The final push

IMG 1240 224x300 The final push

Not possible that this is the last week of marathon training before taper

I can’t even begin to believe that this is the last big mileage week before Boston. How did I get here already? It really feels like I just returned to running, although it has been four months now. It’s surreal that I have just about made it through an entire marathon training cycle.

Friday we all found out that numbers and corral/wave assignments were posted, though, so it looks like this thing is really happening, and happening soon.

Training hasn’t been perfect, it hasn’t been typical, and it hasn’t been without its hiccups. But over the last few weeks, I feel like it has finally fallen into place. I’ve done some speed work, I’ve managed a couple of 55ish mile weeks, and my body is feeling good. I’m recovering from each long run amazingly fast. A decent race feels within reach.

I’m getting SO excited, I have to say. This race represents a victory just by the fact that I will there. Period. Add in the fact that I will be going up with so many friends, and it’s a recipe for a fantastic couple of days.

I’m plunging into this week anticipating running between 55 and 58 miles. Tuesday will include some tempo work and Saturday will be my last 22-miler. I am usually so happy to see the end of a training period and always look forward to the taper. I don’t have that sense at all this time–I have enjoyed these past few months of running perhaps more than ever before. I hate for it all to end. Of course, that’s what keeps us all coming back, over and over again, isn’t it?

Who else headed to Boston is getting excited? 

Related Posts:


  1. You’re right, it is crazy how soon it is! So glad your training has gone so well, I can’t wait to see how you do!!!

    I think I have the same shirt as you – is it a grey tech tee from the Philly Marathon a few years ago? I miss the Philly races :)

  2. Yep, Boston is just around the corner. The hype has already started around these parts. I’ll be out there in the crowd cheering you and the other 20,000 runners!

    Sounds like training has gone real well for you. Enjoy your taper!!
    Jose recently posted..New Bedford Half recapMy Profile

  3. I’m running gansett marathon 2 days before Boston, and am feeling much the same as you are -poking forward to my last big running week this week and my last 22 on Saturday! Good luck with your miles this week:)
    Katie @ msfitrunner recently posted..If I had a dollar….My Profile

  4. *looking forward* autocorrect and I didn’t proof read;-)
    Katie @ msfitrunner recently posted..If I had a dollar….My Profile

    Miz recently posted..What’s on your laundry tag?My Profile

  6. Sounds like an exciting time for you. And I take my hat off to you, for qualifying for Boston. I’m not going to Boston, because I lack the speed!
    Mom’ s Home Run recently posted..Running skirt weather!My Profile

  7. I am not running Boston but I am getting excited for it, since I have been following so many people as they train for it. I can’t wait to see how everyone does. Glad things are falling into place for you!
    Christy@My Dirt Road Anthem recently posted..Shamrock Run 5k Race RecapMy Profile

  8. Excited and happy for you! :)
    Kate recently posted..Run + bikeMy Profile

  9. Can’t wait to hear all about it after all that you have been through with the bedazzled boots! ;)
    Michel@Babyweightmyfatass recently posted..Weight Watchers Weigh In UpdateMy Profile

  10. I’m so excited for you!!! You’re such an inspiration of endurance through all that has happened!!! Enjoy your last week! Boylston Street will be calling you soon!!
    Fancy Nancy recently posted..Monday MotivationMy Profile

  11. So exciting!!

    I can’t believe it’s “Boston” time already! Looking forward to reading all about your great race :)
    Jen recently posted..Today show recap and Running crapMy Profile

  12. That is exciting! This is the first year I “know” so many people running Boston, so I’m looking forward to reading all about it!
    Heather@Just a Colorado Gal recently posted..Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake BarsMy Profile

