Week one of my taper is in the books!
I am getting excited and a bit nervous about my upcoming race. I guess that is what is supposed to happen when you hit the taper, right?
Monday is my rest day. I was a bit sore from my 20 miler too.
Tuesday I was scheduled to run 80 minutes with 8 miles at goal marathon pace (8:05-8:15). I opted to move this pace run to the weekend as I had signed up for a local half marathon and wanted to test the waters during that race at goal race pace. I ran easy after work and the weather was fabulous. Even better, it was still light out at 8:00 pm when I finished. 80 minutes / 9 miles / 8:52 pace.
Wednesday I ran before and during Girls on the Run practice. 41 minutes / 4.8 miles / 8:41 pace.
Thursday I had a strength interval workout on tap. 10 minute warm up; 2 x 2 miles @ 7:45 pace; .5 mile recovery and cool down. It was a beautiful morning, but the workout felt really hard. It was a bit dejecting, but I sucked it up and got it done. 60 minutes / 7.3 with strength workout + 4 strides / 8:13 average overall pace.
Friday I ran 30 minutes easy. 3.35 miles / 8:57 pace.
Saturday I ran the Parkinson’s Half Marathon. This race is awesome because the start and finish are less than a half mile from my front door. My goal was to run at goal race pace, which is anywhere from 8:05-8:23, since I am thinking I’ll be able to run Wisconsin somewhere between a 3:35 and 3:40 pace. I was fired up and it was a beautiful morning, so of course I went out way too fast. First mile was 7:42 – ooops. I decided just to run it by feel and hang on. Funny how the first several miles at sub-8 pace felt so easy even though it felt brutal trying to hit those paces in my workout on Thursday. Race day adrenaline is the real deal. 😉 I was wicked stitchy twice during the race, but was able to work through it. Ended up finishing in 1:45:32 / 8:03 average pace. Since I am now an old lady (40), that was good enough for an age group award – woot woot! It was very fun getting out there and definitely confirmed where I thought I was fitness-wise.
Sunday I decided to rest. I had 45 minutes on the schedule, but if I ran it, I would have been at 45 miles for the week. I wanted to cut back a little more than that as more taper has always been better for me than less, and given that I peaked only in the low 50s for weekly mileage, I didn’t want to trick my body into thinking I am still in full training mode.
Total: 5 hours / 33 minutes – 39.5 miles
Happy Marathon Monday!