Training, March 4-10

Monday: 4.91 mi, 00:46, 09:21 pace. Goal was 5×2:00 intervals at “a notch below sprinting.” Apparently right now that is 6:50-6:59 pace for me. Also did planks and wall sits.

Tuesday: 2.92 mi, 00:31, 10:34 pace. Goal was to do a double – two 30-minute runs. First run was while it was snowing. Second run didn’t happen because by then it had been snowing non-stop for 8+ hours and I didn’t feel like running OR driving in the snow. So I shoveled snow instead.

Wednesday: 00:45 of cardio – 15 minutes each on the bike, elliptical and stairmaster. First time I’ve been on the elliptical in years. Also did planks and some hamstring exercises.

Thursday: 5.48 mi, 00:51, 09:23 pace. Hill repeats. As much of a “hill” as I can get to from my front door.

Friday: Rest. 

Saturday: 7.01 mi, 01:05, 09:15 pace. Long run for the week. Goal was to do miles 3-5 around 8:45 pace. Did them around 8:41-8:44 pace.

Sunday: 3.2 mi 00:34 10:42 pace. Was supposed to be a rest day, but it was 50 degrees out! Couldn’t resist doing a little recovery run. Plus I still had the missing second run from Tuesday hanging over my head, so this makes up for it, right? I wore old shoes and ran through the slush and puddles. Luckily I was able to get out between rain showers, so only my feet got wet.

Total miles: 23.5
Total time: 5hr, 29min

March snow Screen shot 2013-03-10 at 3.14.36 PM That's how I roll

Snowy Tuesday; New Bondi Bands: “It’s just a hill … get over it” and “Eat Hard Run Hard” 


  • I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this (at least, the specifics of it), but I have a personal PR goal for my May 5 half marathon … beat my time from 2010 by at least an hour. That was my first half marathon, and after pretty sub-par training and not knowing I needed a fueling strategy, I finished in 2:48. I’ve learned so much about running since then, and I want to prove it by crushing that time. 
  • So, to that end, I’m working with a “coach” … BFF Ultra Vera. She’s giving me a training plan two weeks at a time. So far I like it, because it’s a bit of a change from how I would normally run, so it’s keeping things interesting. And it’s nice to feel like I’m running with a purpose again. I say “coach” because she doesn’t have any coaching certifications, and I think she only coaches her own friends. But she has been running consistently for almost a decade, has qualified for Boston many times, finished at least two ultras (50K and 56 miler), has worked with a coach herself, constantly educates herself on running and training, and she’s a member of the B.A.A. So I figure she could teach me a thing or two.
  • I had some pain in my right knee (on the outside, which I think is connected to your ITB?) during the last couple intervals during Monday night’s speed work. But I’ve been making an effort to stretch, foam roll and use The Stick, and it hasn’t come back.
  • I didn’t post a training report last week because I was sick and only ran 9 miles. So there wasn’t much to post about.
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18 Comments on “Training, March 4-10”

  1. Beating your first half time by an hour is an awesome goal. That’s very cool that your “coach” belongs to the BAA. It sounds like she really knows what she’s doing. Glad to hear your pain went away.

    1. She told me she was really intimidated when she joined the BAA. I have a feeling they are a bit more serious than my local “everyone’s welcome, let’s go get some beers” running club. But she’s an awesome runner and takes her running VERY seriously. She’s actually injured right now and it’s kind of heart breaking because she hasn’t been able to find a solution over a year (and many doctors visits and treatment experiments) later.

      1. Wow, I just read a couple of her blog entries. Her story is truly heart breaking especially for someone that is so into running. I signed up to follow her blog and hope to read that she is able to make a comeback soon.

        1. Whenever I want to give in and complain that it’s too cold/snowy/wet/hot/humid/whatever, I remind myself that she would LOVE to be able to run, even in miserable temperatures. I really hope that someday she will be able to run again without pain.

  2. Today was supposed to be my rest day too, but I just couldn’t pass up running in 50 degree weather.

    Wow, the goal for your half in May would be super impressive! Even coming close to knocking an hour off sounds really awesome to me.

  3. Woo hoo! That is an awesome goal and I know you can hit it! So cool that your bff is training you 🙂 I am excited to see what she has you do. A goal pace for me would be sub 1:50 which is just a little slower than you, so maybe I can get some ideas!

    Your ITB is connected to the outside of your knee! I used to get pain there when I ran fast. You are on the right track with the icing and foam rolling!

  4. Is it weird that i actually miss having snow to shovel? it’s actually a good workout! I am excited to see you hit your goal – you are so speedy you should have no trouble! 🙂

  5. Great job Maggie!! Hm…the idea of a “coach” (I accidentally wrote couch), sounds like a good idea. And it’s nice that you already know her and it does change up your training plan a bit. Good luck on your half training!

  6. I think that you could definitely break a 1:48 in your half. I am amazed at how much improvement you’ve made in such a short amount of time! A 6:50-6:59 pace during your speedwork!?!?!? I DREAM about paces like that!!! And I’ve been thinking about hiring a running coach, too. I know that Kelly, Kim, and Charlyn have all worked with Britt so I am thinking about following their lead. Can’t wait to hear how things go for you with Vera’s coaching!!!

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