This post is the seventh in a series of weekly training updates leading up to the 2015 Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015.
Finally! We’ve made it to taper! All of last week’s semantics aside, I am so relieved to be hitting this phase of training. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. With race anxiety ramping up, so comes the nagging issues that inevitably pop up when cranking out a lot of mileage.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been experiencing some pretty wicked medial shin splints on my right leg. I’ve dealt with shin splints before, and I really feel that I allowed this one to happen by putting too many miles on one pair of shoes and not spending enough time running on soft surfaces. I’ve corrected this by retiring the older shoes and incorporating more crushed gravel trails during my easy runs.
I’ve also noticed some pain in my leg hip flexor and lower abdominal muscles. I think that this is related to doing more strength training and spending most of my work days sitting in an office chair, but I’m continuing to monitor this and see if stretching and rolling will loosen things up. I have two massages scheduled between now and race day, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to stay relaxed and loose on the day.
Saturday saw us doing our last long run with any kind of quality running. I nailed the paces, and even found myself having to slow myself down through that portion of the workout. I’m hoping to take this as a confidence boost and realize that I’m not having to struggle to get down to marathon paces right now, and it should be even easier as I start to lower my mileage.
Training for week of 3/30
Monday – A.M. 10M easy; 3.5M easy with Ashley Strength: Body Pump class
Tuesday – A.M. 11M easy; P.M. 4M easy
Wednesday – A.M. 11M easy; 3.5M easy with Ashley
Thursday – A.M. 12M w/ 4M Straights & Curves on the track
Friday – A.M. 5M easy
Saturday – A.M. 18M w/ 2x 3M @ MGP
Sunday – A.M. Rest
Total – 78 miles