Here are some older posts I have written that might help you out this week as we approach Grandma’s Marathon day!
The Magical Taper
Managing Race Morning
Marathon Packing List
Mental Toughness for the Marathon
How to Successfully Maneuver a Support Stop
I hope some of those tips help you out!
The taper is always tough. Let me tell you how this past week of the taper worked out for me:
Monday: Ran with the Calhoun Beach Running Club after work. 2 mile warmup, 1 mile at tempo pace, 1 minute rest, repeat 3 times, 2 mile cool-down. 8.5 miles total. This workout wasn’t supposed to be so hard, but my legs were feeling heavy and my toe was hurting. The taper always messes with your mind though, so I can’t tell if I should be worried or not…
Tuesday: 5.5 miles easy with Matilda in the morning
Wednesday: 6.5 miles at a decent pace with my friend Kelly
Thursday: 5.5 miles with my friends Christie and Sarah in the rain. I took this quick snapshot of Minne the lake monster just chilling in the rain in Lake Calhoun!
Saturday: 10 mile long run at the cabin. The only options you have at the cabin are a hilly route or a hilly route…ha! Dustin and Matilda joined me for the first 6 and then I did 4 more on my own. The cabin is about 30 minutes east of Duluth, so I’m hoping the temps are cooler next weekend than it was this weekend!
Sunday: 3 miles easy with Matilda at the cabin
Total: 39 miles, 1 rest day
The dragonflies, wood ticks, and mosquitoes were all out in full force. After the runs with Matilda, we had to take several ticks off of her. We use Frontline, so the ticks are not supposed to “latch on.” It’s also really easy to spot the ticks on her, since she has such a short coat. But it still makes me a little nervous. I definitely had Dustin check Matilda AND me over every time we came inside!
In addition to all the bugs, the bald eagles were also out in full force.
Much more enjoyable company than the bugs!
We had a nice relaxing time up there. In just 6 days we’ll be heading up that direction again for the marathon! Eeks!
Speaking of the upcoming marathon, my coach has advised me to start loading up on electrolytes this week. He wants me to work my way up to 56 ounces of electrolytes and as much water as I can handle on top of that per day. He suggested nuun primiarily because it doesn’t have any calories or all the added sugar that a lot of other electrolyte drinks have. I generally don’t mind nuun, but I find it much easier to drink plain water…I’m trying my best though to drink a few glasses a day. Of course, I’m still taking my daily Sound Probiotic as well! Hopefully I’ll be hydrated and healthy in 6 days.
Do you have a favorite electrolyte drink? What do you think of nuun?