|Jacqueline Palfy Klemond is one of six Boston Marathon entrants testing Polar personal training gear and blogging about it for Boston.com|
But that’s what a windchill of 7 degrees below zero at 5 a.m. requires when you train for a spring marathon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s never the actual temperature that gets you – it’s the wind. Always the wind. And today was no different with gusts of 25 mph – a light breeze compared to the 50 mph winds on Monday.
It only hurts when you run into it.
On Wednesday I met up with three friends in the cold, dark morning to run an easy 8 miles before work. They are training for spring races, too, and we talked about weekend long runs. My training plan – which I make up every day as I go along – continues to focus on cross-training and low mileage, to make sure I don’t fire up an old injury.
Still, I need to get the long runs in. And because this isn’t my first time at this rodeo, I figure I can just do them and not follow any reasonable ramp-up. Foolish? Maybe. But here we are.
Right now, this is what a training week looks like for me:
Monday: Teach 45-minute spin class, run 3 miles
Tuesday: Lift weights
Wednesday: Run 8 miles in the morning; teach 45-minute spin class at lunch
Thursday: Run 6-8 miles in the morning, lift weights at lunch
Friday: Teach 45-minute spin class at lunch
Saturday: Run 18-20 miles
Sunday: Swim, go for a walk, or sleep in and make the kids French toast and then read the paper
It’s been about like this for a while now. The good news is I have zero pain in my pelvis. And I’m not having any trouble with the mileage. I ran 15 miles on Friday morning before work, and the only bad part was getting up at 4:30 a.m. And that was only really bad because my daughter Genevieve, 2, woke up repeatedly during the night to ask me to cover her up with her blankie. Just go to sleep!
I miss the high mileage right now, the grind of it, the counting down the days until taper. I don’t even know how I’ll taper for Boston – I feel like I’m barely training, even though I am exercising every day, often doing doubles. It just doesn’t feel the same as a 60-mile week does. But I also recognize that this is the safest, smartest way for me to get to the starting line, so I’m going with it.
Wearing my new Polar RC3 GPS heart-rate monitor for spin class has been fun, too, and a good distraction. I love teaching spin classes – something I just started doing about a year ago. Several years ago, I trained for the Vermont City Marathon running just a few days a week and taking spin classes regularly. Race-day temperatures were brutal, and I missed my goal of qualifying for Boston that day. But I still set a personal record out there, so I know the cross-training works.
Just this week, I started to get excited about the race. I think finishing that 15-miler last week showed me that it won’t be the complete death march I thought it would be. It wasn’t a speedy run, but it wasn’t difficult, either. I felt like I could keep going. Once I get a 20 under my belt, I will feel even better (or worse, I guess, depending on how it goes).
I think my son Jack, 4, will look pretty cute in that. I kind of wish it said “My mommy is faster than my daddy,” but my husband might not think that’s as funny. I confess: I love ridiculous race clothing. I ran through both pregnancies – right up until I got put on bedrest – and raced through them, too. I had a friend make me a shirt that said “Baby on board” on the front and, on the back, “You just got passed by a pregnant chick.”
It was pretty funny. Though I had to hustle at 32 weeks pregnant to come in second to last in a 10K. Coming in last wearing that shirt would not have been funny.
There may be more than just a shirt for my son in the order I placed on the Adidas website of official Boston gear. We won’t get to the expo until Sunday afternoon, and I wanted to make sure I got a jacket. When I confessed to a friend about my purchases, he did what I knew he would: Enabled me.
He told me he bought three different official hats at the expo, along with all the other gear he bought.
“It’s Boston,” he said.
It is. And I can’t wait to be there.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes