and just like that, it’s taper time again
Yeah, was it really only a few months ago that I was tapering for some other race? Where does the time even go? I guess I have the mild winter to thank, as I was afraid it would drag on forever, hasn’t really been the case.
So since I was lagging in talking about training, here are the last few weeks in summary form:
- 2/20-2/26: ok week, ended with my first 20 miler of the cycle. Pretty much averaged 9 on the dot for that one
- 2/27-3/4: sort of a crap week. My Monday run the day after my 20 was a disaster, as my legs were dragging and therefore got dropped by the group I was running with not even one mile in. I even had to cut my run short and stop after 3 miles. Had an encouraging tempo workout a few days later, but the 16-mile long run didn’t go well. Felt slow the entire time, had to make a pit stop after 12 miles, and really struggled for the last 2 miles. Was seriously questioning after this one if I really deserved to run Boston…
- 3/5-3/11: Ok track workout, struggled on some repetitions later in the week. My second 20-miler was this weekend…maybe not ideal timing with the NYC Half the week after, but I had to get it in. I just purposely held back a lot with the pace and I think it went OK
- 3/12-3/18: NYC Half week! Read all about it
- 3/19-3/25: Highest mileage week, last 20-miler. I braved the Palisades for that run, figuring I needed the hill training. I had run it twice before-in 2006 and 2007 but this would be the first time with the Garmin. And I’m telling you, having the info is very interesting. Though I pretty much averaged around 9:30-9:40 for the run, the mile with the crazy evil hill took me 11 minutes-and no, I wasn’t walking. It was a nice run though-even though I had to do it solo (due to having to get an early start and of course, being too damn slow) I didn’t need the iPod once. Though damn, my quads and butt were still feeling this a day or 2 later…
This week? Cutting down the long run, still keeping the speed for now to try and keep things sharp.
And I got this nice little treat in the mail last weekend!
It’s when you get the official documents and the bib number, it starts to feel real
And I really like my bib #-17764. Number one, two lucky 7′s, 6+4=perfect 10! As for corral placement, I made it into wave 2, but the last corral. (And no, I am not complaining about being in wave 2…unlike this lovely occurrence. ) I actually like this placement-I think I’m better off being at the back of wave 2 instead of the front of wave 3. I’ve been warned about how overzealous Boston newbies go out too fast in the beginning, and I figure having others in front of me will sort of prevent that. Also, this isn’t like NYCM with their stupid “honor system” that lets 5 hour marathoners into wave 1-this is seeding by actual time, so there most likely will be other 3:40-3:43 types around me.
17 days to go! Only a few more days before the weather obsessions can begin again!