Last training recap before the big day! It’s hard to believe it’s ONE WEEK OUT. My training cycle wasn’t nearly as long as most people (just under 3 months) but it feels like I’ve been at this for awhile. My legs are starting to feel like they have some life in them again which is good because in 7 days I’ll be running a whole lot of miles…
Sun– morning walk + 27 miles biking
Last “long” bike ride before the marathon! We rode to Goucher (where I went to school) and back. It’s a hilly ride and my legs were really tired but it was gorgeous outside so I can’t complain. We kept the pace slower than normal and just enjoyed ourselves. I was starving by the time we finished.
Tues– 9 miles running
Last longer run before the race! 9 miles is my standard distance. I ran to Under Armour and back along the harbor and it was another perfect morning for a run. It felt pretty good after falling asleep before 9pm and getting a solid 10 hours of rest. Imagine that ;)
Wed– 6 miles November Project PR Day + 30 min yoga + kickball
Wednesday was PR day at November Project. It happens once a month and we do a 3000m race around Rash Field. I typically don’t race it and opt to run with friends but I felt like this was a good time to get some speedwork in. I wasn’t going to race it all out but I got caught up with the guys around me so we ended up running at about 6:20 pace for 1.85 miles. We also did 30 minutes of yoga before we raced which I thought would make running fast harder, but I guess it loosened me up quite a bit. Pro tip: running 4 miles with a yoga mat is REALLY hard.
It’s kind of nice being able to run without setting an alarm again. I wake up around the same time generally, but I don’t feel as rushed in the morning which is really nice.
Fri– 4.5 miles Runch
I ended up “working from home” away from Baltimore Friday so after a late night driving, I decided to sleep in a bit and run at lunch. In the pouring rain. Good life choices. My entire body felt amazing after getting a massage Thursday night.
Total– 26.5 miles running, 1 yoga class, 27 miles biking, 2 rest days
This week wasn’t exactly what I thought I’d be doing but it ended up working out nicely. I wanted to go to November Project Friday to do some hills but I ended up leaving town with the threat of an impending hurricane (that didn’t end up hitting Baltimore), so I had to fit in a few miles while I was working Friday. I had hoped to go another mile or two but my lunch break isn’t long enough for that and I’m kind of glad because it’s forcing me to really take taper seriously. Next week I will be running 3-4 times, 3-5 miles each. I’ll probably also be cutting out yoga (the one at my office is a legitimate workout that leaves me sore for days) and focusing on sleep, lots of nutritious food, and staying off my feet as much as possible. I know my swim taper was always really successful when we weren’t even allowed to take the stairs, whereas my more lenient track/xc taper didn’t produce any remarkable results. So I’m looking to find a happy medium.
Oh— and can we talk about how I’ll be hanging with the fam in FIVE DAYS?!