The marathon is just days away, and all of the hard work is behind me. Last week included only one workout and a moderate long run of 16 miles. The 4 x 2 mile session on Thursday was kept under control and felt very smooth. The weather has continued its outstanding stretch for a Portland fall which is a nice mental and physical boost. I remember having a few tough marathon workouts last fall with barely above freezing rains that would soak through anything I was wearing. At that point it is worse than snow as the cold water numbs and tightens all muscles. It looks like I'm in the clear all the way to race day. I can't complain about the Sunday forecast either; currently it's showing a low of 37 and high of 55 with no rain.
I have spent the last week studying the course and trying to finalize a race plan. I will be spending the rest of this week trying to not spend every waking second obsessing over the race as this can be stressful and mentally exhausting. My wife and I have planned a trip to Chile, Argentina, and Patagonia a couple days after the race, so I can distract myself by organizing the final details. We always try to take advantage of down times in training and post marathon is the perfect time. We'll spend my two weeks off hiking through Patagonia and spend the other two weeks slowly ramping miles back up in a relaxed setting. There are very few times during the year that I can pursue other interests, so it will be a nice way to completely remove my head from running for a couple weeks and hopefully celebrate a successful New York result.
For anyone interested, you can now look at my entire marathon build up by looking at each week's blog post, and before the race I will post it all together. Thanks again for reading.
|Tuesday||12.5 + drills and strides||4.5||17|
|Thursday||4 x 2 miles @ 9:32||off||14|
|Saturday||7 + drills and strides||off||7|