The final week of my taper went okay, but not great. The excitement I used to have going into a marathon just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. As a result, my motivation and focus has waned. I plan to take an extended break from full marathons for the foreseeable future and focus on improving my half marathon time.
Sleep: (A-) Got 8 – 9 hours of sleep almost every night, but fewer afternoon naps during the day.
Diet/Hydration: (B) Ate okay, but probably a few more sweets than I should have.
Weight/Body Fat: (B) My weight increased 0.6 lbs from 143.6 lbs to 144.2 lbs. Body fat also increased from 8.3% to 8.5%. A little weight gain is almost inevitable during the taper period since the activity level is considerably less.
Cross-Training/Stretching: (A-) No cross-training other than stretching for 20 to 30 minutes daily.
Stress Management: (D) Very busy and stressful week at work. It’s amazing to me what stress does to the mindset and body. I was hoping it would be a relatively laid back week, but it was one of those weeks.
Body Condition/Injuries: (A) Body felt great, no other significant pains to speak of going into the marathon.
Overall: (B) Okay week of training, but since the stress level was high, I think it affected other aspects of my training.
Running: 10 miles
Core/Strength: 0 minutes
Bike Trainer: 0 minutes
Yoga: 2 hours
Total Exercise Time: 3 hours, 4 minutes
Monday – 35 minutes yoga
Tuesday – Intervals – 6 x 400m (1:41, 1:46, 1:39, 1:36, 1:35 and 1:33) w/400m rest jog, (Previous Training Cycle: 1:29, 1:24, 1:25, 1:25, 1:20 and 1:25)
Wednesday – 20 minutes yoga
Thursday – Tempo, 2 mile warm-up, 3 miles @ tempo (6:58, 6:49 and 6:56), 1 mile cooldown, 15 minutes yoga (Previous Training Cycle: 6:20, 6:17 and 6:17)
Friday – 35 minutes yoga
Saturday – None
Sunday – Mountains to Beach Marathon