In these final days, I am essentially trying to trick my body into thinking it is still building fitness and capacity. With six days to go, there are no workouts that will contribute to my fitness on race day. I have to basically sit and wait and not mess anything up.
I ran an easy 50 minutes today with some strides. The two miles of strides were about 6:10-6:15 pace. I was relieved to find that I could still get close to race pace considering I have been tapering for two days….
No matter how I structure these final days, I am likely to have at least a few flat days. I might have a sore calf or a tight back. I might have doubts, and I might even feel unprepared. But I am spending all efforts to conserve resources.
I am hydrating like crazy. I am sleeping. I am eating. I have one more small test on Thursday, but besides that, I just have to stay steady and trust the last 100 days. Like coach Scott Fauble says “the hay is in the barn.”
I have had so many days with more than 15 miles of running. I’ve run tempos and intervals and hills and fartleks. I’ve run on trails. I’ve run on the track. I’ve run in the desert, in the mountains, and on the beach.
I have run with Paula Harkin. I have run in groups. I have run alone.
Now it’s time to run a race. It’s time to lace ’em up and let it rip. This is what I have been working for and it is this moment—a single performance—that I will use as evidence that the work I put in was worth it.
And what about all the chatter? All these posts? Have I been running my mouth more than my legs?
Not really (which means I have been running a lot). For the past 94 days, I have spent moments of every day thinking about what next Monday will be like. I have been putting in the work.
Besides all the strategy, the effort, and the tactics, one thing is for sure: April 18th, I am going to have to put my money where my mouth is, and I can’t wait.
6 Days. 6 Ways.