The day started off with a bang at 4AM. I woke up without an alarm clock for the first time in I do not know how long. I got out of bed and met my group at 5:15 for 6.5 miles at an easy pace. It did not feel that easy but I think it had more to do with the after effects from my abysmal feelings yesterday.
Fast forward through a 10 11 hour work day and as of 5:28PM 6PM, I am beat! I had planned to sneak a spin class in this evening but it was not meant to be. Thankfully I have a double spin awaiting me tomorrow morning.
Nothing left to do but smile smile smile. - Grateful Dead
Holy moly today was hard. I was on the verge of tears this morning. It must be marathon week! I do not deal with tapering well. The first couple of years of marathoning when I was doing lower volume training (if any marathon training can be called low volume) tapering meant going back to the way things were before marathoning (ie doing very little). I do not remember the serious taper blues that I feel now. Now that I am a girl that craves the work, not doing the work leads to thoughts in my head telling me that I am fat, not good enough, blah blah blah. Total nonsense but yet, I still feel on the verge of tears. I have talked about the taper before but curing the taper blues eludes me.
Today the cure for the taper blues came in the form of a spin class. I am SO THANKFUL that Reilly taught tonight. He reminded me that this is what everyone feels during the taper. I left the class feeling lighter with a smile on my face. Just as it should be!
On the way home, it dawned on me that I need to find a way to move past the crap in my head. Taper or no taper it is time to let it all go!
Tomorrow morning the whole family is heading out to walk the 5k with my grandma. I used to run the 10k but it is a lot more fun to walk with grandma. 22,000 people are expected tomorrow. Six years ago the race was 1500. There is no recession in racing that is for sure!
I plan to get a run in sometime tomorrow. I have embraced the taper. 11 days to marathon!
I woke up this morning still unsure about running 20 miles 2 weeks out from the marathon. After reading @bostonmarathon2012’s comment, I realized it made a lot more sense to split 20 into two runs. I am going to run 13 right now and 7 later on today. Or 14 now and 6 later. We shall see how the first run goes. I want to get the mileage in.
I have trained hard all year long and know that the set backs of the last couple of months are not going to hold me back. I want to finish 2011 on a high note.
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The blog has been relatively silent because I have been over here in my neck of the woods freaking out. I woke up this morning in a slight panic about the marathon in two weeks. Is it smart to run 20 tomorrow? Am I crazy? What was I thinking? I consider these very valid questions. I have laid off my usual crazy workout routine as of late to let my leg heal. I feel better. I know that everything is going to be fine. I know that I will complete the race. Is it crazy that I still want to try for a goal time?? Maybe so. Maybe all of the rest over the past couple months will pay off. Who knows? The coaches out there might tell me otherwise. In two weeks and two days, it will all be over and I will be sitting somewhere drinking a beer with my family. The good news is that my little good luck charm (aka my two year old niece) is coming to cheer me on during the marathon. All is well..
I am finally back to running uphill at race pace! It felt good to run hard this morning, 7 miles uphill at race pace. I am hopeful that this bodes well for the marathon. I decided to pull back on the 20 miler over the weekend and pushed it to this Saturday instead. This will give me a two week taper. This is my shortest taper but this has not been a normal training interval.
Three weeks???!!! Usually by this point in training I would be starting to taper but not so this time around. I missed a couple of long runs due to the calf muscle fiasco so I am heading out this weekend for a 20 plus miler. I am approaching this marathon with a bit of trepidation but I am going to see it through.
In half iron tri training news, I start swim practice on Monday at 6AM. EEKKK! Wish me luck!!!
I love this city. I forgot just how much I love this city. I do not want to leave (granted the weather has been amazing since i arrived, better than LA). I do see myself living back here someday. We shall see what the future holds.
In the meantime, I have a few more days to enjoy the city. I am impressed with the amount of people out running everyday. The numbers rival Santa Monica. I never in a million years would have thought that DC would be a runners city (especially given the amount of people who still smoke out here). In this town of political gridlock, it is great to see!
Wow, that was a rough week. I barely had time to do anything beyond work but at least I got one spin and a few runs in. Tonight I leave for a work trip to DC. I am looking forward to early morning runs on the mall alongside the monuments. Once upon a time I lived in DC and worked at the White House. At that time, I did not run, in fact I barely worked out beyond walking all over the city. My how things have changed since then.
I surprised myself by waking up at 4:40AM this morning. I was in the middle of a triathlon dream and my alarm was incorporated into the dream. My husband broke the dreamy haze by asking me if I was actually going to run. Oh yeah, that noise is the alarm. It was tough to pull myself out of bed after going out to an awesome dinner last night and indulging in too much wine. The 7 miler was a little slower than usual (I am sure the dinner had something to do with that). All things considered, it was a great run. My calf seems fine. Onward and upward.
T minus 1 hour and 9 minutes until Vineman 70.3 registration opens. CANNOT WAIT!