2014 Mountains to Beach Marathon Training Update (Week 16 of 16)

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.

Report Card

m2b-grade-wk16Running:  (B) 10 miles of running this week before the marathon.  Short intervals on Tuesday and a short tempo on Thursday.  Legs felt a little flat, but not unusual during the taper period.

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.

Training Recap

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

Training Plan

m2b-training-plan-wk16

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