It’s Marathon Week! I’m ready to run and have had some solid workouts through my two week taper, including a great Big Wish 5k. Currently the One City weather is looking less than ideal with temperatures in the high 30s, 20 mph winds and an 80% chance of 1-3 inches of snow. Ugh. I’m really hoping that changes as the forecast so often does around Hampton Roads and I’ll stay dry. If not, oh well, there’s nothing I can do anyway.
My training is behind me. It went extremely well and I feel 100% ready for race day after two weeks of taper. I wrapped Taper Week 2 with a easy eight mile long run Friday then stepped the intensity up with the Big Wish 5k Saturday morning. It was a brisk and breezy but sunny morning. My plan was to to keep my legs firing without taking too much off the table for this weekend’s marathon. During my two mile warm-up I felt really good. We went off right on time as I focused on not getting swept up with the fast starters.
I expected to run comfortably around half marathon pace (7:15/mile) but settled in faster. The first mile ran by in 6:58. Slow down, I told myself. My legs and lungs both felt great as I made the u-turn at halfway. Mile 2 registered as a 6:56. Since I was feeling so good and picked it up a hair for Mile 3 in 6:45. I crossed the finish line in 21:19 as first female.
I was bummed I hadn’t looked at the time on my watch after my warm up. If I had, I would have known coming through those last few hundred meters I was only 5 seconds away from a new 5k PR. A faster 5k is definitely in my near future and I look forward to seeing what I can do.
The rest of Marathon Week includes yesterday’s 12 x 400M, another short workout Wednesday and a 20 minute shake out Saturday.
What does your Marathon Week look like?