The countdown continues. (Obviously. Because time stops for no one.) We are precisely 9 days out from the Sedona marathon, which will be my third 26.2.
What have I been doing?
Drinking and Being Sick (unrelated, mind you)
I drank a lot of booze in Vegas (three nights in Vegas is just one too many if you wanna know my opinion). I ran 3.4 miles last week because I got really sick the weekend we got back from Vegas, so I was bed ridden on a Sunday from puking the entire night before. I know a restful week isn't such a bad thing (especially in this taper phase), and I'm trusting in the work I have done over the past few months.
In my two previous marathons I did not do two 20+ milers and I also did not do a 20-miler three weeks out (always 4 weeks out), so I know I am definitely in better endurance condition that previously. I also did more speed work, more hills, hit a mile PR (6:45) and a half marathon PR (1:53 in the middle of my 20-mile training run). I should be feeling really good about this training.
I nailed that final long run I was planning in my last blog post. And in my second week out, so far I've done two short runs (8 miles total) and I have plans for a marathon-paced 6-miler tonight, followed by a very relaxed 8-10 miles this weekend with a fast finish for confidence.
The plan for next week is REST, CARBS, and a couple of easy 3-milers throughout the week.
My "Swiss ball" aka "body ball" aka "exercise ball" has been my new companion. Last week I was doing crunches on it at work and hopefully no one saw me. This week I brought it home and challenged myself to some new moves. So many good core moves on the ball, that also work your arms/back/shoulders. Last night I added in some "hamstring curls" and "hip bridges" but due to my propensity to injure myself beyond what's reasonable, I am going to save those for after my race. ;)
I haven't done any of the heavier weight training I was doing before - taking a break from that until after the race.
I never stick to plans. Like, never. But I still LOVE to plan. I think that it's the planning that is the exercise, not actually following it. By planning something out, you think about it from all angles, develop goals, and in the back of your mind know what it is you are setting out to accomplish. The planning is the thing. I will share my Sedona marathon race day plan in my next post!
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