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December 13, 2009

Boston Planning Time? Or Simply Procrastination from Studying?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:54

Hmmm I had thought of a creative title for this post earlier but alas I didn’t write it down and now it’s gone.  Oh well, hopefully by the time you read this I’ll have thought of it. [Or not heh]

True to my laziness yesterday I ended up just eating dinner, reading some more than watching A Perfect Getaway last night.  Not the greatest movie: I was hoping for it to be scary and not predictable.  Oh well.

So I actually got to bed before midnight! And that means I got 8 full hours of sleep! Definitely don’t enough to close the gap but a good start.  After my final tmrw  morning there’s no reason to set an alarm for the rest of the week.  Maybe by the time I go home on Saturday I’ll have made up the sleep deficient so when I see my friends I won’t be digging myself too much further 😉

I debated whether or not I wanted to get my run in first thing or wait a bit.  As sunny as it was out it was about 19* and I knew if I waited until 1100/1200 it would warm up to 40*.  Pretty damn balmy if you ask me.  The trade off was that the sun went away.  Annoying because it made it feel even colder than it was on Friday (aka the day that was bitter cold).  I still chose to wear shorts and a longsleeve because, hell, it should have felt warm out.  I didn’t freeze at all but it was just chilly. And it felt cool because it started to rain within 45 minutes of me stopping.  Ew. Gross.

I planned an 8 mile run and I (obv) didn’t stick with it  I tacked on 2 more miles and wanted to go more but I stopped. So hard to do because my legs were wicked happy at the end.  But a quick mental math calculation of my weekly miles puts me around 70 and no matter how good I feel: that’s a lot of miles.  Plus I didn’t take a rest day this week and 4 out of 7 runs were double digits, 2 were in the 9 range.  As AMarathoner noted a while back,  tend to run lots of runs around the same distance.  I’m not quite sure how that sits with me.  On one hand I like the consistency but OTOH I want to be challenging my body in new ways and not staying stagnant.

Can’t wait until my training starts up for that reason.  Which I think I’ve found a plan: Hal Hingdon’s Boston Bound plan. I like that it’s:

  • 12 weeks: I have a good enough base that I don’t really need those first 4 weeks.  And as The Puerto Rican Kenyon said: it will let me make the most of marathon specific workouts and cuts out some junk miles that other plans have.
  • Simple in format: Every week follows a similar progression.  I guess most plans do this – you know have X be Monday, Y be Tuesday etc. but I like that it’s really a 2 week chunk interval because the even weeks have different speed work than odd weeks.
  • Includes a good amount of hill work: every other week there are intense hill interval.  Obv key for Boston but I’m still perplexed as to how I’m going to fit it in.  Luckily they’re scheduled for Tuesdays and I only have a morning 1-hr lab so I can travel somewhere if need be (*cough*Lacey*cough)

I’m sure I’ll edit this program if I chose to use it.  A quick run of the numbers has me peaking at 50-55.  Too low IMO.  I want to peak around 70-80 with the average over the course of training being 60. Another disadvantage is no intervals are longer than 800m.

I’ve also printed out the BAA Rookie and Veteran plans which I like too. They’re 16 week plans but I think I can jump in 12 weeks out and be fine.  Also no hill repeats in there.  WTF? I mean it’s *Boston*.  Hills kind of define it heh.

I like these because:

  • Longer intervals: Not just the standard 800m repeats.  Sure I think that 800s have a place but I’m not such a big fan of them for marathon training. These plans have 1000m and mile repeats.
  • It’s by the BAA: No brainer.
  • Range of miles: I like this because I can tailor it to what I want mileage wise.  The weekly range spans about 20 miles too so it’s versatile if I’m not feeling it for whatever reason.

If any of you have time please let me know what you think of the three plans. I’d really appreciate the feedback.  I keep looking at one plan, falling in love, looking at the other and falling in love. Heh. I am leaning towards combining them so if you have any suggestions on the best way to do that I’d love you forever.  For real.

