Last run in today. Think everything is in tip top shape (just though). Stuffing my face and not happy to do it. For some reason I hate the pressure of packing in 600 or so grams of carbs per day for 2 days. I know I need to but it just doesn't follow the general "do less" theme of taper. Will hopefully report back with good news. You just never know what the day will bring...which is why my nerves always go into hyperdrive in final days...
Brian, nice report! Hope the longer run goes well.
DD, happy MPing this weekend. I guess I'll get the ultimate dose soon!
Well, final run in today. Did 5 miles w/6 striders. All systems feeling good. May run 2 tomorrow but may just do nothing as have to drive 3 hrs to get on site tomorrow and then go to the expo (will be staying at my in-laws who live about 30 minutes from the start). Anyone else hate carbo-loading? I just don't like the pressure of having to get all those carbs in...feel so out of my element when I am so loaded up w/food. Trying to integrate more juice/Gatorade/chocolate milk/etc this time around.
Sorry to have fallen off the thread again, but have been trying to keep reading each day even if not time to post. Lots going on as usual here.
Poacher, well done on the qualifying effort! Glad you avoided the brass band on this one.
Abbers, real bummer about the job. Hope you come out on top in then end!
SJ, horrible luck! You were on such a roll this year. Sorry to hear about the toe. Hope it comes around quickly.
Moof, great news on the calf. And yes, you've got taper madness!
Marrows, awesome racing!
PMJ, my wife isn't a fan of my running. I commonly get the "why can't you just do a normal run?" Now understand normal run to her = 30 minutes.
Final week of taper half done. Had a really nice 13 miler Sunday P&D style and just got in my final dress rehearsal run like Moof. My 2 miles at MP worked out at 7:08/7:10 on a hot 78 degree day...miles didn't feel fast as my normal subLT pace is 6:50ish. Plan for Sunday is try starting at 7:15 and see how my HR is doing and I am generally feeling. Dial up or down accordingly. Have checked the weather about 1000 times this week. Forecast has come around from originally being mid70s and sunny (sh*t!) to a more modest 55 and partly cloudy as of today's prediction (better!). The madness is in my bones!!!!!!
Andi, I think anything near 70 or below is fine, particularly for easy days. But if you look that HADD stuff, in addition to subLT runs, Joe also did runs that were probably in the 70-75% range as well. Another way of looking at it is what percentage of your week are you at high intensity (read quality). I think a general guideline is to go for about 20-25%, but not sure off hand. I think in my case I end up doing maybe too much of the subLT work compared to my overall mileage. Also, my LRs are probably too long as well. 60 mpw with 20 at subLT and a 17-21 mile LR during the marathon build gives some wonky numbers for sure. But I figure instead of adding in more easy mileage to make the percentages work out, I just rest. My weeks are always 5 days on w/Sat/Mon off. TMI probably, but once I got started couldn't stop.
Brian, well played sir!
DD, seems you are feeling pretty good these days. A great sign!
7 easy miles yesterday and 6 today w/2 at MP per the dress rehearsal from P&D. Legs are feeling more intact than they have in a long time (aka feeling pretty healed up) but still have some lingering fatigue. Getting oh so close and if my last taper holds true I'll be positively straining the leash on Friday. The MP miles today were good. Even into the wind and uphill I managed 7:08 1st mile and 7:10 second mile at 156 and 157, respectively (that's about 78% of max). Pace felt comfortable. Normally I would have boomed out at 6:40 something 1st mile and then 6:50ish so am hopeful this pace will be comfortable on the day. Also, it was 78 and humid today. But the forecast for Sunday says 55 as of today. I'm driving myself crazy looking at the weather reports