The end of this week marks the end of my high mileage until after Boston. I ran 80.5 miles this past week, and probably won't see mileage that high for at least a few months, until I start my next training cycle. I had two good workouts this week that left me feeling like no matter what the finish time on the clock is on Patriots Day, my training has been better than ever before, and I have my amazing coach Esther to thank for that! I'm excited to keep working with her and see what I am capable of this fall.
Below is a recap of my week:
Monday - 6 easy miles at 8:52 average pace following the Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon the day before.
Tuesday - 12 miles at 7:58 average pace
Wednesday - 10 miles easy at 8:28 average pace
Thursday - 17 miles! This was a hard effort - 3 miles easy, 4 miles at 7:00 average pace, 2 miles at 6:42 average pace, 3 miles at 6:50 average pace, and 1 mile at 6:30 average pace. I took a half mile recovery jog between each set. I finished the run with a 2 mile easy cool down.
Friday - 8 miles at 7:52 average pace
Saturday - 6 miles easy at 8:20 average pace
Sunday - last long run! 5 mile easy warm up at 8:03 average pace, and then 14 miles of steady state (7:15 - 7:35 goal pace), actual was 7:19. Cool down was 1.5 miles at 7:52 average pace. I found some side streets with very little traffic for the steady state portion and was thrilled to only have to stop once for a car.
So now I cut back back on the mileage and strength training, focus on eating quality food, and visualize race day. Something I've been thinking about is gratitude. Yes, it's going to hurt, I may not be happy with my finish time, but how lucky am I to be able to do this? I will be repeating this over and over on race day. Boston is a race like no other. It's not just a run, it's an experience, a celebration of how hard it is just to get there. I will enjoy every second.
I recently posted this article from Competitor.com on my Facebook page but in case you missed it, here is a great tribute to the Boston Marathon.
Taper is not my favorite time, but it's necessary for race day success. Thankfully I get to do it on vacation with my family!