This is it. The final week of training is nearly over. There really isn’t much to say about my training this week as I only went out for a few runs. The goal of those runs was simply to stay loose and focused on Sunday.
My final week consisted of three runs. An easy 16 km run Sunday morning and easy 8-9 km runs Wednesday and Thursday. I contemplated making one of my shorter runs a marathon pace effort but in the end decided to stick with easy runs because I did not want to take any unnecessary risks.
Had we not had so much rain this week I may have gone for an additional easy run Tuesday but again there wasn’t a need to push any harder at this point. I don’t think there was anything extra I could have done this week to improve my chances on Sunday.
Overall I am very pleased with how the past 16 weeks of training went. I did not miss many planned runs and I managed more overall mileage this time around, largely in part due to multiple run days that helped me get in the necessary mileage during the peak of my training.
In addition, my three pre-marathon tune-up races went according to plan. Like last year I used these early races not only as training runs but also as a judge of where I stood with regards to my goal for the marathon.
As a result of my overall mileage and my results in earlier races, I feel like I am better prepared than I was for my previous marathons. Now I just need to put it all together on Sunday and have a good race.
On a lighter note, I have also been watching running related movies this week. So far I have watched Spirit of the Marathon, Running the Sahara and Without Limits. Tomorrow I plan on watching Run Fatboy Run before I head to bed. I’m not sure if any of this will help inspire me when I hit a tough patch Sunday but it can’t hurt and it added a bit of fun to the week.
How was your week of training?