Cristina’s Marathon Training Advice for Dummies: Run your legs to complete exhaustion, then rest up for the last three weeks so you can peak on race day. Today was my FINAL 20+ mile run before Boston. I am so incredibly happy. I can’t believe I made it to the taper.

Ocean "Ice+Salt" Bath

Ocean “Ice+Salt” Bath

My plan for this week was to focus on loading up the miles so that my legs were tired for the twenty-two miler (replicating that feeling of complete exhaustion at the twenty mile point in the marathon). Here’s what the week looked like:

  • Monday: Six Mile Run (Average Pace: 8:15ish) Flew back to LA
  • Tuesday: Run MDR Track (6×200, 3×300, 2×400, 2×400, 2×300, 6×600)
  • Wednesday: Three Mile Run and Yoga
  • Thursday: Eight Mile Run (Average Pace: 8:30) Got a Sports Massage and had dinner with speedy Uncle Eddy who wore his Boston shirt to dinner 🙂
  • Friday: Ten Mile Run (Average Pace: 7:28) I love doing a faster run before a long run. Forces you to take it easier on the long run. 
  • Saturday: Twenty Two Mile Run (Average Pace: 8:20) Ran with Ellen and Gisele. Marta and Bri joined us for part of it.

Woah. I feel exhausted just looking at it. The sad thing Is it’s not even that high of mileage for speedy marathoners, but I squeeze in what I can squeeze in and with all the travel, lack of sleep evening plans, etc, I was just tired this week. I usually take a day off during the week, but decided to switch things up because I’m going on vacay on Sunday! More on that next week 🙂

OK, more pics from our amazing ice-bath in the ocean after our long run. This needs to be a habit.

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Here are my notes:

Friday Dinner: Spaghetti with Alaina’s homemade sauce. Thanks Alaina 🙂

Friday Sleep: Slept from 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM. Not the greatest sleep. I kept waking up. Probably because I kept thinking, FINAL LONG RUN!

Pre-Run Breakfast: PB+J with Whole Wheat Bread (might skip the whole wheat next time)

Post-Run Snack: PB/Chocolate Oatmeal and Greek Yogurt for the protein

Long Run Fuel: Honey Stinger Chews, pretzels from the airplane (I always ask for extras and save them for long runs)

Long Run Hydration: Beach path water fountains

Long Run Outfit: Lulu shorts and shirt, you guessed it…target sports bra, lulu socks and Nike visor.

How Did It Feel: Today was comfortably hard on my legs. My stomach was meh..I ate too much too late, but it was fine by mile 10ish. My legs felt tired, but I felt good and never hit a “I hate running” wall. We chatted the whole time, which made the time fly. It was my best 20+ run so far! Gisele’s endless energy and peppy attitude helps me on these long ones! I know Ellen and I really appreciated her company 🙂

Other Notes: My sports massage therapist (I’m going once a week during the taper to make extra sure I’m ready for the race) suggested putting my legs in the ocean after a long run for the salt and cool temps. We had so much fun splashing around. Overall, I’ve also been dealing with lots of ups and downs with this training cycle. I think it’s because I was so focused on qualifying for Boston and I felt like AHH I just have to get through this training plan without any injuries so that I can show up on race day and soak in all the energy. My shin pain a few weeks ago really messed with me. I’m feeling great now, but I was so worried for those two weeks that something was going terribly wrong and I wouldn’t be able to run. I’m pretty sure driving and wearing unsupportive shoes at work was the problem. I couldn’t quite understand why I felt the sensation more walking than while I was running. I iced like crazy and stretched out my legs and am 10000 times better. I am SO excited to run Boston, but it doesn’t feel real yet. I got my runner’s passport in the mail yesterday, but until I am there at Athletes Village with all the other runners, and walk over to my corral I won’t believe I’m actually running the Boston Marathon. I already have a goal for the New York Marathon—don’t let the training mess with my head as much. Easier said than done.

photo 2Ok time to rush and get ready to go to MALIBU WINES for Marta’s Bday Celebration. I’ll leave you with other happenings this week…

I saw Diana at Equitas this week. I taught her when she was a 6th grader, and now she's in 12th grade. Her sister goes to Equitas. She is beautiful inside and out!

I saw Diana at Equitas this week. I taught her when she was a 6th grader, and now she’s in 12th grade. Her sister goes to Equitas. She is beautiful inside and out!

Track this week.

Track this week.

Cutest book EVER! Read it to my second graders.

Cutest book EVER! Read it to my second graders.

How did I miss this at Playa Provisions? I'm always there.

How did I miss this at Playa Provisions? I’m always there.