Scheduling a marathon for the first week of December is something I have to highly recommend for one reason only: the Turkey Taper.
I think being out of my normal routine has kept the taper-crazies at bay. It’s my first marathon, so mayyyybe I don’t get taper-crazy, but let’s be realistic and credit the turkeys for this one.
Total Miles: 28
Total recommitments to good habits: steady at 2 (you can’t recommit to eating normal amounts of food on Thanksgiving week)
Monday: 4 miles easy @ 11:29/mile; strides; hips
I ran after work, which almost always results in stomach issues. Stopped back by the house after mile 3. I considered not going back out, but made myself run the last mile and do strides.
Tuesday: 9 miles // mile 4 @ tempo pace; 8 x 2:00 @ 10k pace w/ 90 second jog rest
This is not how I imagined the taper.
I wanted to get out of my normal tempo-run-route rut, and I chose a “scenic” route that was nice, but it made hitting my paces a bit more challenging. On one uphill 10k pace repeat, I got smoked by this leggy high school runner I see around from time to time. She was cruising effortlessly. I looked down at my Garmin, and I was running a 7:15/mile pace, a full 1:15 too fast. Ouch, pride.
Wednesday: Rest day; Turkey Travel
Thursday: 5 miles easy @ 11:08/mile; strides; core; ATE ALL THE TURKEY
I felt really awful on this run. I would have felt more awful had I not played a guessing game with myself as I passed other runners: who’s running the race next weekend?
Guy in compression everything: marathon
Group of moms in neon everything: half marathon
Fratty-looking dude with golden retriever: just out for a run
Meaningless supposition about other runners aside, I was glad to be done.
Thanksgiving night, I did the unheard-of: I braved the lines at Target for a deal on a GoPro for Jeff. (No spoilers here, I couldn’t keep it a secret from him for more than a day!) It was quite the ordeal, but three Target stores and a day later, I got the one I wanted.
Friday: Rest day
Did some casual Black Friday shopping with my mom, and she bought me a sweet marathon gift.
That night, we went out for my cousin’s 30th birthday – bowling! I hadn’t gone bowling in eons. It was a blast.
Saturday: 10 miles; last 5 @ goal marathon pace; core and hips
I got to try out Memphis’s Shelby Farms Greenline for the first time. I was a little disappointed that a good chunk of the first mile heading west ran by the penitentiary, but otherwise it was great.
The run itself went well, except that I was not feeling goal marathon pace until the last two miles. It averaged out ok, but in miles 6-8, I’d look down and be running 10:15/mi one moment, and 9:05/mi the next. For some reason, 9:35/mi was the pace I kept gravitating toward. I’m not adjusting my plan this late in the game, but if 9:35 still feels good in the last 10k, I’ll go for it.
It feels good to be all caught up on training recaps, and to be pretty much done training! I signed up for Twitter race updates, which I believe are scheduled for 5k, 10k, half, 20 miles, and finish. Follow me at @racingoprah if you want to track my progress. I can’t believe its almost here!