We are officially in race week - eek! I can't believe it. Physically I am ready for the challenge, and am going to spend this week getting there mentally as well. That will be addressed in an upcoming post. I did nearly all of my training in Florida this week, where the heat and humidity were in full force! I ran 65 miles, and my week looked like this:
Monday - 8 easy miles at 7:47 average pace
Tuesday - 6 easy miles at 8:34 average pace. I finished this run with 8 x 20 second uphill strides, which I performed on an uphill section of a golf cart path.
Wednesday - this is the workout I addressed in my last post, which I modified due to high humidity and temps. It consisted of a 3 mile warm up, 4 x 1 miles at marathon pace, .5 mile at 20 seconds faster, a half mile recovery jog, and a 2.5 mile cool down. Actual results were a tad different. I adjusted the paces to reflect marathon effort and a faster than marathon effort, so my splits did not hit the goal given to me by my coach, but the effort was there, and I feel like a got a great work out. This was really tough for me mentally to get through. I had to really try to quiet my inner negative talk and give myself credit for the work I was doing.
Thursday - 11 easy miles at 8:18 average pace
Friday - 7 easy miles at 7:51 average pace
Saturday - 6 easy miles at 8:12 average pace. I ended this run with 8 x 20 sec strides.
Sunday - last long(ish) run! 14 miles at 7:46 average pace. My coach gave me the nod to pick up the pace a bit if I was feeling it, and I did so for the last 5 miles. This run felt amazing, one of those runs you wish you could bottle up and bring out on race day.
This week will consist of a lot of shorter runs in the four to six mile range, and one work out with some mile repeats at marathon pace. Taper is usually very difficult for me but so far I feel pretty calm. The usual activities are taking place, such as weather stalking, outfit obsessing, and questioning my shoe choice. I cannot wait to get to Boston on Saturday! I get the chance to see friends that live all over the country, and some outside the country, and meet some people in person that have been a great influence on me via social media.
My usual eating habits will also shift a bit this week as I focus not on eating more, but upping the percentage of carbohydrates I consume, which means consuming less protein and fat to balance everything out. There are dozens of articles out there on how to "properly" carb load, and I feel everyone should experiment to find what works best for them. For me, four to five days of keeping the calories consistent but increasing carbohydrates helps me feel my tank is full on race day.
As I mentioned earlier, I am really going to focus on staying positive during this race in a way I haven't in the past. I will lay out my plan later this week. Running is 90% mental, right?
After Boston I am excited for two of the athletes I coach to race a half marathon. They have worked so hard and I can't wait to see them succeed. One of the things I love about being a running coach is I get to experience not only my race excitement, but theirs as well!