Taper Madness has given way to Taper Paranoia. This week I wrestled with the constant fear of getting sick or injured in the run-up to the race. The weather’s been really crappy too, which didn’t help. Saturday I went for my scheduled 6-miler with the Snook, taking it easy at 2:1 intervals. Sunday and Monday I rested, then Tuesday I went for a run by myself at lunch (between downpours). It was a “zen” run: no headphones, no intervals, no distractions. I concentrated on visualising my marathon race plan and thinking about all the positive “Magic Words” I’ll use to get me through the race. Wednesday I went to Spudds, intending to “take it easy.” Well, I still managed 103m and 101m on the rower! It’s all mental, I tell you. Thursday was rest, and then today I went for another easy lunchtime run with some of the guys from work.
May 28: 10.8km
May 31: 5.86km
June 3: 5.62km
Total this week: 22.28km (13.9mi)
Total in 2011: 562.53km (351.6mi)
I am so far ahead of pace for my goal to run 1100km in 2011 that I think I’m going to have to revise it. That’s right – AS OF TODAY, my new goal for 2011 is to run 1200km. BOOYAH.
Meanwhile, nine days til the marathon. Preparations continue. Last night I had a long massage. Today I made checklists of everything I’ll need to remember in the days before the race. This weekend I’m going to hack some sort of an additional pocket onto my water belt. I can’t believe it’s really happening…