Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bethany's Goals for Boston

Less than 2 weeks til Boston and it's time to start thinking about my goals! This training cycle has been absolute sh!t for me. Too much work and a lot of wedding stuff! Let's review some stats:

Highest weekly mileage: 36. (Yes, you are reading that correctly)
Lowest weekly mileage: 28.

The good: Two 20 milers at 8:27 pace
The bad: Working way too much! I've been working my regular M-F 9-5 and then I've been freelance interpreting 5-10 times per week before and/or after work.
The Ugly: Vitually no cross training. Low mileage. I think I ran on the Boston Marathon course 2-3 times! Jeesh, I practically live ON the course! No speed work, no tempo runs, no hill work.

Goal for Boston: A. Course PR (3:40:01 or less) B. 3:45 or less

Best Training runs:
3/5/11- 20 miles at 8:27 pace (could have easily kept this pace going for another 6.2 miles)
4/3/11- 20 miles at 8:27 pace (felt like poo. Could have kept this pace for another 1/10 mile)

Plans for Boston:
-No Garmin
-Go out easy
-Run by how I feel
-Maybe stop for a kiss at mile 13? Nah, I'm a germ freak
-Not get trampled in Corral 3 of Wave #2

Last year I ran 3:40:02 on significantly more training. Only time will tell but I'm shooting for a course PR for sure! I might be crazy but I've got nothing to lose!

Sweet heel strike. Last year at mile 25. I ran for TnT

If you are running Boston, What is your goal?? Good luck to all! 



I have a sneaking suspicion that you will still rock Boston and I know you'll have a blast! Best of luck!

Denise said...

my goal is to finish!! hopefully pain free with a smile.

and i agree, you have nothing to lose, go for it!

Running and living said...

Love the goals, particularly running with no watch. I will be cheering for you:)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Maybe the added distractions from work will help you avoid the (mental) overtraing that many runners fall victim to?! and the lower weekly mileage means your legs have more for race day!

Go out there and amaze yourself!

Morgan said...

Yup, go for it!!! Can't wait to see you there!

Jen said...

Good luck!

Beth said...

Good luck on your PR, you totally got this!

Mark said...

Those sound like some kick-ass goals to me. I don't know if I would be able to run without my Garmin again. I paid too much for that bad boy.

Good luck with the rest of your prepping. I know you'll kill it. Look forward to reading your race report!

J said...

When you say interpreting, do you mean sign language?? Just wondering. That stinks that work has been so busy and you haven't been able to run as much but I hope you have an awesome time at Boston and run well!

marathonmaiden said...

i really REALLY hope we surprise ourselves at boston. i guess there's not much we can do between now and then except try to relax right?

i like your goals. my ideal goal is to course pr too

Amanda said...

Good goals..I'm sure you're going to do great...Just remember to have fun :)!

Rebecca said...

Good luck! You will do great!

Jennifer said...

Not doing Boston, but I wish you tons and tons of luck as you go into taper and mentally get yourself ready fro the race, I bet you will kill it!

Marlene said...

Hope you have a great run out there! Somehow, I'm sure you will pull it off even if this hasn't been your best training cycle.

Thank you for always being so supportive. I hope to meet you in Boston one day soon. :)

fancy nancy said...

Like everyone else I have a feeling you are going to do great!

We'll be in Framingham for the big day! I'll look for you so we can yell extra loud!!!

Carly said...

Wow, it sure is getting close! Can't wait to hear how it all goes down.

Joanne said...

Boston will be my 2nd marathon so my goal is to finish. But deep down within the gray matter, the number goal is about like yours, maybe 3:46.

misszippy said...

Crazy things happen at Boston, so who knows? I hope you nail your PR! (then come home and work on eliminating the heel strike)

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

you are so tough mentally, I have not doubt you will pull it off on race day.

Last year, I didn't get a kiss either, I did "high five" the girls. I was surprised that that area, and the girls ended up being my favorite part of the race.

I'm a germophobe too! I didn't know that about you. Ha! (more so, just prior to a marathon)

Richelle said...

Wedding planning (along with injury recovery) has definitely kept me from being as active as I would like. Good luck... I think you will get your course PR!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Love you! Love your goals! I plan to run the first 2o miles and race the last 10K if I have steam left. I did no HILLS a little scared about that.. but the fact that I get to stay with you and avoid the stress in making my way around the city is HUGE.. THANKS AGAIN!

Bekah - runtrackmind said...

Trust in your training and enjoy the moment in Boston. I will be up as a spectator this year and hope to see you to cheer you by! Have fun girl.

Luau said...

Hoping to improve on my PR (3:19) with a 3:15 run...if the weather cooperates and I feel good, I may take a long hard look at 3:10...so,
A+: <3:10
A: <3:15
B: <3:19
C: <3:26 (my NYCM10 time)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! Are you looking forward to your house guest? Mel will be so much fun!

Low mileage = fresh legs! A or B would be excellent regardless!

Jill said...

Have a blast B and R; I'll be here in Denver cheering you on!!!

Hannah said...

I love that TNT purple! I've got Vancouver in a few weeks with TNT. Love it!

Also, I loved your Boston info on Tall Mom's blog. You are awesome and I'm so thankful to have been following. But - how did I miss that your ran in the upper 4hrs for your first 2 marathons?! You are awesome. Seriously.