One more week until the Carlsbad Marathon. Started tapering on Friday and will run 3 to 6 easy miles each day until next Sunday. I was reviewing the elevation profile of the marathon course yesterday and it looks a pretty challenging. Fortunately, the longest hills are in the first half of the race, but the whole course is full of rolling hills. I’ve been training on rolling hills, so I’m probably prepared, although I’ll need develop a strategy in order to not bonk too early in the race.
The marathon starts in the dark at 6:15 am. I’m glad it is starting this early since it will be nice and cool from start to finish. Most likely it will be high 40s at the start and low 60s at the finish. Humidity won’t be a concern although wind may be a factor since it will be run along the coastline. I’ll probably need to wake up around 3:30 am in order to fuel up and drive to the start line (about an hour away).
I still have reservations on how the Hansons Marathon Method will work out. I followed their training plan with little deviation. My biggest worry is that I’ll be able to finish the entire marathon at a relatively even pace. Although the mileage was fairly substantial relative to my previous training cycles, the fact that my longest long run was only 18 miles that I did two weeks ago still causes me some doubts — I’m thinking I should have done at least a couple 20 to 22 milers.
I’m breaking in my new Brooks Glycerin 10. So far I like them, although my feet and legs are still adjusting. Wish I could have had another week or two running in them before the marathon. My right foot is still recovering from an open blister that is healing very slowly, but the new shoes don’t appear to have any major hotspots, so hopefully I’ll avoid the blistering problem I had with the Newtons in the future.
Below is my training report card for the week.
Overall, I give myself a B- this week. Did every planned training run at the recommended paces. Got between 7 – 9 hours sleep, although there were a couple days where the quality of sleep was not good. Ate okay, no major junk food binges, but did give in to some indulgences. Very little cross training other than one day of core/stretching exercises. It was a tough week at work, lots of deadlines and working extra hours, causing the stress levels to exceed my comfort zone. Legs and body were a little tired this week, probably due to the stress and lower quality sleep. Also, have an open blister that is healing slowly and is usually a little painful at the beginning of a run. Not my finest week of training and lifestyle management, but hope to get everything into balance the final week going into the marathon.
I ran a total of 53 miles this week.
Wednesday – Off