Only one week until the Boston Marathon 2017!
Okay, eight days to be exact. It’s actually an appropriate time to start stalking the weather forecast. So far, it looks pretty good (high in the mid-50’s.) Fingers crossed that it stays that way.
The taper is always a challenge for me- I start to feel lazy and slow. I have to remind myself to trust the process. Trust the training. This is my 26th marathon- you’d think it would be easy by now!
I’m linking up as always with Jess from Jess Runs ATL to share my weekly recap of training during the taper. Details on the link-up are below if you would like to join us.
Here’s how training went this past week:
Monday: Tempo run- 2 mile warm-up, 6x1200m repeats at a 7:23 pace with 1 minute recovery in between, 2 mile cool down. 9 miles total at an 8:30 min/mile average. I did this run after work around 7 pm. It made for kind of a late night, though the weather was pleasant, which helped. I was a sweaty mess!
Tuesday: 5.2 miles easy with Matilda before work at a 9:10 min/mile
I did have a “tune-up” appointment at Orthology. It’s funny how the taper brings out those phantom aches and pains, right? Orthology offers “tune-up” appointments that don’t go through your insurance (just a flat out-of-pocket price to work on any aches or pains, sort of like a targeted sports massage.)
Thursday: 1,000m repeats. 2 mile warmup, 5x1000m at a 6:45 min/mile with 2 minute recovery in between, 2 mile cool-down. I did not hit that 6:45 min/mile pace- much closer to 7-7:15 for most. 8.2 miles at an 8:40 min/mile average before work.
After work, I actually got a spray tan at the Glow Lounge– a few other bloggers I follow said they always get one before race day, so I thought I’d give it a try for good luck (and for good race photos, amiright?!). The Glow Lounge is awesome- very professional and they do a great job. I think my lovely bronze will fade in 9 days though; I guess I should have timed that a little better… 🙂
Friday: 6.6 miles easy in the morning with my friend Nordica.
From 9-3, I had CPR/AED/First Aid at the Red Cross; this was the final step in my RRCA Coaching Certification. The class was not too bad; the teacher kept it interesting and it went by rather quickly.
Saturday: Last long run before Boston. 13.1 miles at an 8:50 pace. The sun was shining and it was a gorgeous 60 degree day. We followed the long run with a hearty (but healthy) brunch at French Meadow (one of my favorite post-long run brunch places from this post.)
That afternoon, Dustin and I had signed up for two hour cocktail-making class with my friend Peri. The class was held at Constantine.
The class was a blast though probably not the healthiest thing to be doing a week before the marathon….but I try not to let marathon training take over my life completely. Its still okay to have some fun! And I did learn a little.
Sunday: Yet another rest day. I don’t know what to do with all these extra rest days in the taper…I feel so lazy!
Summary: 42 miles of running
I did get my Boston Marathon manicure today. They weren’t able to do a unicorn or a medal (too complicated), but it still turned out pretty good with simple geo designs in Boston blue/gold.
I went to Kate at Glamour Nails in the West End in St. Louis Park.
I don’t even know myself…a spray tan and a manicure?? Ha!
I kept the pedicure simpler, just yellow and blue.
(Check out this older post, “Are Pedicures Okay for Runners?”)
Well, that’s about it for this taper week of training!
Please join Jess and me in our weekly recap link-up:
So excited for you ! I can’t wait to cheer you on virtually on Marathon Monday!
Love your nail art – super cute!
Thanks, I think the manicure turned out pretty good! I did buy the Sarah Marie Designs wraps just in case I mess up one of the nails…I’m terrible with manicures, that’s why I don’t get them 🙂
LOL – your toes are in far better shape than mine!! Looks like you’re doing a fine job of avoiding Taper Madness!
Thanks Eric- How are YOU feeling??
Mostly weather panicking at the moment (“is a 17 mph wind from the NW a tailwind or a cross-wind in Boston…”). My hip flexor is slowly improving but I have no idea what to expect from it in the 2nd half of the race. Just looking forward to a fun race and trip, regardless. Hope we cross paths at some point amongst our 30,000 dearest friends!
Whoah, I haven’t looked at the wind…oh my!
I hope to see you too! What wave are you in?
Whoops – sorry to add to #TaperMadness! I’m in Wave 2, Corral 5. Worried about getting trampled – that’s not my current form at all!
Yeah, gees, thanks a lot Eric 🙂
Tapering is almost as hard as the training itself. I have one of the famous 15-10-10-5 workouts on my schedule for this week. Taper doesn’t look so bad now, huh? Hahaha I LOVE your Boston mani and pedi! I’ll be cheering for you from here. A few girlfriends and I always get together for a Boston Marathon viewing party for the morning of the race. Good luck to you and Dustin next Monday!!!
That’s so awesome that you and your friends have a viewing party! What a great tradition. They’ll be viewing you next year 🙂
I’m so, so excited for you! I desperately need a pedicure! My feet are a hot mess lol. Can’t wait to track you!
Thank you Jess!
Yes my feet were in rough shape…well, they kind of still are as I didn’t want them to clean them up too much prior to the race-
Very cute nails! And sounds like a good week of taper and a fun week of other activities. So excited to cheer you on in a week!!! EEk! Also, good choice on reading The Handmaid’s Tale- I loved that book!
I am totally sucked into the Handmaid’s Tale…I can’t believe I never read it before!
Hope the weather holds up and you have an AWESOME race day at BOSTON! Can’t wait to read all about it.
Thanks so much Stephanie!!! I appreciate knowing there’s people rooting for me
I love your nails. I do mine before every race. It always feels like such a treat! Good luck next week!!!
Thanks Alaina! It’s a great tradition, I think I’ll make it mine too 🙂
Very cute nails!!!!!!!! I can feel the excitement! I know you will do great and have a blast out there in Boston. I hope the weather stats nice!!!!
Thanks Eri! Hope you’re doing well!
I’m doing okay… just losing motivation lately to blog or record anything. Also I’ve been losing motivation to run. This is really bad because running was a mental therapy for me…. I just hope I get it back soon! I might not continue with my blogs but I am definitely enjoying your posts!!!!
Oh no, I’m sad to hear you won’t be blogging anymore. Hopefully we stay in touch for when we come to Hawaii for a marathon!
Definitely!!!!!!! I hope this is still on your list of marathons! Good luck again tomorrow. If the weather is in the 80s and you rock that marathon, you’ll beat Honolulu marathon easy. Its usually in the upper 70s and mayyyybe into the 80s if youre super slow and the sun comes out full blast. That only makes it that much more appealing to jump in the ocean after you get your medal. Haha
That sounds like so much fun!!!
Looks like an amazing week! I have never gotten a spray tan, but now I am so tempted, I always look better with a little color =) smart idea before the race photos.
Love your nails! My mom is running Boston for the first time so I sent the photo to her for inspiration.
How cool that your mom is running!