Boston training is going okay! In January I was grumpy after every long run. My weekly Sunday thoughts: Training is over. I am limping-again. No Boston for me. I was a real pleasure to be around. My knee hurt from running long and sitting at work. I was done. J4 thought perhaps January was a little early to throw in the towel. After my doctor's visit where the physician suggested I try kinesio tape I (eventually) got myself a giant roll of the stuff and my running-and work sitting-is TOTALLY FINE NOW. I am so much improved. I have a little crush on the kinesio tape. Now that I can run again I am feeling more fit, so much so that I now have these crazy thoughts about PRing. Boston has kicked my butt before...but a girl can dream, right?? Admittedly, I was training much harder leading up to my marathon PR in Philadelphia 2012 of 3:29:37 and Boston 2011 (3:49:47)*. I was doing track workouts and tempo runs and races and chasing faster people around on group runs during the week. This time I haven't been doing workouts, or tempo runs, or races, but my long runs are going so well that I dare to hope! I also feel that the marathon distance has my softest PR, so perhaps with a little proper pacing...voila! I don't have a running log so I thought I would put my training info here so I can find it later.
1/12: 11 miles, 8:49 miles (hilly route, knee pain)
1/19: 12 milesish; Garmin battery dead, ran for time at estimated pace of 9 min/miles (hilly route)
1/20: Went to doctor, ignored kinesio tape suggestion b/c my knee hadn't hurt the previous day
1/26: AM: 13 miles, 8:28 miles (hilly route, knee pain) PM: Bought kinesio tape on-line
1/28: Received kinesio tape at hotel in Florida
2/2: 14 miles, 8:20 miles (hilly route)
2/9: 15 miles, 8:14 miles (flat route, knee hurt during mile 15, i think i didn't have the tape on the right part of one side of my knee)
2/16: 16 miles, 8:08 miles (flat route, includes time spent gingerly walking over some icy sections, could have gone faster at the end)
Right now I'm running 5 days a week. My mileage isn't too high. My weekly runs are around 6 miles. I feel much more optimistic. I have a half marathon next weekend. I even told J4 I'm planning on getting the 2014 Boston Marathon jacket. I like the orange color!
ALSO, J4 and I got to run in the snow this week! In North Carolina! It was awesome.
*Note, to find my Boston result I went to look at my race report from that race and am now less confident. The report includes a lengthy recounting of how hard the course was even with the ideal weather conditions....sigh, ignorance can be bliss!