My second-to-last week of training is done, and tomorrow starts race week. The second-to-last week is always my least favorite: close enough to the race that I’m tapering, but far enough away that my brain thinks we should still be killing it. Taper madness is real, folks.
Do I make a tapir/taper pun every training cycle? Yes. Does it ever get old? No.
Here’s how this week looked:
Rest. I don’t like to rest on Mondays (running = sanity), but my body needed it after Sunday’s long run.
7.2 miles of fartleks to shake the legs out, followed by core work.
10.1 miles with Jaylin. It’s so fun to have a running buddy! I love my solo runs, too, but I’ve really enjoyed these weekly meet-ups.
5 miles easy + core and upper body… by which I mean I tacked 20 push-ups onto my usual core workout. I’m hardcore.
4 miles of “hills” on the treadmill, followed by core and — believe it or not — stretching.
5 easy miles, plus the same hardcore workout as Thursday.
10 miles easy. This was the first long run of training that I haven’t gone to the trails, and I”m pretty proud of myself for making it to the trails consistently. I didn’t go today because I figured it was silly to drive twice as long as I’d run, especially since I had a LOT of housework and grading to do. The work has been done now; one more short trail run would probably not impact my race.
Total: 41.3 miles
One week from today, I’ll toe the line at my very first trail race. I wish I’d decided to run it sooner — I’d feel a lot more confident with 16 or 18 weeks of training under my belt instead of 12. But I can’t change it now; all that’s left is to get out there, try my best, and most importantly, have fun. Wish me luck!
Any main events coming up for you soon?