My favorite type of thread!!
Put up your training or skulk and comment, whichever you prefer.
I'm running Boston this year. I spent the fall training to get my basic "race" fitness back and get to a point where I could reasonably complete a marathon training cycle. I don't think it's necessarily reasonable for me to expect to be in PR shape come Boston, but I feel good about at least getting that ballpark. I took a break in early December and have been ramping back up since. I expect to be at full mileage in the next couple of weeks, and I start "real" workouts this week.
Here's my last two weeks:
Week ending 1/6/13:
M - 6 easy
T - 12 w/ very light, sad fartlek (still tired from being sick the previous week)
W - 6 easy
T - 7 easy (no strides, upset stomach)
F - 4 easy
S - 15 miles w/ moderate progression
S - 7.5 easy
Week ending 1/13/13:
M - 6 easy
T - 12 w/ fartlek on/off minutes: 2, 2, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 2, 2, 4 for total of 24 minutes on. Pace for on was 6:20-6:30 by the end of the workout.
W - 2 am, 6 pm
T - 8 w/ 8x100m strides
F - 2 am, 6 pm
S - 16 mile progression by feel (and terrain!) splits: 8:37, 8:04, 7:50, 7:37, 7:24, 7:17, 7:01, 7:27, 7:22, 7:07, 7:19, 7:14, 7:34, 6:58, 6:53, 8:25
S - 10 easy
At the beginning of this past week, I seriously wasn't feeling it. Like big-picture not feeling it. I have this awesome training plan and schedule that I made up and it was time to actually get going on the meaty parts, and I was having doubts. I can train 60-65 miles a week, with a couple of good workouts per week, without blinking. That's kind of my default happy zone. Bumping that to 80 miles a week is a significantly higher committment level for me. I looked at my beautiful schedule and for a couple of days all I say was an endless string of 5 am runs.
But then on Wednesday morning, when my alarm went off, I just got dressed and ran my silly 2 mile run anyway. And then I was pretty much fine. I'm not into the heavy stuff yet, but my body seems to be giving me the indicators that we're ready to train. That's all you can really ask for.
And this morning when my alarm went off, I didn't question it, I just got up went for an easy 4 mile run. I might have even enjoyed it.