Yup, it’s real people. Fit Andy is running the Boston Marathon this year. Let me explain everything…
How It Happened
This past week I received an email asking if I wanted to run the Boston Marathon with Team CLIF Bar. My heart was pounding, I honestly didn’t know what to think. My mind raced, is this real? I have to start training for a full marathon? I’m going to Boston?! This is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, I immediately replied and said YES!
Although I have not met the Boston Marathon qualifying requirement of a 3:35, I have the chance to run it with CLIF Bar and that is enough for me. I plan to give it all I got and train my hardest for 3 months (15 weeks).
I plan to run 4 times a week, which is very different from my training plan these past few months that have mainly been boxing, biking, and HIIT. I have researched some free training plans as a guide (here and here) and plan to use my own experience to create my plan. This is going to be challenging, but I am ready to push limits!
Monday: Run – Speed Work or Hill repeats
Tuesday: Run – Easy Run
Wednesday: Cross Training (Lift weights, bike, swim, boxing, hike, or HIIT)
Thursday: Run – Tempo or Recovery Run
Saturday: Long run
Week 1 Training
Tuesday: Boxing in the AM, HIIT in the PM (found out I’m going to Boston)
Thursday: 7 mile run in the AM, HIIT in the PM
Run details: 7m, 58:33, 8:22/mi
Saturday: 10 mile run
Run details: 10m, 1:34:18, 9:12/mi
Goals for the Race
If I at least meet one of these goals I will be a happy lady.
First Goal: run a 3:45:00 which is an 8:35/mile pace.
Second Goal: I want to PR and beat my Chicago Marathon time of 3:53.
Third Goal: Finish the race, soak up the experience, and have fun!
I plan to document my entire training. I’ll keep you posted on everything, so make sure to keep up with me on social media. Wish me luck and send me good vibes, this is such a huge dream of mine and I can’t believe it’s coming true.
Special thanks to Evann, you have no idea what this means to me.