So we’re down to like…. 72 hours, 8 minutes.
No big deal – right?
In all honesty, as much as I’ve been downplaying it (let’s be real – I should receive the Downplayer of the Year Award at this point), it IS a big deal. It’s a marathon. 26.2 miles (in my case probably more because I’m incapable of running tangents.) That type of distance should always be respected. And I promise you I do respect the distance.
As much as I have been riding this 5-ish-week-taper, I did put in quite a bit of work for this marathon.
Long run wise? I put in 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.1, 14, 15, 17, and 18 mile runs. I ran multiple 40+ mile weeks, and even more 30+ mile weeks.
I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. It’s all or nothing. THANKS DAD FOR THE GENETICS. So I either run every. single. training. run.
Or I don’t. In this case, I didn’t. I opted out of a 20-miler, 12-miler, and 10-miler in favor of Pilates reformer classes (3x a week), yoga (1x a week), 5 mile runs (2x a week) and Soul Cycle (1x a week).
Oh you know, just THE BEST SOUL CYCLE CLASS OF MY LIFE in New York.
Not remotely how I practice yoga. (A sweaty, packed studio is more like it.) But I like the picture.
So it’s not exactly like I’ve been sitting on my ass eating bon-bon’s. I’ve been working. HARD. Just a different type of working. I’ve also cleaned up my diet like you wouldn’t believe. I’m lean (much leaner than when I was running 40+ mile weeks – go figure). I’m strong (again, stronger than when I was overtraining to my heart’s content). And I’m not mentally burnt out. I’m ready.
And who know, maybe this “modified” training plan works out.
Maybe it doesn’t work out into a PR, but I also don’t genuinely think I’m going to crash and burn that hard.
The course is pancake flat. If I can run straight uphill for 5 miles into the Presidio in 80+ degree heat and conquer SF hills every other mile, I can deal with flat for 26.2. Oh yes, I can make do.
So I guess now would be a good time for goals.
A GOAL : Finish happy. Smiling. Ready to eat ALL THE FOOD and drink ALL the wine.
B GOAL : 4:10 (this would ensure a comfortable pace marathon)
C GOAL : Sub-4 (9:05 mile average)
D GOAL : Sub 3:57:03 (my marathon PR from CIM in 2011)
We’ll see what happens.
Regardless, the marathon is almost here. So it’s time to accept and deal with that. (And revel in the fact that I’m never doing 26.2 again after this is over. 13.1 let’s get close – real close.)
Oh look, a gratuitous marathon picture from pre-CIM 2011.
OK and another. The best day of my running life.
Fun fact: I’ve never actually flown to a race. Ever. Soooo right. The packing.
That’s on the To Do list.
-Manicure (more for vanity than anything else since an entire nail of polish peeled off my gel manicure today leaving me to look like a hobo)
-Pack fuel (Honey Stinger Bites, GF pretzel sticks (SALT), Nuun for the plane (reduces dehydration), Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter packets, Picky Bars
-Running shoes (Brooks Pure Flow 2′s), Balega hidden comfort socks
-Race day outfit: Neon Blue Run Inspires, Neon yellow tank, black Nike hat, Oakley sunglasses
-Weekend clothes, plane clothes, etc
Like it or not, it’s almost go-time.
A weekend of running, food, friends, family, drinks, Chicago…. and running.
26.2 let’s do this.