Sunday, May 23, 2010

One Week

By this time next week, I'll be rocking the recovery socks at my Grandma and Grandpa's, basking in the glow of finshing my fourth marathon. At least that's the plan. I had a good taper week this week:

Monday: 3 miles easy (am), 6 miles hills (pm)
Tuesday: 1 hr kettlebells (more leg work than I would have liked!)
Wednesday: 1000 m. swim
Thursday: 5 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 20 minutes yoga

I've got an easy week planned this week - a couple of runs, a bike ride, a swim. No kettlebells.

As part of my taper madness (right along with making a giant batch of chocolate chip cookies), I'v been obsessing about my training. Did I do enough? Am I as prepared for this race as I was for Green Bay last year? Things I think I did pretty well: nice medium distance hilly runs, great track workouts, and some really strong long runs. Not so well? The tempo runs. I never really hit my tempo groove during this training cycle. Definitely something I will focus on when training for Twin Cities starts (in three weeks!).

21 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Nicely done! Have a great week leading up to your race!

DRog said...

Way to go! have a great week. Your going to make it to the start line!!
-Derek

Sarah said...

Chocolate chip cookies sound like a great part of your taper!

Jill said...

I do that, too for a marathon... "One week from today...." "One day from today...." I guess it helps us visualize the whole experience - especially that finish line. Have a great week...almost there!!

Kat said...

Good Luck!!

Running Through Life said...

I can't believe we are finally here. You are going to do great. The weather looks like it is going to be sunny and 78. I'm so excited.

Diana said...

I find it so amazing how the "mind" starts to play with our bodies!
You'll be fine. I always find that doing some light KB work on those nervous days helps me to relax. I just concentrate on technique and form with very, very low reps.
BUT, the chocolate chip cookies sounds like a great idea too!
Best of luck in Madison! I wish I didn't have to work, I'd drive over and be a cheerleader!

Marlene said...

Good to know I'm not the only one jumping right into training so soon after the marathon.

Looks like a good taper week. Rest up and enjoy it!!

the dawn said...

Enjoy your light mileage week! Oh, yeah, and enjoy those cookies. Yumm

onelittletrigirl said...

you are totally going to rock it. I have no doubt!

Katie A. said...

You have a great cycle - don't even second guess yourself!
I always have good intentions of making myself something like choco chip cookies for after, but usually end up with a bag of peanut m&ms :)
Enjoy your taper week!

Teamarcia said...

Nice week and yep I'd say you are totally ready! mmmmm chocolate chip cookies--gotta feed that taper worm after all!

LMC said...

Chocolate chip cookies are the perfect taper food (ok, maybe not perfect, but pretty darn close!). You've done the hard work, you are ready! You're gonna be great. Enjoy the week, picture yourself crossing that finish line!

The Happy Runner said...

Nice week! Enjoy the rest of your taper -- and the cookies :-)

X-Country2 said...

I love Taper Madness. Ha! You're almost there!

Jamoosh said...

Just put the "I'm gonna rock this marathon" shirt on already! You are ready to go!

joyRuN said...

Second guessing any/every part of your training is an integral part of taper madness ;D

Enjoy the taper!

Julie said...

Hi Heather,
You are so ready! I know that you are going to do awesome! Have a great week....get plenty of rest and then fire up!!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Enjoy your taper (and your cookies!)

Jeri said...

Days away eeeeeeeeeeek. So excited for you to kick some booty!! :)

Running Diva Mom said...

So excited, aren't you!? You are going to do great. The taper is driving me bonkers! We'll be down near the Anchor Bank building before the race if you want to meet up before the start. If you want my hubby's cell number, email me. GOOD LUCK!