Training and Taper
Last week was fine. It wasn’t a fantastic training week, but it wasn’t bad. It was…meh.
First, it was my first week of taper. I am not someone who really hates taper. The rest and relaxation is usually welcomed. This year it most certainly is. I wish I could say I feel “awesome” going into race week but I don’t. The more time and energy, I’ve invested in a marathon training cycle, the more I don’t know if the race distance is for me.
Baring nothing serious (knock on wood), I’ll still toe the line. I’m healthy but I don’t know if my heart is really into marathoning. I wanted to give myself the benefit of the doubt, but a week out from the race I just don’t know. I can’t put my finger on why I feel this way. It’s almost if I feel like a dull crayon. I can still write, but not as precisely as a sharp one. I can still run, but not as fast as previous half marathon cycles.
Anyway, my blog is just me and my thoughts. The closer I get to NYCM, the more I realize it’s here and not going anywhere. I’m excited about the experience, to do the expo, to see friends, but I’m not as excited to run 26.2 miles.
I’m hoping I’m not creeping up on a burnout but I also know after I run 26.2 miles on Sunday…I’m taking a 2 weeks ago or until I want to run.
|Monday:||Easy 20 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Friday:||Easy 45 minutes|
|Sunday:||12 mile run with 6 at|
It was hard to get out the door because of how windy it was. Once I did, I felt fine. I had to remind myself, NYCM is windy and there is no hiding from the wind on those bridges.
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Inner dialogue with myself: . Me: I don’t want to do this workout..it’s so windy outside. . Me: YOU CAN’T PRETEND NYCM WON’T BE WINDY AF ON THOSE BRIDGES. . Me: ok. Good point. . 12x400s averaging 6:10 pace with 400 recovery in between. . . 🌬 I didn’t blow away so success
Sunday Long Run:
It felt weird “just” doing 12 miles. I ran 3 miles easy, 6 miles averaging 6:50 pace, then 3 miles easy. As I mentioned on Instagram, I didn’t feel great. Holding that pace for 6 miles while “not feeling great” is a good sign, but the marathon is a few more than 6 miles.
On to Next Week:
I am both excited and not excited to run NY…
I am excited…
Because I have put in hard work to be there. I know I will have an incredible and unforgettable experience.
I am not excited…
Because right now I feel like garbage. I know “blah blah blah…taper will make you feel better”, but it’s been mentally difficult to compare myself to the fitness I was in past falls. The past few years I’ve run at least a 1:25 at this point, and it’s been more mentally tough than usual. My goal has always been to start and finish healthy.
I’m also not excited to go up to the expo on Friday. I live over 90 minutes away from NY, so trains are the best option. I’m not savvy with trains and getting from the train station of NJ to Penn station.
Anyway, not quite the training log I wanted to write. I’ll probably write another more detailed post about my thoughts of the marathon, as the day looms closer. I know once the gun goes off, I’ll have an incredible time but getting there and feeling good seems both overwhelming and questionable right now.
This coming week, work is busy, and life is busy. It makes taper come at the perfect time. For instance, I am going to the expo on Friday, have to be back in NJ Friday night, and then staying in NYC Saturday to Sunday.
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Questions of the day:
What is your favorite race distance?
What was your best workout this week?
Will you be at NY, let me know!