Well, yesterday was a high point in my training. I've been worrying a lot about whether I've done enough. I really want to get in top form for Sunday so yesterday, I strayed off my plan a bit and did a super-quality workout.
It all started on Monday night. I stayed up until 2 am going over my running logs, trying to add up all the miles that I missed for whatever reason. I thought this would really motivate me for my run that was going to take place in at 4 am. I was so surprised to know that I missed 10 or so runs since June and cut a couple of long runs short. I was also surprised to see that I walked a little on some of my runs so I really needed to push it hard to make up for that.
So, even though the plan called for 3 easy miles, I decided to do 13. And since that's so close to 13.1, I figured I'd just do a half marathon time trial. Fortunately, the weather was cool so I thought I could push a sub-13 minute pace and PR for the half marathon distance. That would be good practice for Sunday.
The run was great. I felt better than I've felt all year. This taper thing is AWESOME!!! I ran a 2:49:12, a 12:55 pace. WOOHOO!!! I was really hurtin' those last 3 miles but was able to hold on and finish with a big PR. My knee and right ankle are really hurting right now and my quads are still burning. It's a strange feeling. Not like any pain I've experienced before. Must have been an awesome run!! Oh, and to be sure I'm ready for Sunday, I ran the run on concrete. I wanted to really get a feel for what Sunday's going to be like. I'm so gonna rock the marathon.
To celebrate my great workout, I stopped at my favorite mexican restaraunt for some cheesy enchaladas. Since I burned all those calories earlier, I figured a little extra cheese wouldn't hurt. Also, I hear Christy and Steve talking about maragaritas and how good they are. I don't really drink but I was curious so I had a few. Boy, did I feel great after that. Bring on the marathon.
I saw my trainer at the gym last night when I took the kiddo to basketball practice and she said that since I've been concentrating on running so much and not doing any strength training that it would be a good idea to get 2 or 3 good, hard lifting workouts in before Sunday. I went ahead and scheduled 3 sessions with her, since I get a discount for paying for 3 sessions at a time. We're scheduled to pump it up on Wednesday, Thursday, and then Saturday so that I can really be strong going into Sunday's race. I thought I'd do Saturday's session AFTER pasta loading since I'll be full of energy. That should really get me in good shape by Sunday morning.
Well, I've done so well with my diet the past week, I think I'll have McDonald's for lunch today. I deserve it. Mmmmmm...Fil-A-o'Fish sandwiches. How 'bout that, Homer?