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October 19, 2010

I Apologize

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:51

for the haphazard way my post yesterday was.  I re-read it this morning and was like “I  WROTE THAT?!”

But the point of it was

  • I am registered for Boston (after the ulcer inducing process!)
  • I recovered nicely from my 20 miles on Saturday

The rest was just…well I don’t know what it was.  But it took me a billion words to say what I just so succinctly wrote above.

I should have broken it up but whatever.  I should have said that everyone who is running Boston 2011 should meet-up that weekend.  But I didn’t.  Hopefully y’all were able to get through that post and will forgive me by meeting up in April!

Post Race Euphoria. And a plea to meet up in April 🙂

The irony of signing up for a race, such as Boston / so far away from now, is that while I have definitely NOT decided on goals or training or ANYTHING, clearly hitting submit that I just want to GO and jump into training RIGHT NOW.  So I’ve been musing some things even though the race is soooooooooooo far away (but likely will be here before I know it!)

Like I mentioned in my last post, but was likely hidden from all the BOSTON EXCITEMENT, is that I need to find a training plan.  One which I will stick too and not end up with massive shin splits and the fear that I’ve fractured them.  I was debating following the same plan I did last year (found here — or not as it’s a BAA plan and the website is still set up to tell ppl that registration is closed…I’ll repost / edit this later once I can find the plan) but *actually* following it.

I’ve also debated creating my own, and I know that Jess has written a post on doing so which I might try to do, but honestly? I think I’m too lazy to do that myself.  Any takers want to do it for me hahah? But if I did that at least I’d know that I’d follow it 🙂

The general gist of what I want is (and I’m NOT making anything more detailed right now as I’d very likely jump into training immediately which is something I don’t want to do):

  • 12 week plan
  • 3 quality runs: intervals, tempo, long run
  • ~80 mile weeks

Which is basically the plan I followed last year.  Or at least the theory of what I did.  I used a 16 week plan and peaked around 100 miles.  Since I’m actually working rather than being a student this year I think that 80 sounds good for miles and, with my base, 12 weeks sounds good.  I think this cycle, while it *will* be hard and intense, is going to be about fine tuning which is what the last few weeks of marathon training is about, right?

I’m also going to have to start looking for a  (cheap) gym.  Winter is brutal in New England (as I know it is in other parts of the country as well) and I’m not going to have my school’s gym to fall back on in the event of a blizzard or negative temps.  I’m thinking of using the Y because, as a VISTA, I know I can get a really good deal.  And since I’m tough as nails (hahah) I’d only be using it for the occasional lifting session (must start those up again!) and to get a quality run in in bad weather.  So a cheap price is extra important so I feel like I’m sort of getting my money’s worth.

That’s about it in terms of what I’m thinking.  It’s nothing concrete, of course, but the excitement of having a submission number for Boston is making me want to plan.

Of course I do have a time goal of 3:29:59 — just like last year — although after plugging in my recent races from this fall the allure of going even faster than that is enticing as my recent half marathon in April indicates a 3:18 is possible.


Or maybe I'll just win the damn thing like that girl asked me last year hahah

Until then I’m going to still try and keep running light and fun.  Yes, there will be structured runs like LR and intervals but I’m hoping that I can keep the pressure off of myself to kill myself over workouts.  Easier said than done given my personality.

And of course having a submission number also makes me want to run far.  Which is normally my inclination, duh.  Since today is a clinic day I got to do a longer run than the office hour days, I did 13.5 miles.  It felt good and, aside from the first 3 or so miles, it felt strong. This was the first time since Tufts that I felt really really good during a run so I’m thinking that I’ll do a light speed session later this week.

Who knows when it’ll happen though because the weather is staying consistently cold overnight every night and I suspect that we’ll get the first frost soon.  Unlikely for snow as snow has been arriving later and later every year (I remember it snowing on my birthday when I was little!) but the cold is already on it’s way.

Gosh I really need to get out of New England if I’m already bitching about the temps.  It isn’t even cold yet!

Aaaaaaaaaaand a bunch of you asked for a picture of the cookies I baked this weekend. Welllll they’re all gone.  BUT my roomie and I baked last night too and here are the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies that were produced.  Sorry for the poor quality picture but I remembered to take it when I was at work hence the baggie.  But I did remember to take it before they were scarfed down 🙂



  1. Holy Smack! You ran 100 mile weeks-I bow to you!! 80 must sound like chump change. Just found your blog through Beth’s “shutupandrun”. Been catching up here on your past posts! Great blog! Congrats on registering for Boston! I did it last year but have to take this year off-bummer! Good luck with the training!

