Less than two weeks until my next marathon and I am now on the taper side of things. Not going crazy in the least, I might add, but rather enjoying some cut back in miles/pace. Truth be told, I came into last week feeling pretty tired and ready for the break.
This training cycle has been anything but conventional for me, and I think that is going to pay off. I have done more marathon pace and tempo miles this time through than ever before. I have run my long runs on tired legs, done progression runs, and accomplished some really big workouts that I never thought I could do. Using my “one run at a time” approach, I have managed to complete just about every workout as it was written.
What I have I gained from this? Confidence in my marathon pace, for one. And comfort in my marathon pace. Somewhere around the middle of the training cycle, paces that had been hard for me became almost comfortable. That’s a great feeling–knowing that when I set out at my goal pace, it’s going to feel like second nature to me.
So the work is done, the rest is happening and now do you know what I need? Some good weather. This is my third marathon in 11 months, and I need a third time is the charm miracle on that front. I had the heat of Boston, the torrential downpours of CIM, and do you know what is happening here in the Mid Atlantic this week? Yep, a pretty big snowstorm. After an entire winter with a total snow accumulation of two inches, we are staring down a monster snow event in March. My marathon is on a paved trail–about 10 years ago, after a major snowstorm, they ended up canceling this marathon because they couldn’t get it cleared enough to hold the event. I know I shouldn’t worry about things I can’t control, but after all that hard work, seriously?
One more reason I need to move somewhere warm!
Have you tried anything new with training lately? Have you ever had a race cancelled or otherwise compromised due to weather?