Goal Miles 44
Actual Miles 46
Oh my the taper...it always messes with me a bit. Mentally I feel more then prepared for the marathon next week, I am ready to hit the roads and give it all I've got. Physically my legs have some fickle feelings. Why is it that I can run 70+ miles for weeks on end without feeling discomfort in my legs and then I hit the taper and the legs begin to have new aches?
First it started with a tight left calf, which I am still trying to shake off. Then it crept up to a rather large knot in the left quad which disappeared after doing a billion heavy loaded lunges which wasn't my ideal solution the week before a race. And the joints...wow I am feeling like a 90 year old woman that needs to up her glucosamine intake.
Since this is my last premarathon recap, I thought that I'd make it a bit more interesting then all of the other drab-same-old-same-old recaps that I have been posting for the past 4+ months.
Chicago marathon training by the numbers:
2,059 miles logged so far this year.
The past 18 weeks have held 1,130 of those miles.
9 tempo runs and countless repeats encountered.
5 20 mile runs or longer.
67 double digit runs, 8 weeks with double digit only runs.
Longest taper ever with race week and the 2 weeks before holding mileage in the 40's.
2 PR races ran in the mist of heavy training: Bastille's Day 5k and the Oak Brook 1/2 marathon.
5 total races done premarathon, with 4 of those hosting a PR.
1 race that nearly killed me.
Lots of top place finishes, the highest being 2nd place.
1 Feisty Garmin.
4 pairs of Brooks Adrenaline & 1 pair of Newtons.
1,000,000 moments where I felt like I am going to kick booty next Sunday.
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