NEXT SUNDAY IS Baystate!!!
- Looking for peaking/taper tips and info? Check out this post from last week. Hang in there!
- If you are interested in the “peaking” approach to the taper that I’ve discussed or want some advice on getting through the last 2 or so weeks before your marathon, you might also want to read Greg McMillan‘s short new e-book Surviving the Marathon Freak-Out.
- Sat – Plan was 12 with last 6 at MGP. Ran 13.1: 6mi w/u, then 3mi MGP followed by 1mi 7s faster than MGP, 1mi 13s faster than MGP, 1mi 20s faster than MGP, 0.2mi 27s faster than MGP, cooldown for 0.9. Took EFS gel after mile 6, then some of a Jet Blackberry GU at mile 9, a little bit more of it after 10 or 11. Wore my vest weighted with flasks with water to make up for carrying less gel, wore my tank under the vest (with bib pins in it) to make sure it’d be okay. Wore 2013 orthotics with newest shoes and newer pair of socks. Worked ok. Did my usual bike spin with recovery drink and exercises after. Ate some sweet potatoes even though I wasn’t hungry. Skipped Whartons due to massage.
- Sun – 5.5 mile “recovery” run outside. The recovery is in quotes as we again note my lack of pace sense or control. My average pace was just over a minute faster than it should have been, with one mile 1:20 faster and at least one time I looked down and saw that my instant pace was MGP.
What I wore Sunday on my run – perfect for the 50 degree, partly sunny, kind of breezy temps. It was lovely out and I got to see some changing leaves. You can read a description of the meaning behind the different patterns and color choices on the shirt here. (I love their shirts, gorgeous and comfy, but always wait for a discount code.)
Saturday – Followed Ironman Kona a bit online. Last massage before the race 130pm. Came back, made a snack, read the November Runner’s World and some blogs I follow. Too chilly/rainy for porch time. Chinese for dinner again, watched a couple of TV shows. Both Friday and Saturday night, I woke up every hour after 2am. Bleah.
Sunday – After being awakened by race announcers and entertainment at a nearby race (yes, they are THAT loud – just wait till MCM), got myself up and dressed. Watched the start of the Chicago Marathon, went for my run, came back and watched the rest of the race. Loved having the live feed! (my hometown marathon, though I’ve never run it) Cooked kabocha, had sweet potatoes and then kabocha for breakfast. Once DH returned, chowed on some bacon. Fought with iTunes, decided I needed a snack. (may have wrestled it into submission….or got lucky, don’t really care which!) Trying to get some stuff done this afternoon before we drop my car off for service tomorrow, pick up dinner and watch TV. Closed out Sunday with the great news that Champy (Sarah of Another Mother Runner) BQ’d at the Victoria Marathon!
Now we’re in the real mental game time…..staying calm, focused, relaxed, doing visualizations and prep. When in doubt, do less.
So glad Monday is a holiday. One perk of federal service – we’re celebrating by taking my car in for service to fix a worrying burning smell. Might get to eat lunch out with DH. Tuesday, telework/chiro, Wednesday office. I took Thursday off for final travel prep, haircut, etc. (I’m thinking that will be a good thing.)
Friday is my travel day (small plane, ugh), will stop to see my sister and dad, run by Whole Foods and such. Saturday I’ll do a short and easy shakeout run near the race finish (if you want to join me, let me know) then eat, head to the expo, get more food and settle in to the hotel. Depending on the area, weather, crowds and how I feel I may take a short walk in the afternoon. Dinner will be late afternoon, then into evening snacking and sleeping as best I can. Hoping to get good sleep Friday night.
The race starts at 8am ET on Sunday! Please send lots of positive energy for strong, speedy legs and a great race my way!
I’ll update you all as soon as I can after I’m done but it’ll be a while. Since I’m solo, unless one of my tweeps (or their DH) is willing to sherpa my iPhone (meet before, hold during, meet after), it’ll be at the hotel so I won’t get to it for a while after the race. I won’t put it in my drop bag (just sweats, recovery drink go in there).
Hope you had a great weekend! Please tell me about it in the comments.