PM so I skimped on the warm-up, but still got it done because I’m like that:

1 mile warm-up

400 (1:36), 800 (3:10), 1200 (4:45), 1600 (6:13), 1200 (4:43), 800 (3:01), 400 (1:27) with 400 rest on the treadmill

1.25 mile cool-down? (This is what happens when I don’t write things down/don’t use my watch wahhh)

8 miles total

Tuesday, 1/24:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 400, 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 with 400 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: OFF

Wednesday, 1/25:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Was not feeling this workout at all. I’ve been feeling pretty tired in general lately, to be honest, and my legs, mind, and heart just weren’t as excited to do this tempo as they usually are. Part of it is just feeling tired from long hours, I think, but part of it is definitely getting sick of running on the treadmill. Still a very good pace if you ask me! Totally skimped on the cool-down because a quick visit to Phil in the library turned into an hour long conversation about our days and then I was too cold to run back home! 😀

2 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo in 48:21 (6:54 pace; 7:04, 7:02, 7:03, 6:59, 6:52, 6:48, 6:30) on the treadmill

0.5 mile cool-down

9.5 miles total

Thursday, 1/26:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: 6.09 miles in 59:00 (9:41 pace) with Phil!

Friday, 1/27: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 5.59 miles (55:27; 9:55 pace) with Phil!

Saturday, 1/28:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 8.39 miles (1:23:42; 9:59 pace)

Sunday, 1/29:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 14miles)

What I Did: 15.54 miles (1:59:01; 7:40 pace) with mid-long run 15K PR (1:08:34; 7:21 pace) as a part of the HMRRC Winter Series!

Total Weekly Mileage = 53.22 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 289.22 miles


Sunday Runday: Week of 1/16 (Boston Training Week #5)


Monday, 1/16:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 7.58 miles in 1:16:07 (10:02 pace). My legs felt totally trashed after yesterday’s run, so I was surprised that I wanted to get out there today (except our loooong work day that felt like SUCH a Monday makes it less surprising).

Tuesday, 1/17:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 4 x 1200 in 4:42-4:50 (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Didn’t feel as strong as I wish I could on this run, but in retrospect my paces were pretty good: 6:08-6:25!

1.8 mile warm-up

4 x 0.75 miles with 0.25 miles rest on treadmill: 4:49, 4:45, 4:37, 4:36 (skipped last 0.25 rest because I was readyyyy to get off that darn treadmill!)

2.53 mile cool-down

8.08 miles total

Wednesday, 1/18:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: OFF

Thursday, 1/19:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 7 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

2.15 mile warm-up

7 mile tempo in 48:27 (6:55 pace; 7:07, 7:06, 7:03, 6:56, 6:53, 6:50, 6:28)

3.41 mile cool-down

12.56 miles total

Friday, 1/20: 

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 6.18 miles in 1:03:58 (10:21 pace). Friday runs are always the toughest after a long week of hard runs! Got out a little late due to an emergency c-section, but what a way to end the OB portion of this rotation!

Saturday, 1/21:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 10 miles)

What I Did: 10.07 miles in 1:27:52 (8:43 pace). Got in 4ish miles on my own, then did the last 6 with Fiona (@adktrigirl), which was the first time meeting her! Ran substantially faster with her than on my own (was rocking the 9:30-10 minute pace, then ran 8:18, 8:24, 8:24, 8:06, 8:06, 8:02 with Fiona LOL), but legs felt okay!

Sunday, 1/22:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Got ditched by my friend Luke and re-planned to run with Phil who also ditched me for more sleep, so did this one solo! Whenever I run by myself, I’m pretty sure I just default to a slower pace: 8.50 miles in 1:23:46 (9:51 pace).

Total Weekly Mileage = 52.89 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 236 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/9 (Boston Training Week #4)


Monday, 1/9:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: My foot had been bothering me so I took Monday off. I’ve had similar pain in the past and attributed it to my icky bunions, but I figured a day or two off at this point won’t do me any harm.

Tuesday, 1/10:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 5 x 1k in 3:54-4:00 with 400 recovery (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Took Tuesday off, too, and went to get an x-ray at the ortho urgent care. Luckily no stress fractures or even signs of previous damage! So, looks like it was just my bunions. :O

Wednesday, 1/11:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: 5.23 miles with Phil in 47:32 (9:06 pace) with a little more confidence in my foot.

Thursday, 1/12:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 6 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: 7.03 miles (1:04:01; 9:07 pace) easy in an attempt to get back into it again.

Friday, 1/13:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: Moved my tempo day to Friday after a weird first half of the week:

2 mile warm-up

6 mile tempo in 42:09 (7:02 pace) on the treadmill: 7:27, 7:15, 7:10, 6:59, 6:51, 6:23

3 mile cool down

11 miles total

Saturday, 1/14:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: 7.53 miles nice and slow (1:19:22; 10:32 pace) before day trip to Long Island for Tracy’s surprise bridal shower.