    Comment by Jenn — October 19, 2010 @ 15:00

    • I did it last year too! Bummer you won’t be there this upcoming year.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 20, 2010 @ 11:26

  2. haha the cookies would have been gone that quickly in my apartment too.
    don’t move from NE!
    and yes, I will make sure you see me cheering for you this year! and possibly run a nice 6 mile run with you.. except I doubt I’d be able to keep up with you and then that would make me feel like a fail since you had ran 20 miles previously hahah

    Comment by BostonRunner — October 19, 2010 @ 15:04

    • YAY. Can’t wait to see you! You can pace me in the late miles 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 20, 2010 @ 11:27

  3. Doesn’t Pfitzinger have a 12 week plan? If so that might be perfect for you.
    But good luck on the treadmill… I can’t imagine. I really hope our New York winter is mild enough that I don’t have to resort to it (plus, I’m convinced against logic that the treadmill gave me my last bout of shin splints).

    Comment by Tracy — October 19, 2010 @ 15:18

    • I’m hoping winter is mild here too but I’m not holding my breath. I was going to look into Pfitz but it only has 2 quality workouts and I want 3. I haven’t ruled anything out yet though.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 20, 2010 @ 11:28

  4. huzzzaaah again for Boston! I like your plan of keeping running fun and light for now – save the really tough stuff for when you really get into training. New England winters do suck, huh? I created my own training plan for NYC this year and so far so good (knock on wood!) – I like learning as I go and tweaking as necessary 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 19, 2010 @ 15:34

  5. You should email me. I’ll send you a copy of my schedule that I follow. It’s been good for me and I’ve gotten a lot faster. I do a track workout, tempo workout and long run (with pace miles) once a week! It peaks at about 47 miles not including the track workout. But my “easy” days are only 5-8 milers. You can could easily tweak those to be longer and add a third easy/recovery day (I only run 5 days). I love getting in all of the quality workouts!

    Comment by Jaime — October 19, 2010 @ 15:55

  6. Yeah, I’m trying as much as possible to calm down the whining about the weather. We’ve only just begun to feel the pain winter is about to smackdown on us… ick!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 19, 2010 @ 15:56

  7. I’m in love with the book “Advanced Marathoning” They have a really good section on training schedules for different milage points. I followed them loosely in the past, and I really liked the plans as well as the book itself.

    I’m insanely jealous about you signing up for Boston/being so close. I really want to do it for the 3rd year in a row, but financially with the plane, hotel, entry fee, it is tough to think about. Plus, I may want to travel some place new. But, I must admit that I had totally ruled it out and then seeing you sign up made me think about it more seriously again! 😛

    Comment by tmart — October 19, 2010 @ 16:09

    • Registration is closed 😦 But charity runner maybe? I’d love to ACTUALLY meet you. If I remember correctly you saw me at the finish getting ice last year but never said hiiiiiiiiii. Not that I’m bitter or anything 😉

      I may check out that book from the library. Assuming I have time to get to the libs hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 20, 2010 @ 11:30

  8. I think Pfitz has a 12/80 or 12/85 plan that you could work off of if you don’t like doing your own. I have LOVED making each of my training plans and was a little weary to let my new track coach write mine for my next cycle- don’t tell him, but I have already started changing it!

    Umm btw, I would kill to eat those cookies right now!!!!

    Comment by Stephanie — October 19, 2010 @ 16:18

  9. I used the BAA plan as a loose base too for my training too, but subbed comparable workouts from other training plans on days that I didn’t like what BAA had down. A 12-week plan sounds smart for you, particularly since you are so inclined to rack up the miles… On only 12 weeks, I’m betting you’ll be able to stay healthy this time around. 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — October 19, 2010 @ 16:41

  10. Where are my cookies?

    Comment by Matt — October 19, 2010 @ 17:49

  11. Glad you triumphed over cyber chaos and got in! I won’t be there in body but I’ll always be there in spirit! Happy training plan shopping!

    Comment by Marcia — October 19, 2010 @ 19:20

  12. dayum. 100mi weeks. i’m not worthy of reading your blog anymore.

    Comment by lindsay — October 19, 2010 @ 21:18

  13. I vote for making your own plan. I’m debating between modifying Pfitz 18/55 to 18/65 or making my own. But I’m leaning towards the latter. See you there!

    Comment by Nick — October 20, 2010 @ 00:00

  14. I do love me some Pfitz, but it’s not exactly what you are looking for, as it only has 2 quality workouts a week. I have a few plans in mind, and if you give me a day or so, I will email you my ideas.

    :)Congrats on getting in Boston. I missed it. 😦

    Comment by Rebecca — October 20, 2010 @ 07:13

    • I’d LOVE your input. I am your mini me 😀

      Bummer you didn’t get into Boston. I was hoping for a meetup. We need to plan a race to do “together” aka you race and I try to keep up 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 20, 2010 @ 11:32

  15. I am the type of person who likes not having a plan to follow (sometimes). the important thing is listening to your body and running what you want, which you are doing right now and it is obviously working. Maybe plan out a few runs for the 12 weeks like long runs and intervals and just keep the rest whatever you feel. Either way I am sure you will rock Boston!

