This past week I ran 71 miles in the form of four easy runs ranging from 7 to 11 miles, a hill workout, a progression run that consisted of the middle five miles starting slower than marathon pace and finishing faster, and a "long" run of 15 miles that had some marathon effort miles in the middle. If you live in Michigan you would not be surprised to read the majority of my runs have been on the treadmill this week due to all of the snow and ice we've been blasted with. I am all for running in cold temps with the right gear, but ice will keep me inside, as much as I dislike the treadmill. Thankfully my treadmill has a negative incline feature so I can simulate the downhill running my legs will desperately need to be accustomed to for Boston.
For the first time in my ten years of marathoning, I am working with a running coach. This has been a very positive experience, and is what inspired me to earn my coaching certification. I want to help other runners reach their goals in the same way my own coach has helped me. I will elaborate on my decision to put my training in someone else's hands in an upcoming post. For now, stay warm, and if you have any suggestions for any TV shows I can binge watch during my treadmill miles, I'd be grateful!