  13. I am so excited too! This is my first Boston Marathon, and it does seem so much more real now that there are bibs and corrals. I am doing my last big week, which is almost the same as what I did 2 weeks ago, alternating with big weeks and recovery weeks, for a total of 3 big ones. Whoo hoo! Last big week to go! It is going to be an end of an era for me, since going to Boston has been something that I have been working on for 7 years! Actually, it is probably more like 8 or 9, since it was fall of 2003 when I bought my first training book for it, and then waiting until early summer of 2004 to start training for my first marathon.
    Melissa C recently posted..20 Miler #2 DONE, and It’s Here!My Profile

  14. This winter has flown by moreso than previous years. Maybe because we had so much less grey and cold than usual. I’m excited for you and your Boston journey. Can’t wait to read all about it, but it does feel like it has come fast.
    Christina recently posted..Solid Bike RideMy Profile

  15. I’m not heading to Boston, but I’m getting so excited to cheer so many of you on! I’m so glad you made it the whole way through this cycle and are feeling strong and ready for the marathon, I’m looking forward to getting a successful marathon cycle in one of these seasons! :)
    Laura recently posted..Purposeful Running- Sarah’s storyMy Profile

  16. I still need a couple of long runs before I’m ready for anything… but my race over Easter weekend is only 22km on the mountain…
    Coach Dion recently posted..WEEK 2My Profile

  17. Good luck with your last big training week!

  18. Yay!! You’re almost there!! All those setbacks make it all the better in the end. :)
    Coy recently posted..Ice Cream Giveaway – You Know You Want ItMy Profile

  19. The taper is the only part I don’t like!

  20. Amanda I’m so excited for you!

    The excitement here in Boston is definitely starting to build! You know I’ll be out there cheering you on :)

  21. Yes, it is hard to believe it is almost here. Really good news that you are feeling so strong both mentally and physically. Such a testament to how you approached things with patience, diligence and perserverence.!
    Shut Up and Run recently posted..Running On Clouds?My Profile

  22. Good luck in Boston – will this be your first Boston? I’m an Oiselle athelete too… running Boston for the second time this year (also doing Big Sur — what was I thinking???) Do you have a goal time in mind??

  23. whoa! This is the last big week?!! I’m so excited for you! I really, truly am!!!!!!! YAY!
    Mamarunsbarefoot recently posted..Five For FridayMy Profile

  24. Make sure to qualify again so you can be my personal Boston escort in 2013! LOL!

    It is great to see you be at this point again after all the injuries. Your hard work and perseverance are very inspiring!
    Jeff Irvin recently posted..Ironman Mont-Tremblant Training Week #1My Profile

  25. SO excited for you! It is such a special race.. love that you have enjoyed the process, the training leading up to your big day. I look forward to hearing all about it.
    btw- you look awesome, so fit and ready for this!
    LisaM@RunWiki recently posted..Double Chocolate Recovery FudgsicleMy Profile

  26. Can’t believe this marathon is now just about a month out! Enjoy every last moment of the build up, those are some really precious memories.
    Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl recently posted..CHM Training Week 7 RecapMy Profile

  27. Im so excited for you Miss Zip! Talk about bouncing back, holy cow you are a running machine. Sadly I’m not going but believe you me i’ll be there in spirt! And dang it, I will be there one day! Enjoy taper.
    Fueled by Spite recently posted..Tempo!My Profile

  28. I am so excited for you! You are going to do awesome and I can’t wait to hear all about it. Wish I could be there to cheer everyone on. Maybe someday:)
    Hikermom recently posted..St. Paddy’s Day Dash ResultsMy Profile

  29. 4 months already? Hard to belive – great to hear you’re feeling good these days!
    Kovas recently posted..Cultivate Wines – Wines With a WhyMy Profile

  30. If most of your training cycles are “perfect”, I salute you! I have never had one where something was off. I think you’re going to do fantastic in Boston and I wouldn’t be surprised if you far exceeded your expectations!

