7 days, people. S-E-V-E-N DAYS!
The last two weeks I’ve kept it easy. At the beginning of the taper, my right knee wasn’t feeling so good. The hay is in the barn so I knew taking it really easy was the best idea. BTW – If I got paid a $1 for every time I’ve said that in the past two weeks, I’d own a barn. And hay. After Eastern States 20 Miler, I took 3 days off from running to really make sure everything was good. It did the trick and I’ve been free of knee pain ever since. What a marvelous feeling!
I’m feeling good and ready to run just so I don’t have to hear one more person ask me “Are you ready?” or “Are you nervous?” Please, please do not ask runners this before a race. Why? Because you just made them nervous.
Here’s the rundown of the past 2 weeks of Boston Marathon training.
Week of March 30 – April 4 (27 miles)
Monday: complete rest
Tuesday: Easy 50 minutes on bike trainer
Wednesday: 60 minutes on bike trainer, core/hip exercises
Thursday: Easy 6 – knee GOOD! P.M. Yoga
Friday: 7 miles – 2 mile w/u, 2 miles @ GMP, 2 miles at 1/2 marathon pace, 1 mile c/d. Core/Hip exercises, strength training
Saturday: A.M. Yoga, 14 miles on the hilliest route I could think of just to practice downhills one more time.
Sunday: A.M. Yoga
Week of April 5 – April 12 (32 miles)
Monday: 50 minutes bike trainer, core/hip exercises, strength training
Tuesday: Easy 6.25 + 6 x 20 sec strides, P.M. Yoga
Wednesday: Easy 5, core/hips, strength training
Thursday: 10 miles – 2 mile w/u. 8 x 800s @ 10k pace, 400 recovery, 2 miles easy. P.M. Yoga
Saturday: A.M. Yoga
Sunday: 10 miles w/ 6 inadvertently at GMP. I guess that pace just comes naturally now.
On tap for this week is easy miles, staying hydrating/fueled and finalizing my race day outfit. Friday afternoon, a bunch of us are heading down to the Expo. Woohoo!
Things are getting REAL now!