Boston Marathon Training: Weeks 1 & 2

My training for the Boston Marathon is officially underway! Woohoo! After a rocky start (knee pain during my very first training run), things are looking up, and I’m feeling pretty great going into week 3 of training.

A bunch of you guys asked how I’m balancing running with CrossFit/KFIT, so I decided to share my training on CNC. The short answer is: I had to cut back. (I’ll write a more detailed post soon.) My marathon training plan calls for 3 days of running per week, and I absolutely need at least 2 rest days (because I’m old and my body doesn’t recover like it used to), which only leaves 2 days for CrossFit/KFIT. And I know once I hit those really high mileage weeks in my training plan, I’ll probably need an extra day of rest, so I might CrossFit/KFIT even less for awhile. But we’ll see how things go. Maybe my body will continue to adapt without injury. *fingers crossed*

Boston Marathon Training Weeks 1 and 2

Week of January 4th (18.3 miles)

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: 75-minute long run (9.26 miles)
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Basement workout
  • Thursday: 45-minute run (5.02 miles)
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: 15/20/15 tempo run (5.6 miles)

Week of January 11th (21.7 miles)

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: KFIT
  • Tuesday: 15/25/15 tempo run (6.25 miles)
  • Wednesday: KFIT
  • Thursday: 90-minute long run (9.58 miles)
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: 15/6 hills/15 (5.86 miles)

If you’re not familiar with tempo runs and hill workouts, here’s a quick explanation:

Tempo: If the tempo run is written as 15/20/15, it means you warm up and cool down for 15 minutes and then use the middle number as the duration in minutes of your tempo workout (20 minutes). The pace for the tempo workout should be faster than your marathon pace, but slower than your 10k pace. It’s running at a comfortably hard pace, but a pace that you can hold for the duration of the workout.

Hills: If the hill workout is written as 15/6 hills/15, it means you warm up for 15 minutes and then do 6 hill repeats, followed by a 15-minute cool down run. Our running coach recommended a hill with about 6% grade and that is about 60-90 seconds long. After each hill incline, you recover by jogging easy down the hill, totaling 3 minutes of running between hills.

34 Comments

  1. I think that sounds like a great balance! Cross fit offers so many benefits and I am sure will only enhance your running while you get stronger. Do you do stretching or yoga too? I am hoping to do more running and track workouts soon. I really want to focus on getting my running speed up this year. Happy Sunday!

    1. I stretch (and foam roll) A LOT… after workouts and pretty much every night while watching TV. I’m paranoid about getting injured!

    1. It depends on the weather. It’s been really cold here lately, so anything below 20 degrees, I typically run inside on the treadmill.

  2. My workouts always seem to change with the seasons, so when it is warm I do a lot more running and when it gets cold then I want to grab some weights. I like to see how different workout balances change my body in different ways. I love running half marathons, but I think my body is built to do more strength related training. Oh well, I’m going to keep running until I cant!

  3. Yes, I’d imagine your body will need full rest days during this training. Does it seem different this time around now that you’ve had a baby or are you feeling the same as your last marathon training plans? Thanks for sharing your recap. You’re doing awesome!

  4. I am currently (trying) to train for a half marathon, and I love reading up about other’s plans. So thank you for posting! I just had a quick question. I have never seen a training plan based off of time rather than miles. What plan are you using? Have you ever used a plan that has certain mileage to hit everyday? I would love to read about how the two styles of training differed/were similar and which you prefer. Keep up the great work Tina!

  5. Looks like a good start so far! I think I’m ready to run my first marathon soon so it’s nice seeing you so freshly into your marathon training to get some ideas. I’m seriously considering hiring a training coach though if I do decide to do one!!

  6. Love your hill workout! I’m never really sure what to do for my hill workouts so I just end up running around an area that I know has hills. I definitely like to do some more targeted hill repeats like you! They are soo needed during marathon training! Good job!!! 🙂 🙂

  7. I love that you are writing about a realistic training schedule. I’ve never trained for a marathon, but as I get older I do still think that my body can do what it did in the early 20s…hahaha, NOPE! I loved that you discussed rest days and can’t wait to read as your process unfolds.

  8. I started training for my very first half marathon! Im excited but wondering how you deal with wet feet from running in the snow? My feet get really cold even with compression socks

    1. I try to avoid running in snow all together, but I’d probably bring an extra pair of socks with me or leave a pair in my car, so I could change into them if my feet got really wet.

  9. Well it looks like a grear start to your marathon training. It sounds like a great game plan really. Hope you continue to train injury free. Look forward to reading how your training progresses. One thing I love is how you don’t run for miles you run for a time slot. It’s such a simple switch and yet not done often!

  10. Love that you’re sharing your training. I’m doing the Nike+ training for a half marathon right now and it’s teaching me tempo runs, fartleks and how to push myself more. But I think the key is consistency, which you’ve got. Keep at it!

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