Another Double – Warm Temps and a Final Decision Boston

So today started with another nice and easy 30 minute run as the sun was coming up.  This is becoming one of my favorite runs. It is easy, it is quiet, it is calming.  My favorite part of the run is crossing under 332 and just listing to the water.   A nice way to start the day.  Again, no calories before hand just a little bit of black coffee and water.


During this morning’s run I was finally able to come to grips with the fact that I will NOT be running Boston this year.  I guess if all three mens USA Olympic Marathoners from the London games can drop out of Boston so can I .  I know my goal for 2013 is the Maccabiah Games Half Marathon.  A late April marathon, especially on a course as tough as Boston, just does not make sense.  I will have to wait until next year to hit double digit Boston’s I guess.   I will also have to hear for a year how Boston Pete hit 10 Boston Marathons before me.  Oh well, this year I have different goals.

The second run of the day was 6 miles after work at a relaxed pace with 6 x 30 sec pickups at 10K race pace with one minute easy running in between.  Not very hard but just enough to add some quickness.  It is clear in my training under Coach JKM thus far that he adds at least a little bit of quickness almost every day.  The legs felt good considering there has been more quick stuff.  I guess the reason I am handling the increase in the amount of pace work is the workouts are not run at killer pace so I can recover.  Good thing as tomorrow I will be back on the track.

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5 Comments on “Another Double – Warm Temps and a Final Decision Boston”

  1. ianesenior April 11, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    I’m sure it is the right decision for you Mike and you’ll be happy when you run the best half later this year.

  2. harris April 11, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    I know it’s a tough one because it’s Boston, tougher than MCM for example, but it’s absolutely the right decision. I’m having a difficult time believing you made a smart decision but I digress. All kidding aside I’m sure this will pay off at Maccbiah.

    • run10k31 April 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Thanks Harris!!! It is one of the things that is tough with today’s big races. You need to register so far in advanced and the risk of not getting in us so high with races selling out that I find myself entering and then not able to run. In this case I did not know I was accepted to run on the Maccabi USA team until after I registered for Boston….

      And yes… It is shocking that I might do the smart thing… I know…

  3. Charlie Fields April 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I am glad you have a coach and listen to him!

    I am really excited to follow your run in Israel. Believe it or not, you are an inspiration with your ability strike a balance in your life and perform at your level. 3 young kids is tough without training for an international event.

    I think you should do Boston next year and USE A COACH!!!! I am calling you out in public; I wager if you use a coach you will get your best time at Boston (age adjusted of course…you ran it as a pup). I am going to throw out a number…say 2:42:00?

    BTW, I owe my newly found love of running to you; something I cannot repay you for…I will never be fast, but I am whole lot happier and there is a whole lot less of me!

    • run10k31 April 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Hey Charlie.. Thanks for the kind words! To run Boston next year I will need to find a marathon to run BEFORE late September as I will need a qualifying time since my last marathon will not be outside of the qualifying window. Possible but I will have to look around.

      Hopefully I will be in town for Philly in the fall. First marathon is a big deal!!

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