This time around since I have trained so differently and since I have a couple marathons under my belt, tapering doesn't seem quite as awful as it was before. In fact my week of workouts was still pretty tough and mileage high!
I will take it versus the taper crazies I got the first times around.
Monday: Regular run - 5 miles (Garmin free) ~ 9:30 min miles
Tuesday: Tempo 8.25 miles: 9:31, 8:41, 8:41, 8:41, 8:39, 8:34, 8:29, 9:26, 9:30 (.25)
Wednesday: Cross train 80 mins + full body strength circuit
Thursday: Speed! 800's!: 2.5 mile w/u @ 9:50 then 10 x 800 (goal 3:55) 3:53, 3:53, 3:53, 3:52, 3:51, 3:51, 3:48, 3:48, 3:46, 3:45 - 2.5 mile c/d @ 9:15 - 800's had about 2 mins active rest between
AND I took yoga at night! Namaste :)
Friday: REST and boy am I embracing rest days!!!
Saturday: Long Run: 13.25 miles: 10:06, 9:38, 9:45, 9:40, 9:32, 9:21, 9:31, 9:24, 9:07, 8:49, 8:56, 9:41, 9:15, 9:00 (.25)
|A tale of two runs :)|
(and insert my gorgeous views)
Total miles: 45:05
How's THAT for taper!
(and I think perhaps losing several inches of hair is making me faster? more aerodynamic? solid reasoning, right?)
Overall, I am feeling good. A bunch of good quality workouts in there. I had stomach issues and was a little discouraged...until I realized it was that time of the month (TMI?)...after almost 20 years of having my period you would think I would know...sad but true I never put two and two together. Oops?
The 800 workout? Awesome. I pushed for pace and felt strong throughout.
The long run was a breeze. Seriously you know you are a marathoner when you look at 13 on the schedule and don't consider that a long run. I rolled out of bed and hit the road. Then realized I was creeping on MGP towards the end so decided to throw down some miles at pace. I felt it but it felt good to push it.
Then there is my "shake out" run on Sunday. Which I did all at MGP. Oops? Or yay that tired legs had it in them to do the whole run at goal pace? Not sure which but while yes I am feeling comfortable at pace, I still can't fathom the entire 26.2 at it.
But regardless as I keep telling myself - the training is there. It is just me and the road on race day. What happens, happens. I am seriously NOT stressed about this (yet, try me again perhaps at the end of next week).
Still a little shocked that it really is almost here!!! <insert giddy scream>
11 Days until GO TIME.