Monday, December 28, 2009

Boston Marathon training weeks 1 and 2, and the end of 2009

First lets start out with my Boston training. I'm finding it difficult to scale back my mileage. I am actually running a bit more than before, with last week running 3 16 mile days right in a row. This week is looking like the same (well, 5 16 mile days in a row) I just can't shake this. I hear a New Year's resolution calling me! Quality over quantity. It's just so hard! Both long runs were too long by marathon training standards - 2o miles for my first week and 18 for my second week. They should have been 10 and 11 miles. I am torn. I want to be fast for Boston, but I want to run long, too. Is it possible to do both? (And do both well I might add) I just want to run long, and I want to do it on trails. Unfortunately, I won't be visiting the trails as often since I am trying to get my road legs back. After Boston, however - trails and ultras will be my main focus from this point out. I have come to love trail running and ultras so much since I started this year - something I am so thankful for! Back to focusing on Boston: I have decided to continue to try and raise money for UNICEF since I did not meet my goal for the YUTC. The link to donate is still located on the left hand side of my page, and I appreciate any amount you can give! I want to give all those who did donate towards the YUTC a big thank you and "virtual" hug. Thanks so much! I am a the half way point in terms of donations.

Goodbye 2009! And don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Am I being too negative? Good things did happen in 09 - but bad things as well. I wonder if I am spending too much time focusing on the bad. Especially since the good definitely outweighed the bad. (I mean, come on...Obama was elected! YAHOO!) I met almost all of my 09 resolutions (learning Spanish was the one I failed to conquer!) That being said, good people were lost in 2009, and that's tough to forget. However I did meet lots of new people and discovered I am not alone in the world of running. There are other "crazy people" (frequently heard) out there like me - and they are amazing! I have a second family, and it's my running family. I'm so glad I have the opportunity to run with great people.

New resolutions for 2010:

Restart the Spanish lessons. Rosetta Stone was expensive damn it!

Run Boston. I'm all set, now we're just waiting on April to get here!

Run my first 50 miler. This will be done at the Mohican Trail 50/100 mile run.

100 miler is questionable. Of course I'd love to do one! But with 2 out of town races and a total of 3 runners in the family now, running expenses are piling up. We'll see what happens closer to October (Oil Creek).

Best wishes to all this coming New Year. I hope 2010 is a great year for everyone - best wishes, and thanks to all for the wonderful support you have given me through out the year, especially my family. I can not thank them enough! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


  1. I love it. You can't help yourself but to talk about trails and running long! Such a great addiction and one that I, for one, will continue to encourage you on. I understand getting your road legs, back. The trails will be waiting...

    I'd focus on lower mileage right now and get some good tempo/speed work in instead of the back-to-back longer road runs. If you want road legs back, speed work/tempo/fartlek running will do it. I'm a huge believer in this stuff and have seen it work on me time and time again. You got it right, though...quality over quantity.

    Happy New Year!

  2. LOL! I didn't do so great on quality this week - even more on quantity! Maybe next week! Happy New Year to you as well!