- Stephanie McDuffie
- Hello I am Stephanie M. Freeman and I have created this to let everyone walk with me through my journey I am taking to accomplish my dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.Running is such a passion of mine. When I was 14 years old I experienced a life changing event that gave me this passion. I suffered a brain injury from a car accident that left me in a wheelchair & with no hope to ever walk again. For 2 months of my life I prayed for my miracle, and with strength and determination I proved all my doctors & nurses wrong... I walked again!When I run now a days I let this memory drive me harder than ever to be the best person/runner I can be! So therefore I know this goal of mine WILL happen for me and I will make most sure of it!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This week makes week number 4 of my marathon training. It marks a very stressful part of my training because I will incorporate my speed work back into the program. I have a love hate relationship with speed! I love doing it, but in the back of my mind I feel the pain it caused me with my leg last season... I spoke with my old running coach Frank and he told me to begin with hills since I did a race last week it will recruit different muscles than the racing did. So here comes some more of the hate part of speed, this means I will definately have to cut back on my crossfit type classes I take at the gym and I am so addicted to those classes! But Matt tells me I need to focus on my ultimate goal and of course this is BOSTON!
So my schedule for speed will be 4 miles of hills, but unfortunately I live in such a flat land the only hill I have access to is a few small hills so I will be doing repeats no doubt... Last season I did repeats every week and they were so fun to me. But I did entirely too much overtraining by doing my intervals and then hoping on some hill repeats the next day... I am glad I recognize this pattern now and I will do things alot different this time. Because with running you feel so energized you want more, and me being the OCD type of person I am I always jumped at doing all I could. This season I plan to use caution with those feelings and recognize REST is best after speed...