I officially have all of my training for the Richmond Marathon in the bank now. Today’s 22, with
too many miles at (ahem, faster than) MP is now behind me. Time to taper, and I have to say, I am SO ready.
These past two weeks I have been tired, both mentally and physically. I’ve put in lots of hard work and miles for this marathon, probably more than ever before. I’ve been more specific about dialing in that marathon pace. Admittedly, however, we ran those MP miles at around 15 or so seconds/mile too fast. I’m hoping it didn’t take its toll. Right now I feel like it did. But I have three weeks to take my tapering seriously, and that’s what I intend to do.
And just when I’m feeling worn out, Chris K at BQ or Die has tossed me a challenge. He’s getting ready to start his marathon training for a February marathon. You see, Chris thinks that runners shouldn’t miss workouts, and so he is betting me a $10 Starbucks card that he can stick to his plan better than me when I train for Boston. If you read my last post here, you know that I am a believer in listening to my body and backing off when needed. So he may have a little edge here.
He also lives in San Diego, home of spectacular winters. I, on the other hand, live in Maryland, where we had a little thing called Snowmageddon last winter. I think he needs to give me some odds here, don’t you?
I’m a pretty competitive soul, though. I’m picturing lots of time spent in Starbucks post long runs next winter. What do you think?