Today officially marks the half-way point of my Boston marathon training. Well, that went by fast! I have three weeks left of actual training before the taper, and this is the point where I (and apparently most people) start having a minor freak-out (because I haven’t been freaking out the rest of the time?).
The taper crazies are definitely, well, crazy, but there is another perhaps more intense type of panic that occurs when you still have time to make a difference.
I feel faster and I feel stronger than I did at this point in Chicago training, but my mileage has been much more in line with a half marathon training program (I haven’t even hit 40 miles a week yet). And I also don’t feel like I’m working as hard. It might just be that everything feels easier the second time around, but I truthfully don’t feel like I’ve put forth as much effort.
So, I don’t really know what’s going to happen at the start line in 6 weeks. It is quite tempting to go Rocky Balboa style for the next three weeks, but I know the “right” answer is not to over-train.
The Boston Marathon actually has a really helpful social media presence, and they posted this on Thursday.
My plan for the next few weeks is to really rededicate myself to injury prevention. Now is the time to make sure that my core is strong and my quads are adequately prepared for a mostly downhill course. I didn’t put “get 8 hours of sleep” on my checklist, but I probably should have because I have been going to bed way too late and waking up way too early. So, sleeping will be a priority. As will making sure that my body is prepared to successfully finish the last two long runs (two twenty milers).
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Based on a lot of advice, I decided to take things pretty easy last week in order to not push myself into injury. Also, last week my job had me on my feet all day on a concrete floor (easily walking 4 miles a day on said floor) which surprisingly tired me out, and made my legs ache. My little desk-dweller body isn’t used to not sitting down for that many hours. I’m hoping this was the main cause of my heavy legs all week. We did yoga three times this week just to make sure that all my muscles were loosened up and less prone to causing sudden bursts of sharp pain because that wasn’t too fun.
Monday: Rest (still trying to figure out and heal the weirdness from the failed long run)
Wednesday: 1 hour spin, plus 2 easy miles to test the waters
Thursday: 5 mile tempo run: I accidentally ran too far. I only like to add .5 miles per week to my tempo distance, but I mis-remembered last week’s distance, and added a full mile. 7.1 miles total (8:04 pace).
Friday: 3 easy miles
Saturday: 14.2 miles (9:05 pace). This is back down off it week, so our long run was shorter. Overall, I felt ok. Still having issues with that side calf that has been bothering me for weeks now, but no leg spasms, and no problems afterward.
Sunday: 3 easy miles.
SO CLOSE to hitting all of my goals! As I’m heading into these last few weeks, I’m rededicating myself to getting those goals accomplished. If over-training isn’t encouraged, then at least I have six weeks to make a difference with the little details.