Happy Wednesday! This will be the last post before I leave tomorrow morning for the race and a weekend in Michigan! Tomorrow, Erin and I are meeting for a short and easy run (her comeback to running after several weeks in a boot!!), and then we’ll grab our bags and hit the road.
So far, taper week is going pretty much as planned.
Tues: 5 total (3 @ 8min pace)
Wed: 40 min easy
I’m still deciding what to wear, what fuel to bring, and whether or not I should wear my Garmin. Fun fact: I’ve never raced with a Garmin! I usually wear a normal sports watch and press the lap button at the mile markers so that I can check my splits at the end. I can see total time and lap time, but not distance or pace, which I actually like. I have this unfounded concern that my Garmin will suddenly run out of battery or lose satellite mid-race, which are problems I don’t need to worry about with my old purple sports watch that has been with me since the beginning (realistically meaning that there is a better chance of Trusty Purple running out of battery). **This is coming from the girl who won’t use cruise control in her car for fear of it not turning off–I clearly have technology trust issues.
Things I’ve accomplished during taper week instead of running:
- I FINISHED the 8th and final season of DH and LOVED all 8 seasons. I’m not usually a tv binger, but DH is better and less trashy than you may think.
- I finished The Book Thief (I’m glad I read it and was intrigued with this perspective of a Holocaust story, but I never had that “I can’t put this down” feeling) and started reading A Map of the Child. <–If a little part of you ever wanted to be a pediatrician, this is a great read!
- I ate lots and lots bread. Better to be overcarbed than undercarbed, right?
- I thought, several times, about cleaning my apartment.
On this morning’s easy run, I was reviewing my running/training over the past few months and how it wasn’t as perfect as I had planned for it to be back in February. I did the runs, but my heart wasn’t 100% into marathon training, and I used more of my time and brain power for other things, like school, sleep, and relationships.
Good: I completed the long runs, including three 20 milers and one 22 miler.
Not so good: None of my long runs felt good. Like, at all.
Good: I didn’t get injured!! This is huge because I was returning from a little injury break when I started training. I’m crediting my health to two rest days each week, mediocre strength training, and not pushing myself with the slightest twinge of hamstring pain.
Not so good: Inconsistency and lack of speed work and tempo runs
So even though it won’t be the PR and BQ I wanted, it’ll still be an experience! I was talking about this with a friend and vet marathoner, and she gave the best advice: “It’s marathon #5 no matter what…whatever the time and how you feel, you’ll take it and think about it and apply it to the next one.” And my dad reminded me that it will be more fun than a long training run by myself. Both are so true. I’m excited!