It’s RACE WEEK! I wanted to drop by with a final taper training log post today.
I went back and forth and back and forth some more as to whether or not I wanted to still do the marathon (after being sick). If I still felt sick that would’ve been one thing, but at this point I feel confident that I am healthy. My reason for not wanting to run was that I don’t feel confident that I will hit my A goal (of < 3:00). What I really don’t want to do is give up and not go for something due to fear of “failure,” and let’s be real, not meeting my A goal does not mean automatic failure. I can’t predict how I will do on Sunday, but one thing is for sure, I will do my very best that day and that alone will be a success.
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
― John Bingham
Here is what my training looked like the week of 01.01.18 – 01.07.18:
Monday – Easy: 6 miles (9:14 pace)
Tuesday – Easy: 8 miles (8:01 pace)
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – 10 miles (8:27 pace)
Friday – Tempo: 11 miles (7:16 pace)
Saturday – Easy: 6 miles (8:07 pace)
Sunday – Easy: 5 miles (8:38 pace)
Total – 46 miles
Basically last week was purely treadmill miles (except for one run) and purely easy miles (except for one tempo). While the temperatures here in lower Alabama were not nearly as chilly as most of you are experiencing, it was still unseasonably cold and I didn’t want to risk running in the cold and getting sick again. I am basically treating myself like a precious snowflake at this point and I am not doing anything that might have a negative impact on my race. Ha. I haven’t done a workout on the treadmill in ages and I actually really enjoyed it. I busted out my trusty old iPod and had a good ‘lil time. I did a 2 mile warm up, 8 tempo miles (6:56, 6:49, 6:43, 6:43, 6:43, 6:42, 6:42, 6:34) and a 1 mile cool down. I was thrilled with how that went, although my legs have been incredibly sore ever since. I registered for the marathon before I did my workout Friday morning and nailing that run was a HUGE boost for my confidence going into the race.
All that is left to do now is take it easy and relax! I am embracing the taper MUCH more this time around than I typically have in the past.