Monday, January 7, 2019

Marathon Training: Week 14 and the great Taper

I can't believe my first marathon is coming up in January! All those last few years of thinking about it and knowing that I wasn't ready to commit to training for one seemed like forever ago, and now it's real and I couldn't be more excited (and nervous - let's not lie here lol!). For the marathon plan I'm following, I chose one for beginner runners who have about a year of running under their belt. While I'm not a beginner, I wanted to work more on hills, technique and speed and I feel that this plan will allow me to do that to a greater extent come January for April's marathon. 

Week 14 came after a holiday full of food, family, fun and no running. I'm glad I could finally get back to it this last week. Normally I have no problem tapering for a half marathon, but this is making me feel crazy.
Pretty much me besides the eating bit.

The week 14 breakdown went as follows:

Monday 12/17: Sick - Being sick a few weeks before a big run is TERRIFYING. I always have that moment of self-doubt- that creeping feeling that all this training has been for nothing and I won't be able to finish this race. Then, strangely enough this week I told that little voice to shut the heck up and just let me get better so I could get on with everything. I'm not sure why I had this window of self-confidence and clarity, but I LIKE IT! We can't help being sick, so why should we punish ourselves on top of feeling physically bad?

Tuesday 12/18: Still sick, ate chicken soup and Netflix movie watched and chilled.

Wednesday 12/19: Sick

Thursday 12/20: Sick

Friday 12/21: Sick but feeling so much better. Signed up for a class Saturday. 😃

Saturday 12/22: Today was SO MUCH FUN! I took a 60 min. endurance class at Race Pace, down at the Silos in Houston. I have been wanting so badly to run on the Woodway treadmills there and take a class since last year, and today my treadmill dreams came true. Coming back after a bad cold was really tough, but the class was a blast anyway. I can't wait to go back! 

UM. I NEED this wall. Cutest locker room ever!

Enter the most fun place you will ever find a treadmill

What heaven looks like, a.k.a. the Woodway treadmill ❤

Sunday 12/23: 8 mile long run in the park as part of my taper. I wanted to run more but my legs were still feeing heavy and weak and I was going through moments of being light-headed, so I capped it at 8, then finished the day off with some thrift shopping for a few sweaters for the winter. 

The park was beyond beautiful out today. 

When I don't make my bed because I'll be changing the sheets, and I get home from my run. I find McLovin. 😸

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