Poppy’s training log – 2.13-2.19.17

Busy week!  I spent this past  weekend in Boston doing massage work for the Bucknell Track and Field team at the Patriot League Indoor T&F Championship, which was hosted by Boston University.  This was the second year in a row indoor leagues were hosted by Boston University and I was excited to get another chance to visit the city and see some friends while I was in town.  I am very tired at the moment though as this was my highest mileage week in a while and I spent Friday night and then most of Saturday and Sunday working on the athletes.  It was a lot of fun though.  The women’s and men’s teams performed really well.  The women won the championship (yay!) and there were many incredible performances across all the events.  Watching the athletes is certainly inspiring for my own running.

Monday: 8 miles in the morning w/ the kids in the double, 4 in the afternoon w/ E in the single.

Tuesday: Same thing as yesterday, did some strides on my p.m. run (when the wind was at my back!).

Wednesday: 13 miles w/ workout.  Plan was 5 x 1600 or 8 x 1000 at 5:52 pace.  I could go w/ the 1000’s if through 800 5:52 pace felt tough.  I was to take 60 sec jog rest between reps regardless of which option I chose.  I felt good off the bat so I went with the 5 x 1600.  Ended up being a tad fast, but definitely made an effort several times to reel it in a bit.

Splits: 5:50 (54r), 5:49 (54r), 5:47 (56r), 5:48 (55r), 5:47

Thursday: 8 miles w/ the kids in the double in the morning, 4 miles w/ E in the afternoon.

Friday: 4 miles in the morning, rode a bus to Boston, 6 miles in the evening w/ a few of the Bucknell distance gals and one of the assistant coaches.  Did quite a bit of massage in the evening.

Saturday: 20 miles on the Boston Marathon course with one of the gals I coach, who is running Boston in two months.  The hotel I was staying at was literally right at the 24 mile mark of the course, so we just ran reverse out to the 14 mile mark and back down.  It was a great run.  Soooo many people were out on the course and it was a bright, sunny day.  I really enjoyed the company and being on the marathon course (I love this course).  Did a lot of massage this afternoon and evening.

The view from the last couple of miles of the Boston marathon course.

Sunday: 8 miles along the Charles River with one of my Boston running buddies and former training partners, Betsy Burke.  Really great to catch up with her and get some miles in together.    Did a lot more massage this afternoon.

87 miles for the week (and many, many hours of massage)

The champs!

I'm a licensed massage therapist with a background in biochemistry and also a mother of two. After almost two years of focusing on shorter race distances, I am back on the marathon training horse. My next goal race is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I write mostly about health and science as they relate to running as well as being part of a running family.

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  1. 87 miles plus teh manual labor of working on athletes, I bet you’re damn tired after that! Sounds like the 20 miler was great though, I have friends who live in Boston and run on the course a lot- I feel like I would love that, but also worry that I would lose some of the magic of it running it too often!

    1. Oh yes, I was pooped after this weekend! It was a ton of fun though and I don’t do massage benders like that often (just a few times a year), so I’m totally cool with these weekends knowing that most of the time I’m not going to be doing a combo of things that are so physically demanding.

      I don’t think that living in Boston and training regularly on the course takes away from the magic of the race. I always found it to be really motivating to routinely train on it and then on race day you feel so confident with knowing the course like the back of your hand. Being a runner in Boston is just fun on many accounts….except for when you have to train through a crappy winter.