Tapering – reducing mileage and resting two to three weeks before a marathon – is mentally tough! All of a sudden you forget that you were able to run 22 miles and that you probably ARE ready for a marathon – running just 10-15km at a time is easy but doesn’t feel like you’re doing enough!
Early in the week my calves and shins were really tight again, but I didn’t let myself panic – I started stretching properly again and by now they’re ok again. I can’t believe I was stupid enough to not stick to the stretching and foam rolling regime since I had issues with my calves during week 5 already. Lesson learned.
The week’s mileage:
- Monday: Crossfit
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: 10.40 km at 5:27 min / km pace, 56:41 = 6.46 miles
- Thursday: Rest
- Friday: 14.46 km at 5:15 pace, 1:15:52 = 8.98 miles
- Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: 10.29 km at 4:59 pace, 51:21 = 6.39 miles
Total: 35.45 km = 21.83 miles
Today I managed to trip and fall, skinning my left knee in the process 😐 I have plenty of experiences with tripping, I tend to be clumsy like that, but I really hoped that I’d get through the marathon training season without a fall. So far it’s not looking too bad, it’s not bruised, just scraped. Tomorrow is a rest and massage day, and Wednesday is my LAST RUN BEFORE THE MARATHON.