Who’s ready for Boston? We’ve got 10 weeks to go! Carly is doing some amazing training and below, you’ll find out what she’s up to.
I have arrived at the half-way point in marathon training. There have definitely been some obstacles along the way: the NJ weather for starters and then having enough time to do all extras that come along with marathon training. I decided to join a local gym so when absolutely necessary, I have been getting my runs in on a treadmill. I know that it’s not really the best simulation of Boston roads, but it beats running on the dark icy roads where I am bound to slip and get injured. To be honest, I have only gone on the treadmill about 5 times, so really that breaks down to 12% of my runs which isn’t too bad.
What I am most proud of though is being able to keep up with my strength conditioning and yoga more so than I have previously while marathon training. It has really made the difference. I feel a lot stronger and my legs feel like they can handle more. So far I have had a peak mileage week of 48 but these next 6 weeks will be critical. I would say my long runs are going better than my workout days but I am hoping to build more speed in these next few weeks that will give me the confidence I need for the big day.
I am already getting nervous again. I had a bad day in Boston 2012 – I dropped out because of the heat. Since then, I have been letting negative thoughts get in my head like: ‘why am I doing all of this hard work, when the day of I could totally fall apart?’ It looks like I will have to be completing some mental strength drills in this last half of training as well.