I've completed the first week of taper and ran 38 miles (a couple over what I had planned on), and a long run of 15 miles, with 14 @ 7:51. This week I have to get it down to 28, and then the following week down to 18 or less. I know I am not the only one, but I really don't like taper. I understand its logic, and I know how amazing it felt during Boston to have fresh legs and run pain free up to mile 19 (never thought it possible). The differences between then and now are:) 1) then I felt ready to taper (mentally and physically), now I do not (OK, maybe physically I do,but really, legs have been troopers) and 2) then I followed a plan and and now I don't (hence the obsession element in regard to running too little, losing fitness, etc). Of course, I am thinking that maybe I should have ran more miles (though according to Tim Noakes of Lore of Running, one should try to run the fastest at the lowest mileage possible before increasing mileage), or suffered more in training. The logical part of me does know that I really had an awesome training cycle, no missed workout, no injury, a PR in a half marathon...and I need to hold on to that (I will!).
Some blogger had really tough marathons this past weekend (sorry!!!), and it really got me thinking that things CAN go wrong in races, even though I have been so lucky thus far and have never had a bad race. Baystate is a double loop, and I don't know how to feel about that. Given that I have not run on the course, I think the double loop can be an advantage, in that I'll know what to expect the second time. But, it can also be super boring. Plus, I heard that the course is rather boring, and it can get really lonely in the second loop. Also, they don't have pacers for 3:30...what's up with that?
I am in the process of making my race plan, getting a pace tat (it worked once, so I will stick with it; plus, it's lots of fun to have one of those on your arm for, like, a week), figuring out what to wear, figuring out how the fancy laces I bought work (I always have to stop during races to tie my shoelaces...), and mostly coming up with a plan so that I don't end up running .5 mile extra like I did in Boston (that was A LOT of fun:).
Ok, I realized this post is rather boring, but that is all I've got. With less running, expect me to get even more boring this week and next week:) I won't talk about work and parenting here, and that's what I'll be mostly focusing on during the next couple of weeks! Oh, well!
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