NYC Marathon Training: Week 13

Things are really winding down fast, huh? 

I kind of lost my way during taper. I struggle with balance (my effort levels are either at 0% or 100%) so I'm finding running 20-25 miles a week to be a drag. I think, "Why bother?" but then I give myself a little lecture about how crappy it would be to fizzle out two weeks before my race. 

Other taper side effects: I'm not hungry, and I am exhausted all the time. This week I went to a music festival in Asheville and I felt like such an old. Every night, I started yawning around 9. On Sunday I had to take an emergency power nap in the car before dinner & round 3 of shows.

Monday - Rest!

Tuesday - Rest! 

Wednesday - 5.3, easy

"Oh right, I'm supposed to run this week." 

Thursday - 3x1600 @ "5k" pace with 5 minute jogs. (5.66)

Because of general apathy, I didn't bother going to the track and did this on a paved trail instead. The way my watch was set up, I couldn't see my pace. That was probably for the best because my lungs were burning and I was convinced I was barely holding 7:55s. Instead I ended up with 7:15, 7:17, 7:32. 

These are the only mile repeats I've done in all of training and I'm not sure what the thinking is behind them, but whatever. I'm not looking anything else up or trying to learn anything else or ask "What does it mean?" this week. I'm a taper machine!

Friday -  Rest

Road trip to Asheville!

Saturday - 3.03

Three easy miles around Asheville with James. He claims he isn't a runner, but has always been able to keep up with me. 

 

  Asheville has the second-largest Art Deco collection (behind Miami) in the Southeast. I'm used to thinking of Art Deco as a Miami, New York, and Chicago thing (the main places I've seen it), not tucked into the mountains!

 

Asheville has the second-largest Art Deco collection (behind Miami) in the Southeast. I'm used to thinking of Art Deco as a Miami, New York, and Chicago thing (the main places I've seen it), not tucked into the mountains!

Sunday - 6 (first 3 easy, second 3 at sub GMP)

We'd been staying out really late and dragging ourselves back to the bed & breakfast long after everyone else had gone to sleep. On Saturday night I knew I'd be lucky if I made it to the breakfast at all, let alone out for a run beforehand. I knew running after breakfast would limit my miles because of their super-strict checkout time policy, so two miles of my planned eight were sacrificed. I felt a little bit guilty but also, whatever.

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In the afternoon we drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway for a short hike in the same area where we camped last month. We were on the hunt for peak foliage and it was fun to see the leaves change as we climbed to 6000 feet from green, to starting to turn, to OMG peak foliage, to post-peak foliage.

My phone made this little video of our drive:

 

Anyway, it was a great week and an even better weekend, but now it's time for the serious business of hydrating, carbo-loading, checking and double-checking my gear, and RUNNING A MARATHON!

Total - 20.02 miles 

5 more days!