Taper time! This was my last big mileage week before I start taking it a bit easier for the marathon in three weeks. It also ended up being a super stressful week with Jesse being really sick with a cough that is most likely pertussis (whooping cough). He’s only had his 2 month and 4 month immunizations so he’s not protected from it and apparently the vaccine wears off as we age, and because I didn’t get a booster shot (WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?!?!) I most likely have whooping cough too. I’m at the tail end of it, but man, do I wish I had known this a long time ago. It all makes sense now in retrospect. It’s unlike any other cough I’ve ever had. INSANE.
Anyway. Here’s my week (75 miles total):
Monday– 11 slow recovery treadmill miles while Jesse napped.
Tuesday– Another 8:30 min/mile paced 11 mile treadmill run in the bank.
Wednesday– Oh man, this was tough to get in. Jesse’s cough keeps waking him up so I had to piece this together throughout the day to make 14 miles.
Thursday– 11 easy treadmill miles.
Friday– Nothing! Spent the night in the ER for Jesse’s cough.
Saturday– Just an easy 8 treadmill miles in the hopes of getting in my last training run tomorrow before I start to taper.
Sunday– Well? This was it–my last longest, toughest run before taper time. I initially wanted to run it outside, 20 miles with 16 of them at goal race pace but since Jesse got sick, I knew it was either treadmill or nothing. The little guy had a big nap and after I fed him I passed him to Andrew and jumped on the treadmill. I warmed up for 2 miles and then fit in 11 miles at 6:49 pace until Jesse needed me again. I fed him, snuggled him, changed a poop (Jesse had one too) and then got him back down for a nap. I ran a mile to warm up and then decided that I needed some fuel so I mowed down a donut and a can of Coke! Then I finished up with 6 more miles at 6:49 pace, and a cool-down mile to make 20 total.
By the way, this is the first time I’ve ever peaked for a marathon at less than 90 or 100 miles! And honestly, I feel fitter and faster than ever. Higher mileage isn’t always better, but it IS more fun. Ha ha!