The Taper Begins
I want to start using this more again. I know this is like for 26th time I’ve said that in the past couple of years, but I really do. I’ll see how much of my uselessness I end up sharing on here. It’s worth another try, I suppose.
The easy starting point is to just dive into my marathon training, as I’m now officially in the taper period of my build up and 12 days out from the NYC Marathon. Overall I’m pretty happy with my training for my 2nd marathon, especially the past 12 weeks. For the most part, going back to June/July all of my running has been solid, but I definitely turned it up a notch once getting into early August. Last year prior to Philly I had just been running about 65-70 miles a week, only hitting 70 once about 5 weeks before the race. This has been a completely different build up. The four weeks since my Philly Half Marathon, my weekly totals have been 82, 88, 85 and 85. That’s a solid last month before the taper. And to top it off, I’ve had 3 22 mile long runs.
The work load has been solid, and aside from maybe one or two workouts, I really haven’t missed a beat. A couple weeks back when I was in the middle of that 88 mile week I definitely had some moments of just feeling overwhelmed. That number “88” just seemed daunting to me. But I got through it, and came out of it with my best two weeks since hitting that 88 mark. For my last two long runs I did 10 miles at the back end of it at 5:52/5:53 pace fairly comfortably, which is a really positive sign.
It’s weird when going through your marathon build up. I don’t think you ever realize how strong you actually are at any point during the training. Even for my half marathon there were things I was uncertain of, but I ended up running the race close to exactly how I wanted to from a “tune-up” stand point (for the record, I know I can break 1:12 in the half, I’ll just have to be patient for the training to line itself up with that accomplishment). But there have just been so many days since September that between doubles, the work day, the commute, and the main training runs that I’ve at points felt like I was slowly going crazy… or maybe I should say getting crazier. But I now sit 12 days away from heading to the starting line in Staten Island and feel my best yet. It’s kinda scary actually that that’s the case.
Last year I know I freaked myself out a bit over the last two weeks. I overthought the reality of 26.2 miles. But now I know the reality I’m walking into, and I know I put in a lot more work this time around as well. Sure, I’ll definitely be feeling plenty antsy over these next 12 days, but I’ll be able to deal. It’ll be a lot of fun once Marathon weekend is actually here.