>I was just looking at the February stats and despite my positive outlook in my blog last week, I was a bit shocked to see only 117 miles in there in February. Gulp. But there was no way round it – I had to take time off when I felt my knee injury happen. The good news is that I’m back on the road, however. I started the week with a cautious 3 miler and then progressed to an 8 miler, a 10 miler and a 20 miler. 41 miles as a cautious step back – I’ll take it. My knee held up during the 20 miler yesterday and seems to well on the road to recovery.
7 weeks out from Boston, I’m beginning to try to line up the have to’s for the race:
- I need to set myself some goals. I have never done this before – I have had goals, secret goals, but have tended to keep them to myself as I was afraid that saying them out loud might make me look ridiculous if I failed to achieve them. I have been reading your blogs and so many of you believe in the power of putting your goals out there and positive visualisation that I’m going to do this. Any tips / tricks / suggested reading material?
- Fuel. I have struggled with fuel in my most recent marathons, almost always being too nauseous to eat by mile 15 which has not helped the last tough miles. My past 2 marathons were very warm and it appears Boston could be, well, any kind of weather. This training cycle I have found myself avoiding sports drinks completely. The thought of them right now makes me feel sick. I have had chocolate outrage GUs every 5 miles for a long run and drunk water – it seems to be okay – but I have not practised eating while running at race pace. I think running faster definitely affects my stomach so again – tips / tricks? I find myself craving real food during races – peanut butter sandwiches in particular. Has anyone practised with real food? I have also, in the past, made “real” sports drinks – half orange juice, half water and some salt. What are your views on that as opposed to Gatorade? Am I missing much in terms of electrolytes etc?
- Race gear. Given that the weather in Boston could be anything and that I will be doing most of my taper in sunny Florida in the 10 days leading up to Boston I’ll be bringing shorts and short sleeves and one set of warmer things. Coach Zippy’s advice in a blogpost some time ago, that you should always feel cold at the beginning of a race, has stuck with me. I have certainly been guilty of overdressing in the past and overheat very quickly, so might well just put some throwaway warm stuff on and have gloves and arm warmers to deal with the rest.
|Look at that! Just like her mother – another happy runner!|
What else people? What should I be thinking about? Given my recent injury AND the fact that my 10 year old is running in a national cross country championship on Sunday (I know! It’s a new passion for her and I am SO proud!) I am skipping next Sunday’s half marathon and instead doing a 20 mile race the week after – Coach and I will be working out exactly how I’m going to use that race as a gauge of where I’m at and how to run it. It will be interesting – it’s a hilly course so that will be a good test for me.
I imagine that the next 4/5 weeks will be some really heavy-duty training but my unexpected 9 days off has given me real fire for March – bring it on Coach because I am READY to run.