Last week’s Boston workouts (aka trash your quads week)

IMG_0400Boston’s Heartbreak Hill is legendary. What I didn’t realize until I got there last year is that the relentless, pounding downhills earlier in the race leave you quads exhausted by the time you hit the Newton hills.

Maintaining a smart pace early on even when it’s tempting to use the downhills to pick up the pace is key at Boston.  This year, I resolved to have more left in the tank when I hit the hills.  Last year, my splits went down the drain when I hit mile 20 and never recovered.  Continue reading

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Why I do Crossfit as a Marathoner

deadliftA year and a half ago, I had an IT band injury that kept me from running and marathon training for over a month. I was going stir crazy, but even worse than that, no matter how long I rested, I couldn’t kick my IT band pain.

Desperate for a way to get active again that didn’t involve swimming any more awful laps in the pool, I skeptically decided to try out a Crossfit gym. I’d heard the rumors that runners perpetuate: Crossfit is dangerous. Crossfit will make you bulk up. Crossfit will make you slower! Continue reading

Training recap & my new favorite pancakes

pancakesIt’s officially Taper Time!  This past week I cut back my mileage to about 60% of my normal weekly miles and lightened up my weights at crossfit.  Next week I’ll take off from the gym and just run.  I also worked in strides on both of my easy days to keep my legs feeling sharp. Continue reading