Playing it safe toward the end of last week’s training paid off. Yes, it was tough to pull things back for a bit as I struggled with second guessing myself, anxiety over whether or not I was losing fitness, and in general, feeling on edge with increased amounts of energy! Preview of the taper that is to come?
I saw my ART chiropractor on Wednesday and he agreed that I came to him at just the right time. By taking a day off and lessening the intensity, I was able to stop a full blown injury from happening. The hardest part was dealing with the aftermath of taking things down. At this point in training (3 weeks out from the marathon) I am feeling all sorts of emotions, but the one I’m feeling the most is excitement, which closely resembles anxiety at times.
How the week played out:
Monday: 31 minutes easy at the Labor Day 5k I was going to do but made the smart decision not to do. Just ran easy with James and our friend, Kim. The race always has a pancake breakfast afterward so that was a nice consolation prize.
Tuesday: Took the day off as my foot was starting to feel better and I had the ART appointment the next day. Why make matters worse on the way to recovery?
Wednesday: 40 minutes easy. ART was in the morning, this run was at night. Pain free. ART by Tim Keyes, he’s a miracle worker. The “key” is knowing when you need it and pulling back in order for it to work!
Thursday: 40 minutes easy, pain free again.
Friday: 61 minutes with 30 minutes at tempo pace. Had a week and a half off from tempos so there was a slight re-adjustment to picking things up. However, I felt in control and strong on the tempo portion. In fact, I think last week’s down time served as a mini taper as all of my runs since then have felt like I was carrying bottled up energy with me. Now I just need to keep it bottled up before September 28th!
Saturday: Took the day off as there was slight foot pain. Wanted to be healthy for my long run.
Sunday: 2 hours 20 minute long run. James and I were a few towns over from home so he dropped me off at the bike path that goes back to the house and I ran back. On the way there I stopped to visit my grandpa’s grave again. The rest of the run felt easy and relaxed. Focused on harnessing my fitness and feeling strong as I reached the two hour mark. This was the last “long” long run. I just have one more tempo and one more long run before it’s time to pull things back!
Total: 5 hours 13 minutes