Goal: 10 miles @ 8:22 pace
Actual: 9 miles @ 8:02 pace + 0.6 mile cool down
I was feeling great and I really was trying to hit an 8:22 pace instead of 8:02. While running, I concentrated on my form and technique: I held my head high, tried to stay light on my feet, was conscious of my arm back-swing and tried to keep them from crossing over the front of my body, attempted to keep a shorter stride & land on my mid-foot, and for my route, I tried to run a straight line and cut nice lines on the turns & curves. This all kept me VERY busy.
The consequences of Sunday's great paced run?
Monday = SORE.
This is not ideal considering I only have five more days to rest before running my FIRST EVER marathon, my second key race in the Master Plan for 2011 (for kicking ass) (Draft 5).
This is the "taperest" week of the three-week taper that includes just two pre-race runs and I've decided to do no cross-training (i.e., no Monday swim or Wednesday bike) but will spend some time walking and doing yoga. Final marathon training runs:
- 6 x 400m track workout @ 1:39 w/ 400m rest interval
- Easy 3 mile run @ marathon pace
My taperest week is all out of whack! And to top it off, my legs feel ROUGH.
My IT band is screaming at me pretty much all the time.
I'm obsessing and undecided about whether or not to carry water with me.
The weather forecast changes daily and even though that will only affect whether or not I wear sunglasses and how much salt I take, it's still messing with my head.
Did I mention my IT band is KILLING me?
Can I really run my target pace or am I delusional? Is my body picking this week to fall apart? I don't FEEL like I'm becoming more rested!
Still trying to figure out how to get to the start: taxi or light rail to free shuttle from downtown?
What to eat the morning of the race?
I usually get up, drink some Perpetuem, and run. This time, I'll have up to THREE HOURS between waking and actually running so what would be a good breakfast to tide me over?
And if I do eat, do I still take that Perpetuem right before running as I normally would or skip it?
So many questions and not enough time spent working out to distract me from my neuroses.