It was nice to have a solid week of workouts after missing most of last week. Being able to breathe through both nostrils definitely is not overrated.

Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon was the perfect shot in the arm of enthusiasm to get me prepared for the summer of running that lies ahead. When Meb crossed the finish line, I may have let the motivation his victory provided get the best of me. As I already posted about this week, I went a little crazy and signed up for a full marathon that I am drastically undertrained for. What can I say? An American winning the Boston Marathon for the first time in 31 years can lead a middle of the pack runner like myself to do some crazy things.


I am now on the quest to run a sub 4 hour marathon in three weeks. That is possible on low weekly mileage and a no 20 to 22 mile runs to prepare, right? Any of you seasoned runners reading this post, please feel free post any pointers you may have for me in the comments. I am going to need all the help I can get!!!

Workout Log:

  • Monday = 6.26 miles (running)
  • Tuesday = 3.25 miles (running), 3.15 miles (elliptical), weights
  • Wednesday = Rest
  • Thursday = Rest
  • Friday =  6.25, weights
  • Saturday = 10.0 miles (running)
  • Sunday = Rest

Weekly Totals:

  • Running = 25.76 miles
  • Elliptical = 3.15 miles
  • Total Miles = 28.91 miles
  • Weigh In = Skipped my weigh in again this week. I am trying to focus on how my clothes are fitting and my energy levels during my workouts for a few weeks.

April Totals:

  • Running = 94.28 miles 
  • Elliptical = 6.15 miles 
  • Total Miles = 100.43 miles
  • Weights = 4:05 hrs
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Jeremy Heath · April 28, 2014 at 3:58 am

Hmmmm… It may be doable! You’ve got three weeks so make em count but don’t overdo it. This weekend do at least 18. Get some good tempo and speed workouts in until then. But again, be careful not to overdo it!

Also, on race day, my advice is to find a pace group and stick with them. They’ll pull you along when you need an extra push. Don’t try to go all out and stick with a 3:30 group. Try a 4:00 or 3:50, and if you’ve got a little UMPH left at the end, push it the last few miles. Good luck and let us know how it goes!!!

nickbernard110 · April 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Thank you for your feedback Jeremy! It is exactly the type of thing I am looking for. I love to hear how other runners would strategize if they put themselves in the same situation.

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