Yes, just a little cold with a sweat fest for the past couple of days. I always get some kind of a minor bug during taper, so I am not concerned. It's like my body is telling me to slow down. OK, I hear ya!
This week I am going from 54 mile (peak week) to 30, 5 running days to 4. Monday I had a kick a$$ track workout which got me thinking that I would love to race the mile sometime. Based on my track workouts, I could go under 6. Tuesday I ran easy on hills with my Nike Frees and I felt like flying. I love love love those shoes. Going uphill on your toes saves so much energy, but I can't do that with my regular shoes bc they are too inflexible. Yesterday I got my a$$ kicked by the hot temps again. I purposely ran at lunch in 90 degrees. I ran 6 with 3 miles at short tempo. I ran for less than 20 minutes for the tempo, but my heart was jumping out of my chest (sunt bine mama!).
I've been reading a lot on strategies to race Boston, and it is really interesting that the only consensus is to run the first few miles slow. Otherwise, everyone has a different opinion: run positive splits bc of the hills vs run negative splits bc of the downhill at the end (which DOES not feel like a downhill, by the way) vs run even splits to conserve energy; run even effort vs check your watch to stay on pace; carboload vs don't carboload; don't try to PR at Boston vs Boston is actually an easy race (this one gets to me a little bit, if Boston were an easy race, why the winning times for the elites are slower at Boston compared to other marathons?); etc, etc. I think ultimately everyone's plan should account for own strength and weaknesses. Last year I had a pace tat which I checked at every mile marker, and that is what I followed. I ended up running negative splits, I think, but by v little. I'll use the same strategy this year, though if the temps are over 70 I may run it as a training run and race the Vermont Marathon at the end of May. Will see.
So what did I do with the extra free time this week? Yup, I found a fall marathon. Since I missed the registration for New York, and Chicago is closed, I decided to stay local and find a marathon in the area. I am thinking of running the Green Mountain Marathon in Vermont, in October. Someone at the Derry race told me about how great of a marathon this is. Plus, I like to support local small races, where the entry fee is $25 and the race Tshirts are not covered with ads. But before that it is going to be a lot of bike time and figuring out if this triathlon thing is something I want to put a lot of time into. Triathletes do have the best bodies, so maybe there is something to the sport:)
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