Boston Marathon 2013 Training: Week 8 of 14 & 10k Race Recap

BM2013 Week 8 Training

This week really was Snot Central. I’m feeling pretty mopey about it right now but that’s nothing that a big mug of coffee and some rungry therapy can’t take care of easily this afternoon. Monday through Thursday was pretty miserable in terms of how I felt. I don’t get sick often but I tend to be a big baby when I do. A full work schedule was tough and focusing on my computer screen was probably the toughest challenge of the week.

On the other hand, I think it was actually pretty lucky that I was sick this week because I had easy runs on the schedule to prepare for Sunday’s 10k Race. Dealing with a head cold during a stepback week is something I can handle. I just wish I didn’t have to. But again, as Coach says, “better this week than the week of Boston”. He speaks the truth.

This week I ran just over 34 miles, which is the lowest I’ve run all cycle but not far off from the mileage Coach scheduled for me.

I ran 34 miles this week + 3 core routines + 1 strength routine:

Monday: 6 miles at 8:39 pace. This was a struggle especially because the cold hit me on Sunday.

Tuesday: unplanned rest

Wednesday: Easy progressive 7 miles at 8:17 average pace. Started at 8:27 and finished at 8:00. Felt good to sweat out the cold and breathing didn’t seem to be much of an issue that day.  (+ core and foam drills)

Thursday: 8 miles, 8:23 average pace. Actually felt really good today. I woke up feeling like a human again and didn’t have nearly as much nasal congestion as I did any of the other days this week. (+ core routine)

Friday: Easy 5, 8:16 average pace.  (+ core routine)

Saturday: rest

Sunday: WACKY 10K Race. 43:xx unofficial time (official results aren’t posted yet. derp!) 2 mile warm-up was actually nice and easy. I didn’t have much trouble breathing and it was so nice to run in the sunshine.

For my first 10k race, I’d say I did pretty well but this didn’t go as planned. The plan was to start at 6:40-6:50 and gradually get faster (or adjust to deal with conditions). I realized during my warm-up that it likely wouldn’t happen because the first (and last) 3/4 mile was a complete SHEET of ice (not kidding). This portion runs on the inner path and is made of packed sand—so they couldn’t plow and I’m sure salting really didn’t do much because the ice had accumulated throughout this week’s crazy weather.People were slipping and sliding all over the place at the start and I was in “no man’s land” from mile 1.5 to the finish.

My legs felt fresh but I had a lot of trouble breathing. The lingering chest congestion from my head cold this past week made it really difficult. Anything under 42:00 was ambitious, when you consider how I was feeling and the course conditions. I think I’ve only stopped to walk during one race before (shameful) but today I had to stop several times to take care of mucus. Blech. Still, a good workout–just a long tempo workout in the books. It was a perfect day for a race with sunny skies and light wind. I only wore two long sleeve layers and skipped wearing an outer shell jacket.. –Just wasn’t in the cards today. A bloody mary and huge breakfast burrito afterward made me feel better.

You can’t really tell how icy the finish was in the video but it might give you an idea. Surprised my form looks so good considering how I was feeling. I think I was just angry at the conditions by that point haha.

10k Race Chicago Finish

I’m going to take this week in stride (heh…get it?) and write it off as a recovery week. All of my runs were easy runs just as planned even if I didn’t hit the exact mileage. I know it was worth the extra rest and recovery so I can dominate the next 6 weeks.

OK UPDATE. I NEED TO QUIT MY WHINING. I’ve never finished top 10 overall or top 10 female at any race. Official race results:

Wacky 10k 2013 Results

Highlights o’ the Week

  • Added to my running playlist: Breezeblocks by Alt-J (I highly recommend this entire album. I listen to it a lot when I’m relaxing at home.) 
  • The Man is back on a normal work schedule now, which means he’s not working nights again for a long time! HUGE piece of happiness this week.
  • I found my favorite chocolate milk at Whole Foods. Trader’s Point Creamery is from my hometown; it was nice to find a little slice of home here in Chicago especially after being sick this week.
  • I have a new favorite pair of running tights. I rarely wear Zoot gear but The Clymb had a great deal two weeks ago and I jumped on it. Ladies, if you’re looking for a non-bulky tight that will keep you super warm, give these a try: Zoot THERMOMegaHeat Tights. They are so comfy that I spent the evening lounging around in them when they arrived.