Sunday, 1/15:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 12 miles)

What I Did: 15.07 miles in 2:03:41 (8:12 pace!) at the HMRRC Winter Series with some banginggggg negative splits: 8:34, 8:36, 8:48, 8:36, 8:28, 8:16, 8:16, 8:15, 8:29, 8:21, 8:01, 7:42, 7:52, 7:39, 7:15

Total Weekly Mileage = 45.86 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 183.11 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 1/2 (Boston Training Week #3)


Monday, 1/2:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 6.43 miles easy in 1:05:26 (10:10 pace)-I ran a lot on some packed snow around Buckingham Lake, which didn’t help me run a faster pace. 😛 Legs are definitely starting to feel the mileage already, but it’s nice to have four whole non-“workout workout” days before Tuesday speedwork tomorrow! Also fell a ton and gave my legs a workout while attempting to ski today. :O

Tuesday, 1/3:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 6 x 800 in 3:10-15 (5k goal of 19:30-20:00))

What I Did: Holy moley. This workout kicked my butt. My appetite has been really lame lately (this always seems to happen when I kick my training in high gear for some reason :/ ) and definitely have not been eating foods that are good for me or nutritious, and honestly, probably not enough food in general. My stomach was bothering me since I woke up, so I ate bland foods (i.e. two bagels and two bananas for breakfast and lunch), but it was still not great when I stepped on the treadmill after orientation for our first day of OB. I got cramps by the fourth interval and was making pained faces up the wazoo, but I magically got it done!

2.5 mile warm-up

6 x 0.5 miles with 0.25 mile rest on treadmill: 3:12, 3:11, 3:04, 3:06, 3:02, 2:58

1.5 mile cool-down

8.5 miles total

 I’m anticipating a LOT of treadmill running over the next 6 weeks because of limited sunlight in the winter time and our hours are 6-5 or 6 each day. We also have half a week of night float which should be…fun. 😛 Can you tell I’m already scared?!


Wednesday, 1/4:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Off

Thursday, 1/5:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 6 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did:

2 mile warm-up to the gym and some on the treadmill

6 mile tempo in 43:18 (7:13 pace): 7:30, 7:25, 7:19, 7:14, 7:05, 6:42

2.5 mile could-down home

10.5 miles total

Tried to add in some hills to simulate elevation changes and to make the second treadmill run of the week more interesting mentally, but it felt HARD, so that didn’t last too long. Still, felt like a great effort with negative splits!

Friday, 1/6:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Crazy day at the hospital on OB made for interesting nutrition choices. We have to be at the hospital by 6, so I’ve been waking up and eating breakfast by 5. I was in a c-section and then a vaginal delivery and then got to watch a circumsicion, so I didn’t eat lunch (lame-o bagel with peanut butter…my stomach is too sensitive when it comes to running!) until 3PM, 10 hours after breakfast! Had plans to run with Tiffany, and holy moley I honked HARD. 3.49 miles total (33:56; 9:44 pace), but I now know I need to be a bit smarter (sneaker?) about eating in between fun events!

Saturday, 1/7:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: 8 miles in 1:06:07 (8:16 pace) with Erin and Rachel! Hadn’t seen those girls since the half-marathon in October, so it was nice to catch up and hear about their lives and how their fall marathons went. I tagged on for 8 of their middle miles (they did 15-16 miles, I think), and man we were moving, but it felt great! My default pace is usually like 10 minutes so it was good to get some variety in there with some nice company. 🙂

Sunday, 1/8:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 8 miles)

What I Did: Couldn’t sleep last night (exciting things and announcements to come!), so when I finally gave up at trying to go back to bed at 6, I decided to just get my run over with even though it was snowing and, like, a real feel of 6 degrees. Got in my 8.14 miles (1:15:15; 9:15 pace) which was good given the snowy bike path that was surprisingly not too slick.

Total Weekly Mileage = 45.06 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 137.25 miles

Sunday Runday: Week of 12/26 (Boston Training Week #2)


Monday, 12/26:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: 6.26 miles (59:28; 9:30 pace) around the neighborhood. This was the run that I put off all day, then ate too much, then wanted to do even less…but we got it done!

Tuesday, 12/27:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Speed 8 x 600 in 2:21-2:25 (5k goal of 19:30-20:00) with 400 rest)

What I Did: These speed workouts drive me crazy! They are so much faster than my body is used to moving and scare me like nothing else (LOL wait until we start these tempo runs this week…), but with each one I do complete successfully, I grow more and more confident in my running. I went to a rival high school’s track today that is actually MUCH closer than my own high school’s track. I definitely took all of the paths we could run on for granted in high school-this one is kind of in the middle of nowhere and I couldn’t find a great road off-camps to warm-up or cool-down on. The track team convened for their practice around my third interval. I’m not sure what the etiquette is for track sharing, but I was so far in, I wasn’t going to let them scare me off…this time. 😛

