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4/30/14 9:52 A

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Surprised myself again this morning:
Ran 1 mile @ 10:00pace then
1 mile at 8:20pace, then 1:00min at 10:00pace x5
Finished with 1 mile @ 10:00pace.

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3/24/14 9:39 A

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Ran my 14-miler yesterday. It was a bit of a challenging course (trails for the first few miles, then a gradual hill and back down for the last 6-7 miles) but I finished. Averaged a 9:40pace which is must slower than my longer runs have been averaging.

Feeling positive - can't feel bad about finishing 14 miles.

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3/20/14 9:18 A

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I happily surprised myself and was able to run exactly as I had hoped I could:
Ran 2 miles @ 9:40pace
6 miles @ 8:34pace!!!
1 mile @ 9:31pace
= 9 miles


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3/18/14 9:38 A

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Ran 2 miles @9:30pace.
Then 0.5miles @7:55, with 0:45 @9:30 x3
0.5 miles @8:34, with breaks @9:40 x2
0.5 miles @8:06
= 7 miles
(all 0.5 intervals were intended to be @7:55 but I could only do 3 before I needed a longer break... still, a good run).

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3/17/14 9:45 A

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Had a pretty good 15K race yesterday.
Splits were: 7:54, 7:55, 8:26, 9:19, 9:16, 8:40, 7:37, 7:25, 7:04, and 6:35 (for the 0.3).
There was a 450' elevation gain between miles 2 and 6.
A PR of 1:16:07 on my Garmin and 1:16:15 by the chip time (not sure why they are different - annoying!)
So by the chip time my pace was 8:10 which would be a 3:34:29 marathon! So now i just have to hold that for 16.9 more miles and I'm golden! LOL.

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3/13/14 9:42 A

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Ran 2 miles at 9:40pace, then 1.5 miles at 8:27pace, 2:00 @9:40pace x3, slow 1 mile = 8 miles. It was what I had hoped to do and I did it! Surprisingly the 3rd interval @ 8:27pace was easier than the 2nd interval - like I had almost gotten a little used to it.
It's been a long time since I ran this far in the morning before work - feeling awesome!

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3/11/14 9:31 A

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Ran 5 miles at 10:00pace. Then 0:30 @ 8;13pace, 2:00 @ 10:00pace x8.
=7 miles

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3/10/14 3:24 P

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Ran 5 miles slow on Saturday, and then 12 miles at a 9:03pace on Sunday. Feeling good.

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3/9/14 3:15 P

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Wow! So nice to hear from another person living in Hamilton. I'm going to have to try this Red Hill trail section. Any other tips?

I have been running North Shore Boulevard on my long runs since January and feel like I've got it down pat. I also don't think the Valley Inn Road hill at km 26 is a big deal anymore. If I can run up it when it's covered in snow and ice then I can run it during ATB. Although, at this rate it may still be snowy and icy then.

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3/9/14 2:17 P

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I am very very familiar with the Road2Hope course (run the half 3x) and parts of the route very often for my long run. i suggest you run the Red Hill trail section, the hills are short but steep, the terrain is occasionally a weird brick and it is very narrow.

Oh and I run the ATB course pretty much every week too. It is kms 16-26 that are hilly. The last 4K is downhill. Everyone talks about the big hill at 26K but some of the less steep ones sneak up on you and hurt FAR worse.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 3/9/2014 (14:19)
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3/8/14 11:54 A

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You have great motivation!
One thing I learnt from my sister (who used to be a competitive cross country and track runner in university) is that even if you're not hitting your goal pace, keep pushing. Not only are you increasing your mental strength but you will gain a physiologic benefit.

Keep it up!

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3/6/14 9:35 A

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So Today's sub 3:45-hour marathon plan was 1 mile slow, 5 miles at 8:00-8:20, 1 mile slow.
(sub 4-hour plan was 1 mile slow, 4 miles at 8:40-8:50, 1 mile slow). I'm trying do do a little something in between these two plans as I work up to the 3:45 plan.

