Presently I am in the midst of the final week of my three week taper before race day on Sunday. For the first time the overall goal for this week is not a mileage goal. The goal for me is simply to get in a few runs to keep my legs loose and avoid injury.
I started off the week by fitting in just over 16 km for my long run Sunday morning. My goal for the morning was to fit in anywhere from 16-20 km so I was pleased with the 16 km I managed to fit in. I also had the opportunity to run with a friend who will be running his first marathon Sunday morning. Since I live close to the start/finish line I took him out for a loop that included a good portion of the race course.
The plan for the rest of the week was just to get in a few more runs before Sunday. Yesterday I took a planned rest day and this evening a thunderstorm forced me to take an extra rest day. That means my plan is now to run tomorrow Thursday and Friday. Other than a 10 km marathon pace effort tomorrow or Thursday the rest of those runs will be short and easy efforts.
More important than that this week will be my diet. I have started paying closer attention to my daily carbohydrate intake as I look to build that up leading up to Sunday morning.
One other thing I have started doing which hopefully will help me get into the right frame of mind for Sunday is watch running related movies. I started that over the weekend by watching Spirit of the Marathon and Running the Sahara. Next up, Run Fatboy Run and Without Limits. If you have any others to suggest please leave a comment below.
What do you like to do in the last week leading up to a marathon?