2.17 mile warm-up

8 x 600 with 400 rest in 2:30, 2:25,2:22, 2:24, 2:23, 2:22, 2:21, 2:16

1.18 mile cool-down

8.35 miles total

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"Each day running is my tiny victory, some days it’s my big victory. Running is my way of establishing equilibrium in my life. When I am lonely, I find others to share sweaty moments with, when I am overwhelmed I take solace in the miles I can run by myself. It has helped me discover strength I previously thought unfathomable, and truly appreciate the miracle the is the human body."-@rdmurillo ••• Day 9/120 of #bostonmarathon2017 Training: Not sure what track sharing etiquette is, but when the high school track team joined me halfway through my workout for their practice, I kept at it. They were just warming up and I stayed out of their way, but was I supposed to move? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Worked down my 8 x 600 from 2:30 down to 2:16 (goal = 2:21-2:25) for 8 miles total today! #thunderthighs! #inthebestway! #irunthisbody

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Wednesday, 12/28:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: OFF)

What I Did: Rest Day

Thursday, 12/29:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Tempo 6 miles at 7:26 pace (goal = 3:15 marathon :O ))

What I Did: Was nervous about this first tempo run of Boston training, but rocked it! The first couple miles felt pretty easy, so I decided to add on a hillier section to the normal path around the lake at the park, which was definitely reflected in miles 3 and 4. This was definitely a good effort, but I remember my tempo runs feeling a lot more difficult when I was training for the Shamrock Marathon last spring. I’m not sure if that means I need to reevaluate my expectations/goals for Boston or if it’s just a sign I’m in pretty good shape, but I definitely need to thumb through my Hanson’s book again for some guidance. I want to try to incorporate more hills into my training this time around to prepare for the hills in Boston, and this was a good start!

2.21 mile warm-up

6 mile tempo run in 43:41 (7:16 pace): 7:35, 7:17, 7:20, 7:37, 7:07, 6:40

1.84 mile cool-down

10.05 miles total 

Friday, 12/30:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 7 miles)

What I Did: Driving back to school kept getting delayed by weather and changing plans, but finally drove back today! Got in a painful, super easy 7.14 miles in 1:13:15 (10:16 pace) before driving back.

Saturday, 12/31:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Easy 6 miles)

What I Did: Really should have planned by week better because I left two runs for a weekend of traveling! :/ But you work with what you got, and still got 6.21 miles in 55:21 (8:54 pace-we started off QUICK…and then fizzled away) in with Phil at the awesome Juniper Valley Park in Queens, a quick mile or so from Phil’s cousins’ house.


Sunday, 1/1:

(What I Was Supposed to Do: Long 10 miles)

What I Did: Was not looking forward to 10 miles after a night of staying up late! After church, we took our run from Phil’s cousins’ in Queens allllll the way to Central Park (through sketchy areas and awesome bridges and paths alike!) to total 10 miles in 1:33:49 (9:23 pace). Something was funky with my watch because it had one low 8ish minute and two sub-8 minute miles, which is a little hard to believe. My long runs are supposed to be much quicker (8:05 pace), which was my tempo pace last training cycle and something that’s going to take some work and mental strength to get myself to! I’m not sure I could have pushed myself with the way my legs were feeling (i.e. not so great), and  I was also with Phil who was getting kinda grumpy and hungry. We lost a little momentum at the end, but I’m proud of him for getting it done!


Total Weekly Mileage = 48.01 miles

Total Boston Training Mileage = 92.19 miles

2017 Boston Marathon Training Plan!


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Today I begin my Boston Marathon training! Feeling excited, terrified, and kinda hungry. 😛  I had a lot of success with Hanson’s Marathon Method in training for my BQ at the Shamrock Marathon earlier this year, so we are giving it a go again!

Here’s what the next 17 weeks of my life looks like:


Spent ten years of my life formatting this to make it look pretty. #noregrets

Here are some of my goals heading into this training cycle:

1. Incorporate 2-3 days of strength training a week.


Still not entirely sure what this means *specifically* but if anyone has any suggestions, I would love any and all suggestions! And fast! Because, uh, training started today. I’m thinking a good start might be to…

2. Finish the 30 Day Plank Challenge. I’m taking this a step farther and doing the normal plank position, but also side planks. Thinking of doing 15 minutes of planks by the end of this thing is a little nutso right now, but we’ll take it day by day!


Only 2 days in, but so far, so good! 😀




3. Stretch daily and foam roll/Stick/lacrosse ball massage 2-3 times a week. Even though I have my own foam roller (a very thoughtful 21st birthday present from my parents and sister!), I usually don’t get around to foam rolling unless I’m already at the gym. Same goes for stretching for the most part, especially when it’s cold out and I just want to run inside! I want to be more diligent in taking care of tight/sore muscles off the bat to avoid any injuries down the line.

4. 7 hours of sleep a night. Recovery is important, and I’ve learned that I am so much more alert and on top of things in clinic when I’ve gotten my sleep. This might be a tough order with OB/GYN on deck (hello, early mornings and night float!), but it’s definitely something to strive for!

5. Be diligent about keeping a training log. Holy moley am I awful at this. That’s the main reason this blog exists-to make me log my workouts!

6. No more shopping for running clothes. Unless there is some massive Oiselle sale on sale on sale thing going on, no more shopping for running gear! I have wayyyy too much clothing than I need. And I should actually probably start giving some of that stuff I don’t use as much away. This is the time to focus on my running, not what I’m wearing.

7. PR, obvi!