    Have a great week!
    Jill recently posted..I’m Coming HomeMy Profile

  31. Amazing that Boston is so close. Enjoy the home stretch. Cheers!
    Viper recently posted..Accidentally Too FarMy Profile

  32. Me!!! This is my last big mileage week too! I’m doing 15 this weekend and then 22 next weekend. I do a 3-week taper in terms of overall mileage but a 2-week taper in terms of my last 22-miler. It’s different but it works for me!
    Kristy recently posted..Weekend UpdatesMy Profile

  33. I’m very excited for your comeback race (and the stories of everyone running Boston). It’s all inspiration!
    Terzah recently posted..Kristy’s BQ: Guest Post #2My Profile

  34. Holy cow, it IS so soon!! You’re going to be GREAT!! So excited for you :)
    Heather recently posted..PR’s all OVER the place. PFTW.My Profile

  35. Oh I’m excited for you!!! Best of luck!
    SassyModernMom recently posted..Who Wants To Go Shopping With Me?? Introducing SHOP.CA!My Profile

  36. Wow, is it really almost Boston taper time for everyone?! That’s awesome. I’m so excited for you, and everyone going to Boston this year. Good luck with this final high mileage week!
    Erin recently posted..Race Recap: 2012 Sharin’ O the Green 5KMy Profile

  37. are those shorts purple and orange?!?!? if yes, love them!!!

    50+ miles a week. ahhh i’m jealous :) i can’t believe boston is almost here. i feel so “out of the loop” having been sidelined for so many months.
    lindsay recently pr’sMy Profile

  38. So exciting!!

  39. this. is. so. exciting.

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! reading how you over came your injury and continued to train….teaching me about pool running and weird contraptions! YAY!!!!! you’re almost ready to race!!!!!
    Ali Mc recently posted..Race Nutrition and PrepMy Profile

  40. whoa, how ARE we here already? Have an excellent week!
    katie recently posted..RnR USA Half Marathon: race reportMy Profile

  41. You have come a LONG way, my friend!!!

    Crazy to think we taper so soon. I’m so excited!!

    Have you heard anything about blogger meet-ups yet?
    marlene recently posted..One MonthMy Profile

  42. It *does* seem like you just got back to running! Sounds like it’s been a great cycle, and I am excited to see what Boston brings for you. Have a great final push!
    Allison Johnson recently posted..Quit being a Pansy!My Profile

  43. I am so sad this training cycle is almost over. I can’t wait to wear my Boston jacket but wish I had like 4 more weeks to prepare myself for this race. And I totally agree, running this race is the reward whatever happens on that day. 4 weeks from today!!!!!
    Robin recently posted..Training Run #2 on the Boston CourseMy Profile

  44. luckily training isn’t over bc you have Cleveland right around the corner!! Hoping you have another great week of training!!
    Kristy (@KrisRunTri) recently posted..Week 10 – What Do I Do Now?My Profile

  45. I am not running Boston..But I am looking forward to it and see how you and many others blogger friends will do. I am so happy for you. This reminds me of last year when I was pulling for Beth to make her comeback this year it is YOU!
    Caroline recently posted..Divorcing the Brooks Pure Flow…I ThinkMy Profile

  46. So excited for you and everyone running Boston. I will never qualify (and I am cool with that) so maybe I get extra excited for everyone that does.
    Laura recently posted..It’s the little thingsMy Profile

  47. Yay!!! You are so ready! :) Can’t wait to see you again!
    Erin Henderson recently posted..Training updateMy Profile

  48. After following you for most of the year, seeing everything you went through (and relating to a ton myself), I just wanted to say IM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!! You’re doing it!!
    Adrienne recently posted..Shoes, Strength, and Other Lower LegismsMy Profile

  49. This race is a triumph for you – of tenacity, of desire and of love of running. Every step you take at Boston is a tribute to your self-determination. And it’s an inspiration to those of us who are injured or ill and can’t do what we want.
    Char recently posted..Amusement and AmazementMy Profile

  50. So wonderful … you get the cherry, on the icing, on the cake!!!
    You just gave me a reality jolt, I’ll be tapering for Big Sur in less than 3 weeks. Whaaaat????
    Kathy R recently posted..The Canyonland Half Marathon – Gorgeous, Gritty GoodnessMy Profile

