This was the second week of my second taper. My normal schedule was thrown off a bit by a) a trip to Connecticut for work (including a stay at the world's most depressing Hilton Garden Inn) and b) a 5K Turkey Trot.
Honestly, I mainly ran the Turkey Trot because of the work trip - I would have preferred to stick with a Tuesday/Friday workout schedule, rather than race that close to CIM. But...there was really no place to safely do a workout where I was staying in Connecticut- my running route was back and forth on the shoulder of a state highway, with the occasional diversion into a) a small residential development and b) an elevated parking lot.
The Connecticut run was honestly one of the most depressing runs I've done. It was sub-freezing, with high winds, and I found nothing enjoyable about jogging back and forth on a mix of broken sidewalk and grass adjacent to laundromats and takeout pizza. I almost never lose motivation, but it was really really hard not to pull the plug on this run two miles in. Especially when I was two days out from a 5K and less than two weeks out from a marathon.
But I reminded myself that I get stale when I overtaper, and I needed to get the eight miles in, and trudged on through my first world struggles. The run was made much easier when I ended up running with another hotel guest who, oddly enough, was also tapering for CIM. What are the chances?
On the other hand, Thursday's 5K was a pleasant surprise. I've known that I'm in good shape - I'm finally breaking 20 in 5K tempos again. However, I don't generally race well at shorter distances when I'm in a marathon cycle - it's just hard to get into the 5K mentality. So to get within 10 seconds of my PR, given those factors, was a huge confidence boost. And it gives me hope that perhaps I can nudge my PR a bit lower in the next year or two.
But that's the hopeful future. Next up, California.
Monday: Core and injury prevention work plus 10 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling.
Tuesday: 8 miles easy (8:51) followed by drills and strides. Foam rolling at night.
Wednesday: 4 miles very easy (9:28). Foam rolling in the afternoon.
Thursday: 3.5 mile warm-up, 5K race in 19:20, and 4.5 mile cooldown. Foam rolling in the evening.
Friday: 8 "miles" of pool-running in the morning; another 2 "miles" of pool-running and foam rolling at night.
Saturday: 8 miles very easy (9:22), plus drills and strides, followed by upper body weights. 2 "miles" pool-running and foam rolling in the afternoon.
Sunday: 12 miles moderate (7:52), followed by light injury prevention work. Foam rolling in afternoon.