It's official - the marathon build that began during our Adirondack honeymoon is coming to a close. Today marked the beginning of a two week taper filled with rest days, reduced mileage, and a few sharpening workouts. As I reflect on the past few months, I can honestly say that I've had a blast training for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon! After doing most of my workouts alone in Lake Placid, I've only had one solo effort since returning to Tucson in July. In addition to the workout days, I've had training partners for nearly all of my easy runs. This has made getting out the door extremely effortless, even in the middle of those 100 mile weeks. So to Jesse, Autumn, Pete, Lucas, John, Caitlin, Dari, Diane, Tia and the other "rec center girls," all my SDP teammates, and everyone else I've run with in the past few months...thanks for making it so fun!
|Teammates! Carrie joined the Tucson crew for the day!|
Speaking of fun, Autumn and I ran our last tempo run on Sunday during the A Mountain Half Marathon. The workout called for 16 miles total with the last 10 at 6:10 pace. We had to modify this slightly since we'd be running up a 1.5 mile mountain road 5 miles into the race, but it ended up working out really well. The goal was 5 miles at 6:10-6:20 pace, hold a steady effort on the mountain, and do the last 5 miles at 6:10 pace or faster. I was hoping to not only nail marathon pace, but to feel controlled and relaxed while doing so. I'm happy to report that the race was a success on both fronts, and winning some prize money was icing on the cake! It was a fun morning running with my SDP teammates and Tucson friends.
|Our pack for the first 5 miles! Thanks to the goatographer for the this shot!|
|Top of the mountain! It's all downhill from here....|
Here was the rest of the week. I've cut out the weight training now that the marathon is close, and have been doing core work and my usual foam rolling/stretching every day.
AM 10 miles
PM 4 miles
AM 12 miles with strides
AM 10 miles with 8x400 with 400 easy jog in between each. Ran them all between 77-79, except the last one in 74
PM 4 miles
12 miles with 2 x A mountain road to get ready for the race
10 miles with strides
16 miles including A Mountain Half in 1:23 with 10 miles tempo at 6:10 average pace