After the slow mile (my slow is 10:00), I settled into a 8:27, which seemed fine for about a mile - then it got HARD. I pushed myself super-hard, and was able to hold it for another 2.5 miles and then switched to 0.1 miles @8:34, 0.15 miles @10:00 intervals for the remainder of the 7 mile run.

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3/4/14 9:36 A

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Today's Run:
4.5 miles @ 10:00
0:20 @ 8:20, 2:00 @ 10:00 x5
2:00 @ 10:00
=6 miles, feel good

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3/4/14 1:30 A

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I thought about how I said the sub 3:45 plan "scares" me all day. Eff that.

Preparing to leave comfort zone... I can do this.

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3/3/14 9:39 A

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Had a great 11 mile run in the pouring rain yesterday (feet were completely soaked by mile 3 *squish squish squish* but I kept at it - it made me feel kind of bad-ass to keep going in the downpour) - averaged a 8:54 pace.

Feeling positive.

I'm currently following this sub 4-hr plan: http://runkeeper.com/fitness-class/running
-marathon/10?menuSelection=SCHEDULE

I keep peeking at the sub 3:45 plan but the speed work paces scare me at this point in my training: http://runkeeper.com/fitness-class/running
-marathon/13?menuSelection=SCHEDULE

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3/1/14 10:01 A

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JBailey -

I needed 3:45 to qualify. My previous fastest marathon time had been 3:49. My recent half marathon times prior to and during my marathon training were 1:38 - 1:39.

During my training, I ran 5x per week, as follows:

Sunday - 10 miles easy
Monday - 6 miles easy
Tuesday - Strength training / core
Wednesday - 9 miles of Yasso 800's
Thursday - 10 miles easy
Friday - Strength training / core
Saturday - long run of 18 or 20 miles included hill repeats in the middle every other week

Every 3 weeks or so, I would do a cut back week where the long run was anywhere from 12 - 16 miles.

Hope that helps! Enjoy the training!

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2/28/14 9:01 P

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Thank you! I have actually been running since I was a little girl. My mother kind of forced me to do it with her because she noticed that I was a bit heavier. I started cross country at age 7 and ran every year until I graduated high school. I am now close to turning 21 so it's been quite a while. I wasn't fast at all when I was 7. After a year I was decent, especially for my body size. I became "fast" when I was 14. I did my first half marathon in when I was 16. I haven't really improved in terms of speed since high school. That being said, running has been my form of cross training for the past few years since I was on the rowing team at my university.

Right now I am actually trying to work on speed because I've noticed my runs are slightly slower (it may be weather dependent because there has been quite a bit of snow where I live). My typical work-out week looks like this:

Monday: Endurance weights + 40 minutes of non-impact cardio (usually the elliptical trainer)

Tuesday: Intervals (15min warm-up, then 6 x 5min sub-race pace with 3 min jogging in between, then I cool down for 15-20min) This run is usually 13-14km

Wednesday: Endurance weights + 40 minutes of non-impact cardio

Thursday: Interval workout 2 - this one is a ladder. The work pieces at sub-race pace start at 5 minutes and decrease to 1 minute before going back up (5/4/3/2/1/2/3/4/5). On the way down the ladder, rest is 1 min less than the work piece. On the way up the ladder, rest is equal to the work piece just completed. This run is also usually 13-14km including warm up and cool down.

Friday: Hill day! 18km run on a hilly trail with some hill repeats mixed in.

Saturday: Double work-out day. Easy 12km run in the morning (pace by feel). In the evening spinning (usually I 10x5 min pieces with no rest in between. the first 4 minutes simulate "climbing" and the last minute of each is an all out sprint). I finish the work-out with easy spinning until I reach 90 minutes.

Sunday: Long run. Right now it's at 25 km. I will build this up slowly once 30k Around the Bay is done.

