Week 4 Boston Marathon Training



Week 4 was tough, Spring semester has started and my whole schedule feels thrown off. It’s difficult to transition back to such a busy schedule, but I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll have it down. Until then I’m just rolling with it and fitting my runs in where I can.

Sunday: Rest

After a long run on Saturday and my runner’s high still present all I wanted to do is go out for another run on Sunday. I had to convince myself that rest days are an important part of training, just as important as my long runs. Read more about why rest days are important here!

Monday: 5 mile easy run
Run details: 5m, 41:49, 8:21/mi

Monday was my first day back to school and I honestly did not want to run, but those are the days you have to push through no matter what. I went out for a quick 5 miles and felt great afterwards.

Tuesday: 6 mile Speed Work
Run details: 6m, 53:27

1 mile warm up
1 mile half marathon pace (8:05-8:25/mi)
400 meters easy
1 mile half marathon pace
800 easy
1 mile half marathon pace
400 easy
1 mile cool down

This workout was done on a treadmill and I did not enjoy it. I got through it but my body ached once I hit mile 4. I then realized I should try not to run 6 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday: Rest

I listened to my body and realized I needed another rest day. I try to stay flexible with my training because my body is more important.

Thursday: 6 mile tempo run
Run details: 6m, 49:46, 8:17/mi
Splits: 9:05, 8:13, 8:05, 7:46, 7:32, 9:04

1 mile warm up
4 mile progressive tempo
1 mile cool down

The treadmill speed workout really took it out of me. I felt so blah and knew I needed to get back out there and have a solid workout. I found a track on campus and decided to do a tempo run. This was a great workout and I felt so happy and accomplished after. This run was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits. And the 4 Ingredient Date Ball (dipped in dark chocolate) was the cherry on top!

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Saturday: 14 mile long run

I could not sleep the morning of my long run, I was too excited!! I woke up at 5am ish and had 1 cup cooked steel cut oats, large scoop of pb, and raspberries. I went for a 5 mile run with the hubs and then met up with my friend Mattea to finish the last 9 miles together. During my run I drank water and ate a Citrus Clif Blok every 2-3 miles. And when I got home I had a feast, veggies omelet, 2 pieces of toast with jam on one and avocado the other, and a Chocolate Maca Malt smoothie.

TOTAL MILES: 31 miles



Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Run
Wednesday: Run & Cross Train
Thursday: Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Long run
Weekly Mileage Goal: 31-34 miles


Week 1 Training Plan
Week 2 Training Plan
Week 3 Training Plan




I absolutely love your blog. I wish I could get myself into exercising more- you inspire me!


Thanks Starla! Find that something you love and just keep working at it. Don’t give up!!!!


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