However, after some analysis and thinking, it's also not a total bust. There are some positives to take from it. Thought it would be helpful to get some pros and cons down in words:
- Only averaged 45-point-something miles a week for the past 11 weeks.
- Slightly less than desirable amount of tempo and interval work.
- Often took two rest days a week.
- Mentally not super motivated for the race.
- I got in over 55 miles of snowshoe running/racing in the past 11 weeks.
- Only averaged 48-point-something miles for the 11 weeks leading to the taper for the MDI Marathon last fall and had a big PR. Snowshoe mileage helps make up that three mile a week deficit.
- Tempo runs and interval workouts produced good results when I got them in.
- PR-ed in the 10-mile and half marathon distances during this training cycle. Speed is there?
- Long runs have been there. A couple on snowy trails (extra strength conditioning).
The cycle definitely could be better, but could also be worse. Comparing the training cycle to MDI, at the very least I think I've maintained the fitness and speed I had last October. However, I think I've likely improved on it some...just not as much as I could have.
However, I think Boston is tougher than MDI, at least for me. All of those downhills kill my quads. Yeah, MDI is much hillier, but it roughly has the same amount of equal ups and downs, and my legs handle that better. Rolling hills are just more my strength.
So, I don't know. I'd like to go for a time somewhere between 3:05-3:07, but if I can push it harder in hopes of....... well, I will. But I also know that's an absolute best case scenario. It would be easy for me to run a 6:45-6:50/mile pace in those first 17 miles. Maintaining that on the Newton Hills and then having enough strength left in the quads after Heartbreak is a different matter.
As for today, a little over four miles on hills. Was supposed to be easy pace, but it was a progression due to lack of discipline. The legs just felt damn good. Will be more careful in the remaining week and a half.
Ran 4.3 miles @ 7:24/mile pace.
Lower 40s, sunny, windy.
Brooks Mach 13, shorts, windbreaker, short sleeved shirt.