One week to go! I’ll be honest in that this first week of the marathon training taper was a big, fat, struggle for me. I still have been working very long days. It’s not just the hours that are draining me, it’s the TYPE of hours – in meetings all day that I’m leading. I’m very introverted and it just totally exhausts me to be “on” all day, every day. Brian has been out of town all week, so it’s also been hard not having him around. Additionally, my runs haven’t been great and it’s had me questioning my goals for this race.
I’m happy to say that the week ended on a better note and I’ve figured out my goals for the race. I’m going to wait until later this week to finalize and post them, so be sure to stop back by Thursday!
Monday: 6 miles @ 11:01 pace. This was a decent run – not great, but not bad. A nice way to kick off the week.
Tuesday: Rest day. I felt soooo sluggish and tired so I decided to switch around my rest day.
Wednesday: 1 mile warmup, 5 x 1000m repeats (2:00 rest in between), 1 mile cooldown. I almost made this an easy workout and my coach whipped me back into shape. It’s been very easy to have a “the hay is in the barn”mindset (because it is!), particularly since work has been so busy, but these last workouts DO make a difference. I didn’t get a chance to go to the trail so I ended up doing this on the roads around my house which are hilly. Very tough workout, but so glad I got it done!One week until the @Sportsbackers Richmond Marathon! #richmondready Click To Tweet
Thursday: 5 miles @ 11:48 pace. These were supposed to be “easy” but even at this pace, they were HARD. My guess is that my body was still recovering from the hard workout the day before. Also, it had creeped back up into the mid 60s in the morning which is a lot warmer than it has been. This was that run that seems to happen every training cycle where you seriously question if you can hit your goals of the race because it seems impossible in that moment. I just reminded myself that it’s part of the taper!
Friday: 3 miles @ 11:25 pace. I worked a “normal” day on Thursday and went to bed crazy early, so I got solid sleep on Thursday night. I took these easy and they were the first miles all week that truly felt easy, for which I was grateful!
I worked from home, and took a long lunch to go vote early. Georgia has had a record turnout for early voting, and I anticipate the polls will be very crowded on Tuesday. Make sure you vote, it counts!
Saturday: 8 miles @ 10:44 pace. AHHHHHHH what an amazing run! A cold front moved in Friday night, so it was nice and chilly in the morning (in the 40s when I woke up!). I had NO plans for the day, so I relished just sitting on the couch and drinking coffee for a couple of hours before heading out. By the time I got out there, it was in the low 50s, and honestly, it was so lovely! My run felt EASY, which is exactly what you want to feel a week before your marathon. I hit the trail and saw my friend TJ out training for the Thanksgiving Half Marathon. I just couldn’t believe how great this run was!
The rest of the day, I ran a few errands and wandered around Target window shopping all the Christmas decorations. This will be our first Christmas in our house, and I didn’t think I would want Christmas decorations, but boy I was wrong! Haha.
Sunday: Rest day. Did you guys know that the Hallmark Channel is showing Holiday movies already? Talk about feel good television.
Total Miles: 27
I’m soooo excited for Richmond now. There have been some great photos of how beautiful the city looks right now with the fall colors, and I hope this all is still around next weekend! The weather is looking great right now, I hope that the forecast holds out!
How was your training? Are you getting excited for race day?! Don’t forget to link up below!