First Steps on the Road to Boston

img_3914Monday December 12, 2016.
And just like that…I am launched. 18 weeks to Boston Marathon.
Though I’ve been running steadily 2-3 times a week over the past couple of months, today was the first day I officially began my ramp up to Boston (April 17th). In the past couple of months, I’ve been running free–no pace  targets, often just leaving my watch at home. This week I’m starting to return to structure and specific goals for each workout.
The Workout: 6 miles easy-moderate pace. Tried to keep my heart rate in zone 2-3.
Where: From my house south along Lake Washington to Lakewood Marina and back.
Weather: fine mist and 42 degrees. Nice.
Feeling: Great! I’m excited to have a goal in view again. Though it can feel overwhelming at times, the marathon journey gives me structure and identity.
Wednesday Dec 14, 2016
This took some psyching up. 31 degrees, not quite sunny, breezy. I wore lots of layers thinking I would take some off, but in fact, I stayed in all the layers and never felt too warm.
I try to manage my time well enough on Wednesdays to do my own workout early in the day for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m a baby about working out when it’s dark AND cold. 2) If I get my own workout done early in the day, I can coach the Wednesday night track group without trying to squeeze in my own intervals. Plus I have that lightness and satisfaction that comes with already having completed a workout.
The workout: speed intervals with restricted rest for marathon and half marathoners
3 x 400 @ 5K pace going every 3:00.
800 at HM to M pace
Repeat 2-3 times.
In the earbuds: Leanne Vogel (sounds like a valley girl, but actually an educated nutritionist) podcast on ketogenic diet, carb cycling and intermittent fasting.