This was another not so hot week. I’m really starting to realize that I peaked mentally/emotionally for the Walt Disney World half marathon. Right now, I’m just kind (poorly) going through the motions of training for a marathon. I think I’m there. I’m not going to set the world on fire, but I think I’m in good enough shape to take 2 hours off my previous PR and that’s basically my goal this time around. When I compare my long runs, especially, I’ve done two 18 milers and 3 20 milers this time around compared to 1 of each last time. On top of that, I’ve put in some fast miles during a few of those runs too.
It’s not totally burnout, though. The rest of life has been pretty stressful lately and that especially gets to me in the morning when I don’t have a lot of motivation to face the day in general. If not for running with Steve and Justin and injured Richie’s text message coaching, I don’t think I’d have put in the long runs. I have to say, though that Saturday afternoons have been the best times of my life lately. The week is behind me and I’m exhausted from the long run and I just vegetate in front of something that pretends to be educational – I’ve become especially fond of Revolutionary War specials on the History channel.
In any case, I’m 3 weeks from the marathon and it’s time to taper! Though this week was so pathetic, I may just run more mileage in my first taper week. Here’s how it went:
Monday AM: 1 hour (21.5 miles) stationary bike
Tuesday AM: 6 miles (2.5 at 6:40 pace)
Friday AM: Almost a mile, though I’m not counting it
Saturday AM: 20 miles at 8:35 pace
Total: 26 miles
I’m going to try to get a 2×3 miles at 6:45 pace workout in this week and the “long” run will probably be 14 this weekend – and that seems positively short!