Marathon training…week SIXTEEN
week SIXTEEN – !!!!
the work is done.. now to taper and maintain, and not get sick in the next two weeks.
this weekend was the last of my long runs – 8 miles yesterday, 10 today.
the 10 miles today was kind of special, i guess.. the last 10 miles of the marathon. my team (ny flyers) met at 7:45am at the queensboro bridge on 1st ave – and we took off to the bronx and back again finishing right about where the finish line is in central park. it was a tough run. maybe because i did 8 miles yesterday, maybe because i’ve run over 600 miles in the past 16 weeks, and my body is tired. i’m ready for the “dreaded” taper!!!
one thing that i didn’t realize (and now i’m wondering if in this case, knowledge is NOT power) – is that those last 10 miles are hilly. especially the evil 5th ave up along central park.. i had no idea. such a cruel joke making us finish on these hills!
i’m going to enjoy a massage tomorrow – a much deserved one.. and try not to let the taper get to my head in the next 2 weeks. one thing that is great is the fact that my coach has us running the same amount of days, just a greatly reduced amount of volume (ie – one more 60 minute run, and no more than 3 mile runs on easy days)..
and in case you’re wondering – and want to follow me to the finish line. below is my bib number. i go out in the third wave.. 10:30am (ie – it’s going to be one long ass morning in staten island before i start running!).. and i’m in the green zone. i’m actually a little bummed about this, because it means i run the lower level of the verrazano bridge – i’ve never run it, so maybe it’s not a big deal.. but somehow i’m imagining feeling like i’m closed in without being able to take in the sun and sky and beautiful bridge architecture.. time will tell…
until next sunday. i’m be tapering…