    Comment by J — October 20, 2010 @ 09:34

  16. Sounds like a good plan to Boston. You can still get that sub 3:30 on 80 mpw :), I have no doubt!!!

    Comment by Jill — October 20, 2010 @ 11:11

  17. Run Run Sis!!!
    I reallly reallly wanna run a Mara with you!!…find one on the east coast and i’ll come!…preferably you come here and run the CIM with me!!! 🙂
    I have not doubt in my mind that you WILL be ready for BOSTON and you WILL rock it!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — October 20, 2010 @ 11:33

  18. Okay I’m going to vomit! In fact, I did a little in my mouth. 100 mile weeks. You do know that a marathon is 26.2 miles not 126.2 miles, right?

    …yeah, you already know, I’m just jealous knowing that I have to up my miles if I want to see a 50 or a 100 miler and knowing I don’t know how I will ever find the time!!! Oh I could give up sleep?!!? 😉

    I am eager to see you get that 3 and change marathon finish line ~ you are one crazy fast chicka’

    Comment by shelly — October 20, 2010 @ 14:08

  19. I’m so with you on dreading the long runs in winter! I need to move also. Anyhow, I am going to put a sidebar up on my blog listing bloggers who are doing Boston so that we can arrange a meet up. Should be fun! Oh and what time are you using for going this year? Wondering if we’ll be in the same corral? Finally, I am a certified coach and am shamelessly plugging my services here if you want to hire a coach to design a plan! ; )

    Comment by MissZippy1 — October 20, 2010 @ 14:25

    • Heck yes to the meetup! I’m using the only time that I can: my 3:35:53 from last year. Unless I spontaneously decide to run another one between now and then and miraculously get a better time. I think this will put me in the second wave? I feel like the time divider was 3:30 last year.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 20, 2010 @ 20:25

  20. Your cookies look awesome!

    Comment by Jess — October 20, 2010 @ 16:02

  21. BOO! I wanted more pics of your lovely cookies…but that first pic of you is pretty hilarious! 😉

    Comment by Sophia Lee — October 21, 2010 @ 03:29

  22. hey, i say this as runner-friend and loyal blog follower so don’t take offense, plus, i know you are a VERY fast runner!!!! but if you are running 80 miles a week, i would set your goals a lot faster than 3:39…i ran 3:29 on 40 mile weeks…i think you can do A LOT faster than 3:29…80 mile weeks should get you at least 3:20…

    Comment by Bethany — October 21, 2010 @ 07:00

    • No offense taken! 3:29 was my goal for last year’s Boston. According to McMillian (based off of my half in Sept) I can run a 3:18. But that’s SO SCARY to think about! Exciting but scary!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 21, 2010 @ 13:54

  23. My current training plan is a mix of Pfitzinger’s Advanced Marathoning, CPTC workouts, and my own adjustments. And girllllll, you is fast. I think you should shoot for 3:20 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — October 21, 2010 @ 11:17

  24. I have a friend that might run Boston….if she can fly out there from Germany…

    But girl…don’t apologize….do you know how strong you are!

    In part because of you, I signed up for a half marathon in Morrocco at the end of January….what is the longest run I should do? 10 miles?

    Comment by specialkphd — October 21, 2010 @ 13:43

    • Because I’m so OCD, I ran a 13 before my first half but I totally think that isn’t necessary. For me, the whole thing was mental. 10 or 11 will definitely get you through physically for a half. The excitement and adrenaline that you’ll be experiencing will get you through the last 5k!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 21, 2010 @ 13:55

  25. Hey, 3:18 is def a reasonable goal for you. I ran 3:20 coming off almost the same half time as you (1:33:50) and my 5k time isn’t quite where yours is (20:17). Have you received your Boston confirmation yet… I haven’t and since I haven’t run before I have no idea if that is normal or bad news for me, ha.

    Comment by Christine — October 24, 2010 @ 20:35

    • No I haven’t either! I keep seeing facebook status updates from people who have and I’m getting nervous. I think that they’re reviewing times based on submission numbers and I know that I registered later in the day. So I’m nervous but not worried…yet 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 24, 2010 @ 21:10

  26. Oh good! Yeah I registered pretty late also so I guess we’re just at the end of the line.

    Comment by Christine — October 25, 2010 @ 06:33

  27. Oh good! Yeah I registered pretty late also so I guess we’re just at the end of the line… saving the best for last 🙂

    Comment by Christine — October 25, 2010 @ 06:34

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