A Summer Update From the Breaking B.Q. Project
Editor’s Note: This year, Minneapolis Running will be following the journey of five runners striving for a 2018 or 2019 B.Q. We’ll cover their training, track their progress, and cheer them into the finish line with the hopes of lining up in Hopkinton next spring. We call it the “Breaking B.Q. Project.”
A Summer Update on the Breaking B.Q. Project
We started the Breaking B.Q. Project about three months ago with the hopes of learning more about the mysterious process of breaking the Boston Marathon qualifying barrier. We drew our inspiration from the Nike Breaking2 Project, which, as we watched earlier this year, expanded the limits of the human body and put on quite a show! (Eliud Kipchoge went on to run 2:00:25!) For our own project, we hope to inspire more runners to remove limits from their minds and training and to set big audacious goals.
The last time we heard from our five Breaking B.Q. Project participants, Eddie, Lauren D., and Rachel shared their experiences at Grandma’s Marathon while Kari and Lauren B. geared up to start training for their fall races. We recently caught up with Lauren B. to get a summer update about her training and upcoming B.Q. attempt. Unfortunately, we were unable to get an update from Kari at this time.
Summer Update with Lauren B.
Briefly, share where you are in your marathon training cycle and what a typical training week looks like.
Man how time flies! I am just shy of 6 weeks out from my marathon. Typically, I will run a longer workout at the beginning of the week and have two to three days of easy running, an hour-ish of biking (I road bike for cross training), and a long run. The long run can be easy miles or, more often now, will have marathon paces miles included.
Tell us how your summer running and training has been going.
Running through the summer has been pretty decent. I have been successful at completing the majority of my runs in the morning before it gets too warm and I feel like that’s made a big difference for me. I’m also lucky to have a sister and a friend who will bike with me on my long runs. They’re there to chat, help refill my water bottle, listen to me complain when it sucks (sorry guys!), and be supportive in general.
Unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with a bit of tendinitis in my right leg so I’ve been seeing a physical therapist at Orthology for a few weeks. The exercises I’ve been doing to work things out have been helping and I’ve been able to continue running pretty much the whole time.
Related: Why You Need a Physical Therapist
I not a huge fan of races in the hot summer months but I do have a 10k that I’m really looking forward to racing hard!
How are you feeling about your fall B.Q. attempt?
I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about my attempt to qualify for Boston. As it gets closer and things fall into place I’m sure my confidence will grow. 🙂
What has been your most confidence-boosting workout or run to date?
My most confidence-boosting run was a track workout (6 x 1200) for which I was supposed to run at 7:30 pace. All of my intervals were faster than 7:30 and I felt like I had plenty left in the tank when I was done – a great feeling!!
What do you hope to accomplish in the coming training weeks?
In the coming training weeks, I will be focused on keeping my eating in check to make sure I’m consuming less processed food and a significant amount more fruits and veggies. I did the same thing for Napa this spring and I had great results in terms of performance.
My number one goal is to stay healthy. The next 6ish weeks are going to be over before I know it and I can’t wait to get to the starting line!
What’s Next for the Breaking B.Q. Project?
Lauren B. will continue to prepare for the Last Chance to B.Q.2 Marathon in Fox Valley, Illinois on September 9th. We’ll also get the full scoop on her current training in an upcoming Day in the Training Life post. Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts for updates on the training and racing of all of our Breaking B.Q. participants. We can’t wait to follow their progress with you!