  51. I’m so excited for you!!! I can’t wait to read your recap! Your training has had its ups and downs but you have always kept such an inspirational attitude and made the best of everything. Love it!
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness recently posted..Publix Georgia Half Marathon RecapMy Profile

  52. I’m headed for Boston only in spirit this year but I am super excited for you and everyone headed to Beantown in 1 MONTH!!!!
    Teamarcia recently posted..Race Report: March Madness HalfMy Profile

  53. So glad to see you’ve stayed healthy for your training cycle. Gives the rest of us oft-broken folks hope. Have a great time in Boston!
    Chris @ Evolving Through Running recently posted..My First Half (witted) MarathonMy Profile

  54. Maybe zipping across a marathon finish line is expecting too much, but I do suspect you’ll finish with flair and success! I, for one, will do my part to support you by not entering, not crowding you, not getting into your corral. When is the walking in scenic nature-a-thon?
    KymberlyFunFit recently posted..No Posts Were Found!My Profile

  55. YAY! The race is coming up fast! Good luck with your 22 miles and speed work!
    J recently posted..10 weeks downMy Profile

  56. I can’t believe boston is so close! I remember when you started training for it! CRAZY! Good luck this week with your last long run =)
    PS -> I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cabinets…if I could create my dream kitchen, I would have biscotti cabinets =) (totally off subject)
    Michele @ nycrunningmama recently posted..Highlights from the 2012 NYC Half MarathonMy Profile

  57. Cute t-shirt – that was the one from my first Philly marathon :)
    Abby @ Have Dental Floss, WIll Travel recently posted..‘Gator GabMy Profile

  58. WOW! I can’t imagine! And I must say… it does look GOOD on you! And the fact that you are recovering and feeling strong is really great – your body is adjusting. Hugs & Oomphs for you!
    Kris @Krazy_Kris recently posted..Firework | Katy Perry | Music MondayMy Profile

  59. Numbers are posted? Guess I should check that out! LOL! See you there!!!
    Gracie recently posted..All of my hill training in one day.My Profile

  60. Good luck! Sounds like you’ve had an awesome training plan. You’re gonna do great!
    Ara recently posted..Epic RelayMy Profile

  61. Boston! Wow! I would die to run that race some day, but I am not speedy. I’ll keep working at it…and in the meantime, I’ll vicariously live through you. S thanks for keeping us up on your training and thoughts about the race. It’s fun to read!
    Vieve recently posted..Week #11 in ReviewMy Profile

  62. I can’t believe Boston is so close already either. You and another blogger I follow will be running it and I’m excited for both of you and can’t wait to hear all about it afterwards.

    Good luck on your last hard training week.
    Fran recently posted..Monday March 19, 2012: The mishmash editionMy Profile

  63. Enjoy the tapering time and after ….run like the wind!
    Good luck.
    Black Knight recently posted..CardiffMy Profile

  64. you made it!!! i can’t believe it’s been a year since i was in the same position, where does the time go. feels like boston 2011 was forever ago!
    Denise recently posted..What I’m EatingMy Profile

  65. Who says you need to taper?
    Jamoosh recently posted..It’s Good to be KingMy Profile

  66. Sounds like you have prepared very well!!! Good luck at Boston, what an accomplishment to qualify for that race….it is a dream goal of mine! I know you will do great!
    Toni Church recently posted..Two Blissful MilesMy Profile

  67. I am not going to Boston, but man, I am getting excited for YOU! I know that I had such a hard time sleeping the night before my last marathon! I can just feel the adrenaline and the anticipation of a big race. It’s exciting!

    Good luck! I think the weather gods are on your side. It is in the 70s today in MA!
    Kyria recently posted..WIAW (2) & Food Firsts (1)My Profile

  68. Congrats on making it through healthy and strong!
    Laura recently posted..The longer walkMy Profile

Speak Your Mind


Current ye@r *

CommentLuv badge