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It’s Officially That Time Again

I’m VERY excited to officially be starting my training for the Boston Marathon. This plan will be a lot different, here are some highlights.

  • I will be training with a Jack Daniels’ (hehehe, love his name) approach. This means I will have 2 Quality workouts in my training each week. These Q Runs will be VERY hard as the plan goes on, the rest of my running will be easy, recovery pace.
  • I will need to be more flexible with my training. Daniels’ plans are pretty serious, I have to be very honest with my abilities and any hints of injuries. If any of the Q training doesn’t come together the way I need, I may have to shorten the expectation or default in some Pfitz. I understand that transitioning from Pfitz to Daniels isn’t a light switch and I may have to do some blending.
  • I do plan to add in hills more often than I ever have. Hills are hard to come by in my area, so this means taking some conscience effort to drive to some good hills to get them into workouts.
  • Cross training will include, but is not limited to: Weights, Yoga, Jump Rope, Cycling
  • Weekly weight recordings, just for my personal reference.

I do plan to post more with this being my first Boston Marathon and also I hope to capture how this new training plan works (or doesn’t work) for me.

I’m interested in hearing your insights along the way. Also, if you are doing Boston in 2011 or have trained with Daniels’ please share your experiences.

So to kick it off, here is today’s workout. The fist 6 weeks will be base building, which means running easy miles. Today was 7.4 Miles Easy in the neighboorhood and 8 Miles Easy on the exercise bike.



Today Rob and I did some de-cluttering work on the house and garage which meant finally saying goodbye to some more clothes. Since taking up running, Rob has lost 66lbs and I’ve lost 48lbs, so we’ve changed sizes quite a few times in the last few years. It’s scary to think that we already gave away so much and there was still this much in the house. We gave it all to good will and I’m happy about that since many of our items were barely worn.

It feels so good to de-clutter the house. 🙂 I can’t wait to tackle some more!

I did 6 Miles Easy on the treadmill. Today will be my last day of recovery from Chicago Marathon. My training for Boston Marathon starts tomorrow! It’s a very slow base build so it will still feel like a recovery phase. A change in my new plan will be that weeks start on Sundays instead of Mondays. I will share more about the plan in my next post. Until then here is how Monday – Saturday ended up.

M: Rest

T: 6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 47:08, 7:52 Pace)

W: 3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 23:45, 7:55 Pace), Pushups

Th: Rest

F: 8 GA (‘Hood, 1:02:34, 7:50 Pace)

Sa: 6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 51:18, 8:33 Pace)

Total Miles (M-Sa): 23 Miles


Windy City

Chicago has nothing on wind like my town, geesh! Just like most of the mid-west we are seeing up to 35 mph winds that have lasted more than a day and will hopefully end tomorrow. So that means for now I have to do treadmill running. Last night was 6 Miles Easy. Tonight was 3 Miles and some Pushups.

Oh and speaking of THE Windy City, I broke down and bought Chicago Marathon pictures and updated my post. 🙂