taper is here.
i had planned on taking my mileage down to 80% of peak (70) which is 56 miles… well things don’t always go as planned. i opted to take an extra rest day this week, which made my miles a little lower than i hoped… oh well. the miles i did run were good and my legs are feeling more rested already and that’s what matters most.
8 – 11 miles with 30 – 40 minutes continuous marathon tempo
well this was the 10k race so it was faster than marathon tempo, but since i missed my speed work earlier this week, i figured it was a good compromise.
with my warm up and cool down i got just over 8 miles that day.
8.4 miles/1:06:41/7:59 avg pace
15 – 18 long
since the weather has been perfect for running, i decided not to set my alarm for once and just sleep. i slept past 7am which was SO nice. although i woke up with a sore throat, so this did not make me happy. i originally had plans to run 17, but i figured i would play it by ear once i got out there and going since i wasn’t feeling that great.
i made it to the start of the lafayette-moraga trail just after 9am. it was so beautiful out, but i was nervous it was going to rain, so i ended up running in my rain jacket just incase. i also was wearing my new capri tights that will most likely be worn for CIM since i wanted to make sure they worked a long run (they were great). i also was testing out wearing 2 sports bras so i could put gu in between them without getting chaffed (worked out perfect!). all kinds of fun race day things being tested out today!
i started off and was immediately so happy because of my surroundings. we had a big storm in the bay last night (including thunder and lightening!) so the paved path was covered in leaves and everything was so bright and fresh. i love running right after a rain storm.
although everything was very pretty i could tell my energy was a little low. this concerned me a bit and but i just kept on running knowing i would take a gu soon and hoped that would help. after my first gu i started to feel a lot better and just kept on cruising around.
the rain never came but the clouds got dark as i made my way up into moraga. this made all the other scenery pop and look florescent!
by now i was enjoying myself and everything about the run, i was definitely in my happy pace place.
i was back at my car at 16 miles so i called it a day.
i couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fall day to be running.
16.0 miles/2:19:23/8:43 avg pace
total miles for the week: 48.4/7:01:00/8:42 avg pace
first week of taper complete! phew.
next week i cut back some more, i was shooting for 60% of peak (42). i have one shorter speed workout and one marathon tempo run and it’s thanksgiving! i have a feeling next week is going to fly by, then it was be race week. yikes.
i can tell i have been fighting something off all week and i DO NOT want to get sick! i am taking my vitamins, zicam, resting a lot and everything i can think of to keep this thing away. hopefully it gets the hint and leaves. the last thing i need is to be sick right before the race. let me know if you have any miracles on keeping colds away!
TWO weeks to go!