A lot of people hate tapering.
Not me. Bring on the taper! I love getting a little more sleep and having shorter, but still uptempo workouts.
Monday is my rest day, but I fully activated my racing excitement by watching the Boston Marathon while working Monday morning!
Tuesday I was scheduled for a marathon pace run. 75 minutes with a 5 minute warm up; 6 miles at 8:05-8:23 pace; 5 minute cool down with strides. It was a beautiful morning and my MP miles were slightly faster than that with my last mile at a 7:40 pace. Great way to start the week! 75 minutes / 9.3 miles / 8:06 overall average pace.
Wednesday I was scheduled for 20 minutes easy. I slept in, however, and ran only at Girls on the Run. Not sure how far or how fast, but I definitely had fun.
Thursday I had a strength workout on tap. 10 minute warm up; 3 miles at 7:45 pace; 10 minute cool down with strides. I slept in again, but woke up with wicked seasonal allergies, which made this workout a little tougher. But I got it done. 45 minutes / 5.6 miles / 8:02 average overall pace.
Friday I had an off day, but I wanted to keep my legs loose and wanted to make up for not officially logging any miles on Wednesday. Did an easy loop – 27 minutes / 3.2 miles / 8:48 average pace.
Saturday my family went downtown to run the Crazylegs Classic. I’ve done this race many times and usually it is cold, raining and windy. This year, however, it was sunny, 50 degrees and awesome! I paired up with my oldest son and my husband paired up with our youngest (and it was his first race over 3k distance). My oldest son and I did the race 2 years ago in 40 minutes. He is much faster now, but his hamstring has been bothering him and I am tapering, so we decided we’d go easy. Then we said 8:00 pace. Today, we said we’d go 7:45. Well, it has a few crazy hills, but we nailed our pacing! 38:30 (him) / 38:37 (me – what? I don’t have the same finishing kick a 12 year old does!) – 8k – 7:45 average pace.
Sunday I had 60 minutes on tap. It was insanely windy, so my first mile was very fast. Fun fun with 25 mph winds (not so fun sitting through a soccer game in said winds). 62 minutes / 7.13 miles/ 8:42 pace.
Total: 4:08:39 / 30.3 miles
Next time you read my training log, I’ll have completed my 15th marathon. Wish me luck and please send me strong, healthy vibes!