The last recap!!
The race is next weekend!
Since next week (the last week of training) is basically all rest days, I’ll spare you a recap.
There are only so many ways to say ‘another rest day, ready for the race to be done already.’ Or ‘I bailed on the scheduled 2-mile run (I always bail on the 2-mile run on the calendar for Wednesday) and I’m too in my own head.’
The Plan v. Reality: Week 17
|Plan||Rest||4 miles||3 miles||4 miles||Rest||8 miles||Cross Train|
|Actual||Rest||4 miles||3 miles||4 miles||rest||8 miles||long walk|
Area of Focus
Staying relaxed and healthy
A rest day with only my usual Asana Rebel stretching in the morning.
Then an evening of cooking, stocking the fridge and freezer with all the good and healthy food that I’ll need to fuel my pre-marathon week. Lots of rice and beans, and a Smokey Bean Chili recipe I got from Runner’s World years ago that is great to have ready in the freezer.
It’s all the healthy food I know I should eat year-round, but tend to only stock up on in the last few weeks before a race.
My run was a bit delayed this morning for an unusual reason: hiccups.
I had a few carrots as I was getting ready, and for reasons I’ve never been able to figure out, baby carrots occasionally give me the hiccups.
Today was one of those days.
That’s a first.
Today’s three miles felt really short. After a straightforward loop of the local lake, hit three miles and thought: that’s all?
I think I’ve successfully fought off the little cold that was trying to take root. The sore throat that was threatening to blossom into something worse stayed away.
I’m pretty sure it was a legit illness (not just taper paranoia), but you never know.
Yup. I’m ready for training to be done.
I’ve started thinking about and planning the next big adventure, that usually happens about this time. (A few little adventures on tap, haven’t struck upon the next big adventure yet).
As much as I know I love Skyline to the Sea, and as great as I’m sure the race will be, my energies have been focused on it long enough.
Another rest day with only the usual morning stretching.
Yup. I’ll spare you all a week of days saying that next week, it doesn’t make for very exciting reading.
Last long(ish) run!
As is often the case with the last long run of the training cycle, it was a little lackluster.
Ready to be done, both with the training and the marathon.
And this time next week I will be!
Stretching and a long walk was the extent of my exercise.
It really is all winding down now.
I think this has been the shortest 18 weeks ever.
I swear I just started training for this thing, and it’ll be here next week. How is that possible?
This was an odd training cycle.
I started out thinking I was in a bit of training rut. So I tried changing everything up. But in doing that, I changed it up too much and I lost track of everything that I knew and liked about marathon training. I had nothing to hold on to.
So I regrouped.
I went back to my tried and true training plan, but resolved to do hilly runs and new routes each week.
The combination ended up working for me.
Enough of the usual to be comfortable, but enough novelty that I broke out of the rut.
My big negative this time around is that I did less strength training than I should have. Early on, I tried a few new training apps (part of my attempt to change-up my training). During one those workouts, I slightly tweaked a muscle.
It was fine after a day or two rest, nothing to get worked up about. It was a total overreaction, but it left me a little gun-shy on strength work.
If anything is going to come back to bite me on race day, this will be it. Skyline is a super hard and hilly course, I need all the leg strength I can get, and only part of it can come from training runs.
Nothing I can do about it now.
Am I Ready?
I can’t say that I feel terribly prepared for Skyline.
But that is largely because the last 18 weeks have gone by in the blink of an eye.
I did all of the training runs (I think I missed only three training runs – two early on and a long run when I was in Vegas for Blogfest), but they went by so fast and with such little drama, I barely remember them.
I guess that’s a good thing.