Chicago Marathon {Week 15}

Taper is here and I felt it this week.

My legs felt heavy and though I was exhausted, I could not sleep. I had my first, and hopefully last, pre-race nightmare. It started with me running late and having to climb a HUGE hill to get to the finish line. Of course the race had already started by the time I got to the line. Instead of starting to run, I ran into a tent to find a pacer and then started the race. We ran down the street and then through restaurant after restaurant, weaving through tables and kitchens. I never completed the race, but woke up anxious and hungry. I think my race fears got the best of me that evening.

Going into these last weeks, well really just one week now (this post is a bit delayed), I know that I have to focus on what I can control. I can control my hydration. I can control my fueling and I can finish the last of my runs strong. I can trust my training and make sure I have everything I need on race day. I can get as much sleep as possible and study the course map.

Training:

Monday – two mile walk + abs
Tuesday – 4 mile tempo + strength
Wednesday – 30 min cycle + 30 min elliptical
Thursday – 7×800 @ 6:58 min/mile (7 miles)
Friday – 2.5 mile walk
Saturday – 15 mile long run
Sunday – Rest

In order to try to prevent more nightmares, I’m working on not stressing about the weather or my finish time. While I am confident that I will set a new PR, I’m not as confident in my ability to BQ. I have a lot of cheerleaders telling me I can do it, but it is a lofty goal. When I look at how Fargo went (current PR – 3:47) with no speed work, no consistent training and nasty stomach issues, I get a little confidence boost. If I can set a three minute PR with those, what can I do in Chicago? 3:45, 3:40, 3:35?

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