The last days of the taper have arrived. I have now been on weather patrol, eating way too much, and cursing these short little runs. I ran an easy 3 on Tuesday after doing some serious foam rolling and self-massage on Monday night. My shin still felt a little twingy, but better overall.
Tonight I did a little speedwork--2x1600
with 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down. I was supposed to hit 7:30 on
my miles and I managed to pull out a 6:50 and a 6:42. Yay! I am not
going to lie--it wasn't easy. I was definitely feeling lead-legged
today. I suppose it was a good day to have only 2 repeats on the
I wore my new obnoxious green shorts that I
purchased for race day. Now that I was sure it was going to be warm, I
decided to get new shorts. I thought I had taken the tag off last night
when I was getting all my gear together. About halfway through the
second repeat I felt a weird poking sensation on my left leg. Somehow I
managed to feel around for the tag and not break my stride. I laughed
out loud when I realized my idiot self forgot to take the tag off. Doh!
was getting a bit panicky about getting to the expo with Adam. He
works a short day tomorrow, but I was scheduled until 7 and he works
Saturday, but I was off. I worked it out with the other managers that I
would just scoot out at 4 tomorrow. Wahoo!! Now we can go together AND
possibly have date night downtown.
I am supposed to
run 3 miles tomorrow, but I'm not really sure how that's going to happen
with work and the expo and date night. And I could get up early and
knock 'em out, but I think I might just let it be. I don't like to run
the day before the marathon--gotta get all the rest I can with my silly
retail job. I definitely do not have a sedentary job, so my biggest
issue is getting my legs/feet fully rested before race day.
My goals for race day:
1) Sub 3:50
2) PR 3:50:36
3) Cross the finish line
is supposed to warm again this year. Highs are going to be in the
70s. Plus, with this nagging shin thing, I am not feeling super
confident about 1 or 2. But 3 will happen. Besides, I think I am going
to have to fight this PR with a different course anyway. One that is
less hilly and potentially less warm. Still taking suggestions for a
fall marathon--even though training in the summer sounds horrific. But
I'll entertain ideas.