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2 weeks to go!

I cannot believe that I have less than 2 weeks until I am running the Philadelphia Marathon!!  I am kind of in shock, but am so excited (and nervous, of course, too!)  I have been training since July 20th, so it is crazy to think that we are only 2 weeks away.  The training is really winding down and it is officially the big taper now.  Here is what I have planned for the next 2 weeks:

Week 1 – Taper:

Nov. 9 – rest

Nov. 10 – 5 miles with 10 x 200 progressives

Nov. 11 – 5 mile recovery run

Nov. 12 – 6 mile tempo run

Nov. 13 – rest

Nov. 14 – 4 mile run (maybe pace)

Nov. 15 – 8 mile run (slower run)


Week 2 – Taper:

Nov. 16 – rest

Nov. 17 – 1-2 mile w/u, 2 miles at race pace, 1-2 mile c/d

Nov. 18 – rest (or slow 2 miles)

Nov. 19 – 3-4 mile run

Nov. 20 – rest

Nov. 21 – rest

Nov. 22 – MARATHON!


The next 2 weeks look SO easy compared to the training that I have been doing, but they are actually probably going to be a little bit harder for me.  I have trouble resting, and rest is exactly what I need right now! 

The main point of a taper is to get you well and rested for the big day!  You want to make sure to cut back the distance dramatically, but you do not want to cut the quality or intensity of your runs.  So, my plan is to have some shorter good runs, and to do lots of yoga for stretching.  I normally eat very healthy, but will definitely be doing more of that!  Watch for a full race report!


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