Race day is almost here now. One week from today I will run my 14th marathon, and 8th here at home. I had one final full week of training this here although I did dial back on the mileage once again. I ended this week with a total of 79 km.
I managed to fit in two good workouts this week where I was able to push the pace a bit. Tuesday’s run ended up being a 12 km effort with 7 km done at my tempo pace.
Thursday my speed workout involved a 2 km warm up, 6 x 200m/200m easy, 5 km @ 4:30/km, 1:30 easy, 6 x 200m/200m easy. I had planned to make the workout even longer with a longer warm up and cool down and longer run at marathon pace but had to cut it short due to time constraints. I think I still managed to put in a solid effort.
This morning I went for my last long run before the marathon. It was an easy 19.6 km effort and it was fitting that I saw several of these along the way…
In terms of what’s left before the marathon I have a few 6-7 km runs and a 12 km marathon pace run scheduled. I plan to keep my mileage around 50-55 km. My training is done so there is no need to push beyond that in the final week.
More importantly I plan to try and get to bed early every night leading up to the marathon and loading up on carbs (I got Â start on that tonight by picking up some supplies at the grocery store).
How was your week?
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 Â 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?