So…to be honest, I think I’ve kind of over-done the taper. As in I went from 5 runs a week to 3. Or 2. Life got busy, and since I knew I was tapering, getting my runs done fell to the bottom of my to-do list. I did get my long runs done each week, but not many workouts beyond that. I’m hoping my running fitness hasn’t suffered too much *fingers crossed* I guess on the plus side, I know I’ll be well-rested for Sunday’s race (can’t believe it’s in less than a week!!).
Pittsburgh Marathon: Taper Week 1
Tuesday: Barre date with Christina at Biker Barre!
This was my first time visiting this studio in Eastern Market; they offer both barre and cycling classes. We went to an open barre class taught by Kelly and I really enjoyed it – it was a fun, core and leg centric workout that went by fast! I’ll post a more in-depth review after we take our second class this week :)
Wednesday: rest day
Saturday: rest day
Sunday: 12 miles solo on the W&OD trail (9:36 pace)
I finally got my act together and went out the door for a run on Sunday night, intending to do about six miles or so. But my legs felt great, the weather was perfect and I ended up going 6 miles out before turning around! Strong pace for a solo run.
Pittsburgh Marathon: Taper Week 2
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: 4 miles on T/M (10:04 pace) followed by a strength/ core session
I don’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I’ve been working on my planks during my strength workouts. I started out with a 1 minute plank, and tried to add 10-15 seconds to that each week (I got inspired by the Fitnessista’s Plank Challenge). Well, I’m up to 2 minutes and 15 seconds!
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: rest day
Friday: 5 mile pace run on T/M (9:14 pace) – my last “speed” workout
Saturday: 4 hours of painting for National Rebuilding Day (must count for something, right?)
Sunday: 8 slow, agonizing miles outside (9:56 pace)
Okay, my pace wasn’t actually that terrible, but this wasn’t exactly a confidence building run. I felt slow and tired and just wanted to quit the whole time. Strange, considering how awesome the 12 miler the previous week went, but not all runs are rainbows and sunshine and puppies, you know? But last weekend run – done.
My plan this week is to do all my runs on the plan – they’re all super short (3-4 miles) so it shouldn’t be hard. I’m not doing any strength training or extra exercise that could make me sore (with the exception of barre on Tuesday at Biker Barre again – but hopefully that’s early enough in the week that I’ll be fine by Sunday).
Have you tried a barre class? What did you think?
Do you think I’ll be okay for my race, even though I didn’t get all my runs during the taper done?