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Weekly Recap

I know, I know… I’ve really been awful at this blogging thing lately.

I’m sorry 😦

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It’s been tough to get excited about blogging when my running has been so hit or miss due to injuries over the last 6 weeks.

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Things were going so well until mid-August, but the last six weeks have just been so frustrating. BUT, getting my final 20 miler in in such great condition really helped.

This week I was released from 2x per week PT!! This week and next week I’ll only go once, to get my hip taped, to use the PENS therapy machine, and to run on the Alter G. It was a huge mental boost to hear that I don’t have to go on Mondays anymore.

Yesterday we were still getting lashed by that coastal storm that’s been wreaking havoc on South Carolina. When I woke up it was 45 degrees, pouring down raining, and super windy, so I decided to skip my 12 miler – no need to risk pneumonia (or getting hit by a car…) this close to the marathon! Instead I did 8 miles on the elliptical while watching Spirit of the Marathon today (a must-watch).

Tuesday will be the first time I’ve gone to the track in 6 weeks. I’m still not allowed to do speed work, but I figure because we’re doing 1600s at 10 sec faster than marathon pace, that’s not really speed work, so I can do it. 🙂 I’ve really missed my Tuesday night track sessions – I think it’ll be good psychologically to get back there, even if it’s just for the last two sessions.

And Saturday will be my last long run! Whoa! Where has the time gone?? It just occurred to me this evening that I should start planning my race-week meals and acquiring the ingredients. Anal retentive, yes, but I’m not leaving anything to chance. I’ve put too much into this to screw it up with something stupid and easy to avoid.

What are your favorite race-week meals or snacks?? 

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It’s Taper Time!

Bib numbers and waves assignments have been sent out for Army Ten Miler! I was released from PT today! It’s October and I am HEALTHY and WHOLE and STRONG and am actually going to race this month!! It’s really real! *happy dance*

So that can only mean one thing – taper time! My taper is going to be a bit, um, unique (?) this year because of having the 10 miler six days before the half marathon, but I’m going to do my best to take care of my legs and my body over the next 2-3 weeks to make sure I am able to really benefit from all of my training come race day. I know I’m asking it to do a lot, running a 10 miler and a half marathon in the same week, but I know I can do it – it’s kind of like having two long long runs on back-to-back weekends, right? We do that all the time. Plus I think the huge mental boost I got from Sunday’s half marathon is going to help keep some of the taper madness at bay. I know I can do this.

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