I really don’t have anything exciting to write about this week. No new personal records or race registrations. Just boring old training. I’m getting to the end. This weekend is the last big run before the Marathon. 22 Miles from Hopkinton to Boston College. I’m getting nervous about it, I always get nervous about long runs.
- Will I make it through the whole run?
- How will I feel that day? Will I be energized and ready to go or will my legs feel like led from Mile 1?
- How am I going to feel after running the Hills mile 15 and on?
- Will me knee and foot (injuries) hold up okay?
- What if I have a bad run and then I go into Marathon feeling anxious?
The last question is probably my biggest fear. If I have a bad run on Sunday I know I’m going to be very nervous for Marathon Monday. If I have a good run, then I’ll be excited, pumped up and ready for the big day. Cross your fingers that it’s the latter.
So far training this week has been as follows:
- Monday – Rest & recovery day – 30 minutes of Physical Therapy “homework”
- Tuesday – 40 Minute Spin Class (tough), 60 minutes of weights (including my PT “homework”)
- Wednesday – 5 mile run at a 1% incline at an 8:25 pace followed by 28 minutes of spinning (hill climb, 30 sec sprints, 20 sec sprints and jumps) totalling 70 minutes of cardio (8 mile run)
My physical therapy homework is killing me. It’s 300 leg lifts (various types) along with 3 types of squats with a resistance band that you hold for 30 seconds (3 times each) and walking squats with the resistance band. It’s tough!
I’m off to Physical Therapy shortly (I hope she goes easy on me) and then to my last Dana Farber meeting. I’m very excited to hear all the details for marathon weekend and get final training advice from our running coach and 1976 Boston Marathon winner Jack Fultz.