As April 15th gets closer, Master Athlete Mike Ehredt is taking the necessary steps to help him prepare for his first ever Boston Marathon.
Mike is currently doing 5 running workouts a week. Two of those workouts are high quality (about 15 miles). He tries to have a workout within a workout by running simulated race conditions. Recovery time for this takes longer, so sometimes Mike limits himself to 4 workouts a week.
In addition to running, Mike is also teaching classes at the health club. This is where he gets his cross training in; he does exercises with medicine balls and kettlebells as a type of functional fitness type training.
As of right now, Mike is making sure he is eating a lot of healthy fats. Mike avoids a lot of grains, but is sure to be also eating healthy carbs such as rice and sweet potatoes. As the race gets closer, Mike said his diet with increase the carb intake for energy.
About 10 days out of the Boston Marathon, Mike will do his last hard workout. The last 10 days are when he will completely taper. He will even go down to 30 min a day of running every other day. He explained how important the last 7-10 days are devoted to rest and recovery.
Mike qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:23. He knows how the tradition of the event and the crowds can cause people to go too fast from the start because they get caught up in the emotion and adrenaline of it all. Mike hopes to stay on his pace and finish with a time of 3:20-3:25. Ideally though, he’s love to finish with a time faster than his qualifying time.
We truly believe Mike can accomplish his goals, and we will be rooting for him the whole way. Good luck in the Boston Marathon, Mike! Be there, do that!