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?