Wow! It is officially race week! Only six more sleeps until I toe the line for the Wisconsin Marathon! I am winding down and getting super excited to see what race day will bring. I have had a very strong training season and I feel prepared to have a break out race. So, this week, I am focused on rest, clean nutrition, hydration+, carbo-loading, stretching, and mental relaxation. Hopefully if I can do these things, Mother Nature will do her part as well.
Training Recap: Okay, I will admit right upfront that I deviated a little bit from my training schedule this week due to timing and personal preferences. But that is okay. When I talked to Coach last week, he said the key was to do what was comfortable these last couple of weeks. Don’t overdo it. Don’t under-do it. I know my body better than anyone and how my tapers usually play out. So I felt like I had a bit of permission to give and take with my training schedule. That said, I did complete all of my scheduled workouts. I just shaved a few minutes here or there so my total running time was about 35 minutes less than scheduled. With the time logged during my Girls on the Run sessions, it probably ended up a wash, but I don’t record the running I do there.
Here is how week # 2 of my taper panned out:
Monday: Rest / upper body weights.
Tuesday: 7.2 miles with strength intervals: 4 x 1 mile @ 10 seconds per mile faster than goal marathon pace in the morning / 2.25 miles with my son in the evening.
Wednesday: Rest (since I ran 2x yesterday) / upper body weights.
Thursday: 9 miles with 8 @ goal marathon pace (7:45).
Friday: 5.3 miles with 5 striders / upper body weights. My son joined me for just over a mile to shake out his legs before his race.
Sunday: 10 miles. My right ankle felt wonky and my hamstrings are crazy tight. My heart rate was too high. Fortunately this is familiar for this point in my taper, so I am not worried. All will improve next week.
Total: 38.8 miles
My mileage is substantially lower this week (I maxed out this season at 67, but was normally near the 60 mile mark), but I also had a few high quality runs. I am hoping all of this uptempo pacing will make race pace feel very comfortable on Saturday. Wish me luck!