Well, here it is. My last Marathon Monday post while training for the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon. How this is possible, I am still not sure. But it is?! I feel kind of a little bit in denial that the big day is almost here but at the same time I am ready. I am ready to accomplish something that even a year ago I was not sure I would ever do.
I’ve had my fair share of aches and pains while training, hurt my back in January and have been plagued by recurring pains back there. It’s gotten a LOT better over the past few weeks but I am still semi-fearful something will act up before Sunday. But there is nothing I can do about that with worrying so I will just try to be careful and play it safe this week.
To recap, this past week I did the following runs for Taper Week 1:
Tuesday 5/8: 4 miles. I planned for this to be a Tempo run to keep it more interesting but my legs were not having that after the 20 miler on Saturday so I listened and just ran. It made the run a little more boring but I still managed to keep a pretty good pace. Nothing speedtacular but that was not really my goal, even when I planned the Tempo idea
Thursday 5/10: 3.5 miles. I didn’t have a plan for this run but by the end it had turned into a Progression run (each mile faster than the preceding mile). For whatever reason, I have this feeling that all my weekday runs need a theme… I need to get over this but whatever I guess! My first mile was run in 9:41, the second in 9:23. After these two, I figured I had to try to make mile 3 just a little faster, right? So I ended up doing that one in 8:39. I guess that’s faster But of all things, mile 3 seemed the easiest! I really think I am only warmed up at 3+ miles of running… probably why 10ks and me do not get along very well… Then I did a .5 mile cool down to home. This morning was cool and I almost wished I had gloves but seriously, its May. Time to suck it up!
Saturday 5/12: 8 miles. I debated making this a little longer but in the end just went with 8 miles. If I am not ready for the marathon now, additional miles this week are not really going to help…
Since I won’t really have a reason to post a Marathon Monday post next week but instead will be doing a recap post (knock on wood), my plans for the next week are are follows:
Tuesday 5/15: 3-5 miles probably walking. Try to keep this slow and easy. Easier said than done for me…hence why I might just stick with walking.
Wednesday 5/16: 4×400. Once last little speed workout to get my legs to remember what running feel like…
So that is it! That’s the end of Marathon Monday posts (this time around ). Next time I would like to actually follow ONE plan and not keep switching from thing to thing and then finally ending up doing whatever I want when I wake up in the morning. This worked (hopefully) for a first marathon where I really should not have high goals but I know next time I will want to say I tried a little bit to get to the finish line… Don’t get me wrong, I TRIED this time but I know I didn’t do anything remotely close to what I KNOW I can do with a slight bit more dedication.