That is something I thought I might never do again since moving to San Diego. 5 of our friends, Angela, and I spent the weekend in a cozy cabin, 7,000 feet above sea level, in Big Bear. We had a fireplace, a hot tub and plenty of wine and hot cocoa to help us endure the cold temps that our bodies aren't accustomed to.
Numbing the pain of snowboarding...
I learned that Ryan Hall grew up in Big Bear. No wonder he is an incredible runner! With that elevation and those hills you're destined to be great if you train there. It is truly a fantastic place for runners. Angela and I enjoyed a 6+ mile run before leaving and the views were breathtaking. We're usually in awe of the ocean as we run, but running in Big Bear gave us a chance to appreciate the beauty of the snow-topped mountains. It was a challenging run, but a worthwhile one. I am so grateful that Ang dragged my hungover butt out the door to see the lake and mountains.
Running in Ryan Hall's footsteps :)
Today is "Week 1" of Boston Marathon training. 18 weeks, everybody! I have a personalized plan for this training cycle to avoid injury and do my absolute best. Jack Daniels started something called the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project and they offer coaching, training plans and training camps. I paid $60 for an 18-week individualized plan and e-mail support from a running coach. I e-mailed my coach ahead of time and explained my recent injuries and running history. With that information he was able to ease me into long runs and adjust accordingly. If at any time my plan needs to be tweaked, he will take care of it.
I have studied my plan like there will be a test and I have to say, I love it! It looks great and I am excited to get started.
Who else starts training this week? What type of plan are you following?