Boston Training Week One!

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Week one had it all. It started with snow and brutally cold temperatures and ended with temperatures well over 60F. I had to decide on a new training plan and ended up asking Dr. Johnny Marino to help me once again. Johnny has been going through so much recently that I wasn’t sure he would have the time or energy to continue to coach me. As soon as he said he still wanted to the decision was made! Thanks Johnny!!

So we start the plan with rebuilding base but doing enough pace work so not lose all turnover. Training this week involved distance runs at a relaxed pace with some runs that had pickup at 10K pace. It felt good to get started!!!

Last year at this time I was going after the BCRR Winter Series but giving up Boston with the Maccabiah Games later in the year. I did not want to hurt my chances on running well in Israel with a hard marathon effort before. This year my focus is back on Boston! I am therefore not racing the full winter series. There is just no good way to race hard 11 weeks in a row over hilly terrain and be ready to give a good marathon performance two months later. This year I will be racing two to three races max prior. A few races to stay race sharp but still allowing me to focus on training for the BIG event.

Early in the week it was tough to get in decent runs due to the ice and I actually did two treadmill efforts. Later in the week I got in two runs with Joe Warwick which was nice. Then I ended the week with a nice long run in Tyler State Park.

Some highlights from the weeks are below….

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