Week 17 down…now it’s taper time! It feels great to have a long 22 miler run in the books, and to feel confident and ready for the Richmond Marathon, less than 3 weeks away.
Monday – P90X YogaX
Tuesday – 6 miles fast (plan called for 5.5 miles at 8:19-8:06 pace)
I decided to do the longer weekday run on Tuesday, rather than Wednesday, because of Wednesday’s terrible weather forecast of heavy rain and strong winds. I ran 6, rather than 5.5, because I like turning around at the Lincoln Memorial.
Wednesday – REST
Friday – P90X YogaX
Saturday – 22 miles at pace (plan called for 8:41 pace)
The second farthest we have ever ran! Last year, we ran a 20 miler as our longest training run prior to the Richmond Marathon. This year’s Asics Marathon Plan had us running a 22-miler as our longest run.
Saturday’s weather was perfect, starting off cool and warming up by early afternoon. I started off with arm sleeves and gloves but took the gloves off around mile 6 and the arm warmers off at mile 11, the turnaround spot. It’s nice to be able to put them in my hydration pack pockets.
I took GU gels at miles 6, 12 and 17 and also wore my Nathan hydration vest full of water and 3 tablets of nuun – I drank the entire 55 oz! We all chatted for most of the first half of the run. At the turnaround, we were feeling good but decided to run at our own comfortable pace and meet for a GU break at mile 17. I listened to one TED talk podcast and about 30 minutes of music. I felt really great for the run and feel confident going into the marathon. Last year, I hit the “wall” around mile 20 of the marathon so it was a good feeling to run, in training, to 22 and not hit a wall. When we got back, I laid down on my yoga mat for awhile, drank a chocolate milk and a glass of ice cold water, ate some tortilla chips and took Immodium. For the rest of the day, I felt pretty good minus having some sore knees and being ready for bed at 8 pm. On Sunday, I felt stiff in the morning but, overall, felt pretty good! We’re ready to #RunRichmond!
Sunday – REST