Feb 11, 2010

More Tapering

This week has turned into more of a taper than I thought or wanted it to be. I bagged my weight session on Tuesday but my 15 miles on Wednesday was still a little sluggish. It was kind of odd because my legs were sluggish but the pace seemed real easy so it kind of turned into a modest progression run. I kept getting fast from 8:34 to 8:06 by the end. I was planning on doing another 15 miles today; and I'd really like to do it, but I'm feeling a little bit of pain in my Achilles tendons. This is an area that has plagued me before so I'm being very cautious with it. I'd say right now the pain is 1.5 on a scale of 1 to 10, so no big deal. But I don't want it to become a big deal so I'm not running today or the next two days before the marathon.

For the marathon I'll do it just like the MS blues marathon, go out at 8:30 or so per mile and just see how it goes. I'll walk when I take water to get a good drink. I'm definitely hoping to cut the potty breaks though. I mean really, two is one too many and two more than I'd like to do. I'm thinking 3:45-3:50 range but would only get upset if it is over 4:00. Also, I really don't want to be doing the marathon shuffle at the end.

So, today is my weight workout that I blew off on Tuesday. I'll give myself a sad face for only getting in 35 miles this week. That's disappointing especially when mentally and physically I really want to run. :(

See you next week with a race report.

All in: 15 at 8:18

10 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Az,
Good job on your 15 miler yesterday and I hope your weight training session goes well today!! Hopefully your Achilles tendons will stop giving you attitude, hang in there:)

Jill said...

It's taper week, you want your legs feeling fresh at the start line so don't overdo it. Also start carb loading today. yum :).

Tony said...

Good Luck AZ

Jean said...

Good luck to you, AZ. Your year is off to quite a start. I hope you have a great race!

Bill G said...

Good luck dude--by missing that 15 mile run this week you'll be just that much more fresh this weekend. Right, right? Hope the weather turns out, and that the rest of the family has a good time too.

Meg said...

Have a great race and have fun! I can't wait for the report!

San said...

Aah, Az, give your body a bit of a break before the big race. It will be fit to the point on your race day.

Spend the time with your family instead and enjoy a good meal or two. Nothing to worry about.

Good luck for the marathon.

lindsay said...

eh, you ARE running a marathon this weekend. 35mi isn't that big of a deal. better to rest your achilles than end up causing it to ache more and possibly walking a lot/having trouble in the race.

hope it's feeling better and good luck this weekend!

Glenn Jones said...

Good luck AZ! I'll be eagerly awaiting your report!

Karen said...

Can't wait to hear the race report! Have a good one!