Last week I hit 47 miles! I’m dropping back my mileage a bit this week but next week I’m hoping to hit 50. I love how this drop-back week still includes an 18-miler. That just isn’t right!
MON: 8 miles easy (was supposed to be either a hill repeat or speed day but my legs were not feelin’ it)
TUE: 8 miles tempo
THU: 8 miles easy
FRI: 20 miles hot and steamy
SAT: 3 miles easy
Notice the lack of yoga or strength training recently? When things get busy, it’s always the first to go. My motivation for yoga or ST is nowhere near my motivation to run. It’s a constant work in progress.
Originally I had planned on alternating hill repeats and speed work this cycle. I really need that steady dose of speed work so I’m ditching the hill repeats. My long runs are fairly hilly and I think they’ll provide me with the preparation I need for LVM.
I’m also doing a 2-week taper for LVM. I was a complete nut case during the taper period for the NJ Marathon. Three weeks is too much time for me, mentally and physically (even though my mileage only really dropped 2 weeks before, I hate doing my 22-miler 3 weeks out). I did a 2 1/2 week taper for Steamtown and it worked out just fine.
Have you ever tried a 2-week taper? Do you prefer it to the traditional 3-week taper?