Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Week #104

As I have now set my official goal for getting back to Boston in 2016, I am doing something to help my mental focus by counting down the number of weeks until that race. As of last Monday's Boston Marathon, there were 104 weeks to go until Boston 2016. Each week (hopefully) I will be posting a recap of the prior week and I am numbering them in reverse order, so last week was #104, this week will be #103, etc.

I am already doing a number of things differently in terms of my eating habits and my way of tracking what I am doing is changing as well. I am keeping a log of what I eat each day, the amount of rest I'm getting, hydration intake, running workouts, stretching and strengthening. It sounds like a lot but so far it's been very easy to manage. I won't post every little detail on here, but from time to time I'll post something that was perhaps significant to me or maybe something that was something of a breakthrough in my rest, diet, exercise, etc. My focus for posting updates will be the running workouts themselves, so here we go.

Workouts for the week:

Monday - 6.3 miles @ 7:03 pace
Tuesday - Rest Day
Wednesday - Rest Day
Thursday - 7.0 miles @ 7:01 pace
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday - Hope in Grace Fundraiser race (5.25 miles in 32:25 for 1st place)
Sunday - 9.8 miles @ 7:10 pace

The race on Saturday was a low key kind of race. It was a fundraiser that my sister's non-profit organization, Cakes from Grace, helps out at each year. The goal is to raise money for CHD (Congenital Heart Defects) research. Needless to say, it's a very near and dear cause to us. Only about 25 people run the race (many people complete the walk instead). I've now won it 2 years in a row quite comfortably, but I enjoy it because the event is a reminder of my niece, which is good for memories but also difficult because of losing her as well. I run that race in her honor and memory, and I always run it Gracie Strong!

My one issue this week has been my left achilles. It hasn't been a major issue but it's been bothersome over the last few days. I've been stretching it and babying it quite a bit and it's beginning to feel better. I'll be mindful of it and will scale back my workouts if necessary.

Week #104 is in the books. Only 103 weeks to go until Boston 2016!

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