I really had to keep reminding myself that taking a few days off 2 weeks before the race wouldn't impact me significantly- nothing that I would have done during those days would have given me any super human gains in fitness or the like. If anything, I would have set myself back with over doing it. But mentally, that was hard to accept. In the end I had no choice but to rest so not to prolong the stomach issues.
Tuesday: 12 mile cycled
Friday: 6 mile run
Saturday: 10 mile run w/ 6x800's (5 @ 3:30, last one @ 3:20)
Sunday: 8 mile run
Total: 4:08:22 for 36 miles
3:13:52 for 24 miles running
54:30 for 12 miles cycled
CB dog kept me company while I was sick on Monday.
Thursday I got 8" of hair chopped off. The kick ass thing is that I had enough to donate it. I've always wanted to donate my hair, but never thought i'd have enough. I feel 15lbs lighter which must account for at least a reduction 3-5 seconds a mile during the marathon. Also happy to no longer look like a Duggar cousin.
I received a SHFT coaching system c/o SHFT & MRC to review. All opinions are my own. It is a virtual coach- you attach a pod to your right foot and one to your chest and it analyzes multiple metrics while you run and coaches you on how to improve those scores. The first area it was having me work on was time spent on the ground- I was spending too much time and therefore not being as efficient or as powerful as I could be. As I was running, it was giving me pointers on how to reduce ground contact time- and I did reduce it a bit. I look forward to using it a few times a week to become more efficient. I'll keep reporting back about it, it seems like a really cool tool.
Sunday I ran my last longish run outside. It was a little rainy, but relatively nice for an overcast somewhat windy day. I once again overdressed to be hot on purpose to stay acclimated to a warmer temp. Carmel is looking to be in the 50-60's and I am happy that I have made myself suffer a bit with the overdressing so that on race day those temps will feel cool to me.
Post run and post Stan's donut L and I got massages. Post massage we went to Fleet Feet so I could buy a firm foam roller. Like a moth to a flame, I saw a crazy pair of Nike shorts hanging on the wall and scooted right over to check them out. The large waistband had some pockets which made my heart fill with joy. I tried them on and decided that these would be my marathon shorts. I wasn't crazy about wearing my other Nike shorts (Nike Pro) which dont have pockets and having to bring a fuel belt with me.
We met friends for dinner Sunday evening and had a blast. Since we found out 2 of them hadn't ever had Malort, we decided to change that for them.
- Continue to eat and sleep well
- Wrap up my final workouts and not over do it
- Get my marathon shit together- Ipod, nutrition, outfit, etc
- Be confident with my race plan
- Not stress about the race. Keep my mind busy so not to fall into the "Taper Crazy" mentality where a lot of energy is expended for nothing.
5 days to go!