Taper week 1 is over and complete! I have not lost it yet!
I feel just like everyone said I will, so that brings confidence to the outlook on the race. I feel phantom soreness and on alert to falls or niggles. I still have my large appetite and have been keeping the carbohydrates up. I have noticed my craving for dense fruits like bananas and dates has increased so I’m listening to that. If my body wants carbohydrates, I’m giving it that.
One thing I’ve learned through this marathon season about nutrition is that usually (not all the time) when I think I need a dense piece of cake, my body does want sweet things, but it will be satisfied with a whole food source. Instead of diving into a piece of brownie or cookie, having dates and nut butter (the best dinner after Ragnar!) or banana ice cream topped with nuts will satisfy my craving and be even better for me.
Ok, enough nutrition, let’s talk about training!
Monday: 7.5 miles @ 8:00 pace
Tuesday: 10.7 miles @ 7:19 pace
Wednesday: 15.4 miles @ 7:45 pace
Thursday: 11.6 miles (45′ easy, 3×1 mile reps, 1 mile c/d)
Friday: 11.8 miles @ 7:45 pace
Saturday: 8.7 miles @ 7:22 pace
This week I said goodbye to two of my running group. One is only for three months as she’s done with school for the semester and the other is for a long time as she is moving to Korea with her husband. They are a military family.
On Monday I ran comfortably on the treadmill as it was the first run post Ragnar. It felt good and not sore. Tuesday I got back outside and ran a nice pace even though it felt relatively easy. Wednesday was my favorite run with my women’s group. I will miss them very much!
Thursday I did some marathon effort miles, but honestly I think my fitness is where it needs to be. Anything faster increases the likelihood for burnout and injury. I feel good right now so I’m just riding the fitness out.
Friday and Saturday were easy runs ending with a lot of mobility and dynamic movements. I think keeping up those routines is important for recovery as when I am not running this week, I am still on my feet at work.
This upcoming week, I am going to practice my mantra: relax, relax, relax! It got me through Ragnar, so it’s what will help me get through Buffalo.
I also got a couple pictures from the Ragnar race website of one of my exchanges. I look happy, but this couldn’t be further from how I felt. Sometimes, you just gotta smile for the camera and fake it till you make it.Taper week #1 is done! One week till the @buffalomarathon #vegrunchat #marathontraining Click To Tweet
How was your week?
What is your favorite mantra?
I am linking up with Meg for Week In Review, so head over there (after leaving me a comment of course!) and see what everyone else did last week!