It is almost marathon time. I would like to say that I am 100% ready, but this has been a crazy week and it is leaving me with doubts. I am worried I tapered too much. My exercise this week has been a complete fail – at least compared to what I usually do. And it is affecting me both mentally and physically. I have consistently been doing 10+ hours of training per week for months. This week I am at a paltry 2 hours. While I know I am supposed to rest and let the body heal itself, I am worried that I cut out too much. Not biking or running on a daily basis has left me worn out (ironically), depressed, and mentally frustrated. Although some of that worn out feeling and lack of mental function could be work related too.
It hasn’t helped that the pool has been closed since April 2nd. I was banking on replacing my runs with some extra swims during my taper so that I could still exercise while still going easy on the legs. The pool was supposed to be closed from the 2nd to the 7th, but when I went up there tonight, the closure got extended through the 8th. Ugh. Well, at least I can hopefully get an easy swim in tomorrow afternoon.
To top that off, I thought it would be a good idea to ram my knee into the dresser because I was too lazy to turn on the bedroom light. Yep, not one of my smartest moments. I did go on a 15 mile bike ride since then and it didn’t seem to bother me, but it is bruised and sore to the touch.
As for expectations, I really don’t have a firm goal in mind for the race, although a PR would be nice. That would mean going under 3:47 which was my time at the Grand Rapids Marathon last fall. Training wise, I trained much harder than I did for the Grand Rapids Marathon so this should be doable as long as I have a good day. Overall though, I am just looking to get another marathon under my belt.
The race itself looks like a good, low-key course. It is basically an out and back course, so it could be kind of boring. However, the elevation chart shows a relatively flat course. Even though it looks like it goes uphill for the first half, it is only a rise of 50-75ft over the first 13 miles with only two 1% inclines. And because it is an out and back course, you get the two 1% declines.
Check back this weekend after the race for a full race report. I will be bringing along my #1 cheerleader and professional photographer, so anticipate plenty of pictures!