Well, here we are. This time next week, the Monumental Marathon will be behind me. Part of me wants to say “Yikes!”, but I mainly feel ready to do this thing. The Own It! plan from TLAM has really been a great fit for me. This is the first marathon training cycle (out of my four) where I’ve stuck with the speedwork. Now I just wish it would hurry up and get here!
I’ve been following Mint’s advice about the taper to clean up my eating, get lots of sleep, and generally try to prevent illness and freak injuries. Oh, and I’m also checking the weather for next weekend approximately 525,600 times a day!
Monday – Long walk
Tuesday – 4 miles at tempo, 8 miles total on the day.
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – An easy 6 miles at 9:38 pace, with 4 strides at the end.
Friday – 3 miles at 10:14 pace. Legs were very heavy and full of taper aches.
Saturday – Last long run, baby. I met a friend at 7 a.m., but we sat in her car trying to wait out the rainstorm and watching the radar before bailing an hour later. After keeping an eye on the weather all day, I finally ran around 2:30 p.m. The later run meant that I only had my dog and my iPod for company – they did 3 and 9, respectively. Despite the wintry conditions, it was a relatively good run, and I got in 12 at 9:02 pace. I’m feeling good about next weekend! The hay is in the barn.
Sunday – Some light yoga at home, raking leaves… but mostly just rest!
Total – 29 miles