First, the reason I haven't updated since my 21 miler... 5 weeks ago? Well, I had 22 miler on the schedule for 2 weeks ago and ended up spraining my calf (I DID finish the dang run though, but perhaps I should have cut it short?) Anyway, long story short, I had a mental breakdown thinking that last year was happening all over again... and then I went and saw a doctor who told me no running for 7-10 days and I'd be fine. Well... I waited 8 days (I didn't even crosstrain, totally just sat on my butt) and... drumroll please... calf is fine. I ran 19 yesterday as my "last long run" before the marathon and felt good. Well... I mean I'm incredibly sore, but nothing actually "hurts" in a bad way. Apparently 19 miles is hard to run after missing an entire week of running AND missing last week's long run. Haha. But I'm happy.
So yeah, didn't want to update until I knew if I'd still be able to run the thing or not. And apparently, I am still on track to run it!
As I said, yesterday's 19 miler went pretty well. I used it as a test run for the real marathon, meaning I wore the same outfit, ate the same foods the night before, the morning of, and during the run, and wore all the "gear" I'll wear during the real marathon (ipod, garmin, etc.). Everything worked out well. I now have the following runs under my belt
- 19 miler (yesterday)
- 22 miler (2 weeks ago)
- 21 miler (5 weeks ago)
- 18 miler (8 weeks ago)
So I guess... taper. Gahhh!
How much do you guys usually cut back during taper time? I've never really done it before and I've heard a bunch of different things. My pace group leader suggested that I do the following;
Tuesday - 6 (speed), Thursday - 6 (Tempo/Hill Run), Saturday - 10+ (Long Run)
Tuesday - 6 (tempo), Thursday - 4 (Easy), Saturday - 10-14 (Easy)
Tuesday - 6 (Easy), Thursday - 4 (Easy), Saturday - 10 (Easy)
Tuesday - 3 (Easy), Thursday -3 (Easy), Sunday - 26.2 (Marathon!!!)
p.s. I really need to stop watching "spirit of the marathon"... seriously. LOL