Boston Marathon Training 20 milers 1 & 2 Training Details

Thursday March 4, 2010 
Garmin Connect –Activity Details for Quabbin Tower out & back – 20 miler #1

A great day for a long run – sunshine, blue skies.  The one thing I really love about my Forerunner 405 is that I just turn on the satellites start the training and off I go on a 20 miler of my choice.  I have not run long on the Quabbin and it is down the street so not a normal run for me.  I hate to drive to run, so off I went up Bay, Allen and over the top to the route to Ware that heads to the Quabbin.  I remember the field trip and all the history behind this magnificent place.  It is so beautiful to run along the Windsor Dam and see the water — this reservoir has a LOT of history!  The wind was strong across the dam and in my face at times.  I saw the sign up to the Tower and made the trek part of my run.  It slowed me down, but was worth the view!  There were a few cars, a couple hikers and “tourists” checking out the view – early in the spring season….  Back home I felt strong and fast.  Pretty great for my first 20!  In total I ran more than 24 and was very happy with the run. 

Fuel:  2 GU, Performance
Recovery:  OJ, Frozen Strawberries & Mango, Performance & Physique with ice in the vita mix, Bananas & PB, Almonds & peanut M&M’s!
Powersong:  Breathe (2 Am) – Anna Nalick

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Garmin Connect –
Activity Details for 20 miler #2 – Neighborhood & Bike Path Loop

Another great spring day for a run todays trek headed me out with Oakley for a little warm up and then with indecisiveness I went out on a long run mapped out last year.  Again so great to have the 405 so I don’t need to map, just go!  I have been running these roads so much that is easy for me to estimate where I need to go and turn and finally after 3 years I am home here and know my way around!  I felt a little slow, but remembered my 12.5 miler yesterday and that I wasn’t quite fresh.  Need more stretching and advil prior to my run to help it feel better in the future!  On the bike path I ran into an old friend that I met when her twins Eliza & Marin went to kindergarten with Schuyler.  They are the most beautiful girls and so photogenic!  Trisha Sorber was running with a friend, Kara, who is also training for Boston.  I was pretty psyched to connect with them and hope to train with them in the future, especially Kara in this current quest we both share!  It was mile 10 and I was chatting incessantly – they caught me all wound up and I LOVE to talk when I run so…. blah blah blah (I can hear my friends Beth & Judy laughing).  I had 8 miles to go after I left them and went up and down the bike path checking out the swamps, the geese, the ducks and the random runners, walkers & bikers.  A beautiful path that goes to Northampton where Schuyler will never forget our adventure in the thunderstorm!  Homeward bound up the hill – Old Bay Rd detour to add on enough and then finish!

Fuel:  Powerbar Protein, 1 GU and Performance
Recovery:  OJ, Frozen Strawberries & Mango, Performance & Physique with ice in the vita mix. Bagel & PB!
Powersong:  Get Up by Superchick

40 days to go to BOSTON!
1 more 20 miler (next week!) then taper!
$875 raised — only $125 to meet my goal for ACS Determination!
Hotel reservations made!
PTO requested!

Boston #4 for me!  Looking forward to it — and will start thinking about goals soon.  Winter training is difficult with coaching at Mount Snow, but i think I have found a solution with some extra vacation time this year to make it work.  Hoping that a 3:10-3:15 is in sight – with a new age group the results could be VERY cool.

Keep on running!

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Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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