Saturday, October 11, 2008

Week Sixteen

Sept 28- Oct 4

Mon--8 mi
Wed--5 mi
Thurs--5 mi
Sat--9 mi

total--27 miles

My first taper week! Yeah!! I have to admit, it does feel like nothing to run 8 or 9 miles now. I feel faster now as well. I ran my 9 mile run in 81 minutes. I looked back thinking that was faster than before, but I guess it is the same. On my real long runs I was closer to a 10 min mile, so bumping back up to a 9 min mile feels so much faster.

I am slowly getting used to my orthotics. I can wear them all day now without them bothering me. I will try them out for runs next week. Still not sure if they will be of much help for my race though.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

I can't believe it's been 16 weeks! It has been wonderful to train with you. For what it's worth, I'll toss in the reminders that my uncle gave me. He ran many marathons in his earlier years:

Don’t skimp on your sleep/rest cycle; hydrate all the time, especially in the last seven days prior to the big run; eat really healthy stuff and eat a lot–don’t skimp on quantity; get the best socks and shoes for your running gait/style and on race day–start off at a pace much slower than your per mile training pace…it will keep you from “hitting the wall” at 18-20 miles. If at anytime in the training runs or during the race you feel “pain”…not soreness or tiredness…stop!! Don’t hurt yourself! Lastly, expect a bit of a psychological let down after the marathon…when you start running for exercise again…the runs will seem pretty anticlimactic after all the long and tiring training runs and then the actual 26.2 mile-marathon run.”

Wishing you good running on your taper week!