By Dustin Benson So I agreed to spend three wonderful hours and thirty+ potentially more dramatic minutes pacing my wife to qualify for Boston at the Phoenix Marathon. Should you find yourself in a similar situation, I bet you'd like to know how to handle it. Why? I was very fortunate to have a successful race last fall at the Richmond (VA) Marathon. We had great weather, my Continue Reading
Weekly Recap: The Things You Can’t Control.
Here I am, one week out for the Phoenix Marathon. My goal race. So, one week before the marathon, you're supposed to relax, enjoy the taper, try not to stress, stick to your normal routine... This week was basically the opposite of that. No routine. Lots of stress. Not a lot of relaxing. We had to be out of our house to have our floors refinished. (They look fantastic, btw!). We spent Continue Reading
Weekly Recap: Two Weeks Until the Phoenix Marathon
I still love running; I'm just not "in love" with running. That about sums up this week. If you recall, last week was a big one- it was my peak week with 76 miles. I loved running last week. But this week? It kinda lost its charm. The incredibly cold windy weather meant that I was on the treadmill basically the whole week. And of course, my body was tired from the previous week. And I had the Continue Reading
Weekly Recap: Six Weeks Until The Phoenix Marathon!
Six weeks until the Phoenix Marathon. Time is flying by. This was an easier/cutback week compared to the previous week- still 60 miles total, but the workouts were definitely easier. Here's how it all worked out: Monday: Mile repeats at "tempo" pace. 2 mile warm-up, 4 mile repeats at tempo pace (7:40 min/mile), 2 minute rest in between, 1 mile cool-down, 7.75 miles total. I did this Continue Reading
Weekly Recap: The Phoenix Marathon is in 7 Weeks!
Another week, another weekly recap of training for the Phoenix Marathon! Here's how it worked out this week: Monday: Easy 6 miles in the morning with my friend Christie Tuesday: Tough workout after work at run club with my "pacer" Dustin. My coach calls it "15-10-10-5" workout; apparently this workout is kind of notorious with him, as it should be. It was hard! It was 15 minutes at a tempo Continue Reading
Weekly Recap: Happy New Year!
Happy Sunday and happy new year! Just a short and sweet recap today. I have a few fun posts drafted for later this week, so definitely stop back in. The Phoenix Marathon is 55 days away (just under 8 weeks!) At least 2 weeks of that time will be the taper, so that leaves 6 weeks of hard work. I can handle that! Here's how this week of training went: Monday: Easy 7 miles in the morning Continue Reading
Weekly Recap: 9 Weeks Until the Phoenix Marathon!
Wow, only 9 weeks until my next marathon... What was I thinking, signing up for another marathon so quickly after Richmond? Well, I know what I was thinking- I was thinking I want to qualify for Boston! Fingers crossed that my legs hold up for another race. Here's how my training went last week: Monday: Last run in Phoenix. 8 x 1200m at a 7:40 pace. Once again, this was a hard workout Continue Reading