Mar 3, 2009

Running Ducks

Just under 7 weeks remaining until Boston. I'm trying not to obsess but it's getting more difficult with each passing day, especially those days when it feels like spring. I've been obsessively checking Bill Rodgers web page daily waiting for the 2009 line of adidas Boston Marathon clothing to appear and it finally did earlier this week. The jackets are the traditional blue and yellow colors of the BAA. There's a really cute kids shirt as well, featuring a running duck and the words 'Just Keep Running'.

Training is going great. I've nailed every key workout in the last 6-8 weeks, including weekly LSD's, pace, tempos, and intervals. I'm averaging about 40-45 quality miles a week. I'll bump that up to 55-60 in the next 3-4 weeks, which should leave me feeling very confident as April 20th approaches. Found a geat link on the internet to a spreadhsheet written specifically for developing a pace strategy for Boston's course. I plan on starting moderately fast, running an even effort (rather than pace) and allowing for maximum fade at the end (is there really any other option?). The last time I ran Boston in 2006 I was familiar with but not intimate with the course. I truly think knowing the course in and out and having a plan on how to run each section is key. Time will tell!


Papa Louie said...

Brian, Good job on your training! Four to five more weeks and it'll be taper time. Here's wishing you good weather for those 55-60 mile weeks.

ramblings of a runnner said...

i went to the bill rodgers store this weekend! I could have picked up some appareal for you!

sounds like your training is going really well - i'm sure you will do great at boston!