6 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

I think I am ready to get back into my regular posting routine. Aren’t you terribly excited?

I think taken one at a time, training recaps are an interesting read, in fact, I follow along with several blogger’s training, and enjoy it. However, I think listing my daily efforts from the past 4 weeks (yup, I was off the blogging-high for that long) would be incredibly dull for those of you nice enough to view this post.

In-line with that sentiment here is a tour of highlights.

I started my Boston-focused training 27 weeks out from the April 16th race date. I pulled out my training log (kept in a binder) today and felt pretty satisfied to see how long I have maintained consistency. It’s a record by far!

You can tell by the slow tapering off of scribbling that my strength sessions have dwindled to near nothing!

My weekly mileage played out as follows:

Week 18: 43 mi. (long run 14)

Week 19: 32 mi. (long run 17)

Week 20: 49 mi. (long run 20)

Week 21: 37 mi. (long run 13)

And, graphs, of course:

Overall, an upward trend 🙂

Not as consistent as I'd like (but we'll leave that for my 3rd marathon, shall we?), but again, an overall increasing trend.

Also in the last four weeks I have started taking ice baths. 3 so far, although the first one didn’t really count.

At my brother and sister-in-law's house in California. 3 attempts, total time

It was after this failed attempt that I learned to put the ice into the cold tub AFTER I put my body in.

Plus, some orange tea.

Second attempt lasted 18 minutes. And I definitely noticed the difference in recovery. I wasn't nearly as tired teaching my spin classes the next morning. And yes, I was naked. Hoodies, hats, and scarves are for wimps.

I took another following last Saturday’s 20-miler, and again sat for about 16 – 18 minutes. No photo, sorry, but I find I am enjoying them now.

In news not totally running-related I watched the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” last week. I recommend EVERYONE watch it.

As you may have noticed from previous posts, I love smoothies, and often start my days with a green smoothie. I did so the morning after watching this film (Friday), then I had a DELICIOUS italian beef and onion ring meal at “Portillo’s” (my first exposure, drool), then, on my way home from work I bought a juicer.

I couldn't stop grinning the first time I used it. Jorge thinks I am nuts (but gulps down the juice).

It turns out there is a bit of a learning curve.  I have yet to follow a recipe (shocking, I know). Spinach juices well, Kale is a little dryer. Apple’s and carrots are a nice mix. Blueberries and Grapes make my mouth feel weird.

I am planning to experiment and work on a “meal” plan/grocery schedule between now and Boston. Then from April 21st to 30th I am going to attempt a 10-day juice fast.

I will post about it, so watch the film, and if you want to join me, let me know!

Also, please share any juicing knowledge you have!!!

I think we’re done here, I am enjoying being a serious couch potato this weekend.

*AB

 

5 responses to “6 weeks until the Boston Marathon!

  1. wow! you have been training really hard, what time are you hoping to get?

  2. Thanks! I have improved a lot over the last year in terms of my training quality, so I honestly am having a difficult time in figuring out a reasonable finishing time goal.

    That said, I would be ecstatic to finish in 3hrs 15mins. I just really don’t know if I am over-estimating myself.

    Stay tuned, I gues 🙂

  3. Nice to meet you! glad to see another behavior analyst who likes to run! nice job on the graphs!

    If you don’t mind, I’m going to give you some advice. Avoid the ice baths. Instead soak in a nice warm tub of epsom salts. Same effects and much more enjoyable!

    • I will absolutely try this out! It’s not the first time I have heard of the benefits of epsom baths. Thanks for reading! I find that nearly all of ABA applies to becoming a better runner (and human).

  4. good post. as a former marathoner I enjoyed looking at your progress. I am a bit removed from my marathon days, But I am hoping to run Chicago in 2013 (what can I say, the cool temps and the flat course sans any “heartbreak hill” appeal to me. My first goal is an 8k in August. I am too heavy to even consider a marathon at this point.
    Which brings me to the real point of my post. thanks for making your readers aware of Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I am a disciple of that movie and juicing has changed my life, literally. Or at least has been a tool in the process of me seeking to change it.
    Keep it up and good luck in Boston.

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