Okay, actually less than a week, SATURDAY it is finally here.
I am oddly still not stressed about this. To be honest on one hand I doubt my ability for it to happen and on the other I keep visualizing coming in under 4 hours.
Time will tell. Race day I will run my heart out.
So here it is my final week of training...since this week is all easy and shake out runs. Two runs stand between me and another round of 26.2 miles.
Monday: 75 minutes on the spinner - I was actually really happy to not be running, legs were TIRED!
Tuesday: Last HARD workout - Pyramid: 1.5 Mile w/u @ 9:35 / 2 miles - 8:27 / rest .25 @ 10:00 / 1.5 miles @ 8:13 / rest .25 @ 10:00 / 1 mile @ 7:53 / rest .25 @ 10:00 / .5 @ 7:30 / rest .25 @ 10:00 / c/d 2 miles @ 9:30 - I felt phenomenal during this workout!
Wednesday: Morning - 30 min easy elliptical / 30 mins strength - I planned to do my easy run at the gym but had NO energy so saved it until after work - Evening - 6.75 miles: 9:17, 9:24, 9:15, 8:59, 9:18, 8:09, 8:21 (.75) - my legs were DEAD I forgot my Garmin and arm band so had to hold my phone and use mapmyrun - I thought I was barely breaking a 10 min mile and at the end of the run when I checked was shocked at my splits. Oops?
Thursday: 8 Miles with 6x2min and 4x1min surges during run - I did this on the treadmill - kept the pace 9:40-10:00 min with surges between 8 and 8:30 pace. Couldn't wait to be done! Sometimes running slower is harder than running faster...is that just me?
Friday: REST!!!! Seriously becoming a favorite. Why did I never take rest days? #idiot
Saturday: Long Run - 10:00, 9:46, 9:50, 10:09, 10:03, 9:56, 9:47, 9:50, 9:45, 9:42, 9:01 (.13) I was under strict instructions to keep it slow and no problem I wound up having to work so was beat after
Sunday: Easy run - 9:55, 10:01, 10:00, 9:58, 10:04, 9:58 - Oh hey summer and humidity #strugglebus this was not fun but it kept me slooooow - I was DRENCHED!
Total Miles: 40.38
And now this week holds for me lots of stretching and taking it easy.
I am looking forward to it. The taper hasn't really affected me as much this time. Probably because ahhh I am still running 40 miles weeks!
I feel so much stronger with my running but I just am hoping that my legs start to feel more rested. I will be stretching like it is my job. And hopefully keeping off my feet as much as I can when not necessary.
Almost race day.
Bring it. Like whoa.