Pictures o’ the Week

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This is the look the pup gives me when I don’t pet her enough. Drama queen!

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This sunset, brought to you by the Whole Foods parking lot. Transported me back to the summer on our rooftop

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I present to you this weekend’s race shirt. I mean, the race is called the WACKY 10K—the shirt is appropriately designed, don’t you think?

I can only imagine the looks I’ll get on the lakefront or at the gym.

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Late start times during the winter is something I could get used to. Ahhh coffeeeee!

What do you do to snap yourself out of a funk? What’s your best cold remedy?

– J

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16 thoughts on “Boston Marathon 2013 Training: Week 8 of 14 & 10k Race Recap

  1. Xaarlin says:

    DAMN 2nd overall in a race around here?!?! Youre badass! Even more impressive is that you werent operating at 100% and PLUS there was ice. I bet you’ll kill that PR by a massive amount next time! That shirt is crazy…

    Your pup is too stinkin cute,.

    ps- we should go grab a beer soon and catch up!

    • Jenny says:

      Ha, thanks girl! I honestly don’t know why I was so hard on myself before I saw the results. Considering how I felt, it really is surprising. 🙂 Love the pup. And YES to a beer! Interested in going to Fleet Feet one night for a fun run and a beer? Haven’t been in awhile and I have more easy runs on my schedule these days. (btw, your ramen pics make me jealous!)

      • Xaarlin says:

        So easy to be hard on ourselves when we are narrowly focused on a goal and not see the whole picture. Definitely been there a few times and was lucky enough to realize the good in the situation later..

        YES- lets do a Fleet feet run/beer. I’ll probably be there for the monday night shamrock runs- starting the 11th? I did a few of them last year and had a good time 🙂

      • Jenny says:

        Yeah, I definitely needed some perspective today. I still celebrated with a bloody mary, though, so I wasn’t *too hard on myself 😀

        Monday nights work well for me too. Keep me updated on when you’re planning on going k? Looking forward to it!

  2. Dominick S. says:

    Fast as lightning. Nice job! Alt-J is awesome, already in the rotation and that is the best race shirt I have ever seen. Your pup is also pretty amazing. Hope you are feeling better.

  3. cisforcourtney says:

    Even though you weren’t feeling so hot this last week your training was still impressive! Congrats on your first 10k! You had a great time and that’s after being sick all week long. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on that distance as a race.

    Thanks again for the words of encouragement before and after my race this weekend! I remembered your words shortly after the turn around! It even helped me to pick it up quite a bit!

  4. Jenny says:

    Thanks Courtney! Training while sick is definitely a challenge–hopefully all of that is behind me now. The 10k was…interesting? I tried telling myself it was just a long tempo but my legs were so confused. “Do I sprint? or do I gently push?”. I’m sure I’ll do another one but next time I’ll be more mentally and physically prepared. Glad your 5k went well! Those 10 AM start times are seriously awesome. Time to drink two cups of coffee rather than just one! 😀

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks! It’s the Whole Foods right off of North Ave on Kingsbury. Last week was definitely tough–glad I was able to get some good miles in despite being sick!

      • Pete B says:

        That’s an awesome Whole Foods, but I have never been on that rooftop. I’m usually stuck drinking at one of the several bars when I should be shopping for wheat germ, tofu and organic burritos. 🙂

      • Jenny says:

        Ha, I’m pretty sure that’s why they have bars in their stores! Saw several people walking around with beer and wine glasses that looked pretty toasted last time. Drunk grocery shopping!

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