Boston Week 15: TAPER

1 week to go (WUT?!)…

I am in completely disbelief that this race is so close. I will talk more about it later this week, but needless to say I have dreamed about this for a long, long time. The fact that it will be a reality in one week is very surreal.

My legs didn’t really catch the memo that they were supposed to be feeling recovered until late in the week. Thursday I finally felt some spring in them and by Saturday I was feeling really good.

Monday:

  • Run: Tempo w/2-3M @ 7:10 – 20: 6.75M, 7:46avg.
  • Strength: Runner’s World Workout x 1 + 1×15 Single Leg Squat + 1×25 Leg Raises Against the Wall (as warm-up)

I got up early-ish to run before the rain came. It was in the low 40′s and cloudy but with almost no wind (!!) so I wore shorts. The warm-up and cool down felt really good. The tempo miles didn’t feel effortless like I would have liked, but not like I was working super hard either. I really tried to focus on keeping the miles in goal range and not going too fast: 7:12, 7:11, 7:11. 

In the afternoon Brad and I went to Chicago Recovery Room to help out our friend Liz who owns it. The Chicago Tribune is doing a story and she needed people to come and “recover” for pictures. It was a good excuse to spend a ton of time using all of CRR’s rollers and tools to work out some knots and I used the compression boots for 20 min. which felt fantastic.

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Tuesday:

  • Run: 1:00 Easy: 7.25M, 8:20 avg.
  • Strength: Yoga

Another day where I really just wanted my legs to feel fresh and springy, but my body felt heavy and lethargic. What’s funny is that I kept having to pull back on the pace to keep it “easy”, yet I still didn’t feel good. Walter got to join for most of this run, which always makes every run better.

Wednesday:

  • Workout: OFF
  • Strength: None

Resting like a champ! I laid in bed for an hour after I woke up, just enjoying some peace before my world came to life for the day. Brad and I took the dogs for a walk in the afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and then I went to the Finding Strong movie/dinner that evening! I love the runner girls so much :)

Thursday:

  • Run: Speed w/3x1k @ 4:15 {6:50/10k pace}: 6.3M, 8:00 avg.
  • Strength: Runner’s World Workout x 1 + 1×15 Single Leg Squat + 1×25 Leg Raises Against the Wall (as warm-up)

I originally planned to go to the track, but just as I was thinking how ridiculous it was to drive all the way up there for such a short workout, I realized that Brad would need the car for his work-related lunch plans anyway. I went to the Lakefront around noon and it was warm. I was overdressed in my super light long sleeve and shorts. I had strict instructions of “DO NOT KILL THIS WORKOUT” so after the warm-up I just to focus on settling in at a cruise speed: 4:13, 4:11, 4:13. It was a bit windy with a swirly cross wind, but my legs felt AMAZING so it didn’t even bother me much. Finally. I needed this confidence boost after a week of blah running.

Friday:

  • Workout: OFF
  • Strength: Yoga None

It’s no secret that I LOVE yoga. I debated back and forth whether I should go one last time before Boston, but after consulting my very-wise runner friends, I made the decision that rest is best! We did go for a walk with the dogs in the morning and another one in the afternoon to run errands and enjoy the lovely spring weather!

Saturday:

  • Run: 1:00 Flat w/1M @ MGP: 7.4M, 8:08 avg.
  • Strength: None

I slept in until 9:30 and didn’t finally get out on the Lakefront with Walter until 10:15ish…along with every other runner, walker, biker, roller blader, etc. in Chicago. I guess it was the nicest Saturday we have had all year and I remembered why I go early in the summer! It made for good people watching though. My legs felt really good and the pace came easily. In the marathon pace mile (7:45), I didn’t feel like I was working hard, but I did feel like I was running really fastIt felt like I was cruising at a pace that I would never attempt to run for SO LONG. We’ll see how that goes?

Sunday:

  • Workout: OFF
  • Strength: None

THREE complete rest days in one week! We had a small group of Brad’s high school friends over Saturday evening and they stayed late. Staying awake past 1:30 a.m. when I am completely sober is not something I do often. It was nice to completely relax all day after that. We took the dogs for a short walk that was interrupted by rain, but that (and cleaning from the night before) was the extent of my “exercise” Sunday.

Miles: 27.7

Treadmill runs: 0

Total Runs on the ‘mill this winter: 12

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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6 Responses to Boston Week 15: TAPER

  1. elizabeth says:

    1 WEEK!!!! i’m SOOO excited for you. I can’t wait to follow you on race day. Also, I love those compression leg things. They are awesome.

  2. Uummm I think running at 7:45 felt fast because…it IS fast! Great job! If your friend needs more volunteers to recover….hellloooo! By the way, I got into Chicgao! See you again in October :)

  3. erin says:

    SO excited for you! You’re going to rock Boston – and, at 7:45 pace! Boom! Oh, goodness… staying up past midnight just wrecks me for days! When did I get so old?! ;)

  4. good luck!!! sounds like you’re ready to rock it!

  5. Meredith says:

    Woohoo!!!! Get it Corey!!!! Will be thinking many happy thoughts for your race!!!!

  6. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:

    Awesome! You are so ready… can’t wait to hear all about it!!

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