I made it! It is now officially taper time for me. Woo hoo! While some people hate the taper, I love it! Time to rest, recover and get into prime racing mode.
This season hasn’t been perfect and I am no where near PR shape, but I have put in some solid work. I am excited to see what race day will ultimately bring for me.
Here is how my week panned out:
Monday is my rest day, but I did a bit of running with my girls at Girls on the Run practice.
Tuesday I had a marathon pace run. My coach likes to throw a lot of MP miles in during my last month so that I can get used to the pace and find it more easily come race day. We decided a decent time goal would be 3:35, so race pace is somewhere in the neighborhood of 8:05-8:15. I did a one mile warm up; then 6 miles at MP (paces ranged from 7:56-8:12); then I did a cool down with 4 strides. 70 minutes / 8.5 miles / 8:19 average pace.
Wednesday I ran easy. 47 minutes / 5.3 miles / 8:55 pace.
Thursday I was scheduled for an interval workout, but had to get in to work super early. So I ran easy after work and shifted my interval workout to Friday morning. 44 minutes / 5 miles (8:52) pace. Felt great running on fresh legs.
Friday I had strength intervals on tap. I love strength intervals because they are slower than what I have been doing, yet still require some nice turnover. I did a 10 minute warmup; then 5 x 1 mile @ 7:45 pace; .5 mile recoveries; cool down with strides. Intervals ended up (7:42, 7:43, 7:42, 7:42, 7:36). It was funny how easy it was for me to find pace – much easier than the 6:58 pace intervals! The weather was perfect (50 and sunny) and I felt super strong. Yay! 83 minutes / 10 miles / 8:17 average pace.
Saturday I had 30 minutes easy on tap. It was CRAZY windy, but I felt great. 35 minutes / 4 miles / 8:44 pace.
Sunday was my last 3 hour run of this season. The best part is my boys and husband all ran the first 5 miles with me! I felt pretty good, but the last 5 miles were admittedly a bit of a struggle. It was perfect weather (although windy) and I finished just before the rain started coming down hard. Last 1.5 were the fastest. 3 hours 3 minutes / 20.5 miles / 8:57 average pace.
Total: 7 hours, 44 minutes / 53.4 miles
I am starting to get excited about race day! I haven’t run this short of a training season or this light of mileage in a long time, but I think I still have a BQ in me. Let’s hope so anyway!