Eight Weeks to Boston!

I received my official Boston Marathon jacket in the mail. This thing is staying in the plastic until I cross the finish.
I received my official Boston Marathon jacket in the mail. This thing is staying in the plastic until I cross the finish.

It’s February 23rd, and we have eight weeks to go! That’s right. I can hardly believe it as I’m typing this, but in two months, I’ll be racing the 119th Boston Marathon. When I ran my qualifying time at the 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon, I didn’t really comprehend what I had done or where I would be going, but we’re getting close and it’s actually happening.

The 3M Half Marathon proved to be a huge boost to my confidence early into this training cycle. Up until that point, I really wasn’t sure where I was sitting, fitness-wise. In the fall, I only ran one race in the Run Free Texas 80’s 8k, where I didn’t perform very well and was just happy to finish. In December, I had a decent performance at the Decker Challenge Half Marathon, but still didn’t break the elusive 1:20 mark and provided some doubts about where my fitness would be for the spring marathon. Although 3M is on a net-downhill course, it is somewhat tricky, and even my adjusted (+~60 seconds) finish time puts me within the range of my Boston goal.

On February 15th, my team and I participated in the Freescale Austin Marathon, but spent the time on the course as a long, 25-mile workout and did not run it as a race. It was good to cover this much distance and still feel relatively strong, adding to my confidence levels going into the next couple of months. Huge thanks to Mark and Amy for dragging me through this one!

Me (shirtless) with part of Team Rogue - Dawn Patrol (Mark Heerensperger, Brent Stein, Amy Baker, & Kirk "Thor" Larson).  Photo credit: Steven Yu
Me (shirtless) with part of Team Rogue – Dawn Patrol (Mark Heerensperger, Brent Stein, Amy Baker, & Kirk “Thor” Larson).
Photo credit: Steven Yu

Other than fighting a cold before and after 3M and taking a trip to northern Illinois this past weekend, I have been able to stay relatively consistent with training and keep my mileage high. On January 1st, I began tracking my training using Strava, and it’s proven to keep me accountable and motivated to get things done. My mileage per week has been as such so far in 2015:

80.9

80.9

80.2

53.4 (Sick, taper to 3M)

57.3 (Sick, recovering from 3M)

81.4

82.4

68 (Down week, trip to Illinois)

I know that as long as I can keep the consistency up and all of the aches and pains under control, I will be as fit as I need to be on race day. I’m not going to share my goal with you on here, but just know that I’m shooting for something big.

I want to give a quick shoutout to Shelley Vatzlavick and John Schrup of Skechers Performance Divison, whom I can’t thank enough for getting me in the best shoes in the game. I also want to thank Steve Sisson, Team Rogue – Dawn Patrol, and all of Rogue Running for providing me with the most amazing community for training and camaraderie. I really couldn’t get through this without these support structures in place.

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