I think that Boston could be a possibility for you. Your half marathon last year is on the right track. I would suggest keeping focus on you sub-4h goal. Depending on how your marathon at the end of May goes, you can determine if it is a realistic goal for yourself. Don't write it off just yet! I definitely think Boston can be a reality for you.

I am so impressed that you've run 5 marathons! I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I will be doing one late this year. What inspired you to do one? It's always been on my bucket list and I decided that this would be the ideal year to do it.

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2/27/14 11:59 P

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A lofty goal indeed. I'm pulling for you.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
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2/27/14 3:32 P

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You are fast and you have a lot of time until November - it sounds like you'll have no problem qualifying. Have you always been that fast or how did you get that fast? What's your routine? Any tips?

I've got a bit of a different situation. I've ran 5 marathons(none for the past 2 years) but never really thought that Boston was ever a possibility for me, so I never really stressed about my time as much as just finishing (my marathon PR is 4:30:52).

Last year I started stepping it up on the speed and ran a half marathon in 1:50:30.

I'm setting a modest goal of a sub-4 hour for my marathon on 5/31, but if Boston is a possibility for me in the near future I hope I do much better than that.

I need a 3:35 to qualify... I go back and forth as to whether or not this is an achievable goal for me in 2014. Honestly over the past few days I think I'm kind of burned out on the idea and I'm just going to sit tight with my sub 4-hour training plan.

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2/27/14 2:44 P

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Hey!
I am also trying/hoping to qualify for the 2015 race! I have yet to run a full marathon, but am registered for the Road to Hope (Hamilton, ON) in November. It is close to my university and is ranked the #1 Boston qualifier in Canada. I will be running 30k Around the Bay in 31 days for second time (which is the longest distance I've ever run). 30k Around the Bay is quite hilly in the last 10k and I have been told that Road to Hope is a "piece of cake" if your comfortable with Around the Bay. My pace per km in Around the Bay was 4:55, so as long as I can keep that up, I will definitely be able to qualify for Boston.

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As mentioned, I'm trying to qualify in 2014, not run the 2014 Boston Marathon.
I fully understand how registering works/what time I need, etc.

I'm trying to connect with others who might share my goal of qualifying for the first time.

I'm in Oregon. My upcoming racing plans/goals are in my signature.

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I'll never BQ (I am not a fast runner and don't actually believe I have the structure to be so) but have worked several races that are.

Are you local? If so, the Baystate Marathon has a ridiculously high percentage of BQs. The course is flat and fast (and really, really boring but that may just be me because it's my home course and I run parts of it 3 times/week).

I'll also be at the Cox Marathon in Rhode Island in May where my friend R is hoping to qualify in the VI category. I hear it's also a great course to BQ on.

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Hi JBAILEY,

Just an FYI, Boston 2014 is full, so you could try for Boston 2015.

I qualified for this year's race but was shut out during registration, unfortunately. Not sure if you are familiar with how they handle registration, but when it first opens, it is only open to those who have beaten their qualification time by 20+ minutes. After several days, they open it to those who have beaten by 10+ minutes. The following week I believe it's those who qualified with a 5 minute margin, and then it's open to everyone.

Depending on the year, everyone can get in, or it can be difficult. For me, I just squeaked by and I would have needed to run a minute 21 seconds faster to get in. VERY frustrating!

Anyway, my suggestion is to pick a race that is flat and has good weather and aim for a good margin on your time... you can check out reviews and such on marathonguide.com

I took over 5 minutes off of my previous time in order to qualify, so just ask if you want any training tips. Not that it did me any good, LOL!

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2/25/14 4:53 P

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Is there anybody else out there that has qualifying for Boston for the first time as a goal for 2014?

I have set it for myself, put I'm very nervous about being able to pull it off and if I'm training the best I can.

I would love to connect with someone in the same boat as me.

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