Marathon Training Week 15
8 miles (8:27)
I ran at an easy pace, although it was much slower than my usual easy run. This is how I know I should be nearing full taper time.
Tuesday: Speed-Yasso 800 Workout
1 mile warm up, 10 X 800 (3:01, 3:00, 3:01, 3:01, 3:00, 3:00, 3:00, 2:59, 2:59, 2:56), 1 mile cool down
The goal was 3 minutes per 800. I went conservatively to start and was a tad slow. They also felt more challenging at the beginning. After a while I wasn’t worried about crashing anymore and sped up on the last three. I felt better as they went and it confirmed my self assessment that I am stronger at endurance compared to speed. It was a bit windy on the back side of the track but the temps were good. I was happy with this workout.
p.m. additional very easy 5 miles
push ups, planks, legs
9 miles (7:45)
push ups, planks
7 miles (7:43)
This run was mostly easy with some low 7 miles at the end.
light arms, abs
This day off was much needed.
Saturday: Long Run
10 miles (7:42)
I went out with a plan of 10-12 as my final long run before the marathon. Since I felt fatigued, I capped it at 10. I really don’t think 2 miles would enhance my fitness at this point anyway. It is more important to be fully recovered for next week.
push ups, planks
3 miles (7:58)
I felt like a normal person on this day-only running 3 miles and being happy with it! It was nice.
Total miles: 49
This taper week went as planned. I did my last big workout on Tuesday. From here on I will continue to taper until my marathon next Sunday. I have had some ups and downs in this training cycle but overall I have been consistent and run the most miles of my life. I have faith that it will pay off and I will hope for nice weather on race day!