I will be getting a race recap up very soon! As soon at the marathon website posts their photos 🙂
In the meantime, I wanted to post a recap of my final week of training. After a full week off of running (the week of Thanksgiving), I really wanted to get some runs in and let my legs get the feeling of turning over back. Mostly this was for my confidence going into race week, not actually building any fitness.
- Monday – very low intensity, 20 minutes on the step mill and 20 minutes on the elliptical. Again, this was more mental than anything. I love my morning routine and getting up and taking action towards hitting my goal. I kept it VERY easy and then did a long stretch after. I went to my active release therapy doctor Monday on my lunch break.
- Tuesday – 3 miles at a 7:59 pace and went to the chiropractor.
- Wednesday – 4 miles at a 7:39 pace on the treadmill.
- Thursday – complete rest day
- Friday – shake out run. I decided to do my shake out run a day earlier to give my legs more time to rest. I had been having this small niggling pain in the back of my left knee, and Saturday was going to be a busy day of driving, going to the expo, ect.
- Saturday – expo and rest day
Nutrition: I ate intuitively all week. You can read more about my carb loading here. Saturday I ate as much as possible without feeling too full – I’ll post more details on that in the race recap. Thursday – Saturday I kept vegetables and other high fiber foods to a minimum.
This week was as much a mental exercise as anything physical. Not a lot of activity & A LOT of carbohydrate dense food. Even though it sounds all well and good to rest and eat a lot, it is mentally hard to do when you are heading into a week where you will run the longest you’ve ever run before. I did a lot of Romwod – range of motion stretching, kind of like yoga. I also took a little extra time in the mornings to play with Bennie when I normally would have still been running or lifting weights. He the best support when it comes to resting and eating 🙂
With love & marathon prepping,