Alrighty.  Enough procrastinating with my studying.  Even though I could bomb this exam and still get an A (no joke) I still want to review my notes.  Overachiever much?! I mean, I have been watching my Spanish show and listening to my Spanish music…can that count? Please?


  1. Great post. I’m so psyched to follow your training progress for Boston. I’ll take a look at each of the plans and come back with my thoughts FWIW. But just really quick – your base is so solid that you will get bored/annoyed with anything less than 70+ mpw. Guaranteed … which makes what Bama was doing for Chicago prep so amazing. The intervals and hills will offer you some variety from your normal routine. Also, maybe you can find a running buddy at your level that might challenge you and add some spice to the plan.

    Comment by a marathoner — December 13, 2009 @ 18:09

  2. Nice job on 70 miles! Don’t try to turn into me now 😉

    All the plans are solid in their own way. I think you should pick a plan you are comfortable with and stick with it. If it sucks, then just pick something different next time. I’m sure you will run Boston more than once 🙂

    Comment by Matt — December 13, 2009 @ 18:11

  3. Haha – of course you’ll want to run more miles 🙂 No surprise there BAMF! I think your method of procrastination is just fiiiinneeee. Have a good night 🙂

    Comment by eatmovelove — December 13, 2009 @ 19:31

  4. Haha, you are an overachiever, but thats mostly a GREAT thing 🙂 Good luck on your exams girl!

    Comment by Kathleen — December 13, 2009 @ 19:34

  5. haha training plans are the best method of procrastination! Sorry I don’t have any advice. I don’t exactly run full marathons, so I’m no help. Let us know what you come up with!

    Comment by runningfiance — December 13, 2009 @ 21:09

  6. Tuesdays, huh! sounds good to me. gosh i’m going to like having an excuse to get a butt kicking hill workout in. i’m helping you train! count me in. my work is pretty flexible so depending on meetings i can usually get out early, too. nice. we’ll make plans.

    Comment by Lacey — December 13, 2009 @ 21:25

  7. Hooray for a full night’s sleep! I love Hal Higdon’s plans – I’ve used him exclusively until this race training, when I decided to train with the RW Smart Coach plan. We’ll see if it makes a difference to train at a specific pace the whole time! Best of luck with your exams!!

    Comment by triathena — December 13, 2009 @ 23:53

  8. Higdon’s plans are great. I do think you should choose one first, and stick with it the whole time. I don’t think switching b/w plans would be good, even if they are all Higdon’s. It’s important to follow the mileage progression of the plan b/c it will give you adequate rest/recovery and place those down weeks exactly where you need them. Good luck!!

    Ps. I know you’ve heard Heartbreak Hill is bad, but the rest is very mild.

    Comment by Rebecca — December 14, 2009 @ 04:12

  9. I’ll be following Higdon’s Boston Bound program! Although I think you probably have more of a strong base than I do now. Looking forward to seeing what plan you decide to follow! 😛

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — December 14, 2009 @ 10:31

  10. Reading your post about writing a post to procrastinate has allowed me to procrastinate on doing work. I think planning training programs is kind of fun. Have fun chilling the rest of the week after your easy exam.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — December 14, 2009 @ 15:36

  11. […] some Spanish television: thanks for the comments re: Boston training.  If you haven’t  checked it out, please leave your feedback.  It’d be greatly appreciated.  I’m definitely not set on […]

    Pingback by Stick a Fork in Me: I’m Done « MarathonMaiden's Blog — December 14, 2009 @ 17:05

  12. You’re so intense. It’s awesome.
    I’m training for the Boston Marathon too! Except I’m a newbie so I will be following Higdon’s 18 week plan that starts tomorrow. I don’t know much about making a plan but I think you should mix and match from some different plans that way it is custom you!

    Comment by BostonRunner — December 14, 2009 @ 19:34

  13. […] (any insight would be helpful in my decision making process and my thoughts on the subject are here), have an interval/speed/hill type thing on Tuesdays so I figured why not set a tone […]

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