For the 2015 Boston Marathon, I finished the race in 3:17:58 (7:33 minute/mile pace). While this time is considered good, it was over 10+ minutes of my personal record in Chicago 2013. However, the Boston course has a good amount of rolling hills, with one of the most infamous hills named “Heartbreak Hill.”
For the 2015 training cycle, I decided to increase mileage with an aggressive training plan. Over the course of 17 weeks, my weekly running miles ranged between 50-80 miles! To provide perspective – When I trained for Chicago a couple years earlier, I averaged about 46 miles per week. This fact alone debunks the theory that “More miles = Better finish time.”
- 17-Week training cycle from December 2014-April 2015
- In early December 2014, I threw out my lower back which prohibited any physical training for a few weeks. I had no base training & was well over my ideal racing weight.
- Average weekly miles = 67 miles (excludes last 3 weeks of tapering)
- Includes 2 half-marathon races during training:
- Certain Days of the week were assigned different workouts:
- Monday: Track Day
- Tuesday: Recovery miles, easy to moderate. Slower hilly runs
- Wednesday: Interval runs
- Thursday: Recovery miles, easy to moderate
- Friday: either Recovery miles, or Tempo runs
- Saturday: Long distance runs
- Sunday: Rest or cross training (Spin class)
- There were also days when I decided to do “double” workouts…2 workouts in a single day, that was all up to how I felt each day
Training Plan & Goals
With all this training miles & based off the Half-marathon races, I planned to run finish Boston in 3:05 (qualifying time for Boston marathon). If you read the recent post, the weather conditions in 2015 were not ideal for a personal best time. I was ready for the hills and the point-to-point course, but I could not train for the weather conditions. I started to experience leg cramps earlier than usual during the race, along with headwinds and horizontal rains throughout the race. Given all these setbacks, I was still satisfied with the finish and relieved that training was over 🙂
Good luck if you are currently or will be training in the future, for whatever distance. Remember – the important part is making it to the Starting Line healthy, so stay injury-free!
Disclaimer: If you are building a training plan, do what feels right for you. Do not use my training plan as a concrete plan…each person’s fitness & other factors are different. Consult with a coach or trainer to decide the right plan for you!
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