I am feeling strong and ready. I had some mental doubts I dealt with this week (I will write about this in a separate post), but I was able to speak positivity into my running and I was rewarded with a great final tune up race. Here is how the past week shook out.
Monday: 6.2 easy miles to kick off the week. It was Labor Day and so I had a fun run with Jen and Dawn. I came back from Ohio with a cold but felt fine to run.
Tuesday: I felt pretty bad. I decided I would try my workout and see how it went. It did not go well but I managed to get in most of the work. It was all I could do not to just go right back to bed when I finished the run.
Wednesday: rest day is ALWAYS the best day!
Thursday: 12.2 miles before work! I ran ten miles at tempo and had an extremely strong run. It really made me feel great about the race. I got to run three of the tempo miles with Jen and then finished the rest on my on, which was hard but I managed to negative split this run!
Friday: Another monument run with Oiselle gals – an easy 5.5 around the Mall.
Saturday: Ten easy miles in amazingly cool fall-like weather. So so awesome!
Sunday: Parks Half Marathon. I will write a recap for this one, but I wanted to use it to simulate race day in Berlin. While the course was unlike Berlin (it was rolling hills and Berlin is flat), I used the mental practice. I came into the race with almost 40 miles on my legs and I was tired. I just pretended I was in the back half of the marathon and didn’t allow myself to give up. I felt strong throughout and will definitely recall this race during Berlin.
This week I’m in Chicago for work and have my last two workouts. This is kind of fitting, because my first workouts for this training cycle took place in Chicago. I have come full circle. 🙂
BRING ON THE TAPER! Anyone else THIS close to taper and getting excited?!!